|December 19, 2013||Alabama practice report: Tide LB Trey DePriest limited as Sugar Bowl prep continues|
|December 18, 2013||JUCO All-American D.J. Pettway and teammate Jarran Reed sign with Alabama|
|December 18, 2013||Alabama practice report: Tide continues camp-style workouts with a two-a-day|
|December 18, 2013||Four Alabama players named to AFCA FBS Coaches' All-American Team|
|December 18, 2013||With RG Anthony Steen out, Nick Saban says there are multiple options to replace him|
|December 17, 2013||Alabama begins Sugar Bowl prep|
|December 17, 2013||Alabama lands two players on the Associated Press All-American first team|
|December 14, 2013||Alabama defeats Charleston Southern 59-45|
|December 13, 2013||Nick Saban agrees to new contract with Alabama|
|December 12, 2013||AJ McCarron believes Nick Saban is staying at Alabama|
TUSCALOOSA -- While there is still a ton of recruiting to be done, Alabama’s 2014 class inked its first two members on Wednesday.
Junior college defensive linemen Jarran Reed and D.J. Pettway both signed with the Crimson Tide. Both played for East Mississippi Community College College, which won the NJCAA championship last week. At 6-foot-4, 310-pounds, Reed racked up 66 tackles and 3.5 sacks this season. Among others, Reed had offers from Florida, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
Pettway is one of the four players who was dismissed from the team following a February arrest for second-degree robbery. Pettway was granted youthful offender status. Since Pettway signed with Alabama in 2011, he will not count against the 25 scholarship limit for the 2014 limit.This season, Pettway had 47 tackles including 11.5 sacks. He was named a JUCO All-American.
Quarterback — Jameis Winston, redshirt freshman, 6-foot-4, 229 pounds, Florida State.
Running backs — Andre Williams, senior, 6-0, 227, Boston College; Ka'Deem Carey, junior, 5-10, 196, Arizona.
Tackles — Jake Matthews, senior, 6-5, 305, Texas A&M; Cyrus Kouandjio, junior, 6-6, 310, Alabama.
Guards — Cyril Richardson, senior, 6-5, 340, Baylor; David Yankey, senior, 6-5, 313, Stanford.
Center — Bryan Stork, senior, 6-4, 300, Florida State.
Wide receivers — Brandin Cooks, junior, 5-10, 186, Oregon State; Mike Evans, sophomore, 6-5, 225, Texas A&M.
Tight end — Jace Amaro, junior, 6-5, 260, Texas Tech.
All-purpose player — Jordan Lynch, senior, 6-0, 216, Northern Illinois.
Kicker — Roberto Aguayo, redshirt freshman, 6-1, 203, Florida State.
Ends — Michael Sam, senior, 6-2, 255, Missouri; Jackson Jeffcoat, senior, 6-5, 250, Texas.
Tackles — Aaron Donald, senior, 6-0, 285, Pittsburgh; Will Sutton, senior, 6-1, 288, Arizona State.
Linebackers — Anthony Barr, senior, 6-4, 248, UCLA; C.J. Mosley, senior, 6-2, 238, Alabama; Ryan Shazier, junior, 6-2, 230, Ohio State.
Cornerbacks — Darqueze Dennard, senior, 5-11, 197, Michigan State; Lamarcus Joyner, senior, 5-8, 190, Florida State.
Safeties — Cody Prewitt, junior, 6-2, 220, Mississippi; Deone Bucannon, senior, 6-1, 198, Washington State.
Punter — Tom Hornsey, senior, 6-3, 210, Memphis.
Quarterback — Johnny Manziel, sophomore, Texas A&M.
Running backs — Tre' Mason, junior, Auburn; Bishop Sankey, junior, Washington.
Tackles — Cameron Erving, junior, Florida State; Taylor Lewan, senior, Michigan.
Guards — Gabe Jackson, senior, Mississippi State; Xavier Su'a-Filo, junior, UCLA.
Center — Gabe Ikard, senior, Oklahoma.
Wide receivers — Sammy Watkins, junior, Clemson; Davante Adams, sophomore, Fresno State.
Tight end — Eric Ebron, junior, North Carolina.
All-purpose player — Ty Montgomery, junior, Stanford.
Kicker — Anthony Fera, senior, Texas.
Ends — Vic Beasley, junior, Clemson; Shilique Calhoun, sophomore, Michigan State.
Tackles — Timmy Jernigan, junior, Florida State; Kelcy Quarles, junior, South Carolina.
