Diallo enters transfer portal: Texas A&M defensive lineman Mohamed Diallo has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, according to an athletic department spokesperson.
The 6-foot-4, 325-pound redshirt junior saw action in just one game for the Aggies in 2018 after transferring from Arizona Western Community College.
Diallo, a Toronto native, recorded 30 tackles, five tackles for loss and two sacks in his JUCO career, garnering offers from Aggie head coach Jimbo Fisher, Fresno State, Kansas, Ole Miss and Oregon.
Moses like the confidence: Alabama junior middle linebacker Dylan Moses wasn’t surprised Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond called himself the Southeastern Conference’s best quarterback a day earlier at the SEC Media Days. Moses was Mond’s high school senior teammate at IMG Academy.
“I mean, he’s confident in himself,” Moses said Wednesday. “I don’t doubt or have anything against anyone who has confidence in himself. With him feeling that way, hey, best to him.”
Better than Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, last year’s Heisman runner-up and reigning SEC first-team quarterback?
“I wouldn’t say that,” Moses said. “If [Mond] feels confident in himself to say that, you know, go with it.”
Moses is 2-0 against his former teammate. Alabama grabbed a 45-23 victory last year. Moses had a game-high nine tackles, including two against Mond, one for a 2-yard loss. Mond rushed for a game-high 98 yards with a touchdown and threw for 196 yards and another touchdown. But he threw two interceptions, completed only 16 of 33 passes and was sacked seven times.
Two years ago, Alabama won 27-19. Moses, who basically was just on special teams, didn’t have a tackle. Mond threw for 237 yards, completing 19 of 29 with a touchdown and interception. He was sacked four times.
Numbers don’t tell everything: Former Texas A&M special teams coach Jeff Banks seemingly had a tough first season at Alabama. The Crimson Tide averaged only 34.7 yards per punt to rank 13th in the SEC and the Crimson Tide missed a league-high nine extra points.
“Jeff Banks is one of the best special teams coordinators in the country, and we were very successful on special teams last year, even though our specialists were not what we’d like for them to be,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “I think we’ve added some people that may be able to add some consistency for us in that regard.”
Banks, who also coaches tight ends, replaced Joe Pannunzio, who returned to the NFL.
“Jeff Banks is a really smart guy,” Alabama middle linebacker Dylan Moses said. “I think, like, he’s the best special teams coordinator/tight ends coach in the country.”
Remembering a cousin: Arkansas defensive tackle McTelvin Agim had a Chucky doll sitting on his lap as he talked to the media.
“It represents somebody who was very dear to me, my little cousin,” Agim said.
John Neal Jr., a 19-year-old cousin of Agim, was found dead in a burnt vehicle in Texarkana in 2018, but was shot at a different location. The homicide remains unsolved.
Agim said the doll, who represents his little cousin, is a character from the Child’s Play horror movies.
Powerful siblings: One of the Georgia players at SEC Media Days was senior defensive back J.R. Reed, who also came to the event last year in Atlanta. Reed is the brother of Texas A&M sprinter Jaevin Reed. J.R. Reed has started 29 straight games after sitting out the 2016 as a transfer from Tulsa.
“He’s also a product of a transfer which has been a lot of topic of conversation,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “He’s a kid that’s come into our program and has been a great leader. He does things the right way.”
J.R. and Jaevin both graduated from Prestonwood Christian.