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|November 24, 2013||Alabama a double-digit favorite over Auburn heading into Iron Bowl|
|November 23, 2013||Alabama QB AJ McCarron connects with brother Corey for 1st time in final home game|
|November 22, 2013||Alabama coach Nick Saban, QB AJ McCarron embody father-son relationship|
|November 21, 2013||Senior profile: Alabama RG Anthony Steen|
|November 21, 2013||Alabama LB C.J. Mosley named finalist for Nagurski Trophy and Lombardi Award|
|November 20, 2013||Nick Saban says Florida State is 'arguably the best team in the country right now'|
|November 20, 2013||Alabama practice report: Updates on injured players|
|November 20, 2013||Alabama finalizes 2014 schedule|
|November 20, 2013||Alabama QB AJ McCarron on the latest Sports Illustrated cover|
TUSCALOOSA -- On the fourth play of Alabama’s opening drive of the second half, one McCarron dropped back and tossed a pass to another McCarron.
Quarterback AJ McCarron connected with his younger brother, tight end Corey McCarron, for a three-yard gain. It was the first time the two brothers were able to hook up on a play in their Crimson Tide careers. AJ brought Corey to his postgame press conference following the Tide’s 49-0 thrashing of Chattanooga.
“I keep telling people that’s the reason I stayed, for memories like this,” AJ said. “It’s just something we’ll be able to cherish for the rest of our lives.”
AJ is the star quarterback, while Corey is the walk-on tight end. Corey said he’s worked all year for a moment like this.
“It was worth every second,” Corey said. “That was one of the greatest moments of my life. I will never trade it for anything.”
Corey jokingly said the pressure was on him to make the catch.
“A lot because if I would have dropped it, he would have yelled at me in front of a lot of people,” Corey said. “It’s something we do every day and something we’ve been doing since we were kids.”
Still, big brother had to offer some coaching tips to little brother.
“I congratulated him, but I still chewed his butt out and told him he should have got up field faster,” AJ said. “I’m happy for him, but I’m still going to be the bigger brother.”
Added Corey, “I should have got a lot more yards. The way we run that play, we usually get hit pretty soon. So I kind of stopped and turned my head so I didn’t get crushed. But I should have gotten more yards. It was still fun.”
Tide coach Nick Saban said he was happy to see them share the moment.
“AJ told me a long time ago that he’d like to throw a pass to his brother some day,” Saban said. “I told (offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier) Coach Nuss at halftime to think of a play we could put Corey in and AJ would have a chance to throw him the ball. … I think they were pretty excited about it.”
The McCarron’s parents were at the game for Senior Day and AJ was sure his mother, Dee Dee Bonner, cried upon seeing it happen.
“I literally could hear her screaming over everybody as soon as he caught it,” AJ said. “The rest of the crowd was probably like ‘All right great, a five-yard gain’ and she was still yelling. The whole family probably cried.”
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley was named a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award on Thursday.
Mosley leads the Crimson Tide with 81 tackles while recording 7.0 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and a team-high eight quarterback hurries.
Mosley is one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and one of five for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Missouri’s Michael Sam is the only other finalist from the SEC.
The Nagurski Trophy is awarded to the nation’s top defensive football player. The Lombardi Award honors the nation’s top interior lineman or linebacker.
Mosley has been the SEC Defensive player of the week for two straight weeks. He is also a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, Bednarik Award and the Lott Impact Trophy.
TUSCALOOSA -- If both teams win out, Alabama and Florida State will likely meet in the national championship game.
The Crimson Tide has been No. 1 in the BCS standings since the initial release of the rankings, while Florida State switched places with Oregon a few times before taking a strong hold over the No. 2 spot when the Ducks fell to Stanford.
Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher served as the offensive coordinator under Tide coach Nick Saban while at LSU. Saban called Fisher “one of the best coaches we’ve had” on his staffs throughout the years. He also praised Fisher’s team.
“If you look at the whole body of work and the way they beat people, they’re arguably the best team in the country right now,” Saban said during his Wednesday news conference. “And they weren’t that way when he went there, so he made a significant amount of improvement.”Injuries
Alabama could be without two key contributors in Saturday’s game versus Chattanooga.
Tide coach Nick Saban said both running back T.J. Yeldon and tight end Brian Vogler were “game-time decisions.”
Both players injured their ankles in the second half of last week’s game at Mississippi State.
Vogler sat out of the first two days of practice and wore a black, non-contact jersey. He was with the tight end group during Wednesday’s practice, but was limited.Yeldon has been limited during drills all week.
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama finalized its 2014 schedule on Wednesday by adding a game with Southern Miss in Tuscaloosa on September 13, 2014.
The Crimson Tide’s schedule includes seven home games, four road games, and one neutral site game next season.
The Tide will open the 2014 season against West Virginia in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game.
The Tide also opened the 2008 and 2009 seasons in Atlanta with wins over Clemson and Virginia Tech, respectively.
Alabama defeated Virginia Tech this year in the Georgia Dome on August 31.
Home games in 2014 include Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss, Florida, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Western Carolina and Auburn. Road games are Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee and LSU.
By adding the date with Southern Miss, Alabama will have byes before trips to Ole Miss and LSU.
2014 ALABAMA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Site
Aug. 30 West Virginia Atlanta, Georgia
Sept. 6 Florida Atlantic Bryant-Denny Stadium
Sept. 13 Southern Miss Bryant-Denny Stadium
Sept. 20 *Florida Bryant-Denny Stadium
Oct. 4 *at Ole Miss Oxford, Mississippi
Oct. 11 *at Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas
Oct. 18 *Texas A&M Bryant-Denny Stadium
Oct. 25 *at Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee
Nov. 8 *at LSU Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nov. 15 *Mississippi State Bryant-Denny Stadium
Nov. 22 Western Carolina Bryant-Denny Stadium
Nov. 29 *Auburn Bryant-Denny Stadium
*Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponent
— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) November 20, 2013