Much has changed since September when Sarkisian took a job with Alabama as an offensive analyst, a role in which he had limited in-game duties and was not permitted to talk on his headset, per NCAA policies.
Alabama Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarbrough reportedly suffered a broken bone in his right leg Monday night in his team's College Football Playoff National Championship defeat to the Clemson Tigers, according to ESPN.com's Chris Low.
Whether Kiffin ditched the Crimson Tide on his own or was sacked by Saban is a matter of some debate.
Scarbrough opened the scoring for Alabama with a 25-yard burst thanks to a key block by O.J. Howard in the first quarter. Known as one of the greatest coaches of all time Saban made the decision to fire his offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and promoted former Southern Cal head coach Steve Sarkisian to OC before the team's biggest game of the year. That three-year pairing ended one game earlier than expected. He'll be on the spot against a Clemson defense that shut out Ohio State 31-0.
"I don't think we were clicking. And I think the way we've approached this week will be helpful to him". But I thought the preparation was good. And I think that's the thing that in the last few games, he's been a little bit indecisive.
Third downs converted by Alabama in 15 attempts. If not, though, Alabama may easily regret letting Kiffin go before the most important game of the season. Alabama has a stable of talented running backs, but Scarbrough was the cheat code - the seemingly impossible athletic specimen who kept getting better and better as the games mattered most.
"Everything was smooth the whole week of practice", receiver Gehrig Dieter said.
"But at the same time, it's something that we're going to have to get used to. we have complete confidence in Coach Sark, and we think he'll do a great job come Monday". "It was a smooth transition".
Just as LSU's 13-1 2011 season nearly doesn't exist to Tigers' fans, thanks to Saban and Alabama embarrassing the previously unbeaten Tigers 21-0 in the national title game, Alabama's 14-1 2016 season will be blank space in the minds of Crimson Tide fans. He passed that one with flying colors. Williams, who sat out last season overcoming a neck injury, leads the team with 90 catches for 1,267 yards and 10 touchdowns. On the other hand, Alabama brings in true freshman Jalen Hurts which brings a new aspect to the Alabama offense with his ability to run the ball in the RPO or Read Option plays.
Howard managed to get behind the Clemson defense on a terrific play call for a 68-yard touchdown from Hurts late in the third.
Something changed in the semifinal win over Washington, where he gained 180 yards and scored two touchdowns, and carried over through three-quarters in the title game against Clemson.
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