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2012: Day before SEC Championship Game
2012: Alabama 49, Auburn 0
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2012: Alabama 52, Arkansas 0
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2011: Rivalry renewed
2011: The Grove
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2011: Road trip to Gainesville
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Updating Tuscaloosa tornado damage
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Starting line in drills before #Tide scrimmage: Kouandjio, Kouandjio, Kelly, Steen, Shepherd
— Mark Edwards (@MarkSportsStar) April 13, 2013
Here is some video from the scrimmage, with photos, stats and full coverage coming to the blog soon.
Monday’s practice was the first Alabama had to go through after losing former Athletic Director Mal Moore due to complications with his pulmonary disease.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban addresses how difficult it was to come to work without him, while quarterback AJ McCarron reveals a ritual of his that revolved around Moore.
In the below video, quarterback AJ McCarron, offensive lineman Anthony Steen and tight end/H-Back Brian Vogler address the sloppy practice coming back from Spring Break on Monday.
The players also touch on topics such as O.J. Howard, adjusting to new players filling in for last year’s starters and new leaders at different position groups.
There’s even a bit of humor at the end.
But sometimes, what coaches say to these boosters for their money is not meant for public knowledge, but gets out anyway.
That has just happened to new Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, who said the following to the Saline County Razorback Club.
The reason the SEC is talked about all the time is one team, because of their dominance. But I didn’t come here to play Alabama. I came here to beat Alabama.
Bielema continued on to compare his résumé favorably to Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s.
You can take Saban’s record when he was at Michigan State and when he was a coach in the Big Ten and put it against mine, and he can’t compare.
Bielema later took to Twitter to downplay his remarks.
Things to chill out about today:1- I’m only driving my car today2- Alabama quotes were a joke to a question from a fan at pep rally. #wow
— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) April 1, 2013
Saban did the same in his Monday press conference, not paying the situation any attention.
“I really don’t have any reaction to it,” Saban said. “I’m really concerned about what we do here with our players and how we try to get the people in our organization to play at a high standard. I really don’t defend anything that I ever did any place that we’ve ever been. Everybody has different situations that they’re in, everybody inherits different situations that they’re in.
“You do the best you can to try to build a new program in those situations, and that’s certainly what we’ve always tried to do and will continue to do and focus on the process of doing what we need to do to continue to be successful here. We obviously have a lot of work to do with our team and that’s certainly what we’re focused on right now. That’s the only thing I’m really concerned about.”
Some of Saban’s players took the disregard for the challenge further and labeled it as the expectation, nothing out of the ordinary.
“That’s everybody’s goal. Everybody’s goal is to win,” offensive lineman Anthony Steen said. “But every time we go out and play, I expect that from everybody. Being the competitor I am and the guys on the team are, we’re expecting to win every game, too.”
Linebacker C.J. Mosley added, “That’s the first I’ve heard of it. He’s a grown man. I can’t listen to that. I just have to do what I can to help this team win.”
Spring break for Alabama football players, like most of daily life, is not quite the same as it is for every other UA student.
The team generally doesn’t find themselves traveling to the beaches of Destin, Fla., or exotic locations like Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
Even if they did, they would regret it greatly when they returned to practice, as they did on Monday.
“It’s good to be back. I’m not sure the players would probably agree with that after going through practice today,” head coach Nick Saban said. “It was what you’d expect for a day back after eight or nine days off.”
The leader of the linebacking corps, C.J. Mosley, did not seem surprised either.
“The main thing was some of the guys were probably thinking it was going to be an easy day coming off a week of not practicing,” Mosley said. “Some guys didn’t know how to handle it.
“We’ve been here for a few years. We know what to expect. I knew it was going to be in pads. Those kind of things happen.”
Like they could not control the rigors of the practice the coaches were pushing them through, the players were also hopeless in the grips of the heat, one of the first warm days of Tuscaloosa’s spring.
“I think it was more of we hadn’t really had any kind of hot weather yet,” offensive lineman Anthony Steen said. “When I went home for my spring break, it was cold. The coldest day was 25 degrees. Today, it felt hot and we just weren’t used to it. I definitely feel it right now.
