Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon is on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
The Alabama football team’s final two-a-day was Wednesday. The Crimson Tide went inside for the morning workout due the early thunderstorm.
WR Amari Cooper (foot) worked out on the stationary bike during the open portion of practice.
LB Xzavier Dickson (knee), LB Tana Patrick (foot), CB Deion Belue (hamstring) were limited.
I mostly watched the QBs, RBs and WR work. The QBs worked on handoffs with the backs and then ran through a set of patterns with the receivers.
Check out the below video of the running backs warmup in a drill to improve footwork.
And RB T.J. Yeldon will be on one of the Sports Illustrated football preview covers as you can see above.
And check out my main story in Wednesday’s TimesDaily and Decatur Daily. I take a look at the heated competition at wide receiver. And check out my football notebook, leading with the Trey DePriest suspension.
There was plenty to read over the weekend about the Alabama football team. And check out some video of the receivers warming up in Bryant-Denny Stadium before the scrimmage.
Start with my Monday story in the TimesDaily and Decatur Daily about Ryan Kelly taking over at center.
Read my Sunday story on offensive coordinator Doug Mussmeier and how he rose to prominence and turned the Crimson Tide into a potent machine.
Here’s my scrimmage report of coach Nick Saban reviewing what he saw.
My Saturday story looked at the three first-year coaches who joined the team.
The Saturday notebook starts out with Alabama warning its players about the dangers of selling autographs.
And here’s an AP story we ran comparing Saban with Bear Bryant.
The Crimson Tide on the court after its first win on the European trip.
MEPPEL, Amsterdam – Five players scored in double figures to lead the Alabama men’s basketball team to an 85-68 victory on Saturday night. It was the first of five games the Crimson Tide will play on its European tour.
The contest was played using international rules of four 10-minute quarters and a 24 second shot clock.
Alabama held just a six-point lead, 48-42, at intermission, but outscored the Red Giants 22-7 in the third quarter, and went on to cruise to the 17-point win.
The Tide was led by junior guard Rodney Cooper’s 18 points, while junior Trevor Releford and senior Nick Jacobs each had 15 points. Junior guard Levi Randolph and sophomore guard Retin Obasohan contributed 10 apiece points in the victory.
The Tide will spend two more days in Amsterdam before heading to Antwerp, Belgium on Monday. Alabama will play two games while there – Monday night vs. Gembo and Tuesday night vs. Antwerp Giants.
Alabama offensive linemen drill during NCAA college football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT
Nick Saban was busy Thursday before his football team stepped on the practice field in the afternoon. ESPN was on campus to interview the coach for its programing.
60 Minutes was on campus, too, is continuing work on its profile on Saban and strength coach Scott Cochran.
Then the team welcomed New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi as the guest speaker. The Yankees had a day off Thursday after wrapping up a three-game series in Chicago with the White Sox. The Yankees return home Friday to begin a three-game set with Detroit.
Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Dakota Ball will be out about two weeks from his appendectomy surgery Wednesday, Saban said. There are no other major injuries, just the nagging bumps and bruises. “It’s the dog days of camp for everyone,” Saban said.
LaMichael Fanning is still a tight end after the five-day experiment moving the former defensive end. Fanning has been lobbying for the move for a while.
The Crimson Tide led all teams with eight players on the Sports Illustrated preseason all-American team. Running back T.J. Yeldon, linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix were placed on the first team. Receiver Amari Cooper and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio were named to the second team.
Check out the below video of the linebackers working on where to focus their eyes, staying low and footwork.
Alabama’s Dakota Ball, Dustin Ellison and DeAndrew White visit with a hospital patient and Obie, the Orange Bowl mascot. (Copyright photo by Brett Hudson)
Alabama redshirt freshman defensive lineman Dakota Ball missed Wednesday night’s practice to have an emergency appendectomy, coach Nick Saban said.
“Dakota Ball was not at practice today due to a non-football related medical issue,” Saban said. “Evaluation by our team physicians determined the need for an appendectomy and he underwent successful surgery this afternoon. We’ll continue to monitor his progress and we expect him to make a full recovery.”
Ball, from Lindale, Ga., was in competition to be in the rotation for playing time.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban yells directions during NCAA college football practice Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT
The Alabama football team returned to practice outside Wednesday morning after working out inside Tuesday, so it was back to the grind in the humidity.
Coaches were pushing the players so they were still working fast. Drills witnessed were about little parts of the game such recovering a fumble, getting off the line and shaking off a blocker.
Coach Nick Saban continues shadow the defensive backs. He frequently gets all over them. You have to feel sorry for the secondary.
Check out the below video of the defensive linemen working with the sled.
The team comes back for a night practice today. It’s the first day of two practices. The dog days of training camp begins.
Check out my main story in Wednesday’s TimesDaily and Decatur Daily about how the Crimson Tide keeps players practicing at a high level in the August heat and humidity.
Check out my notebook out of Tuesday practice. It leads off with an update with receiver Kenny Bell, and contains many other items of interest.
Day 5 of the Alabama football team’s training camp was forced inside to due heavy rain, thunder and lighting Tuesday afternoon.
That was my first time in the indoor center. It was an impressive structure with its size and lighting. Usually, these things are smaller and dark.
“It was good to go inside to get a break form the heat,” coach Nick Saban said. “We had a better mental intensity with players focusing better.”
Alabama was in full pads for the first time this camp. During the 15 minutes or so the media was allowed in, there were no big hits. Maybe that happened later.
“The first day is always exciting with the first day in pads,” Saban said. “It’s something that’s a little be special.”
Check out the above video of the offensive working on their blocking coming through equipment that forces them to stay low. And check out the quarterbacks and running backs working on their exchange in the below video.
Another observation is the Crimson Tide practice fast. Not just fast between drills, but fast during drills.
