Crimson Tide Extra by Marq_Burnett
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Nick Saban on Texas rumors: 'I'm just too damn old to start over somewhere else'
by Marq_Burnett
Sep 19, 2013 | 1089 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- The first question Nick Saban fielded during his weekly radio show was about reports of his agent, Jimmy Sexton, meeting with Texas regents. 

The phone conversation, according to the Associated Press, took place just two days after Alabama defeated Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship. 

Saban politely shot down the notion that he's leaving Alabama anytime soon or ever. 

Saban said he was unaware of any contact when asked about the report by the Tuscaloosa News' Cecil Hurt. 

"I haven't talked to anybody about that particular situation," Saban said. "They have a coach there. Every year it's something. Last year it was the Cleveland Browns. The year before that it was somebody else, the NFL. Terry and I are very happy here in Tuscaloosa. We really love the University of Alabama. We really feel like a part of the community here and we have a lot of good friends here."

As the crowd began to roar, Saban took it to the next level. 

"And, quite frankly, I'm just too damn old to start over some place else." 

 

Alabama fans line up at lunchtime for Nick Saban's 7 p.m. radio show
by Marq_Burnett
Sep 19, 2013 | 953 views |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
From left to right: Johnnie Sue Stillwell, Robbie Harris and Ben Humphries arrive early for Nick Saban's radio show. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
From left to right: Johnnie Sue Stillwell, Robbie Harris and Ben Humphries arrive early for Nick Saban's radio show. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama coach Nick Saban's weekly radio show doesn't begin until 7 p.m., but that didn't stop fans from lining up in Buffalo Wild Wings around noon on Thursday. Fans are allowed to ask Saban one question per season during "The Nick Saban Show" on Thursday's from 7 to 8 p.m. 

Johnnie Sue Stillwell, who's from Oxford, Ala., said she generally arrives in town with her camper on Wednesdays. Stillwell said she has been a season ticket holder for 30 years. 

"We enjoy coming to coach Saban's show and we like to hear what he has to say about the game every week," Stillwell said. 

Stillwell said she enjoys meeting all of the fans who come from different areas for the show and said it's like having an "extra family." 

"We have friends that we've met in line," she said. "We wouldn't have known these people if we didn't come get in line every week. There's no way I would have known any of these people. Now, we can't wait for the fall to come so we can come here and see what's going on with them and their families." 

Robbie Harris, from Childersburg, Ala., said he has been a season ticket holder for eight years. Harris said he was nervous at the start of the Tide's 49-42 victory over Texas A&M, but calmed down "once AJ (McCarron) got rolling." 

"I was like, 'Oh lord, here we go again,'" Harris said. "But after a while, I loved it. The (Texas A&M) fans were so nice. Almost too nice for SEC fans." 

Harris said he's "looking for No. 16" and all he ever looks for is a championship. 

Ben Humphries, from Jasper, Ala., graduated from the University of Alabama in 2005. His family has been season ticket holders since 1998. 

Humphries said Saban's work ethic sets him apart from any coach he's seen at Alabama. 

"He works harder than anyone else and he holds everyone in the organization accountable," Humphries said. "Even from the people who take the tickets at the gate. Everyone better be doing their job the right way or he's not going to be very happy. That's what makes him a successful coach." 


Former Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain prepares Colorado State for trip to the 'Mecca'
by Marq_Burnett
Sep 19, 2013 | 827 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- For four seasons with Jim McElwain as offensive coordinator, Alabama had historic success. 

Under McElwain's direction, the school produced its first Heisman Trophy winner in 2009 with Mark Ingram. McElwain also helped guide the team to two national championships in three years (2009, 2011). 

Alabama compiled a 48-6 record while McElwain orchestrated the offense. 

Crimson Tide players remember McElwain as a funny, joke telling guy who was a great teacher and leader. 

“In camp two or three years ago, he brought in a picture of a dead fish and a picture of a Charlie Tunafish,” fifth-year senior offensive lineman Kellen Williams said. “He said, ‘We have too many dead fish in here,’ and he put up the dead fish. Then he goes, ‘I want you to be like this guy,’ and he put up the picture of Charlie Tuna. Everybody broke out laughing. 