For some reason, the coaches did not seem to mind.
“It was one of the nicer days we’ve had this spring in terms of weather, practicing outside for just the third time this spring,” Saban said.
The team’s difficulty adjusting to the weather forced such a sloppy practice, the coaches had to scratch some plans.
“We ended up having to restart one period just because we weren’t going full speed,” Steen said. “I felt like I was. I know it’s not going to look like it tomorrow on film, but everybody was definitely feeling the heat today.”
Now the most crucial task is putting it behind them as they go for two good practices before the spring’s first scrimmage on Saturday.
“That’s why we have 15 practices,” Mosley said. “It’s bad that we wasted this day. We’ve got to come in tomorrow and get the guys in the right mindset and get ready for Wednesday.”
The Crimson Tide has taken the field for its third spring practice, with just two more remaining before the team gets time off for spring break. Here is the big news from the media viewing period.
– Starting linebacker from 2012 Xzavier Dickson worked out with the defensive linemen on Wednesday. It was not uncommon for Dickson to put a hand on the ground in certain defensive alignments throughout the course of last season, but he generally practiced with the linebackers.
– Linebacker Denzell Devall was working alongside Adrian Hubbard in Dickson’s place.
– As for the interior linebackers, Tana Patrick was working ahead of Reggie Ragland in individual drills. The job is still very much up for grabs, but as it stands right now, Patrick is on top.
– The left guard battle seems to be heating up, as both Chad Lindsay and Arie Kouandjio were working with the first team. The other four starters, Cyrus Kouandjio at left tackle, Ryan Kelly at center, Anthony Steen at right guard and Austin Shepherd at right tackle were in tact as they were before.
– Finally, Alabama lost both players listed as long snappers on last year’s depth chart, Carson Tinker and Kelly Johnson, to exhausted eligibilities. Alabama had two walk-ons at the position in practice, likely waiting it out for the arrival of incoming freshman Cole Mazza.
Return to Dallas set for 2015
Not long after releasing the information of athletic director Mal Moore’s resignation (which you can read more about by clicking here), Alabama released that it has come to an agreement to face the Wisconsin Badgers to open the 2015 season in the Cowboys Classic.
Alabama started the 2012 season with an appearance in the Cowboys Classic, beating Michigan 42-14. Southeastern Conference teams are 2-0 in the Cowboys Classic, as Alabama’s victory followed up a 40-27 win for LSU over Oregon in 2011. LSU is featured in the 2013 Cowboys Classic, meeting the TCU Horned Frogs.
Alabama has not lost to a Big Ten team since its loss in the Music City Bowl after the 2004 season to Minnesota, 20-16.
Dave Hart voices dedication to Vols
Former Alabama assistant athletic director and current Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart went on with a Knoxville sports radio station in the wake of Moore’s resignation and talked about his name popping up as a potential replacement.
Dave Hart on WNML on Mal Moore: “He is the finest human being I’ve ever met, worked with or been associated with in my career.”
— Evan Woodbery (@TennesseeBeat) March 20, 2013
Dave Hart on UA job opening: “My focus is purely here. My total focus is on continuing to be privileged to serve as AD at Tennessee.”
— Evan Woodbery (@TennesseeBeat) March 20, 2013
– Wide receiver Kevin Norwood and cornerback John Fulton were still held out of practice, but still found a way to compete thanks to a push-up contest sparked by strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran, who was working with them before and after the contest. Cochran won. Video is posted below.
– Offensive lineman Anthony Steen got reps at left guard, right guard and right tackle in practice, but most of his reps came at right guard alongside projected starting center Ryan Kelly. Also seen running with starters were Chad Lindsay, Austin Shepherd and Kellen Williams.
– Quarterback Blake Sims not only did not throw, but did not do much of anything in practice today. He didn’t seem to be experiencing excruciating pain, but regardless was not practicing.
– True freshman quarterback Cooper Bateman seems to be moving along quite nicely, working his way ahead of practice squad walk-on Edward Aldag, but still behind starter AJ McCarron and backups Phillip Ely and Alec Morris. This may not sound like much, but it is more than what the other two true freshman quarterbacks, Parker McLeod and Luke Del Rio, can say at this point.
