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Amari Cooper's top plays
by Marq_Burnett
Aug 28, 2013 | 1015 views |  0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- We spotlighted running back T.J. Yeldon on Tuesday, so today we're going to look at another Alabama star who had a breakout season as a true freshman in 2012.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper didn't explode out of the gate like Yeldon, but gained steam as the season went on.

Cooper received more playing time when DeAndrew White went down with a knee injury.

He became a household name against Ole Miss when he caught eight passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns. And as they say, the rest was history.

He had 100 plus receiving yards in five of the Tide's final eight games.

He finished the season with 59 receptions and 1000 yards, both freshmen records. He also broke the school record with 11 receiving touchdowns.

Here are some of Cooper's top plays (Courtesy of TheU305Miami)


Alabama continues to work toward season opener
by Marq_Burnett
Aug 27, 2013 | 1082 views |  0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama looked crisp as it continues preparation for its season opener versus Virginia Tech Saturday, Aug. 31 at 5:30 ET in the Georgia Dome.

Here are some takeaways:

--Derrick Henry was seen working as the No. 2 running back behind T.J. Yeldon. Jalston Fowler, who is listed as the No. 2 tailback on the depth chart, practiced as the No. 1 H-back.

--Kellen Williams practiced with the first team offensive line. He and Arie Kouandjio split reps at left guard.

--Linebacker Tana Patrick participated in drills after being limited on Monday.

--Wide receiver Kevin Norwood was limited during certain drills. Norwood is still rehabbing his surgically repaired toes.

Up next: A few Alabama players will speak to reporters later today. 

T.J. Yeldon's top plays
by Marq_Burnett
Aug 27, 2013 | 1037 views |  0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon put his stamp on the Crimson Tide's program from day one.

Yeldon, a Daphne, Ala. native, became the first Alabama freshman to rush for 100 yards in their debut when he gained 111 yards and scored a touchdown in the 2012 season opener versus Michigan.

Yeldon rushed for 1108 yards and 12 touchdowns as a true freshman, including five games of 100 plus yards.

This season, he'll be the Tide's No. 1 tailback and is expected to do great things. He's a preseason All-American and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Here are some of Yeldon's top plays:

Alabama releases depth chart
by Marq_Burnett
Aug 26, 2013 | 1732 views |  0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- Nick Saban made it clear during Monday's press conference that he doesn't enjoy making depth charts.

Saban said the Crimson Tide's two-deep is for the media and fans. So here it is, Alabama's depth chart heading into the 2013 season.

The Tide opens the season in the Georgia Dome on Saturday versus Virginia Tech at 5:30 ET (4:30 CT).

Alabama Depth Chart (8-26-13)


DE 49 Ed Stinson

86 A'Shawn Robinson -or- 44 LaMichael Fanning

NG 99 Brandon Ivory

95 Darren Lake -or- 85 Korren Kirven

DE 8 Jeoffrey Pagan

54 Dalvin Tomlinson -or- 93 Jonathan Allen

SAM 42 Adrian Hubbard

25 Dillion Lee

MIKE 33 Trey DePriest

2 Reuben Foster

WILL 32 C.J. Mosley

11 Tana Patrick -or- 18 Reggie Ragland

JACK 47 Xzavier Dickson -or- 30 Denzel Devall

CB 13 Deion Belue

16 Bradley Sylve

CB 10 John Fulton

8 Cyrus Jones

21 Maurice Smith

SS 3 Vinnie Sunseri

26 Landon Collins -or- 20 Jarrick Williams

FS 6 HaHa Clinton-Dix

27 Nick Perry


LT 71 Cyrus Kouandjio

63 Kellen Williams

64 Grant Hill

LG 77 Arie Kouandjio

63 Kellen Williams -or- 68 Issaac Luatua

C 70 Ryan Kelly

78 Chad Lindsay

RG 61 Anthony Steen

50 Alphonse Taylor

RT 79 Austin Shepher

72 Leon Brown

TE 84 Brian Vogler

88 O.J. Howard -or- 89 Brandon Greene

TE/H 45 Jalston Fowler

82 Harrison Jones

QB 10 AJ McCarron

6 Blake Sims

RB 4 T.J. Yeldon

45 Jalston Fowler

1 Dee Hart -or- 3 Derrick Henry -or- 23 Altee Tenpenny

WR(X) 9 Amari Cooper

2 DeAndrew White

80 Raheem Falkins

WR(Z) 83 Kevin Norwood -or- 7 Kenny Bell8 Robert Foster 

WR(H) 22 Christion Jones

5 Chris Black


PK/KO 43 Cade Foster

99 Adam Griffith

HOLD 10 AJ McCarron

3 Vinnie Sunseri

P 29 Cody Mandell

99 Adam Griffith

SN 55 Cole Mazza

50 M.K. Taylor

PR 22 Christion Jones

1 Dee Hart

KR 22 Christion Jones

83 Kevin Norwood

5 Cyrus Jones

2 DeAndrew White 

AJ McCarron's top plays
by Marq_Burnett
Aug 26, 2013 | 1204 views |  0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- When quarterback AJ McCarron decided to return for his senior season, Alabama's chances of winning a third consecutive national championship increased significantly.

