These are highlights from the 2012 football season for the Alabama Crimson Tide. At the end of the regular season Alabama had a 11-1 record, had clench the SEC Western Division Title and earned a trip to the SEC Championship. With a victory in the SEC Championship game, Alabama would get a shot to win back to back National Championships by playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Download Here (13mb) The 2012 Alabama football media guides features information relating to the team players, history, statistical records and other similar items. Media guides are usually distributed to sports journalists to assist in their broadcasting of the team game.
The 2012 Alabama football media guides will be distributed to the media beginning on Tuesday at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., but they can be viewed today here on the following page: 2012 Alabama Football Media Guide
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.
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.”
Fluker, a sophomore, would be eligible for the NFL draft because he would be three years removed from high school. That would make him a fourth-year junior in 2012. An Alabama spokesman issued the statement via email. Here is the statement in its entirety. “I know there have been a few stories and different things out on the message boards lately about me possibly leaving school early,” Fluker said in a written statement. “I want to go ahead and put all of that to rest and make it clear that my intentions are to stay in school. At my position, I still have a lot to learn in order to mold myself into the best offensive tackle I can be.
TUSCALOOSA – The 2011-12 Alabama basketball team is about to find out how far it has come in the past year. On Tuesday, the Crimson Tide (2-0) traveled 1,750 miles to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for an eight-team basketball tournament that starts today. A 4 p.m. CST game (ESPN2) against Maryland (1-0) is the first challenge in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Like last season, Alabama has won its first five games. But Week Six was where the Crimson Tide started to struggle in 2010. It lost at South Carolina and went on to lose two more regular-season games. Nico Johnson remembers. The 35-21 loss to the Gamecocks was the junior linebacker’s first loss as an Alabama player. In this video, he talks about a chip on the shoulder. Among other things, he also talks about what it was like in the Tide’s locker room last Saturday following a 38-10 victory at Florida.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – This was the same banquet room of the Harbert Center where third-year Alabama coach Anthony Grant speaks each season, but this was a different time and audience. This is fall, not winter. Basketball practice still is nine days away. This was the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, not the Birmingham Tip Off Club. This was a group of businessmen more than boosters, and Grant – who is all business all the time – spoke more about team building, motivation and culture than he spoke about power forwards, perimeter shoot and full-court presses.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – How’s injured center Mousa Gueye doing? What about SEC expansion? Any thoughts on a basketball schedule with 13 teams in the league? In this video, Alabama basketball coach Anthony Grant talks about all of this and more Tuesday before speaking to the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham. See what he has to say about watching Alabama’s football team practice. He looks for tips that can help him coach his basketball team.
TUSCALOOSA – Picture a car with four slashed tires. Now imagine a tank rolling over it, crushing the frame. That’s about what the fourth quarter has been like for the second-ranked University of Alabama football team this year. The Crimson Tide has outscored its opponents 45-8 in five final quarters so far this season, but that statistic only begins to tell the story of how Alabama has beaten down and demoralized its opposition. Consider that UA has only thrown six passes in the fourth quarter, that it is averaging more than 10 yards per carry, that opponents have completed just 38 percent of their pass attempts, turned the ball over four times and average less than 2.5 yards on the ground.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama is 5-0, coming off wins over Arkansas and Florida and looking like a juggernaut in the making. Mark that November game with No. 1 LSU down as a national championship elimination contest. Right? The second-ranked Crimson Tide was in a similar position this time last season and got pushed around by South Carolina in Game 6. Two more games slipped away in the fourth quarter, creating painful memories that might keep ‘Bama players from getting too carried away this year. “We let it get away from us last year,” tailback Trent Richardson said. “We were a few plays from being in the national championship game. We sat down as a team and said it can’t be like that next year.”
It was obviously a good win for our team. I think one of the most important things in this past game is when things didn’t go well early, especially defensively, there was really no panic. We did a really good job the first two drives of the game offensively, coming up with scores, with the field goal and touchdown, then the defense sort of settled down. In boxing, you never know when you have a good fighter until the guy gets hit, gets staggered, and you see how he takes a punch.
Hart is recovering from offseason surgery. In early August, Alabama coach Nick Saban said it would be October until Hart might be able to run. Not only has Hart been spotted jogging, but sprinting across a football field. Nick Saban: “It’d be a real longshot if that guy could come back and contribute at all this year.”
Of its 923 rushing yards, 413 have come in the fourth quarter. That’s almost 45 percent. Opponents have been held to 44 rushing yards in the fourth quarter. “Last year, in the Auburn game, we didn’t finish well, and you can see the outcome of that game,” senior wide receiver Darius Hanks said. “This year, we’re just trying to win every fourth quarter.”