– Wide receiver Christion Jones and running back Dee Hart were still working with the defensive backs, and from what I was able to see, it appears that Jones’ transition is going more smooth than Hart’s is.
– Tight end/H-Back Brian Vogler seems to be leading the rotation at that position. The distribution of players between the H-Back and tight end position could have an impact on depth chart decisions, however.
Thursday: Quarterbacks (click here to read it)
Friday: Running backs (click here to read it)
Saturday: Wide receivers (click here to read it)
Yesterday: Tight ends/H-Backs (click here to read it)
Today: Offensive Line
Tomorrow: Defensive Line
Wednesday: Linebackers/Pro Day
March 14: Cornerbacks
March 15: Safeties
March 16: Opening day of spring practice
This may be the hot-button issue of spring training: the boys in the trenches that so ritually decide the outcome of games. The drama surrounding this group are the three starters from the prevous two national championship teams that must be replaced before the journey for a three-peat can begin.
It all starts at the anchor, where Barrett Jones leaves a large void in both talent, football IQ and leadership. Alabama seems to favor Ryan Kelly to replace him. Kelly, from West Chester, Ohio, will enter the 2013 season as a redshirt sophomore after playing off the bench in nine games in 2012 and being named to the SEC-All Freshman Team.
At guard, Anthony Steen is sure to keep his spot as a starter, and Alabama has options to replace Warmack. Chad Lindsey and Leon Brown could both step in guards, plus guard Arie Kouandjio. If the name Kouandjio looks familiar, that’s because his younger brother, Cyrus, has quite the lock on his starting tackle position from last season.
Just like the guard position that needs to be filled, Alabama has options to replace D.J. Fluker. Both Brown and Lindsey could fit in as a tackle, as could Brandon Green, Brandon Hill, Alphonse Taylor and incoming freshman Grant Hill.
Breakdown: One senior (Steen), five juniors (Brown, C. Kouandjio, A. Kouandjio, Lindsey, Shepherd), two sophomores (Kelly, Hill), two redshirt freshmen (Taylor, Greene), one freshman (Hill).
Prediction: The obvious starters will hold their spots, being Kouandjio and Steen, and Kelly should establish a firm hold on the center spot. But the others need to buckle up: they’re in a battle that could easily last throughout the spring up until the first week of the regular season.
Alabama right guard Anthony Steen has joined two other Crimsoon Tide starters in announcing he will return for his senior season.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and linebacker C.J. Mosley announced last month they will stick around for one more year.
“After sitting down with my family and Coach (Nick) Saban, I have decided it is in my best interest to return for my senior season,” Steen said in a release by the university. “Getting my degree was one of my goals when I came to the University of Alabama, and I am on schedule to graduate this spring.
“I also think returning in 2013 will give me a chance to improve my draft status while also providing the opportunity to enjoy another season with my teammates, coaches and our fans. I enjoy Tuscaloosa and our fans way too much to leave early. We are also losing two great seniors this year and this will give me the chance to help get players ready for their new roles in 2013.”
Steen has played in 40 games at Alabama, starting 25, including all 13 games this season.
“We are glad that Anthony has decided to return and he’ll be one of the senior leaders of our offense,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a release by the university. “He’s done an outstanding job for us as a starter at guard on the last two championships teams and I think he can become an even better player and improve his status for next year’s draft with another season here.
“We always want to help our players make an informed decision when it comes to what is best for their future. One of our goals at Alabama is to help our guys develop a career off the field by graduating, which Anthony is on track to do this spring. We also want them to become the best football players they can be during their time here while working to win a championship and preparing them for the possibility of playing in the NFL. I think Anthony has made a very good decision in deciding to return and he has done it in the right way in terms of talking to all of the appropriate people, most importantly his family.”
