TUSCALOOSA -- Add Troy Vincent, a former NFL cornerback who is now an NFL executive, to the list of individuals who have spoken to Alabama players.
Crimson Tide safety Nick Perry said Vincent, the NFL’s executive president of football operations, spoke to the Tide about underclassmen leaving early for the NFL Draft and preparing for life after football.
“He gave us numbers and facts about the percentages of you staying on a team long-term and not and the importance of you staying and getting your degree,” Perry said. “That can benefit you after football.”
A record 98 underclassmen declared for the 2014 NFL Draft. Of that 98, 36 went undrafted. Alabama had five early entrees including four who didn’t graduate. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix went in the first-round, Cyrus Kouandjio was taken in the second, Vinnie Sunseri was a fifth-round pick with Jeoffrey Pagan landing in the sixth-round. Adrian Hubbard, who had already graduated, wasn’t selected.
Saban has said he supports those who receive first and sometimes second round grades to leave early, but warns against leaving early for those who don’t.
Alabama once again ranked No. 2 among top-selling institutions for licensed merchandise in 2013-14, according to Collegiate Licensing Company. Texas remained at No. 1.
CLC, which was founded by current Alabama athletic director Bill Battle, estimated $4.59 billion in royalties from college merchandise from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.
The royalties totaled $4.62 billion in 2012, according to the CLC release.
Alabama has ranked No. 2 behind Texas for the past five years.
Five of the top 10 and 10 of the top 20 schools came from the SEC.
After working with the training staff for the past two days, senior Trey DePriest (knee) was back with the linebackers in a regular red jersey during the media’s viewing period of Tuesday’s practice. DePriest didn’t led the drills and mostly worked alongside sophomore Ryan Anderson. It’s worth noting that DePriest looked fine running in a straight line, but during drills that required lateral movement, he was careful not to put too much pressure on his left knee.
Junior Reggie Ragland and sophomore Reuben Foster led the middle linebackers through drills.
There were no players in black, non-contact jerseys.
“I don’t think there are any injuries I can comment on right now,” Saban said Tuesday. “We have guys that are nicked up a little bit, but nothing I can report that’s serious at this point in time.”
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