Linebackers — Trent Murphy, senior, Stanford; Khalil Mack, senior, Buffalo; Chris Borland, senior, Wisconsin.
Cornerbacks — Justin Gilbert, senior, Oklahoma State; Jason Verrett, senior, TCU.
Safeties — Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, junior, Alabama; Ahmad Dixon, senior, Baylor.
Punter — Drew Kaser, sophomore, Texas A&M.
Quarterback — A.J. McCarron, senior, Alabama.
Running backs — Carlos Hyde, senior, Ohio State; Ameer Abdullah, junior, Nebraska.
Tackles — Jack Mewhort, senior, Ohio State; Gregory Robinson, sophomore, Auburn.
Guards — John Urschel, senior, Penn State; Ryan Groy, senior, Wisconsin.
Center — Reese Dismukes, junior, Auburn.
Wide receivers — Allen Robinson, junior, Penn State; Jordan Matthews, senior, Vanderbilt.
Tight end — Austin Seferian-Jenkins, junior, Washington.
All-purpose player — Odell Beckham Jr., junior, LSU.
Kicker — Jeff Budzien, senior, Northwestern.
Ends — Marcus Smith, senior, Louisville; Jeremiah Attaochu, senior, Georgia Tech.
Tackles — Ra'Shede Hageman, senior, Minnesota; Leonard Williams, sophomore, Southern California.
Linebackers —Shayne Skov, senior, Stanford; Max Bullough, senior, Michigan State; Denicos Allen, senior, Michigan State.
Cornerbacks — Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, junior, Oregon; Vernon Hargreaves III, freshman, Florida.
Safeties — Jimmie Ward, senior, Northern Illinois; Ty Zimmerman, senior, Kansas State.
Punter — Austin Rehkow, freshman, Idaho.
TUSCALOOSA -- No Trevor Releford, no problem.
Alabama men’s basketball team was without its star point guard due to what coach Anthony Grant called a hip injury, but his teammates stepped up in his absence in a 59-45 victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday.
“Charleston Southern is a very explosive offensive team and we knew coming in we had to do a great job on the defensive end,” Grant said. “I thought we did that for 40 minutes tonight.”
Guard Retin Obasohan led the way with 22 points, nine rebounds and six steals. Guard Rodney Cooper added 16 points and seven rebounds, including four three pointers.
“It was a team effort and everyone stepped up big for us,” Obasohan said. “Coop stepped up really big for us. We just kind of shared the load and picked it up as a team.”
Charleston Southern came into the contest leading the nation with 92.1 points per game, but couldn’t muster half of that against the Tide’s swarming defense.
“They are strong, athletic and extremely well coached,” Charleston Southern coach Barclay Radebaugh said. “Our offense is predicated on getting by and creating angles and just very simply we couldn’t get by Alabama. They are too strong, good, big and too well coached defensively. Most teams in the country we have been able to get by.”
As for Releford, Grant said the injury occurred before the Tide’s trip to New York, but Releford was able to play through it. Grant also said his injury shouldn’t be a long-term issue.
“It just needs to get better,” Grant said. “It’s limiting his mobility a little bit and we made the decision that we need to let it calm down a little bit and we’re hoping he can get back. We’ll take it day-to-day, but it shouldn’t be anything long-term. This week he was still having some discomfort with it so we just decided it would be best to let him go ahead and try to rest up and heal and get better.”
Along with Releford being out, junior forward Nick Jacobs injured his right shoulder in the first half. After having his shoulder looked at by trainers, Jacobs returned midway through the second half and finished the game. Grant said he will be day-to-day.
The Tide returns to action Tuesday, Dec. 17 when Wichita State travels to Coleman Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m on ESPNU.
TUSCALOOSA -- During his appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron reiterated his stance that Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban isn’t leaving the university.
McCarron said he asked Saban about the rumors “a while back,” and Saban told him he wasn’t going anywhere.
Saban’s word is good enough for McCarron.
“He told me he wasn’t going anywhere and the man’s never lied to me in the five years I’ve been there,” McCarron said. “Like I’ve always said, he’s like a second dad to me. I don’t see why he would leave and why he’d lie to me.”
McCarron also jokingly said he doesn’t believe Saban would have a say in the matter.
“I don’t think Miss Terry would allow him,” McCarron said of Saban’s wife. “Miss Terry is happy there and I always joke with coach about Miss Terry running the house. But coach loves it there and I don’t see coach trying to go to another program and build it all back up. He did that at Alabama, first at LSU, now at Alabama. I think coach is happy where he’s at.”