|December 09, 2013||Alabama QB AJ McCarron one of six Heisman Trophy finalists|
|December 09, 2013||Alabama lands SEC-best 4 players on Associated Press first team|
|December 09, 2013||Alabama QB AJ McCarron wins the Golden Arm Award|
|December 08, 2013||C.J. Mosley, AJ McCarron and Kevin Norwood named permanent captains; full list of team awards|
|December 08, 2013||Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix had his knee scoped, but should be fine for the Sugar Bowl|
|December 08, 2013||No. 3 Alabama will face No. 11 Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl|
|December 08, 2013||Alabama coach Nick Saban's final ballot in USA Today coaches poll|
|December 07, 2013||Alabama coach Nick Saban talks Iron Bowl, endorses Auburn for BCS championship game|
|December 05, 2013||Alabama OC Doug Nussmeier one of front-runners for Washington head coach search (report)|
|December 04, 2013||Alabama junior guard Levi Randolph scores career-high in win over North Florida|
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was named one of six Heisman Trophy finalists on Monday.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy,” McCarron said following the announcement on Monday evening. “This will be my first trip to New York City, and I can’t put into words how much it means to me. I am truly privileged to have the opportunity to represent our team at the Heisman ceremony. None of this would be possible without my coaches and teammates. The offensive line, wide receivers, running backs and tight ends have done an unbelievable job all season and our coaches always put us in a position to be successful.”
McCarron led the Tide to an 11-1 record and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl in his final season. He has thrown for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns while completing 67 percent of his passes.
The Crimson Tide’s senior signal caller hopes to become just the second Heisman winner in Alabama history (Mark Ingram, 2009). Alabama’s last Heisman finalist was Trent Richardson, who finished third in 2011.
Before that David Palmer (1993) and Jay Barker (1994) went in back-to-back seasons.
Along with McCarron, Jameis Winston (Florida State), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), Andre Williams (Boston College) and Tre Mason (Auburn) were also named finalists.
Winston is considered the favorite to win college football’s most coveted award. Winston has racked up 4,013 total yards and 42 total touchdowns.
Manziel, who became the first freshman to win the award in 2012, has accounted for 4,418 yards and 41 touchdowns.
Lynch has gained 2,676 yards through the air and 1,881 on the ground while scoring 45 touchdowns.
Williams has rushed for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Mason came on strong after the Tigers knocked off Alabama and won the SEC championship over Missouri. He amassed 468 rushing yards and five touchdowns in those games. On the season, Mason has rushed for 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns.
The Heisman Trophy will be presented Saturday at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN.
TUSCALOOSA -- The 2013 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team were released Monday, with player's position, name, school, height, weight and class (u-unanimous selection to first team; t-tied at a position):
WR — Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 205, Sr.
WR — Mike Evans, Texas A&M, 6-5, 225, So.
L — Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, 6-4, 340, Sr.
L — Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama, 6-6, 310, Jr.
L — Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5, 305, Sr.
L — t-Justin Britt, Missouri, 6-6, 315, Sr.
L — t-Greg Robinson, Auburn, 6-5, 320, So.
L — t-Anthony Steen, Alabama, 6-3, 309, Sr.
C — Travis Swanson, Arkansas, 6-5, 315, Sr.
TE — Arthur Lynch, Georgia, 6-5, 254, Sr.
QB — Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 6-1, 210, So.
RB — u-Tre Mason, Auburn, 5-10, 205, Jr.
RB — Jeremy Hill, LSU, 6-2, 235, So.
K — Marshall Morgan, Georgia, 6-3, 200, So.
All-Purpose — Odell Beckham Jr., LSU, 6-0, 193, Jr.
E — u-Michael Sam, Missouri, 6-2, 255, Sr.
E — Dee Ford, Auburn, 6-2, 240, Sr.
T — Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina, 6-4, 298, Jr.
E — t-Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, 6-6, 274, Jr.
E — t-Kony Ealy, Missouri, 6-5, 275, Jr.
LB — u-C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2, 232, Sr.
LB — Ramik Wilson, Georgia, 6-2, 232, Jr.
LB — A.J. Johnson, Tennessee, 6-2, 243, Jr.
CB — E.J. Gaines, Missouri, 5-11, 195, Sr.
CB — Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida, 5-11, 192, Fr.
S — Cody Prewitt, Mississippi, 6-2, 220, Jr.
S — Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt, 6-1, 205, Sr.
P — Cody Mandell, Alabama, 6-3, 213, Sr.
WR — Jarvis Landry, LSU, 6-1, 195, Jr.
WR — Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri, 6-6, 225, So.
L — Ja'Waun James, Tennessee, 6-6, 316, Sr.
L — t-Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt, 6-5, 295, Sr.
L — t-Antonio Richardson, Tennessee, 6-6, 327, Jr.
L — t-Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi, 6-5, 315, Fr.
L — t-Trai Turner, LSU, 6-3, 316, So.
