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Alabama wide receivers coach Mike Groh sizes up the Crimson Tide’s 42-14 win over Notre Dame (video)
Alabama wide receivers coach Mike Groh stopped to talk to AL.com at Sun Life Stadium after the Crimson Tide’s 42-14 victory over Notre Dame. So how did Alabama put together such solid passing attack?
Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier stopped to talk at Sun Life Stadium after the Crimson Tide’s 42-14 victory over Notre Dame. So how did Alabama put together such a dominant offensive performance?
The injury that Barrett Jones suffered in the SEC Championship Game was portrayed for five weeks as a sprained foot. It turns out that wasn’t quite the case. In second-ranked Alabama’s 42-14 victory over top-ranked Notre Dame, Jones played Monday night with torn ligaments in his left foot.
Paul Bryant won six national championships in 25 seasons as Alabama’s head football coach. Nick Saban has won three national championships in six seasons as Alabama’s head coach. And he’s won four overall, counting the one he won in 2003 at LSU. So does Saban compare to the “Bear”? No less an authority than Mal Moore says yes.
Alabama coach Nick Saban wasn’t happy at halftime Monday night. On its was to a 42-14 victory, his team led Notre Dame 28-0 in the BCS Championship Game, but it apparently wasn’t enough to please a coach who now has [...]
Barrett Jones mixed a little humor with serious comments Tuesday night in his Campbell Trophy acceptance speech in New York. “The best part of this trip has been getting to meet these guys,” the senior center said after becoming the first Alabama player to win the prestigious award, considered the Heisman Trophy for student-athletes.
In case you were wondering what became of the ball that AJ McCarron threw to Christion Jones for a single-season school-record 21st touchdown pass Saturday, it was handed off. “Our equipment manager, (Jeff) Springer, saved it, and then I gave it to my parents after the game,” the Alabama quarterback said Tuesday after practice.
“Woohoohoo!” That was the cry let out by someone celebrating Oregon and Kansas State losses Saturday night on The Strip near the Alabama campus, as captured on this YouTube video (see the 1:43 mark). It looked like Barrett Jones. Could it have been Alabama’s senior center? “Uh … that wasn’t me,” Jones said after practice Tuesday. His grin said otherwise.
As a runner, AJ McCarron isn’t going to be confused with Michigan’s Denard Robinson or Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, but is the Alabama quarterback’s mobility underrated? “I don’t think it really matters, because I’m not used as a runner,” he said Tuesday after practice.
John Fulton missed the Alabama football team’s game last week because of a turf-toe injury. The junior cornerback practiced Monday, and as you can see in this video, he’s back out there Tuesday participating in drills with Alabama’s other defensive backs.
For the second time in the past four years, Alabama’s Kirby Smart has been recognized as college football’s top assistant coach. The Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator was named the assistant coach of the year Tuesday by the American Football Coaches Association. In 2009, Smart won the Broyles Award that goes to the top assistant coach.
T.J. Yeldon didn’t do much Monday at the Alabama football team’s first practice of Iron Bowl week. That changed Tuesday. The freshman running back is participating fully in drills with his unit. How does he look?
Backup running back Brent Calloway ran a career-high seven times for a career-high 52 yards Saturday in the Alabama football team’s 49-0 victory over Western Carolina. Calloway also had three tackles (two solo) on kickoff coverage. Afterward, coach Nick Saban was asked what he thought of the redshirt freshman’s performance.
The latest Bowl Championship Series standings are out, and as expected, there has been quite a shakeup at the top. Kansas State and Oregon have been replaced at the top by Notre Dame and Alabama. It didn’t take long for the Crimson Tide to rebound from a Nov. 10 loss to Texas A&M, thanks to help from Baylor and Stanford. Only two weeks remain before the two teams who will meet in the 2013 BCS Championship Game will be determined. It appears to be coming down to a six-team race, though that might be a generous assessment to Kansas State.
The same three teams that are ranked 1-2-3 in the shaken-up major polls are the top three teams at the top of the Harris poll. No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia all moved up two spots, while Oregon fell three spots to No. 4 and Kansas State dropped five spots to No. 7. Oregon lost to Stanford 17-14 in overtime and Kansas State lost 52-24 at Baylor on Saturday night.