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Jonathan Allen has been a regular in the Alabama interview room since his sophomore season. Polished in front of the cameras and microphones, the senior has been known to talk with candid passion.

Before the College Football Awards Show, the Crimson Tide’s first national defensive player of the year added a little more insight on a few topics.

A couple brought interesting answers.

First, Allen was asked about the toughest test the Alabama defensive line faced this fall. Take a few guesses and you probably won’t identify the one that impressed Allen the most.

“The best offensive line? I have to give it to the Kentucky front,” Allen said. “That was probably the most physical game that I played in this year. I have to give it to them. They came with it that game and kind of caught us by surprise. That was a real physical game.”

The Wildcats ran for 72 yards on 36 carries and finished with 161 total yards. Alabama sacked the passer four times, twice resulting in lost fumbles.

What made Kentucky so stout?

“I don’t know, I guess it was just the determination and the want to,” Allen said. “They meant business when they came. I feel like we kind of overlooked them a little bit at first. But yeah, man, it was a wake-up call for us up front. We have to bring it. These guys are playing SEC ball.”

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USCALOOSA, dosage Ala. — Alabama football’s Jalen Hurts was named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, remedy which is given to the nation’s top quarterback.

Hurts is the first true freshman ever to start under Nick Saban and the first freshman to start at quarterback for Alabama since 1984. Hurts finished the regular season 11-0 as the Crimson Tide’s starter. He has thrown for 2,454 yards and 21 touchdowns with only 9 interceptions. Hurts is completing 65.9 percent of his passes to maintain a 147.14 quarterback rating that ranks third in the Southeastern Conference. Hurts has also rushed a team-high 154 times for 840 total yards and 12 touchdowns, a total that also leads all Alabama rushers.

Hurts averages 274.5 yards per game, and ranks second in UA single-season history with 33 touchdowns responsible for (21 passing, 12 rushing). In total, Hurts has compiled four 100-yard rushing games, the most ever in a single season by an Alabama quarterback. He became the first Alabama quarterback to ever rush for 100 yards and pass for 300 yards in a single game thanks to his 347 yards passing and 100 yards rushing against Mississippi State earlier this season.

Joining Hurts as finalists are: J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), Jake Browning (Washington), Sam Darnold (USC), Luke Falk (Washington State), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Patrick Mahomes II (Texas Tech), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Zach Terrell (Western Michigan) and Deshaun Watson (Clemson).

The winner of the 2016 Manning Award will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.

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OK, Alabama football fans, here’s a question for you: Is this year’s Crimson Tide the best team ever in the AP poll era?

The Tide is 12-0 and a heavy favorite against Florida in this weekend’s Southeastern Conference championship game. The playoffs await after that.

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TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 26: O.J. Howard #88 of the Alabama Crimson Tide attempts to break a tackle by Tre' Williams #30 of the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 26: O.J. Howard #88 of the Alabama Crimson Tide attempts to break a tackle by Tre’ Williams #30 of the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Southeastern Conference league office named Crimson Tide senior tight end O.J. Howard to its 2016 Community Service Team on Wednesday afternoon.

One of the team’s leaders on offense, Howard is a member of the team’s leadership council and has been named a game captain on numerous occasions. The senior makes an effort to be available to the fans, win or lose, always displaying a positive attitude, and goes out of his way to use his available time to contribute in the community.

Across his four seasons in Tuscaloosa, Howard has gone above and beyond what is asked of Alabama football student-athletes. Howard has spent extensive time working with the elderly and youth organizations across the state of Alabama.

He spent time at the children’s hospital in New Orleans during the team’s two trips to the Sugar Bowl and also spent time at the Dallas children’s hospital during the Tide’s trip to the 2015 Goodyear Cotton Bowl. Howard has volunteered numerous hours at retirement homes across Tuscaloosa and has made visits to the Tuscaloosa VA hospital in each of the last three years.

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The Alabama Crimson Tide football team arrives back in Tuscaloosa as college football national champions. The Tide beat Clemson in a thriller 45-40 in Glendale, Arizona Monday night. This is Alabama’s 16th national title.

Hundreds of loyal Alabama fans greeted the team as they arrived around 5:30 p.m.

ESPN set up a live remote to cover the homecoming.

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YULEE | Make a right turn off the interstate and drive straight through town. Construction barrels and a few detour signs dot the road.

Things are always changing here.

It’s down this same road that people drive from hundreds of miles away asking the same questions that they’ve asked the same people for years.

 What can you tell me about Derrick Henry, online the best running back to ever play high school football, prescription the best running back in college football?

Henry didn’t put Yulee on the map, but he’s given it an authenticity like never before.


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