C — Reese Dismukes, Auburn, 6-3, 297, Jr.
TE — t-Evan Engram, Mississippi, 6-3, 217, Fr.
TE — t-Hunter Henry, Arkansas, 6-6, 250, Fr.
TE — t-C.J. Uzomah, Auburn, 6-4, 258, Jr.
QB — Aaron Murray, Georgia, 6-1, 208, Sr.
RB — T.J. Yeldon, Alabama, 6-2, 218, So.
RB — t-Todd Gurley, Georgia, 6-1, 232, So.
RB — t-Mike Davis, South Carolina, 5-9, 215, So.
K — Zach Hocker, Arkansas, 6-0, 191, Sr.
All-Purpose — Christion Jones, Alabama, 5-11, 185, Jr.
E — Alvin Dupree, Kentucky, 6-4, 252, Jr.
T — Anthony Johnson, LSU, 6-3, 294, Jr.
E — Dante Fowler Jr., Florida, 6-3, 266, So.
LB — Avery Williamson, Kentucky, 6-1, 238, Sr.
LB — t-Lamin Barrow, LSU, 6-23, 232, Sr.
LB — t-Serderius Bryant, Mississippi, 5-9, 215, Jr.
LB — t-Trey DePriest, Alabama, 6-2, 245, Jr.
LB — t-Sharrod Golightly, South Carolina, 5-10, 195, Jr.
LB — t-Denzel Nkemdiche, Mississippi, 5-11, 207, So.
LB — t-Andrew Wilson, Missouri, 6-3, 240, So.
CB — Andre Hal, Vanderbilt, 6-0, 186, Sr.
CB — t-Chris Davis, Auburn, 5-11, 200, Sr.
CB — t-Victor Hampton, South Carolina, 5-10, 202, Jr.
CB — t-Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida, 6-0, 190, Jr.
S — Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama, 6-1, 208, Jr.
S — Landon Collins, Alabama, 6-0, 215, So.
P — Drew Kaser, Texas A&M, 6-3, 205, So.
Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn, 6-1, 210, Jr.; AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama, 6-4, 214, Sr.; Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU, 6-5, 235, Sr.
Steven Clark, P, Auburn, 6-5, 230, Sr.; Ego Ferguson, T, LSU, 6-3, 309, Jr.; Markus Golden, E, Missouri, 6-3, 260, Jr.; Brandon Ivory, T, Alabama, 6-4, 310, Jr.; Chris Jones, T, Mississippi St., 6-5, 305, Fr.; Craig Loston, S, LSU, 6-2, 209, Sr.; Michael Palardy, P, Tennessee, 5-11, 185, Sr.; Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama, 6-0, 210, Jr.; Robenson Therezie, S, Auburn, 5-9, 204, Jr.; Nickoe Whitley, S, Mississippi St., 6-1, 205, Sr.; Gabe Wright, T, Auburn, 6-3, 296, Jr.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tre Mason, Auburn
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Michael Sam, Missouri
COACH OF THE YEAR
Gus Malzahn, Auburn
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Alex Collins, Arkansas
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama held its annual team banquet to recap the 2013 season on Sunday.
A few highlights include linebacker C.J. Mosley, quarterback AJ McCarron and wide receiver Kevin Norwood being named permanent captains. The three will have their hand and foot prints made outside of Denny Chimes on A-Day.
Mosley was also named the team’s most valuable player for the second straight year.
Unsung Hero Award
To the player who has made significant contributions to the success of the team and received the least recognition for it
Kenny Bell, Kenyan Drake, Arie Kouandjio and Chad Lindsay
Outstanding Senior Scholar
To the senior with the highest GPA
Kevin Norwood and Cade Foster
Commitment to Academic Excellence Award
To the player who has demonstrated the greatest commitment and achievement in his academic endeavors during the previous year
Ryan Kelly, O.J. Howard, Brian Vogler, Geno Smith, DeAndrew White and Deion Belue
Iron Man Award
To the player(s) who have shown the most dedication to the individual and team goals of the Crimson Tide’s year-round strength and conditioning program
A’Shawn Robinson, Jalston Fowler, John Fulton and Xzavier Dickson
Most Inspiring Player
To the player who affects the whole team by his attitude as well as his performance (voted on by the players)
Pat Trammel Award
To a senior player whose character and contributions to the Alabama Football Team most personify the All-American youth of today and has reflected qualities of Integrity, Character, Importance of Academics and Inspirational Leadership during their time at Alabama
Deion Belue and Kellen Williams
Outstanding Defensive Performer To the player with the most tackles/points
C.J. Mosley and Trey DePriest
To the outstanding lineman from each unit
Austin Shepherd, Ryan Kelly, Jeoffrey Pagan and Brandon Ivory
Defensive Achievement Award
To the player who has played a critical role in the effectiveness of this unit
Ed Stinson, Landon Collins, Denzel Devall and Jarrick Williams
Offensive Achievement Award
To the player who has played a critical role in the effectiveness of this unit
Cyrus Kouandjio, Kevin Norwood, Anthony Steen and Brian Vogler
To a player from each unit who has shown perseverance in making outstanding contributions to the team’s success
Adrian Hubbard, Vinnie Sunseri, Amari Cooper and Christion Jones
Jefferson County Distinguished Alumnus Award
A former player who has exemplified the principles, values, character and attitude that make a person successful either during a particular life experience or over a period of time
Special Teams Player of the Year Award
To the most valuable special teams player
DeAndrew White, Cody Mandell, Landon Collins and Tana Patrick
Offensive Player of the Year Award
To the most valuable offensive player
AJ McCarron and T.J. Yeldon
Defensive Player of the Year Award
To the most valuable defensive player
C.J. Mosley and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Most Valuable Player Award
To the overall most valuable player on the team (voted on by the players)
Captain Awards To the players elected by their teammates as permanent team captains (voted on by the players)
C.J. Mosley, AJ McCarron and Kevin Norwood
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama finished at No. 3 in the final BCS standings.
