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Alabama 2013 Pro Day: Specialists put on strong showing

Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley participating in Alabama's Pro Day on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley participating in Alabama’s Pro Day on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

They may not be in contention for a first-round draft pick. In all likelihood, they won’t even be drafted, regardless of how good they are. But both former Alabama placekicker Jeremy Shelley and long snapper Carson Tinker have jobs to be won in the NFL.

Shelley continued his impressive offseason with his combine outing after winning the Zauner Kicking Combine by making a 60-yard field goal and his only miss coming from 62 yards. Video from his outing at the Zauner Kicking Combine is posted below.

In his senior season with Alabama, Shelley was a perfect 11-11 on field goal attempts and 69-69 in extra point attempts, making him the only kicker in the nation to go the entire season without missing a kick.

Tinker made his third appearance in front of both NFL scouts and the public eye in Alabama’s Pro Day, following up on being the long snapper in both the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic and the Senior Bowl.

Tinker, rated as the No. 1 long snapper in this year’s draft according to CBSsports.com, met with several times while playing in the two all-star games, including the Kansas City Cheifs, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans.

Four Tide players appear in Raycom All-Star Game

Alabama place-kicker Jeremy Shelley made three extra points as the Stripes beat the Stars 31-3 in the Raycom All-Star Classic in Montgomery. LSU’s Drew Alleman kicked the remaining extra point and the field goal.

Defensive lineman Quinton Dial made three tackles, and tight end Kelly Johnson caught a pass for 17 yards.

Alabama long-snapper Carson Tinker also appeared in the game. Crimson Tide defensive end Damion Square was slated to appear in the contest but didn’t because of injury.

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Shelley, Foster ready if BCS comes down to them

Jeremy Shelley has made all 11 of his field goal tries this season. (Copyright photo by Gary Cosby Jr. of The Decatur Daily)

Jeremy Shelley has made all 11 of his field goal tries this season. (Copyright photo by Gary Cosby Jr. of The Decatur Daily)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Saturday morning meant media day at Sun Life Stadium for Alabama’s football team. Crimson Tide players and coaches spent an hour answering questions from reporters in town to cover Monday’s BCS National Championship Game.

But Crimson Tide place-kickers Jeremy Shelley and Cade Foster did a little more than that.

They took advantage of the chance to scout the turf. Even though organizers didn’t allow anyone to go between the lines, Shelley and Foster walked along the side, getting a feel for how it might be Monday night.

“I really like it,” Foster said. “It’s solid. It’s like the green on a golf course. It’s not slippery, either. That’s good for planting (your foot).”

Both Foster and Shelley said they spent Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa watching the Orange Bowl, in which Florida State beat Northern Illinois 31-10. They said from what they saw during that game, conditions shouldn’t be an issue at Sun Life Stadium.

“It didn’t look like it was a problem then,” Shelley said. “Looking at the field now, it looks immaculate. It’s not slippery. Some fields are looser than others. The stadium is enclosed, so wind won’t be a big factor. ”

If Monday’s game comes down to Shelley or Foster, they certainly have the experience for it. They’ve split Alabama’s place-kicking duties for three seasons. That covers 39 games, with them combining for 173 extra points and 57 field goals.

Shelley, a senior, handles extra points and short field goals. He made his career long of 44 yards in last year’s BCS National Championship Game.

Foster, a junior, handles kickoffs and kicks field goals of about 45 yards and longer. Before this year, he hadn’t made a field goal of more than 49 yards, but since then, he has managed 51-yarders against Michigan and Arkansas and a 52-yarder against Florida Atlantic.

“We know it could come down to us,” Foster said, “but we’re not putting pressure on ourselves. If it does come down to us, we’ll be ready.”

The forecast indicates weather shouldn’t be a problem for the two kickers when Alabama plays Notre Dame on Monday. The temperature is expected to be in the mid-70s with no rain.

However, Shelley said he never checks the forecast.

“Whatever they say, it’s always different in the stadium,” he said. “I always look at the weather and the wind and check the flight of the ball during warmups, then make any adjustments.”

