Dec. 17, 2014
Alabama, the top-seeded team in the College Football Playoff, put on full pads for the first time during bowl preparations on Wednesday during in a two-hour practice inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility. It was the second of seven bowl practices before Christmas and 13 prior to the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans in the first College Football Playoff. The game against No. 4 Ohio State will be broadcast on ESPN with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe calling the action.
Three more All-America teams were released on Wednesday – Sporting News, FWAA and AFCA – all naming Amari Cooper and Landon Collins, signifying them as unanimous first-team honorees in 2014. Three more players garnered first-team honors on Wednesday as the American Football Coaches Association selected linebacker Trey Depriest and offensive guard Arie Kouandjio to the first team, while Sporting News tabbed freshman punter JK Scott.
Today’s announcements gives Alabama five first team All-Americans among the five teams (Walter Camp, AP, Sporting News, AFCA and FWAA) officially designated as All-America selectors by the NCAA. That raises Alabama’s all-time total to 115 All-Americans who have garnered 135 All-America honors. Since 2008, the Crimson Tide has had 27 different players earn 31 first team All-America honors.
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