The Crimson Tide (11-1) will face No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2) on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sugar Bowl. The Sooners finished third in the Big 12.
This will be Alabama’s third straight BCS bowl appearance.
The Tide and Sooners last met in 2003, a 20-13 Oklahoma victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The two met in the 1970 Bluebonnet Bowl which ended in a 24-24 tie.
It is the Tide’s first trip to the Sugar Bowl since 2008 when Alabama fell to Utah 31-17. The last time Alabama played in the Superdome was January 2012 when the Tide defeated LSU 21-0 in the national championship game.
This is Alabama's sixth BCS bowl appearance and fifth in the last six years under coach Nick Saban.
Rose Bowl, Wednesday, January 1 : No. 5 Stanford vs. No. 4 Michigan State
Fiesta Bowl, Wednesday, January 1: No. 15 UCF vs. No. 6 Baylor
Sugar Bowl, Thursday, January 2: No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 11 Oklahoma
Orange Bowl, Friday, January 3: No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 12 Clemson
BCS National Championship: No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 2 Auburn
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama coach Nick Saban gave in-state rival Auburn the ultimate endorsement during his appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay.
When asked if a one-loss Auburn should play in the BCS national championship game, Saban made a compelling case for the Tigers.
“Well, I really do believe that since Auburn beat us, if they win the SEC Championship Game, they certainly deserve the opportunity to play in the national championship game. That’s what I think,” Saban said. “That’s not to take anything away from anyone else, but that’s just how I feel relative to our circumstance in our league.”
Saban made the trip to Indianapolis for a few segments on the show. He broke down the SEC championship, but didn’t pick a winner.
Saban was also asked if there was anything he’d do differently in the Iron Bowl if given the chance.
“Well I think when you create difficult situations for yourself in circumstances in the game, it makes for really difficult decisions as a coach,” Saban said. “Obviously when those things don’t work, you wish you did something else. But I’m very proud of the way our team competed and improved this year. We didn’t play the way we wanted to in the second half of the game that was a personification of lack of attention to detail and discipline to execute. I think there’s a lot of lessons for our team to learn from that.”
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama men’s basketball rebounded from its two-game skid with a 76-48 thumping of North Florida on Wednesday in front of a sparse crowd in Coleman Coliseum.
Junior guard Levi Randolph paced the Crimson Tide with a career-high 20 points while true freshman Jimmie Taylor nearly had double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Tide opened the game with an 11-0 run and never let up.
“Proud of the effort our guys gave today,” Tide coach Anthony Grant said. “I thought we really set the tone from a defensive standpoint with the energy we played with to begin the game. We were able to stretch the lead out a little bit, and in the second half, I thought our guys came out with great energy and great focus.”
The Tide found its shooting range early and remained hot. The Tide shot 47.4 percent (9-19) from three-point range while holding North Florida to 25 percent (5-20) from behind the arc. Randolph nailed three of the three-pointers.
“We’ve just been talking in practice and coach has been preaching that when we have open shots, don’t turn them down,” Randolph said.
Alabama was able to pound North Florida inside as well with 32 points in the paint and a 45-37 rebounding advantage.
“Rebounding wise, I thought we did a really good job in the second half of coming up with 50-50 balls and rebounding the ball, which allowed us to get out in transition,” Grant said.
Junior forward Nick Jacobs put in 13 points while senior guard Trevor Releford added 10.
In his first career start for the Tide, Algie Key scored six points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists. It was Key’s 21st birthday, but that wasn’t the reason he earned the start.
Grant said Key replaced guard Retin Obasohan because Obasohan is recovering from an ankle injury.
Alabama (4-3) travels to Tampa, Fla. Saturday to face South Florida at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU. The Tide will return home Saturday, Dec. 14 to host Charleston Southern at 7:30 p.m. CT.