Alabama loses four to NFL draft

The Wichita Eagle - - Sports -

Four Alabama play­ers are skip­ping their fi­nal sea­sons to en­ter the NFL draft, in­clud­ing All-Amer­ica left tackle Jonah Wil­liams and Out­land Tro­phy-win­ning de­fen­sive line­man Quin­nen Wil­liams.

Those pro­jected firstrounders an­nounced their in­ten­tions Fri­day, along with tail­back Josh Ja­cobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr.

Jonah Wil­liams and Quin­nen Wil­liams are rated as po­ten­tial top 10 picks.

Mi­ami hire could be 2-for 1: Manny Diaz has his of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor. And now Mi­ami will wait and see if the new hire just hap­pens to ar­rive with a na­tional-ti­tle-win­ning quar­ter­back.

Dan Enos was an­nounced as the new leader of the Mi­ami of­fense, ar­riv­ing af­ter one sea­son as quar­ter­backs coach and as­so­ciate head coach at Alabama. The ques­tion now be­comes if some­one else is leav­ing Alabama for Mi­ami.

Jalen Hurts, who went 26-2 as Alabama’s starter be­fore los­ing the job to Tua Tago­v­ailoa, has put his name into the NCAA’s trans­fer por­tal. He worked closely with Enos this sea­son and he and Diaz have fol­lowed each other on Twit­ter in re­cent days.

No­table

Clem­son: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing the na­tional cham­pi­ons Mon­day at the White House. He an­nounced the visit in a tweet, ex­claim­ing “what a game, what a coach, what a team!” in the wake of a 44-16 victory over Alabama.

Tem­ple: North­ern Illi­nois’ Rod Carey was named the Owls’ new coach, fill­ing a va­cancy that abruptly opened in late De­cem­ber af­ter the newly hired Diaz left for Mi­ami.

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