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Five players leave early for the NFL Draft

Since head coach Nick Saban took over in 2009, he has had 25 players leave the program early for the draft. He had five more on Thursday. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Da’Ron Payne, Ronnie Harrison and Bo Scarbrough all announced that they would submit their names for the NFL Draft on Thursday, while wide receiver Calvin Ridley announced on Wednesday via Twitter. 


Alabama defeats Georgia in overtime thriller to capture 17th national title

ATLANTA- No. 4 Alabama defeated No. 3 Georgia in overtime, 26-23, in the College Football Playoff National Championship to capture its 17th title in program history. The win gives head coach Nick Saban his sixth national championship, tying Paul “Bear” Bryant for the most all time. Alabama finished off the season with a 13-1 record, and captured its second championship in the playoff era. The Crimson Tide came back from a 13-0 deficit to shock Georgia for the win. This is the fifth time under Saban that Alabama has won a national championship.