In last year’s BCS National Championship Game, Shelley made five field goals, which is the most in Crimson Tide bowl history. His success carried over into this season, as he has made all 63 of his extra point tries and all 11 field goals.

But Shelley said he doesn’t worry about the streak. He referred to something Alabama coach Nick Saban often says about streaks of any kind, whether it’s wins, touchdowns, kicks, whatever.

“I can’t think about what happened before,” Shelley said. “Each kick has a history and a life of its own.”

When asked if he borrowed that from Saban, Shelley had only one response.

He just smiled.

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Alabama vs. Texas A&M, basic details

Who: No. 15 Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2 SEC) at Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC)

When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Television: CBS. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson will call the game from the booth, while Tracy Woolfson will serve as sideline reporter.

Young Alabama fans Brooklyn Summers and Quinn Summers. They are the 2-year-old twin daughters of Richard and Kelly Summers of Good Hope, Ga. Their grandfather, Sam LeVert, submitted the photos.

Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium at Tuscaloosa

The series: Alabama leads 3-1. The Crimson Tide won regular season meetings in 1985 in Birmingham and 1988 in College Station, Texas, and the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1942. Texas A&M won the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1968. This is Texas A&M’s first trip to Tuscaloosa.

Texas A&M vs. the No. 1 team: This is the 12th time the Aggies have played the nation’s No. 1-ranked team. They are 1-10 in the 11 previous meetings. The lone win came in 2002 against Oklahoma 30-26.

Alabama vs. the Top 25: Since the start of 2008 season, Alabama is 21-6 against teams in the Top 25. That includes eight of the last nine, with the lone loss coming last year against LSU in Tuscaloosa 9-6.

Perfect kickers: Alabama’s Jeremy Shelley hasn’t missed in 52 kicks this year, including 43 extra points and nine field goals. He appeared to miss an extra point against Tennessee, but the scorekeeper ruled it was a team miss because the fault wasn’t with Shelley. The last kicker who was keeping pace with Shelley was Navy’s Nick Sloan, who missed a kick last weekend.

Next for Alabama: The Crimson Tide hosts Western Carolina on Nov. 17. The SEC Network will televise the game at 11:21 a.m.

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Alabama vs. Tennessee, game analysis

Musicians in the trumpet section of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band perform during a pep rally at the First Tennessee Pavilion on Friday in Chattanooga, Tenn. The band was en route to Knoxville for the Crimson Tide’s game against Tennessee. (AP photo by Alyson Wright of the Chattanooga Times Free Press)

No. 1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0) at Tennessee (3-3, 0-3)

When: 6 p.m., today
Where: Knoxville, Tenn.
Line: Alabama by 20.5
TV: ESPN.

Four-down territory
1. Knee braces all around: Both starting quarterbacks, Alabama’s AJ McCarron and Tennessee’s Tyler Bray, are expected to play, even though both were injured last week. Both hurt a knee, and neither missed a play. Both are expected to wear knee braces. The one difference — Bray hurt his right knee, and McCarron’s injury was to his left knee.

2. New-look offense: The Vols have turned to a no-huddle offense, and it has helped them produce dramatically different results. They run about 10 more plays a game than in 2011, gain about 150 more yards and score almost 18 more points a game. But one result is the game — they still are looking for their first conference win after going 1-7 in the league last year.

3. Short on receivers: If Christion Jones isn’t able to play because of an ankle injury against Missouri, Alabama will need something more out of freshman Cyrus Jones (two catches for 39 yards this year), sophomore Marvin Shinn (one catch for 9 yards) or Danny Woodson Jr. (one catch for 7 yards). When Alabama needed a fullback for the goal-line package after Jalston Fowler went down with a knee injury, noseguard Jesse Williams got the call. By chance, can the 6-foot-4, 320-pound Williams run routes and catch passes?