“It was the goofiest picture I’ve ever seen.”



Read what McElwain had to say about his return and thoughts from Tide coach Nick Saban and players.


Dakota Ball to miss 6-8 weeks after breaking foot
by Marq_Burnett
Sep 18, 2013 | 783 views |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- Redshirt freshman Dakota Ball broke his foot at the end of Tuesday's practice, Alabama coach Nick Saban said. 

Saban said Ball will need surgery and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. 

Ball, who's from Lindale, Ga., had emergency appendectomy surgery in August and missed a chunk of preseason practice. 


Cleveland Browns trade former Alabama star Trent Richardson to Indianapolis Colts
by Marq_Burnett
Sep 18, 2013 | 755 views |  0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson has a new home. 

Richardson, who was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, was traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft pick on Wednesday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the news. 

The Browns confirmed it with a tweet. 

"BREAKING: The Browns have acquired the Indianapolis Colts’ first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft for running back Trent Richardson," the post read. 

Richardson's former Tide teammate Josh Chapman tweeted his support of Richardson joining the Colts.

"Welcome to the fan bruh. Jump on this ride and help us continue building this monster. #coltstrong," Chapman's post read. 

In his short career, Richardson has rushed for 1,055 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also has 418 receiving yards and one reception touchdown. 

Alabama RG Anthony Steen returns; WR Kevin Norwood, CB Deion Belue continue to sit out
by Marq_Burnett
Sep 18, 2013 | 908 views |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama hit the practice field for its final day in full pads in preparation for Colorado State.

Here are some takeaways:

-- Right guard Anthony Steen was back with the first offensive line group. Steen was limited during Tuesday's practice. Tide coach Nick Saban said Steen was "probable" to play against Colorado State.

-- Wide receiver Kevin Norwood and cornerback Deion Belue rode stationary bikes and wore black, non-contact jerseys. Saban said both were "questionable" to play against Colorado State. With Wednesday being the team's last day in full pads, it is unlikely either will play against Colorado State. 

-- As the media's viewing period was ending, Geno Smith was seen working with the first team at the "star" position. Jarrick Williams lined up at "star" on Tuesday.

-- Cyrus Jones and Bradley Sylve were the two cornerbacks. John Fulton continued to watch. 

-- The four freshmen running backs continued to wear scout team numbers. Derrick Henry and Alvin Kamara wore No. 6, which belongs to Colorado State running back Chris Nwoke. Altee Tenpenny and Tyren Jones wore No. 7, which belongs to Rams running back Donnell Alexander. 

-- Parker McLeod and Cooper Bateman are the two scout team quarterbacks. Both wore No. 18, which belongs to Rams quarterback Garrett Grayson. Bateman already wears No. 18. Neither made the trip to College Station for Alabama's game against Texas A&M. 


Up next: Tide coach Nick Saban and select players will address reporters following practice. The Tide will practice in shells (shorts, shoulder pads and helmets) on Thursday before having a walk through on Friday. 

Saban says 5 CBs available if Belue is out against Colorado State
by Marq_Burnett
Sep 18, 2013 | 856 views |  0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Alabama WR Kevin Norwood and CB Deion Belue ride stationary bikes during Tuesday's practice. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
Alabama WR Kevin Norwood and CB Deion Belue ride stationary bikes during Tuesday's practice. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama cornerback Deion Belue has missed both practices this week. During his Monday news conference, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Belue was "questionable" to play against Colorado State. Belue injured his toe in the Tide's 49-42 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday. Saban provided an update on Belue's status during the SEC teleconference on Wednesday. 

"He's day-to-day," Saban said. "He hasn't been able to practice so far this week, but he is making progress." 

If Belue doesn't practice this afternoon, it is highly unlikely he will play on Saturday when the Tide faces Colorado State at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. 

But Saban and the Tide are prepared to play the Rams without Belue. Saban said there are five potential replacements for Belue. 

"Whether it be John Fulton, Bradley Sylve, Cyrus Jones and two freshmen, we're allowing all those guys to compete," Saban said. "At the end of the week, we'll see which one of those guys can play the best and those are the guys that we'll put out there in the game." 

