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 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.
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.
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.
First it was Amari Cooper. Then it was Kevin Norwood, and eventually Christion Jones and Kenny Bell pulled up a bit lame. Then, it was Cooper and Norwood once again. The University of Alabama wide receivers have had a rough season from a health standpoint, with at least one receiver being limited or unavailable virtually every game this season. As the Crimson Tide (10-1) prepares to play host to rival Auburn Saturday, the latest concern is for Norwood, who did not play Saturday against Western Carolina. UA coach Nick Saban has said he expects Norwood to be back this weekend.
The group does not feature a single star. Thirteen Alabama players have at least one catch this season: seven wide receivers, four running backs and two tight ends.
Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Christion Jones makes a juggling catch again the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers for a touchdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. ROLL TIDE!
Da’Rick Rogers officially has left Tennessee’s football team, just not the state’s borders. The former all-Southeastern Conference wide receiver has transferred to Football Championship Subdivision program Tennessee Tech, the school confirmed Monday afternoon. The move was announced four days after Tennessee indefinitely suspended Rogers for a violation of team rules.
Watch as the Alabama receivers and quarterbacks prepare to face the Michigan Wolverines at Monday’s practice session.
Alabama WR Kevin Norwood balancing preparation with concern as his family braces for Tropical Storm Isaac (video)
Seven years ago almost to the day, Norwood, Alabama’s junior wide receiver, was preparing for the wrath of Hurricane Katrina with his family in D’Iberville, Miss. Now, while he is with the Crimson Tide as it makes its final preparations for Saturday’s game against Michigan, Norwood’s family is bracing for another significant storm, Tropical Storm Isaac.
The Alabama football team is optimistic that it can produce more explosive plays this season because of its deeper corps of wide receivers. Now here’s a video of wide receiver Christion Jones talking about the Crimson Tide’s big-play potential. A new cast is eager ignite Alabama’s offense.
Bradley Sylve fractured a bone in his left hand in a practice earlier this week, but as you can see in this video, the backup cornerback is participating in drills with other Alabama defensive backs. It’s a large cast, and Sylve obviously is favoring the hand, but he is out there for a second consecutive practice. No black non-contact jersey for this speedster.
"We have a good group of receivers on and off the field, and that’s the biggest thing for me," the Alabama QB says. "I like going out and working with these guys. They have great attitudes every day and they want to practice and want to get better."
This might be bad news for defensive backs who will be facing the Alabama football team this season. “I think we probably have maybe the best chemistry that we’ve had for a long time between the quarterbacks and receivers,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tuesday after practice. He went on to rave about AJ McCarron, who is preparing for his second season as the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback.
As a veteran and as a cornerback, Dee Milliner is able to provide a unique and respected opinion about the progress of Alabama’s offense. He lines up every day against the unit’s wide receivers, so he knows who is making strides and who is, perhaps, easier to cover. He can also provide plenty of perspective on the guys who are throwing those passes.