4. Special problems: Nick Saban doesn’t like sloppy. He gets especially irritated with sloppy. And when sloppy comes on special teams, that makes him a little unhappy. He has emphasized all week his displeasure with four mistakes against Missouri — a dropped snap on a punt, trying to return a kickoff from deep in the end zone, trying to return a punt from the 3-yard line and allowing a kickoff return for a touchdown. Yes, Alabama has worked on all that, and we’ll see if it paid off. If not, we’ll see the vein in Saban’s forehead throb a little more than usual.

Key matchup
Alabama’s defense backs vs. Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson:
A former high school teammate of Tennessee backup quarterback Justin Worley, Patterson has proven himself as a threat running, receiving and running back kickoffs. A transfer from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, he has three receiving touchdowns, two rushing and one kickoff return last week against Mississippi State. He was especially good in all three areas at Hutchinson last year with 24 touchdowns, including 15 receiving, six rushing and three returns. He also is the best deep threat Alabama has faced this year.

Player of the week
Eddie Lacy, RB, Jr., 6-0, 220:
Lacy set a career high with 177 rushing yards against Missouri on 18 carries with three touchdowns. Even if you take away that opening 73-yard scoring run, he still averaged a healthy 6.1 yards a carry. It marked his third career 100-yard game, but most importantly, he showed once again he is rediscovering his power running style, plowing through a few tackles along the way.

By the Numbers
34:
Consecutive games as the betting-line favorite, including today. The streak dates back to the 2009 SEC Championship Game when the 4.5-point underdog Tide beat Florida 32-13.

37: Number of successful kicks by Alabama’s Jeremy Shelley this year, including 30 extra points and seven field goals. It also is the number of kicks he has attempted this year. He is one of only four perfect FBS kickers this year.

46: Career games for Alabama tight end Michael Williams, which leads the team. Barrett Jones is next with 45.

Prediction
This series hasn’t been competitive in recent years, especially the last two with Alabama scoring 31-point victories both seasons. Vols coach Derek Dooley is struggling to put together a team good enough to compete with Alabama. If Tennessee does it this year, it’s going to be because the Crimson Tide gives the Vols a lot of help — and consider that Alabama is first nationally in turnover margin. Alabama 35, Tennessee 10

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The basic details for Saturday’s Alabama-Missouri game

Alabama fan Brenda Yarbrough with four grandchildren, who also are Crimson Tide fans. From left, it’s Victoria Yarbrough, Alysanna Yarbrough, Brenda Yarbrough, Gretchen Sargent and Campbell Sargent.

Who: Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at Missouri (3-3, 0-3)

What: The first meeting between the two teams since 1978, which Alabama won at Missouri 38-20.

When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Television: CBS. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson will call the game from the booth, while Tracy Wolfson will serve as sideline reporter.

Where: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. The playing field was named in honor of former Missouri coach Don Faurot in 1972.

Capacity: 71,004. When Alabama played at Missouri in 1978, capacity was 62,023, but the contest somehow drew 73,655. That set the stadium record for largest crowd to that point. It has fallen since then to No. 4.

Missouri vs. No. 1: According to Missouri’s own record book, the Tigers haven’t won in 12 meetings against the No. 1-ranked team in the country. That includes the major polls. In 2010, Missouri beat No. 3-ranked Oklahoma, which was first at the time in the BCS standings, which aren’t a poll.

Missouri vs. No. 1 at home: Today will mark the fifth time Missouri has hosted the nation’s No. 1 team. The last time came in 1997 when eventual national champion Nebraska won 45-38. Nebraska also was No. 1 in 1971 and 1983 visits to Missouri. Alabama was No. 1 when it visited Missouri in 1978. The Tigers were No. 11 for that matchup.

Missouri vs. Alabama: These two teams have played only three times in their history. Missouri won 35-10 in the 1968 Gator Bowl in 1969 and 20-7 in Birmingham in 1975. Alabama, of course, won that 1978 game at Missouri.

Bama defense: The Tide leads the nation in total defense, scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. Alabama is third in rushing defense.

