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Alabama QB AJ McCarron says walk-on QB Luke Del Rio will be a 'heck of a player in the future'
by Marq_Burnett
Oct 14, 2013 | 952 views |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

TUSCALOOSA -- After Alabama coach Nick Saban praised walk-on quarterback Luke Del Rio during his weekly radio show, starting quarterback AJ McCarron spoke highly of the true freshman quarterback.

“Luke has been very good. I like Luke a lot,” McCarron said on Monday. “I kind of mess with him. He’s always around me trying to learn everything. Sometimes you’ve got to try to hide from him, get away.

"He’s a really smart kid, throws a really good ball, and I think he’s going to be a heck of a player in the future. I really do.”

Del Rio was one of four quarterbacks who traveled to Texas A&M and Kentucky, along with McCarron, backup Blake Sims and redshirt freshman Alec Morris.

Del Rio is the son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. He is one of three true freshmen quarterbacks on the Tide’s roster along with Cooper Bateman and Parker McLeod.

On Thursday, Saban said Del Rio is playing the role of the team’s third-string running back.

“We’ve been really pleased with the way Luke Del Rio has developed as a quarterback,” Saban said. “Probably not playing him this year unless we have to but he’s done a really good job as the third guy.”

A true freshman quarterback has never taken a snap during Saban’s tenure at Alabama.


Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix's status unchanged
by Marq_Burnett
Oct 14, 2013 | 524 views |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama coach Nick Saban said nothing has changed regarding the status of suspended safety HaHa Clinton-Dix.

During his Monday news conference, Saban said Clinton-Dix is helping the Crimson Tide on the scout team defense

“I think he’s done as good a job in trying to practice and continue to improve working and practicing on scout team as anyone could,” Saban said.

Clinton-Dix has missed the past two games after being suspended for a violation of team rules. Saban and Alabama have not commented on the specifics of Clinton-Dix’s situation.

“I’m sure it’s a difficult circumstance,” Saban said. “Nobody that is a true competitor likes not to be there for his teammates. HaHa has been that kind of player for us.”

Sophomore Landon Collins has filled in for Clinton-Dix at free safety. Saban said he would provide an update on Clinton-Dix when there is new information.

“You’ve got to make good choices and decisions about what you do, and when you don’t do the right things, there are consequences that we all have to suffer through,” Saban said. “Hopefully this will be a great learning experience for not only HaHa but each and every player on our team.” 

Watch Nick Saban's full Monday news conference (Courtesy of 247Sports)


Alabama RG Anthony Steen named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week
by Marq_Burnett
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama right guard Anthony Steen was named the SEC offensive lineman of the week on Monday for his performance against Kentucky. 

Here are the SEC's notes on Steen:

• Recorded the top grade on the offensive line.

• No missed assignments, no sacks, no pressures and no penalties.

• Offensive line did not give up a sack as a unit and averaged 8.4 yards per play.

• Offense piled up 668 total yards – the most since 833 yards vs. Virginia Tech in 1973.

• Alabama had a 300-yard passer and two 100-yard rushers for the first time in school history. 

Kickoff for Tennessee at Alabama set for 2:30 p.m. CT on October 26
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TUSCALOOSA -- Kickoff for Tennessee at Alabama on October 26 has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT, the SEC announced on Monday. 

CBS will televise the game. 

Vanderbilt at Texas A&M, 11:21 a.m., SEC TV

Tennessee at Alabama, 2:30 p.m., CBS

South Carolina at Missouri, 6 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2

Furman at LSU, 6 p.m., Institutional PPV

Florida Atlantic at Auburn, 6:30 p.m., FSN

Idaho at Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m., CSS


Full coverage from No. 1 Alabama's 48-7 victory over Kentucky
by Marq_Burnett
Oct 12, 2013 | 937 views |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 1 Alabama dominated Kentucky on Saturday for a 48-7 victory in Commonwealth Stadium. 

Here is the Anniston Star's coverage from the game:

Game story: After a slow start and two early turnovers, the Crimson Tide pummeled the Wildcats.

Analysis: It was an all around outstanding performance for the Tide.

Notebook: Bradley Sylve steps up, Christion Jones plays running back, fumble problems and more.

Photos: Check out a slideshow of the best shots from the Tide's victory. (By staff photographer Trent Penny)    

Five questions with a Kentucky beat writer
by Marq_Burnett
Oct 12, 2013 | 874 views |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- In order to breakdown Alabama’s opponents, each week we’re reaching out to beat writers who cover the opposing teams. Jen Smith covers Kentucky for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Q: The Wildcats are 1-4, but does the win-loss record tell the entire story?