Saban didn't name the two freshmen, but Maurice Smith is the only freshman cornerback who has played in the first two games. Smith is able to play cornerback and the "star" position, which is Alabama's fifth defensive back in nickel and dime packages.

"He's asking questions," safety Jarrick Williams said of Smith on Tuesday. "That's a big key, to ask questions. I'm explaining it to him and we all are just learning from there. We all are getting better at the same time." 


Alabama finds what a benefit it is to have a healthy Jarrick Williams
by Marq_Burnett
Sep 18, 2013 | 985 views |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama safety Jarrick Williams' story is one of perseverance. 

Heading into the 2012 season, Williams appeared to be headed toward more playing time and a possible starting spot in the secondary. He saw time at the "money" position, which is Alabama's sixth defensive back in dime packages. 

But a torn knee ligament sidelined him for the entire season and forced him to take a medical redshirt. 

Williams struggled to remain positive about the injury, but eventually worked his way back to 100 percent around the A-Day Game this past spring. 

At the beginning of preseason practice, he was behind sophomore Geno Smith at the "star" position, which is the fifth defensive back in Alabama's nickel packages. 

Williams caught a break when Smith was suspended for the season opener following a preseason arrest for driving under the influence. 

Now, Williams is one of the team's bright spots defensively. 

Read Williams' story and see what teammates had to say about him.

 

Alabama RB/H-back Jalston Fowler says he was scared "his knee would go out" in Tide's season opener
by Marq_Burnett
Sep 17, 2013 | 870 views |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- In his own words, Alabama running back/H-back Jalston Fowler said he ran scared in the Crimson Tide's season opener against Virginia Tech.  

Not because of the Hokies stout defense, but because Fowler was afraid his knee "would give out on him." 

"The first game (against Virginia Tech), I was scared," Fowler said on Tuesday. "I thought my knee was going to give out on me. This game (against Texas A&M), I was like, 'Whatever. Just go out there and ball and if it goes out, it goes out. Just go out there and play.'" 

Fowler scored the Tide's decisive touchdown on a five-yard pass from quarterback AJ McCarron in Alabama's 49-42 victory over the Aggies. Fowler also had four carries for 37 yards. Fowler said the coaches kept pushing him to run harder in preparation for the Aggies and said they told him he was playing scared. 

"I was like, 'I'm tired of hearing this,'" Fowler said. "I just want to go out here and play and get them (defenders) off of me, show them that I'm not scared." 


Alabama RG Anthony Steen watches drills; WR Kevin Norwood, CB Deion Belue sit out
by Marq_Burnett
Sep 17, 2013 | 715 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood and cornerback Deion Belue ride stationary bikes during practice. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood and cornerback Deion Belue ride stationary bikes during practice. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
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TUSCALOOSA -- The media viewing period was longer than it has been in a few weeks.

Here are some takeaways: 

-- Wide receiver Kevin Norwood and cornerback Deion Belue were riding stationary bikes and wore black, non-contact jerseys. Tide coach Nick Saban said both are "questionable" against Colorado State. 

-- Right guard Anthony Steen was at practice and with the offensive line group in a white jersey. Steen didn't participate in any drills. Saban said Steen is "probable" against Colorado State. 

-- Kellen Williams replaced Steen at right guard with the first offensive line group. The rest of the offensive line remained the same. 

-- Cyrus Jones and Bradley Sylve were the two cornerbacks working with the first team. John Fulton was limited during certain drills.

-- When Alabama worked on its nickel formation, Landon Collins came in at safety and Vinnie Sunseri moved to "star." HaHa Clinton-Dix was the other safety as usual.

-- All four freshmen running backs -- Derrick Henry, Altee Tenpenny, Alvin Kamara and Tyren Jones -- wore scout team numbers during today's practice.

-- T.J. Yeldon, Jalston Fowler, Kenyan Drake and Dee Hart worked with the running back group when the freshmen worked with the scout team. Hart did not have a single carry against Texas A&M on Saturday.

Up next: Select players will address reporters following practice tonight. Tide coach Nick Saban will speak to reporters following Wednesday's practice. 

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