Most wins since start of 2008 season: Alabama has won 53 games in that stretch, which is second to Boise State (54) for the most in the FBS. Texas Christian is second with 51, followed by Oregon (50) and LSU (46).

Perfect kickers: Alabama’s Jeremy Shelley hasn’t missed in 31 kicks this year, including 24 extra points and seven field goals. Only five other kickers can make that claim, including Matt Nelson of Louisiana Tech (35-35 EXP, 7-7 FG), Jeff Budzien of Northwestern (23-23 EXP, 11-11 FG), Nate Freese of Boston College (16-16 EXP, 9-9 FG) and Navy’s Nick Sloan (9-9 EXP, 5-5 FG).

Next for Alabama: The Crimson Tide will play at Tennessee on Oct. 20. Kickoff time and television will be determined later. That game will be carried either on CBS at 2:30 p.m. or an ESPN channel at 11 a.m., 6 p.m. or 6:45 p.m.

About the photo: Nikki Sargent of North Carolina submitted the photo above. It was taken before Alabama’s game at Duke in 2010. Brenda is Nikki’s mother, Victoria and Alysanna are her nieces and Gretchen and Campbell her daughters. Brenda was undergoing chemotherapy treatments at the time, but Nikki wrote in an email she is fine now. The whole family attended the Alabama-Duke game. Nikki wrote she grew up in Andalusia and moved to North Carolina in 1985. “All of the grandchildren could say ‘Roll Tide’ shortly after learning ‘Mama and Dada,’ ” she wrote.

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Mosley grabs another player honor from Tide coaches

Who is Alabama’s most valuable player through five games?

You could make a case for linebacker C.J. Mosley. Alabama’s coaches have recognized him as one of the team’s players of the week following every game this year, including Saturday’s 33-14 win over Ole Miss.

Mosley was honored today along with five teammates by the Alabama coaches. Defensive back Dee Milliner and Mosley are the defensive players of the week. Wide receiver Amari Cooper and offensive tackle D.J. Fluker are offensive players of the week. On special teams, kick returner/wide receiver Christion Jones and place-kicker Jeremy Shelley were selected.

Through five weeks, here is the list of who has gotten a player of the week honor and how many times:

Offense
Two:
Eddie Lacy, D.J. Fluker
One: Amari Cooper, Chance Warmack, AJ McCarron, Kevin Norwood, Michael Williams and T.J. Yeldon

Defense
Five:
C.J. Mosley
Two: Dee Milliner
One: Robert Lester, Adrian Hubbard and Nico Johnson

Special teams
Three:
Cade Foster
Two: Dee Hart
One: Christion Jones, Jeremy Shelley, Vinnie Sunseri, John Fulton, Cody Mandell and DeAndrew White.

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Tide gets behind, gets mad, gets after it to beat Ole Miss

Alabama hasn’t lost to Ole Miss at home since 1988. (AP photo by Butch Dill)

Alabama’s Amari Cooper (9) catches a pass for a touchdown over Ole Missdefensive back Wesley Pendleton (6). (AP photo by Butch Dill)

This is my story for Sunday’s print editions:

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama faced a situation Saturday night it hasn’t had to deal with all season:

The Crimson Tide trailed.

Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked Monday how his team might respond if it got behind, and the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide offered a firm and definitive answer Saturday night in a 33-14 win over Ole Miss. Alabama came back with two touchdowns in 2 minutes, 50 seconds and roared from there.

“It was a tough, hard-fought game,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “Ole Miss is a tough team. Nobody listens to me until after the fact. Then they say, ‘You’re right.’ ”

After Ole Miss took a 7-6 lead on Jeff Scott’s 1-yard touchdown run, Alabama’s Christion Jones fielded the kickoff on one bounce at the 1-yard line, began running, found a hole and bolted through for a 99-yard touchdown return.

Then after a Dee Milliner interception, Alabama drove for another touchdown, which came on a 16-yard pass from AJ McCarron to Amari Cooper, a true freshman.

Alabama had gone 603:46 without trailing in regulation until the Ole Miss touchdown, going back to last season’s win over Tennessee. The Tide deficit lasted only 15 seconds.

