Lane Kiffin, Alabama: Much maligned as a head coach, Kiffin has taken his fair share of criticism, which was often justified, during his head coaching stops at Tennessee and USC. But he’s not being hired to run the program, just the offense, so most of the pressures that come with being “the man” won’t exist for Kiffin as the offensive coordinator. At Alabama, coordinators rarely meet with the media, so there won’t be a lot of Kiffin soundbites or quotes out there, allowing him to focus on the task at hand. Nick Saban thinks highly of Kiffin’s play-calling ability and offensive mind, and that’s an area Kiffin has a strong reputation. The Crimson Tide ranked sixth in the SEC in yards per game (454.1), sixth in red zone efficiency (66 percent) and fourth in points scored per game (38.2). Those are all areas Kiffin can help improve, though he’ll have to develop a new quarterback, the successor to Heisman Trophy finalist AJ McCarron. Kiffin was offensive coordinator of a national championship team at USC, which certainly doesn’t hurt as he returns to the coordinator role.
Nothing new here, but the Kiffin question definitely has to be one of the biggest for the entire SEC heading into the 2014 season. I wonder if we’ll be able to detect any differences in the A-day game, despite what will be an overwhelmingly vanilla gameplan?
Ultimately, the rapid recovery inspired Sunseri to revisit the conversations he had with his parents while he was healthy. Using every last minute — and then some — before the deadline to enter his name, Sunseri decided to move on from Alabama. There hasn’t been time to look back.
“It’s never been about money. It’s the next stage of my life. I feel like I’m ready to take that next step,” he said Sunday at the NFL Combine.
“I came out of high school early and a lot of people questioned that, questioned going to Alabama, wondered if I’d be able toproduce there and I was able to do that and show everybody that I was able to play with elite players there.
“I’m just readyto take that next step and play professional football.”
Earlier this week, I questioned Vinnie’s comments about his decision to come out early for the draft. This statement makes a lot more sense to me. If it truly isn’t about money (and the amount of money in question is debatable, as Vinnie was never going to climb into the first round), then the decision suddenly makes a lot of sense. If the opportunity is there (and it is), then why not go ahead and go for it?
Tennessee-committed wide receiver Preston Williams will be in Tuscaloosa, where his father Antoneyo Williams once played for the Crimson Tide. Williams is ranked the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation for the class of 2015 by 247Sports and despite his early commitment to the Vols has continued to visit other schools.
What the deuce? A Bama legacy player is already committed to the Vols? How does that happen? Fortunately, there is a ton of time left in this recruiting cycle and you have to imagine we are going to come hard after young Mr. Williams over the next 11 months.
AL.com: What stood out to you? Savage: I would say Kevin Norwood was seen as possession receiver for the better part of his career.
He went down to the Reese’s Senior Bowl and ended up being the South’s Most Outstanding Player in the game and then carried that momentum into the Combine and runs sub-4.5. I think he absolutely helped himself through this pre-Draft evaluation period. I think he’ll probably still be a mid-to-late round draft choice but I think he definitely answered some questions that people had on him, so I thought the Combine was a good experience for him.
If you only click on one link this morning, this would be the one that I would recommend the most. Phil Savage is about as knowledgeable as anybody in the game, and he does a great job of breaking down how Bama players did at the Combine. It’s good to see Kevin Norwood is getting some attention after posting a very impressive forty time.
AJ McCarron recently went under the NFL’s largest microscope at the Combine. Now, it’s time for camp. McCarron will be one of nine draftable quarterbacks to go through former NFL coach Jon Gruden’s “QB Camp” on ESPN over the next two months.
A date for McCarron’s episode has not been set, but most will run on Tuesdays in April at 8 p.m.
With starTrevor Relefordon his way out, the quick 4-star prospect is expected to compete for the starting point guard position next season.
“I’m just ready to get down there and get better as a team and build a good, winning program,” Coleman told AL.com. “People are not guaranteeing a starting spot or playing time in the freshman year. I’m just looking to get down there, work hard and hopefully get in the starting lineup.”
“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.”