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Alabama wideouts take latest dose of adversity in stride, prepare for new challenges after Kenny Bell’s season-ending injury
Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell’s problem was a broken leg. The solution was surgery, which he had Sunday to ultimately end his 2012 season. As it heads into Saturday’s SEC Championship against Georgia, the Crimson Tide’s problem is figuring out how to replace the speedy, big-play threat. The solution is slightly more complicated.
Alabama safety Robert Lester smelled the end zone against Auburn, but still seeks 1st career TD (video)
Robert Lester has racked up 14 interceptions during his Alabama career, a figure that ranks fifth in program history, but he’s never taken one back for a touchdown. He thought he had one Saturday against Auburn.
Watch Chris Black, no longer in a black jersey, and the rest of Alabama’s wide receivers at practice (video)
As we mentioned in today’s practice report, freshman wide receiver Chris Black was no longer wearing a black, non-contact jersey when he joined his teammates for today’s session inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility. Whether that means he’ll actually play Saturday against Georgia in the SEC Championship remains to be seen.
The Iron Bowl rivalry might be a bitter, nasty one between the Alabama and Auburn fanbases, but there's no hint of it between the two coaches. While South Carolina's Steve Spurrier and Clemson's Dabo Swinney have traded barbs throughout the [...]
A nick here, a ding there, a twist here, a sprain there. That about sums up the game-by-game health of Alabama’s wide receivers throughout the 2012 season. Two members of the group, sophomore DeAndrew White (knee) and freshman Chris Black (shoulder), are lost for the season. The rest, meanwhile, have battled a variety of maladies that have either sidelined them for a game or two or simply forced them to miss a hearty dose of reps during practice.
If there’s an award in which Barrett Jones is eligible to win, there’s a good chance he’ll be in the running to the very end. One day after he was named as one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, the Alabama center was listed in the final four for the Lombardi Trophy, which goes annually to the nation’s top linebacker or interior lineman.
The remaining vacancy on Alabama’s 2013 schedule could be filled with a familiar face. According to a Denver Post report, Alabama and Colorado State are close to wrapping up a two-game contract. The Crimson Tide and Rams would face each other at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2013 and 2015, according to the report. Alabama would pay Colorado State, coached by former Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, in the neighborhood of $1 million for each game, according to the report.
Let the scoreboard-watching officially begin. About 24 hours since it suffered an upset loss to Texas A&M, Alabama learned that its official road back to the BCS national championship will require two unbeaten teams to pick up their first loss over the next three weeks. The Crimson Tide ranks No. 4 in the latest BCS standings, which were revealed tonight on ESPN. Ahead of it are No. 1 Kansas State, No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Notre Dame.
The Alabama coach talks about teachable moments, why his wife would be a better president than him and more.
With increased trust from his coaches, Alabama’s AJ McCarron has more freedom to audible before snap
In an interview Saturday with ESPN, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron revealed that he has much more freedom at the line of scrimmage this season than he did as a first-year starter in 2011. For anyone that paid close attention to McCarron’s pre-snap activities during Saturday’s 21-17 comeback win at LSU, that was abundantly clear.
Nick Saban ‘optimistic’ that Alabama RB Eddie Lacy, WR Amari Cooper will be ready for Saturday’s game
Both running back Eddie Lacy and wide receiver Amari Cooper practiced Tuesday and continue to show signs of progress from their respective ankle injuries, Nick Saban said on today’s SEC teleconference. The Alabama coach said he’s “optimistic” that Lacy and Cooper will be ready for Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. kickoff against No. 15 Texas A&M. Saban said Lacy, who mostly sat out Monday’s practice, took half of the repetitions at Tuesday’s practice. Lacy hurt his ankle during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 21-17 win at LSU. “Hopefully, he’ll be even better today,” Saban said.
After a lengthy Tuesday practice, Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix fielded numerous questions about the secondary’s struggles against LSU. His answers varied depending on the questions, but the end of them all had a similar theme. The Crimson Tide defensive backfield, bludgeoned for a season-high 298 passing yards against a quarterback that hadn’t thrown for more than 169 against any other SEC team, is ready to move on.
With no offense intended, Alabama coach Nick Saban made it abundantly clear Monday that Blake Sims — or whoever else plays the role of scout team quarterback at practice throughout the week — is no Johnny Manziel. Really, no one is. Only the Texas A&M quarterback himself can simulate the kind of razzle-dazzle mix of intuitive scrambling and throwing that has strengthened the “Johnny Football” aura with each passing week. And, unsurprisingly, he’s not scheduled to appear at any one of Alabama’s practices this week. “If we had somebody that could play that part, we’d play them,” Saban said. “They’d be playing.” It will be up to the Crimson Tide’s defense Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium to stop a quarterback that has shredded opposing defenses to the tune of 281 passing yards and 102 rushing yards per game.
After a momentary escape, autumn has returned to Tuscaloosa County. That means some of Alabama’s players are wearing a few extra layers under their uniforms as they go through their second practice of the week. It promises to be even chillier when the sun sets in a few minutes.
Alabama sophomore linebacker Adrian Hubbard has been more and more of a nuisance to opposing offenses as the season has progressed. Saturday’s comeback victory at LSU was no different. It was just the first time Hubbard has been recognized for his efforts by the SEC, which named him the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.