Later in the half, Alabama got another touchdown on Cooper’s 12-yard catch from McCarron on a crossing route in the end zone for a 27-7 lead.

Although the Tide defense struggled at times to hold back Ole Miss’ no-huddle, fast-paced attack, Alabama had more than enough weapons to win this one. McCarron completed 22 of 30 passes for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Cooper had a career-high eight catches for 84 yards in a career that’s only five games old.

“We had high hopes that Amari Cooper would find himself and do the things he does in practice all the time in the game, and I think he did that tonight,” Saban said.

After the Tide’s big first half, Ole Miss’ Randall Mackey cut the advantage to 27-14 midway through the third period with a 12-yard touchdown run. But that was as close as the Rebels could get. Alabama answered early in the fourth with Jeremy Shelley’s third field goal of the game. Shelley added a fourth 3-pointer with 1:41 to play.

Although the Crimson Tide won with a margin of comfort, the Ole Miss offense cut Alabama unlike it had been cut this season.
Only Michigan in the season opener matched the Rebels’ 14 points. Also, Ole Miss got both of its scores on long drives. The first covered 13 plays and 75 yards and the second went for 70 yards on 16 plays.

The Rebels played three different quarterbacks — Bo Wallace, Barry Brunetti and Mackey. All three threw an interception. Deion Belue, Robert Lester and Milliner each picked off one.

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The Crimson Tide and Twitter

Some of Alabama’s players love Twitter, and the Twitter world loves their sense of humor. Here are some of the better recent tweets from Tide players:

–Barrett Jones (@BarrettAJones): “You know you’re fat when you dip your sandwich in your condiments instead of putting them on the sandwich. (yes, i’m occasionally guilty)”

–Barrett Jones (‏@BarrettAJones): “Say what you want about McDonald’s, but they have by far the best drink selections with Frutopia, Hi-C orange lavaburst and blue powerade.”

–Michael Williams (‏@Mike_Will89) the movie critic: “Have to watch Bourne Legacy again because I have no idea what just happened….”

–Jesse Williams (@ThaMonstar), also a movie critic: “New Bourne Movie #isthisrealife #ratherwatchPracticefilm”

–Jeremy Shelley (‏@JeremyShelley90) on Shark Week: “If Sharkzilla were to attack do you… A. Pray B. Cry C. Shoot out of its stomach “Men In Black” style #SharkWeek”

–Kenny Bell (@TheKennyBell7), having fun with the celebrity of quarterback AJ McCarron: “in the class with da superstar @10AJMcCarron and he actually spoke u guys..”

–Former Tide player Preston Dial (@wpdial): “All out there that may think I’m tough because I played football, you should’ve seen me just run into a spiderweb… #getcontrolofyourself”

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A few scrimmage nuggets

Nick Saban just ran through some of the highlights from this afternoon’s closed scrimmage. Here are the highlights:

  • Today’s action was much more “game like” as opposed to last Saturday’s that was more “situational.” The first 50 or so plays were just as they would have been in a game.
  • On the injury front: Josh Chapman bruised a thigh and Trent Richardson bruised a shoulder. Nether were too serious, Saban said.
  • DeQuan Menzie was back out there after getting hurt a week ago. Saban said the JUCO cornerback transfer “held up OK today.”
  • DeMarcus Milliner and Blake Sims were both still on the sidelines today. Sims was wearing a walking boot on his right foot (see photo here).
  • There was more focus placed on the running game this week as opposed to last when it was an air assault.
  • Kicking game was much improved. Cade Foster was 3-for-4 with his only miss being at 52-yarder. Saban said he came back and made one from that distance with room to spare. Jeremy Shelley, the more short-range kicker, went 4-for-4, according to stats kept by UA media relations. More stats to come.
  • The team gets two days off before returning to practice Tuesday. Since starting practice Aug. 5, the only off-day came last Sunday. That schedule, Saban said, is all part of the master plan.

More to come. Hang in there.

— Michael Casagrande