McCarron, a fifth-year senior, gives the Crimson Tide stability on offense with his playmaking ability and leadership.

Last season, McCarron tossed 30 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions. He racked up 2933 yards and was the nation's most efficient passer, completing 67.2 percent of his throws.

For his career, McCarron has passed for 5956 yards, 49 touchdowns and thrown only eight interceptions.

McCarron is 25-2 as a starter with two BCS national championships.

With all the weapons he'll have, McCarron could become the first Alabama quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards.

Today, we're going to take a look at some of AJ McCarron's top plays. The Mobile native has made a lot of big plays throughout his career so it would be tough to include each one.

AJ McCarron highlights (Courtesy of XOSSports

Alabama vs. Virginia Tech highlights 2009
by Marq_Burnett
Aug 25, 2013 | 1180 views |  0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- It's officially game week as Alabama is just six days away from meeting Virginia Tech in the Georgia Dome.

The Crimson Tide is off today and will continue preparation for the Hokies on Monday.

Today, we're going to take a look at some highlights from the Tide's last matchup with the Hokies in 2009.

Alabama won 34-24 en route to a 14-0 national championship season, Nick Saban's first at Alabama.

Mark Ingram began his Heisman trophy campaign in the season opener with 150 yards and one touchdown on 26 touches. He also caught three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown. Roy Upchurch had a strong game, racking up 90 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries for an average of 12.9 yards per carry.

The score was close for much of the game, but Alabama out gained the Hokies 498 to 155 in total yards. The Hokies made a couple of big special team plays that kept them in the game.

Alabama-Virginia Tech 2009 highlights (Courtesy of vtplaybacktv)

Alabama is seven days from 2013 season opener
by Marq_Burnett
Aug 24, 2013 | 1229 views |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- The countdown has officially began.

Alabama is just seven days away from opening its season in the Georgia Dome vs. Virginia Tech. The Crimson Tide and Hokies will square off Saturday, Aug. 31 at 4:30 CT (5:30 ET).

As we count down the days, we'll have a different video here to get you ready for the 2013 season.


Alabama's 2012 regular season highlights (Courtesy of TheU305Miami)


Alabama continues preparation for Virginia Tech
by Marq_Burnett
Aug 22, 2013 | 1433 views |  0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Alabama's tight ends go through blocking drills. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
Alabama's tight ends go through blocking drills. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
TUSCALOOSA -- The sun decided to come out just as reporters were entering practice. The college football season is just seven days away from kicking off.

Here are some takeaways:

--Freshman running back Alvin Kamara (knee) participated in drills. Kamara still wore a black, non-contact jersey and is probably a week or so away from any contact.

--Trey DePriest shadowed Tana Patrick when Alabama worked on its nickel defense. Tide coach Nick Saban said DePriest would have to work his way back up the depth chart.

--Nose tackles Brandon Ivory (knee) and Darren Lake split reps with the first group of defensive linemen. Ivory is still recovering from twisting his knee in Saturday's scrimmage.

--Ed Stinson and Jeoffrey Pagan are the first team defensive ends.

--Dee Hart works as the second running back. Kenyan Drake runs through drills as the No. 3 running back.

--Ryan Kelly (center), Anthony Steen (right guard), Austin Shepherd (right tackle), Cyrus Kouandjio (left tackle) and Arie Kouandjio (left guard) continued to work as the first team offensive line. Being this late in the preseason, this could be the group that takes the field in the opener versus Virginia Tech.

Up next: Coach Nick Saban and players will speak to reporters around 6 p.m. 

Watch Alabama's tight ends work on blocking drills:


Alabama lands 16 players on Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team
by Marq_Burnett
Aug 22, 2013 | 949 views |  0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama placed a league-high 16 players on the Coaches Preseason All-SEC teams, the SEC announced Thursday.

The Crimson Tide also had a league-high five players on the first team offense and defense: Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon, Cyrus Kouandjio, C.J. Mosley and HaHa Clinton-Dix. Quarterback AJ McCarron was named the quarterback of the third team.

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was named to the first team, while Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was named to the second.

Eleven of the 14 SEC schools had a representative on the first-team, while every program had at least two players named to one of the three teams.

Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

LSU's Odell Beckham Jr., a junior, was named to all three teams at three different positions, while Florida junior Ronald Powell was elected to the third team at both linebacker and defensive lineman by the SEC head coaches.