Senior walk-on receiver Tyler Bass (ankle) was hurt Monday, had surgery Tuesday and is out the rest of camp. Cornerback Deion Belue (hamstring) and defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan (knee) returned the practice at full speed after one day of being limited.
There will be two practices Wednesday and Friday, and a scrimmage in the Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
The Alabama football team takes a team photo Sunday at media day.
The only news to come out of the Alabama football team’s media day Sunday was offensive lineman Caleb Gulledge was declared medically disqualified and not on the roster, coach Nick Saban said.
The decision was made right after spring practice, but Saban forgot to mention him Friday when practice started.
Gulledge, from Prattville, was supposed to be a redshirt freshman this season. He’s still at Alabama and working toward a degree.
“It was a chronic medial issue,” Saban said. “He did a very good job for us. He’s in school and he has a chance to graduate. We are going to support him.”
After meeting with Saban and the coordinators, then it was on to interviewing players on the field of Bryant-Denny Stadium.
It was my first look inside. It’s an impressive structure from the outside. The inside combines the old-school look of football stadium and some new video technology all around. It’s a nice touch.
As for practice, the Crimson Tide worked out in the stadium for the first time this season. Players were in helmets and shoulder pads.
“We think the acclimation process the players have and the opportunities are advantageous to developing your team physically properly from the individual and team standpoint,” Saban said beforehand. “We’ve had two really productive days.”
Alabama coach Nick Saban talks with quarterback AJ McCarron (10) after taking the team photo before NCAA college football practice at the team’s Fan Day, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt)
My first view of Coleman Coliseum.
The Alabama men’s basketball team is getting ready for a trip to Europe next month, leaving Aug. 8 and returning Aug. 19.
The Crimson Tide will visit the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Players will not only see the sights, but play preseason games against local club teams.
These summer excursions are a great way to get extra team practices and some games in before the season begins. Team bonding also happens quickly in foreign countries.
Alabama will a young team this season with only two seniors on the roster, star guard Trevor Releford and walkon Isiah Wilson.
A large seven-man junior class must carry the team for the next two years, while the four underclassmen are developed.
The Crimson Tide is going with 11 scholarship players this season, with two scholarships not being used for this season — unless someone drops in coach Anthony Grant‘s lap.
Two of those players — Ricky Tarrant, a transfer from Tulane, and Michael Kessens, a transfer from Longwood — must sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. So the team has nine active scholarship players just like last season.
Alabama is coming off an NIT appearance last season, the second in three years. They sandwich an NCAA berth. So hopes are high for another postseason showing.
What are your early thoughts on the team and how are things going?
Dallas Warmack, right, committed to Alabama for the 2015 season.
Dallas Warmack of Atlanta committed to the Alabama football team for the 2015 season on Monday, according to Rivals.com.
Warmack is an offensive guard from Mays High. He’s a 6-foot-1, 290-pounder who is not ranked by Rivals yet because it’s so early.
247 Sports composite rankings has Warmack as the No. 19 offensive guard in the nation and 27th best prospect in Georgia.
His older brother, Chance, was an all-American for Alabama and now a member of the Tennessee Titans. Warmack felt comfortable with the coaches because of the family connection.
Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee were the other schools interested in Warmack.
He is the fourth verbal commitment to the Crimson Tide in 2015 recruiting class. The others are defensive end Mekhi Brown from Columbus, Ga., running back DeSherius Flowers from Prichard and defensive back Deionte Thompson of Orange Texas.
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- Another national title will help Alabama QB AJ McCarron this season in the Heisman Trophy race.
Check out my Sunday story in the TimesDaily and Decatur Daily here. I look at the three SEC quarterbacks with great shots at winning the Heisman Trophy.
Yes, Heisman hype before training camp even begins.
However, when you have last year’s winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, two-time national champion AJ McCarron of Alabama and standout Aaron Murray of Georgia in the same room, you can’t help it.
I caught up with them last week in Hoover during the SEC Media Days. All of them place winning titles ahead of awards, but combine a title and the numbers they produce and they have a great shot at winning. A QB has won the last three times, and two of them were SEC quarterbacks.
I’ve been a Heisman voter since 2007 and picked the winner five of the six times. I missed 2011 and Robert Griffin III. He was on my ballot, but I went with Stanford’s Andrew Luck as my winner.
Georgie Salem is doing well this summer.
Two Alabama baseball players were named to the all-star games of their summer collegiate leagues.
LHP Justin Kamplain will play in the Cape Code League All-Star game, while CR Georgie Salem will play in the Northwoods League All-Star Game.
Kamplain, who plays for the Brewster Whitecaps, will compete for the Eastern Division on July 27, and the game will be televised on Fox College Sports. He has a 2-2 record in six appearances and five starts with a 1.97 ERA and a league-leading 33 strikeouts in 32 innings.
Salem is hitting .341 with four home runs, 20 RBIs and 29 runs scored for the Alexandria Blue Anchors. His game will be Tuesday.
In swimming news, incoming freshman Bonnie Macdonald recorded her best finish in three appearances in the FINA World Championships in 14th placed in the 5-kilometer open water event Saturday in Barcelona.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron talks with reporters during the Southeastern Conference football Media Days in Hoover, Ala., Thursday, July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Watch list season concluded Friday when four Alabama football players were placed on the watch list for the Walter Camp Award, which goes to the best player in the nation.
It’s the same award as the Heisman Trophy, but with less hype and politics.
The Crimson Tide candidates are receiver Amari Cooper, quarterback AJ McCarron, linebacker C.J. Mosley and running back T.J.Yeldon.
Alabama is well represented in the watch lists, which is an indication of the talent on the roster.
And if you missed it in my Alabama notebook here, Yeldon was also placed on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back.