A: Kentucky’s record is a little bit deceiving in that it’s played the toughest stretch in school history, with losses against three straight top 20 opponents in South Carolina, Florida and Louisville. The Cats’ loss to Western Kentucky had a lot to do with nerves, new coaches and new schemes. UK relies heavily on freshmen and struggled in its opener.

Q: Jalen Whitlow played a great game against South Carolina. What makes him a dangerous quarterback?

A: Jalen Whitlow is most dangerous because he is hard to contain and he makes plays with his feet. The quarterback leads UK in rushing with 238 yards and three touchdowns this season. As he's continued to improve as a passer, defenses are having to play UK a little more honestly, as South Carolina learned in the fourth quarter. Whitlow guided UK on three scoring drives, hitting 4 of 6 passes, including a season-best 33-yarder.

Q: What's Mark Stoops message to his players heading into this game?

A: The same message he's had all season, which is just keep improving, keep getting better every day, every play. UK knows it has a huge mountain to climb here, but it believes that there has been improvement each week and eventually it will equal wins.

Q: How does Kentucky's defense plan to slow/stop Alabama's balanced offensive attack?

A: Behind Stoops, a defensive guy, Kentucky has been adept at disguising defenses. Using essentially five down linemen against Louisville, the Cats were able to contain a high-powered Cardinals offense for nearly three quarters. I'd say mostly, UK will throw multiple looks at Alabama, hoping to at least slow the Tide down. But Stoops admitted this week that Alabama is able to score in so many different ways, they're tough to plan against.

Q: Give Alabama fans a Kentucky player on offense and defense who could surprise the Crimson Tide.

A: Offense: Jojo Kemp (true freshman running back has bursts of speed and big-play ability). Defense: Za'Darius Smith (junior college defensive end has a knack for getting to opposing quarterbacks and making plays).

Prediction: Alabama 42, Kentucky 6


Thursday's Alabama coverage in the Anniston Star
by Marq_Burnett
Oct 10, 2013 | 1314 views |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- No. 1 Alabama is just a couple of days away from facing Kentucky on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT. 

Here is the Anniston Star's coverage in Thursday's paper:

Main story: Defenses are scheming to take away Alabama's deep passing threats, but the Crimson Tide has adjusted. Quarterback AJ McCarron is throwing quick passes and the wide receivers are running shorter routes and using their speed to make plays. 

Notebook: Sophomore running back Kenyan Drake missed the season opener, but is now providing the Tide with a nice counter to starter T.J. Yeldon in the running game, wide receiver Amari Cooper is "getting healthy" and more. 

Alabama coach Nick Saban provides brief update on safety HaHa Clinton-Dix
by Marq_Burnett
Oct 09, 2013 | 1157 views |  0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- While his stance hasn't changed much, Alabama coach Nick Saban provided a brief update on safety HaHa Clinton-Dix's suspension. Saban said Clinton-Dix won't play this weekend when the Crimson Tide travels to Kentucky on Saturday. 

"HaHa's suspended until we make an announcement that he's not," Saban said. "I think I've made that statement more than once. We would tell you if anything changes." 

Clinton-Dix was spotted at Wednesday's practice working with the safety group. 

Nick Saban on Amari Cooper: 'He's getting healthy and he's had a really good week'
by Marq_Burnett
Oct 09, 2013 | 796 views |  0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- Due to nagging injuries, Alabama sophomore wide receiver Amari Cooper hasn't performed up to the lofty expectations set before the season. This season, Cooper has just nine catches for 100 yards. He has gone without a catch in two of the Crimson Tide's five games. 

Cooper has been bothered by foot and toes injuries since the beginning of preseason practice. On the SEC teleconference, Tide coach Nick Saban said Cooper is "getting healthy." 

"I think it's very frustrating when you have something that's nagging you that you can't do things on a consistent basis like you'd like to do them," Saban said. "I think the fact that we haven't played him as much lately, I do think he's getting healthy and he's had a really good week this week, so hopefully if we don't have a setback, he'll be able to continue to progress and do a good job." 

Wednesday's Alabama coverage in the Anniston Star
by Marq_Burnett
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TUSCALOOSA -- No. 1 Alabama is preparing for a trip to Kentucky on Saturday. The Crimson Tide is a heavy favorite over the Wildcats. 

Here is the Alabama coverage in Wednesday's Anniston Star. 

Main story: 

Center Chad Lindsay draws good reviews after his first start. Lindsay's father, Duff Lindsay, who played offensive line at Mississippi State from 1977-1980, said Chad learned everything from him up to about the eighth grade, but since then, he’s allowed Chad’s coaches to coach while he supports his son. 

Notebook: 

Nick Saban wants the Tide to focus on creating more turnovers, Landon Collins and Geno Smith adjust to their new position and an injury update


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