First Team 

QB - Aaron Murray, Georgia 

RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia 

RB - T.J. Yeldon, Alabama 

WR - Amari Cooper, Alabama 

WR - Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt 

TE - Arthur Lynch, Georgia 

OL - Jake Matthews, Texas A&M 

OL - Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama 

OL – Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State 

OL - Antonio Richardson, Tennessee 

C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas


QB - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 

RB - LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State 

RB - Tre Mason, Auburn 

WR - Mike Evans, Texas A&M 

WR - Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss 

TE - Rory Anderson, South Carolina 

OL - Anthony Steen, Alabama 

OL - Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee 

OL - Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt 

OL - *A.J. Cann, South Carolina 

OL - *Chris Burnette, Georgia 

OL - *Zach Fulton, Tennessee 

OL - *Jon Halapio, Florida 

C - Reese Dismukes, Auburn


QB - AJ McCarron, Alabama 

RB - Alfred Blue, LSU 

RB - Keith Marshall, Georgia 

WR - *Odell Beckham Jr., LSU 

WR - *Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia 

WR - *Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri 

TE - *Brian Vogler, Alabama 

TE - *C.J. Uzomah, Auburn 

OL - La'el Collins, LSU 

OL - David Hurd, Arkansas 

OL - Justin Britt, Missouri 

OL - Aaron Morris, Ole Miss 

C - James Stone, Tennessee



DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina 

DL - Dominique Easley, Florida 

DL - Anthony Johnson, LSU 

DL - Chris Smith, Arkansas 

LB - C.J. Mosley, Alabama 

LB - A.J. Johnson, Tennessee 

LB - Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss 

DB - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama 

DB - Craig Loston, LSU 

DB - Andre Hal, Vanderbilt 

DB - Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida


DL - Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina 

DL - Daniel McCullers, Tennessee 

DL - *Ed Stinson, Alabama 

DL - *Xzavier Dickson, Alabama 

DL - *Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama 

LB - Lamin Barrow, LSU 

LB - Jordan Jenkins, Georgia 

LB - Adrian Hubbard, Alabama 

DB - Damian Swann, Georgia 

DB - Marcus Roberson, Florida 

DB - E.J. Gaines, Missouri 

DB - Deion Belue, Alabama

Third Team 

DL - *Dee Ford, Auburn 

DL - *C.J. Johnson, Ole Miss 

DL - *Ronald Powell, Florida 

DL - *Alvin Dupree, Kentucky 

DL - *Denico Autry, Mississippi State 

LB - Avery Williamson, Kentucky 

LB - Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State 

LB - *Ronald Powell, Florida 

LB - *Trey DePriest, Alabama 

DB - Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M 

DB - Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State 

DB - Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama 

DB - Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss


First Team 

PK - Carey Spear, Vanderbilt 

P - Kyle Christy, Florida 

RS - Odell Beckham Jr., LSU 

AP – Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

Second Team 

PK - Cody Parkey, Auburn 

P - *Tyler Campbell, Ole Miss 

P - *Cody Mandell, Alabama 

P - *Steven Clark, Auburn 

RS - Marcus Murphy, Missouri 

AP - Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

Third Team 

PK - *Andrew Baggett, Missouri 

PK - *Zach Hocker, Arkansas 

P - Michael Palardy, Tennessee 

RS - Bruce Ellington, South Carolina 

AP - LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

Alabama practices as classes begin on campus
by Marq_Burnett
Aug 21, 2013 | 1152 views |  0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Alabama's defensive line participates in drills. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
Alabama's defensive line participates in drills. (Photo/Marq Burnett)
TUSCALOOSA -- Rain drops began to fall as the media's viewing periods of Alabama's practice ended.

The Crimson Tide is 10 days away from meeting Virginia Tech in the Georgia Dome. The University of Alabama began classes today.

Here are some takeaways:

--Nose tackle Brandon Ivory (knee) ran through drills after being limited on Tuesday. Ivory worked with a brace on his left knee.

--Defensive lineman Dakota Ball (appendectomy) was back at practice.

--The offensive line was the same as Tuesday: Ryan Kelly at center, Austin Shepherd at right tackle, Anthony Steen at right guard and Cyrus and Arie Kouandjio at left tackle and guard, respectively.

--Defensive lineman Wilson Love practiced in the normal red defensive jersey.

--Cornerback Jarrick Williams continues to fill in for Geno Smith at the "star" position in Alabama's nickel package.

--Freshman Maurice Smith worked as the second team's "star" in the nickel.

--Sophomore Landon Collins works as the first team's "money" in the dime package. With the second team, Collins lines up at safety. Jabriel Washington works at the other safety spot with the second team.

--Nick Perry lines up at "money" with the second team.

--Running back Alvin Kamara (knee) rode the stationary bike again today. Kamara was the only non quarterback in a black, non-contact jersey.

--A scout from the Dallas Cowboys was spotted.

Up next: Tide coach Nick Saban and players will not speak to reporters. Saban and selected players will speak following Thursday's practice. 

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