Alabama football: Black ready to break out at receiver In his second year in the program and having not played many meaningful snaps, Alabama wide receiver Chris Black became frustrated. Black, a former four-star recruit, redshirted in 2012 because of an injury, but expected to push for playing time in 2013. However, with a log jam at his position last season, Black played almost always in mop-up duty.
Marq Burnett: My look behind the Tide curtain Nick Saban and his staff run an air-tight program, and things rarely get out without them being in control. As a reporter, it makes the job more difficult, but the good ones find a way to work through the lack of access. That all changed a little during Saturday’s A-Day game, as I was able to go behind the curtain as a media coach.
Alabama football: Offense, kicking game struggle in A-Day In the coaches’ eyes, the spring game is just practice No. 15 of a long, grueling spring. But to the untrained eye, Alabama’s A-Day game revealed a shaky first-team offensive line, a first-team quarterback who struggled to make plays against the first-team defense and a kicking game that left much to be desired.
Alabama football: Yeldon once again A-Day MVP There’s something about A-Day that seems to bring out the best in T.J. Yeldon. Alabama’s junior running back racked up his third straight Dixie Howell Memorial MVP award on Saturday. He was the leading rusher with 95 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries for an average of 8.6 yards per touch.
Alabama gymnastics: Tide feels pressure early but advances to Super Six But in the end, the Tide easily advanced to Saturday’s NCAA Super Six Team Finals by posting a score of 197.650 during the second session of the 2014 NCAA Championships at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center on Friday. Alabama has now advanced to an NCAA-best 20 Super Six finals.
Manning meeting with Saban might have broken NFL rules Peyton Manning's never-ending quest to hone his game and Nick Saban's desire to decipher fast-paced offenses led to a recent meeting that the Crimson Tide coach called mutually beneficial. It also might have violated NFL rules because, according to Saban, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase also was in attendance.
Alabama A-Day: What to watch No disrespect to the other quarterbacks, but the 2014 A-Day is all about Blake Sims. While the coaches may not value A-Day more than the 14 other spring practices, fans and spectators surely will. This will be Sims' final chance to show fans he’s capable of replacing AJ McCarron as the starting quarterback.
Alabama football: Beans and weenies, steak at stake in Bama A-Day “We always have the traditional steak and beans on Monday, which I really enjoy,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said with a grin. “As the commissioner, I can basically (pick what he wants). "The players were on me the other day saying, ‘You have to choose a team,’ because they get tired of me over there eating steak and not being on a team. It’s not just the steak. It’s the tablecloth, the roses on every table. Waitresses waiting on you. And the other side is paper plates, one pot, beans, paper towels for napkins, plastic silverware. And then all the (trash talk) that goes with it.”
Alabama football: Peyton Manning among recent visitors to Tide camp Peyton Manning and Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator Adam Gase recently made a visit to Alabama, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Thursday. Saban said the trio swapped ideas and suggestions that were helpful to each party involved. Saban said Manning and Gase “were just making some visits” and that Alabama was on the schedule.
Alabama notebook: Saban 'in support of' unlimited meals “I’m in support of anything to do more for the players," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "I always have been. We don’t know the specifics of the rule quite yet and how we can legally implement in terms of what we’re going to do differently to help the players. But as always our commitment to helping the players will be everything that we can do to help them in terms of what we do.”
Saban: Tenpenny, Drake miss practice for extra time in study hall “They didn’t do what they were supposed to do in school this week, so I sent them to the study table for four hours, and they didn't come to practice,” Saban said during his Thursday news conference. “If they don't stay over there for four hours, they probably won’t play in the spring game.”
Alabama football: Tide’s Saban looking for more from defensive line With a new quarterback taking over in 2014, Alabama may rely heavily on its defense to help win games early on in the season. And like every team, it starts in the trenches for the Crimson Tide. With players returning and highly touted recruits coming in, the Tide may have an eight- or nine-man rotation along the defensive line.