Alabama Junior running back Eddie Lacy, right tackle DJ Fluker, and corner back Dee Milliner declared their intentions to forgo their senior season at the University of Alabama and enter the NFL Draft. This has become an annual occurrence at Alabama. Although this might stifle the progress of most other football programs, this only serves as a lure for top level recruits to join the Alabama Crimson Tide football program so that they can have a chance to join the growing list of former Alabama players that have gone pro thanks to Nick Saban’s guidance and leadership.
Following the conclusion of the 2013 BCS National Championship game where the Alabama Crimson Tide dominated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish ESPN sports reporter Chris Low caught up with Linebacker Nico Johnson, Offensive Lineman Chance Warmack and DJ Fluker, as well as Defensive Back Dee Milliner to hear what they have to say about another impressive victory and winning a national championship.
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.
"Get your mind right!" isn't just D.J. Fluker's favorite phrase, as Alabama football teammate Chance Warmack revealed Monday. Warmack got that phrase right, all right. "Oh yeah, we wrote a little song on that," Fluker said after Tuesday's practice. How does that song go?
Coaches are often over the top with the kind of flattery they give their upcoming opponent. It's only a matter of time before we start to hear about how strong some of the SEC's Sun Belt opponents are. Regardless, the recent comments from Michigan coach Brady Hoke are worth acknowledging. His focus was directed at Alabama's offensive line, which is loaded with experience and players projected to thrive at the next level.
How alike are Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban?Left tackle D.J. Fluker laughed at the question.”You know? They’re just like brothers,” Fluker said. “They’re both picky. … It’s just fun to watch them go at it sometimes.”Like his coach, McCarron eats, drinks and sleeps football.
D.J. Fluker had heard it before from his coaching staff; that anybody on the team can show leadership.That message didn't quite sink in for the University of Alabama offensive lineman in his first three years on campus, but the fourth-year junior has embraced the concept in the preseason.
With the start of fall classes at the University of Alabama still a couple of weeks away, focusing on football should be a little easier for Alabama during fall camp. But it's not easy for D.J. Fluker. Without offering any specific details, the UA right tackle said he has been trying to set aside some recent personal problems at a time when he'd like to be worried about nothing but football.
This is the time of year when once upon a time the greatest interests among Alabama fans were the national championship and bowl game and recruiting. These days an additional topic is that of which underclassmen will leave the Crimson Tide to try the National Football League. [Read More]
TUSCALOOSA – Speculation on which University of Alabama underclassmen might be considering an early jump to the National Football League was reduced by one Monday when right tackle D.J. Fluker said he would return to UA for his fourth-year junior season in 2012. “I know there have been a few stories and different things out on the message boards lately about me possibly leaving school early. I want to go ahead and put all of that to rest and make it clear that my intentions are to stay in school,” Fluker said. “At my position, I still have a lot to learn in order to mold myself into the best offensive tackle I can be.” [Read More]
“First there are those who are winners, and know they are winners. Then there are the losers who know they are losers. Then there are those who are not winners, but don’t know it. They’re the ones for me. They never quit trying. They’re the soul of our game.”