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Linebacker Nico Johnson, much like a slew of his Alabama teammates, figured Notre Dame would at least try to establish a running game to go along with the passing of Everett Golson in Monday’s BCS National Championship. The Fighting Irish attempted just 19 rushes against Alabama in Monday’s 42-14 rout. That’s the fewest of any of the Crimson Tide’s opponents this season.
With 2012 officially in Alabama’s rearview mirror after Monday’s 42-14 rout of Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship, the wait is on for the respective decisions of three Crimson Tide juniors who are pondering an early jump to the NFL. Cornerback Dee Milliner, projected by many as a potential top 10 pick, said he would begin the decision-making process today.
Alabama’s AJ McCarron learns of his girlfriend’s sudden Twitter fame, vows to have LeBron follow him (video)
The more ESPN showed AJ McCarron’s girlfriend – Miss Alabama USA pageant winner Katherine Webb – during Monday’s BCS National Championship, the more her Twitter following sky-rocketed. As of 2 a.m. on Tuesday, her group of followers stood just shy [...]
AJ McCarron fielded the usual array of questions during his Thursday morning press conference at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort. With offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier by his side, the Alabama quarterback discussed the pressure that comes with his position, his thoughts on being known as a “game manager” and the dangers posed by the Notre Dame defense.
Damion Square thought it would sink in when he walked off the practice field today in Tuscaloosa. He thought wrong. The fifth-year senior defensive end will play his last game for Alabama on Monday, when the Crimson Tide squares off against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship. He’s acknowledged the thought of it being his final game in an Alabama uniform and he’s certainly been asked about it plenty, but he’s yet to fully embrace it. Why?
Harry Hiestand traded Tennessee orange for the golden domes of Notre Dame before the 2012 season, but he just can’t get away from Alabama. The BCS National Championship game will mark the third time in as many years that the veteran offensive line coach will prepare his unit for Alabama’s defensive line.
Make it three Coach of the Year awards for Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly. The third-year Fighting Irish coach was named the Associated Press’ coach of the year today. He received 25 of a possible 49 votes, beating out Penn State’s Bill O’Brien, who was second with 14.
Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz offered some unsolicited advice to Nick Saban today during a teleconference with national media members. If the Alabama coach is looking for ways to motivate his players, Holtz said he should direct them to the national coverage leading up to the BCS National Championship game because “you never see anything about Alabama.”
‘Growing process’ has Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson riding high into BCS National Championship
There’s no bigger stage in college football, of course, than the BCS National Championship game. So, you can excuse Notre Dame redshirt freshman quarterback Everett Golson for entering it with an increased amount of pre-game jitters, right?
Three Alabama players are one step closer toward becoming unanimous, first-team All-Americans. Linebacker C.J. Mosley, cornerback Dee Milliner and Chance Warmack are now 4-for-4 on NCAA-recognized All-American teams, as they each landed a spot on the Associated Press’ team, which was released today. Center Barrett Jones was also included, giving him the title of a consensus All-American and helping Alabama land an NCAA-best four players on the AP team. Right tackle D.J. Fluker made the AP’s second team while quarterback AJ McCarron landed a spot on the third team.
Alabama’s Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack, Dee Milliner land spots on ESPN.com’s 2012 All-America team
It’s hard to find a 2012 All-American team that doesn’t include Alabama’s Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack and Dee Milliner. ESPN.com’s was no different. The inclusion of Jones, Warmack and Milliner ties Alabama with Texas A&M for the most representatives on the team. Jones and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones are the only players who made the cut two years in a row.
Brent Calloway might not know what position he’ll be playing at this time next year, but he isn’t sweating it. He’s having far too much fun delivering crushing hits as a core member of Alabama’s special teams units. That’s been the only constant throughout his redshirt freshman season, and he’s made the most of it.
As long as Alabama’s offense is productive, ‘it doesn’t matter who’s getting the yards,’ says Tide’s Eddie Lacy
Eddie Lacy has 164 carries, more than 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. These are big numbers, but they certainly could be bigger if Lacy wasn’t apart of a two-man tandem in the Alabama backfield. But would he still be as healthy as he currently is today? These are thoughts that are only presented to Lacy when he steps in front of a group of reporters. That’s because he’s been thrilled with how he and freshman T.J. Yeldon have divided the load and, more often than not, conquered opposing defenses.
The rundown from today’s practice is already online, but it’s not complete until we provide the video evidence. Here it is. Featured are Alabama’s running backs, who were popular with strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran, and the Crimson Tide wide receivers, who also worked on their version of ball security.
Georgia ranks 16th in the nation in scoring defense (17.67 points per game), 22nd in total defense (337.83 yards per game), 67th in rush defense (163.42 yards per game) and ninth in pass defense (174.42 yards per game).