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.
Senior linebacker Nico Johnson, one of the leaders on an Alabama defense that ranks No. 1 in the nation, has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl. He’s the first Alabama player to be announced as a 2013 participant, and he’s unlikely to be the last.
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’s Junior Quarterback AJ McCarron made it known that he intends to forgo the NFL draft following the conclusion of the 2012 college football season. This means AJ will return for his Senior season at the University of Alabama. McCarron [...]
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The Senior Bowl officially announced the names of the Alabama players Saturday that have accepted invitations to the annual NFL showcase game in Mobile. The Crimson Tide contingent includes linebacker Courtney Upshaw, center William Vlachos, wide receiver Marquis Maze, cornerback DeQuan Menzie, safety Mark Barron and nose guard Josh Chapman.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Safety Robert Lester will return to Alabama for his senior season, the school announced in as part of a press release. Lester had been wavering between Alabama and the NFL. He quickly becomes the veteran of the secondary after Thursday’s announcement that cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, running back Trent Richardson and linebacker Dont’a Hightower will enter the NFL draft.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Robert Lester will return to Alabama for his senior season, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad via Twitter. Schad’s Tweet read, “Alabama S Robert Lester has told coaches he is STAYING in school after considering NFL Draft.” Lester would be the fourth underclassman to choose to stay in school rather than make the early jump to the NFL. Offensive linemen Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker all announced last month their intention to return to school.
What was different about Alabama’s senior wide receiver was that the world no longer revolved around him. As is the experience with many children transitioning to parenthood, focus shifted, and it suddenly was about someone much more important. When Marquis Maze became a first-time father 11 months ago, his purpose in life was now about his son, Marquis Maze the second. “It changed me drastically,” Maze said. “I had to be more responsible. I had to learn on the go, really. You know, I had to put him before I put myself.”
What will be Vlachos’ legacy? He has been a three-year starter and has earned several honors, Alabama coach Nick Saban noted. Vlachos was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and a finalist for the Rimington Award, which goes to the nation’s best center. “He was probably one of the best guys playing his position and did as good a job playing his position as anybody that’s ever played his position in the history of ball here,” Saban said. “If you look at the record and the achievement of his unit that he has a lot to do with making the line calls and making go with his leadership up front, I would say that would be pretty easy to verify. The guy has been a really, really good player.”
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Chance Warmack’s announcement Thursday that he would return to Alabama next season was obviously news worthy. So was the fact he has a 14-year-old brother named Dallas Warmack, whom he is grooming to one day play college football, possibly at Alabama. With one practice left, Warmack said Thursday he was looking forward to returning to Atlanta for the holiday weekend.
The Crimson Tide’s starting left guard explored making an early jump to the NFL. “I talked to my parents about it, and we discussed it,” Warmack said. “I’m pretty much gonna be here for another year. I like teammates, I love them to death. I love the program. I still feel I have a lot of stuff to do as far as developing as an offensive lineman. I want to help the team one more year.”
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, Alabama – Nine days ago, the star junior running back gave Alabama fans hope with comments he made after a 45-21 victory over Georgia Southern. He indicated that he would be back in 2012 for his senior season at Alabama. But there was reason to believe that what he said wasn’t what he meant to say.