In back-to-back national championship games against top-ranked defenses, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has completed 43 of 62 passes and thrown four touchdowns without a single interception.
Alabama center Barrett Jones will have surgery Wednesday to repair several torn ligaments in his foot. Thought initially to be just a sprain, Jones said that the injury will keep him away from football for 3-4 months.
Alabama arrived at Miami’s chic and historic Fontainebleau Hotel via police escort Wednesday afternoon. A couple fans and reporters were there to greet the team. Read the full story…
Alabama is already working on a replacement for defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt, who is reportedly leaving the program to become the new defensive coordinator at Florida State. Tennessee’s safeties coach Josh Conklin and cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley, and Utah State’s Bill Busch have been approached by Alabama, with Conklin and Busch having already interviewed this week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Not much has changed since Tuesday’s practice, as the same players–Barrett Jones, Jesse Williams and Jarrick Williams–are still wearing their black non-contact jerseys. One assistant coach was MIA, however.
In his first post-season press conference, Alabama head coach Nick Saban addressed AJ McCarron’s decision to come back for his senior year, rooting for Notre Dame as a kid and coaching in the NFL.
Tuesday evening, Alabama head coach Nick Saban provided status updates on all injured players, including Barrett Jones, Kenny Bell and Jarrick Williams, who made his re-debut at practice.
As Alabama began preparing for Notre Dame Tuesday afternoon, there were quite a few players sporting black non-contact jerseys. Some who we expected to see, and some who we haven’t seen in awhile.
Senior center Barrett Jones became the first Alabama player to win the William V. Campbell Trophy, which honors college football’s best scholar-athlete, Wednesday night in New York City.
Gus Malzahn was hired as Auburn’s new head coach Wednesday evening. So what’s to become of Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who was reportedly the Tigers leading candidate? He’s staying put in Tuscaloosa. For now, at least.
The Crimson Tide’s defense, which has struggled in its last two SEC games, hopes to make Auburn’s true freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace’s first experience in Bryant-Denny Stadium an unpleasant one.
Barrett Jones was named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, which honors the nation’s best linebacker or interior lineman.
It was like New Years Eve in Tuscaloosa Saturday night. Fans and some players (Barrett Jones makes a cameo in this video) took to the streets around the University of Alabama to celebrate Kansas State and Oregon losing games they were expected to win. Kansas State was shocked by Baylor 52-24 on the road and Oregon lost to Stanford 17-14 in overtime at home. And now, the Crimson Tide is No. 2 in the newest BCS standings. Notre Dame, the country’s only undefeated team, is No. 1, and Georgia, who Bama could face in the SEC Championship game if they make it past Auburn this weekend, is lurking at No. 3.
After No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon were knocked off their pedestals Saturday night, Alabama regained control of its college football destiny. Trips to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game and Miami for the national championship are all opportunities that await the Crimson Tide. But there is one thing that stands in the way—Auburn.