Some of the recent Twitter posts by Alabama players, especially from today:
Leaving the dome it looks real in there Can’t wait to touch the field tomorrow In a couple of hours it’s going down #LocktheGatea
— LANDON COLLINS (@ALLAMERICAN_2) November 30, 2012
Can’t believe i will be playing in the SEC championship game tmrw.. Wish me luck!! #rtr #334
— Nick Perry (@NIckPerry_27) December 1, 2012
There was about 100 little kids cheering us on at the airport… Roll Tide
— Carson Tinker (@carsontink) November 30, 2012
I am not the strongest,YET.I am not the fastest,YET.I am not the biggest,YET.I am not the best…..YET.They haven’t seen BAMA best YET.
— anthony steen (@bamasteen61) November 26, 2012
Sponge bob and putting up the Xmas tree! #winning
— CJ Mosley (@TreyDeuce32RTR) November 28, 2012
S/O to @lvzeeeyyyy for getting me started on Sons Of Anarchy. . Best thing on TV
— cyrus kouandjio (@ck_allday71) November 29, 2012
Greg McElroy held the old record with 20 in 2010.
“It means a lot with all the tradition and all the great quarterbacks that have played here,” McCarron said. “Like I said, and like I will always say, none of that would be possible without my great offensive line and my great wide receivers that I have out there making plays for me.”
McCarron also had a 24-yard run, which was his career high. As he got past the line, he followed guard Anthony Steen. But as he tried to find more room, he couldn’t get past his teammate.
“I thought I was going to score. I had one guy to beat, and he was kind of in my way,” McCarron said, smiling. “I told him next time try to run and try to take somebody else and not just fall.”
Believe in that state!!
— anthony steen (@bamasteen61) October 28, 2012
If you lurk on Twitter much, you might’ve noticed the Mississippi State “We Believe” campaign. It worked its way around quite a bit, and one enterprising fan even posted a “We Believe” sign on the Nick Saban statue at night and took pictures.
Alabama’s players noticed. Yes, they noticed. Crimson Tide guard Anthony Steen offers proof of that. Maybe he enjoyed Saturday’s 38-7 win the most. After all, he is from Mississippi and even drives through Starkville to get home from Tuscaloosa.
We haven’t interviewed Alabama guard Anthony Steen often. He’s a junior, and seniors Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack typically serve as the spokesmen of the offensive line.
But Steen has shown on Twitter he has a sense of humor, especially with this post earlier this month: “I don’t think I could ever go out with Taylor Swift. I would be scared if I did something wrong she would end up writing a song about me!”
Today, he can into the interview room, and as part of the session, he was asked about Jones’ ability to play center, guard and tackle. Could Steen play center and tackle as well as his current position?
Steen said he couldn’t but added, “I might be able to play center.”
Then he added the punchline: “But Barrett would have to be playing guard and making all the calls for me.”
We may be the only team left in college football with only two possible uniform combinations…and I love it.
— Barrett Jones (@BarrettAJones) October 19, 2012
We’re posting some of the best tweets by Alabama players on Twitter from the past week, and the one above from Barrett Jones seems to be a favorite of many. More than 600 people have retweeted it. We’re guessing he was watching the Oregon-Arizona State game at the time.
It drew this response from former Crimson Tide linebacker Jerrell Harris
(@Bama_Boy256), now with the Jacksonville Jaguars: “Tradition baby!!!!”
More tweets from Tide players:
(@bamasteen61): “They sleep, we grind. They dream, we shine.”
T.J. Yeldon (@T_Yeldon): “I hate washing clothes.” (Me, too.)
Nick Perry (@NIckPerry_27): “I never thought I would’ve made it this far”
Cody Mandell (@CodyMandell29): “Today is that day you’ve been waiting on! Get it done!” He then followed up with this tweet: “Sometimes I tweet stuff to motivate myself. It works though haha”
Adrian Hubbard (@__MrRuga42): “If i threw a house party you guys think anyone would come?” (Probably a lot of people would come.)
Carson Tinker (@carsontink): “It’s football weather up here in Knoxville! See y’all tomorrow”
And this one came from a fan, who cheers for Tennessee. If he doesn’t like Alabama, that doesn’t extend to Tide quarterback AJ McCarron:
Wes Anderson (@andersonw19): “I remember walking out of the stadium last year and talking with @10AJMcCarron and his family. Die hard #Vols fan but dude is a class act.”