With 18 openings remaining on the roster for the 2013 Senior Bowl, it’s clear that the SEC will be the dominant conference at Mobile’s annual all-star game. The addition of five more SEC players to the lineup on Wednesday brought the conference’s representative to one-quarter of the 88 players who have been confirmed by Senior Bowl officials as having accepted invitations to play in the game.
Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson is coming to the Senior Bowl, the all-star game confirmed via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. The former Andalusia High School star is the Crimson Tide’s third-leading tackler this season heading into its meeting with Notre Dame in the BCS national championship game on Jan. 7. Johnson is the first Alabama player confirmed for the 2013 game. He is not expected to be the last.
Alabama C Barrett Jones and Georgia LB Jarvis Jones have joined a short list of SEC players who have earned consensus All-American status twice. The NCAA compiles a consensus All-American team for its annual record book, using a point system to determine the best of the best from the major selectors to produce a definitive All-American squad for each season.
Miami (Ohio), a two-time winner of the GoDaddy.com Bowl, is known as the Cradle of Coaches because of the lineup of famed football men who have come from its program — icons such as Red Blaik, Paul Brown, Weeb Ewbank, Woody Hayes, Ara Parseghian and Bo Schembechler. But it’s really the bowl that deserves the nickname now as its teams churn out coaches for larger programs.
The Atlanta Falcons remained the NFL’s only undefeated team by beating the Dallas Cowboys 19-13 on Sunday night, and former Foley High School standout Julio Jones again played a big part in the Atlanta attack. Jones, a wide receiver who played at Alabama in college, caught five passes for 129 yards against the Cowboys. His receptions included a 38-yarder that he made even though Dallas cornerback Morris Claiborne was flagged on interference on the play. Jones also had catches of 48, 20, 18 and 5 yards.
Joe Castiglione can give an insight into the current college football season that few can offer. As the athletic director at Oklahoma, he’s watched his university’s football team play Kansas State and Notre Dame this season, two of the teams – along with Alabama and Oregon – most prominent in the projections for the BCS national championship game. Only three teams have played at least two of those four unbeaten squads this season – Oklahoma, Michigan and Miami (Fla.). The Sooners lost to Kansas State 24-19 on Sept. 22 and to Notre Dame 30-13 on Saturday. Those are Oklahoma’s only losses this season.
Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones of Foley provided the highlights for the Coastal Alabamians playing in the NFL on Sunday. The former Alabama standout was targeted only five times by Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan on a blustery day in Philadelphia, but Jones caught all five passes for 123 yards and one touchdown as the Falcons stayed undefeated with a 30-17 victory over the Eagles.