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Saban’s All-America record at Alabama

Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones (75) is a three-time Associated Press All-American. (AP photo by Butch Dill, File)

Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones (75) is a three-time Associated Press All-American. (AP photo by Butch Dill, File)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Since 2008, Alabama has piled up a trophy case full of Associated Press All-America awards and then some.

The Associated Press picks the best All-America team, in our opinion. So it means something that Alabama players have landed on AP lists so often since 2008. Nick Saban‘s record in the past five seasons includes 17 first-team AP All-America selections, six on second team and five on third team.

Two players have earned three All-America selections in that period, including safety Mark Barron, who was third team in 2009, second team in 2010 and first team in 2011. Offensive lineman Barrett Jones made third team as a guard in 2010, first team as a tackle in 2011 and first team as a center in 2012.

First team

Andre Smith, OT
Antoine Caldwell, C
Terrence Cody, DT
Second team
Rashad Johnson, S
Third team
Rolando McClain, LB

First team

Mark Ingram, RB
Michael Johnson, OG
Terrence Cody, DT
Rolando McClain, LB
Javier Arenas, CB
Leigh Tiffin, K
Third team
Mark Barron, S

Second team

Julio Jones, WR
Mark Barron, S
Third team
Barrett Jones, OG
Marcell Dareus, DT

First team

Trent Richardson, RB
Barrett Jones, OT
Dont’a Hightower, LB
Mark Barron, S
Second team
Courtney Upshaw, LB
Dre Kirkpatrick CB

First team

Barrett Jones, C
Chance Warmack, OG
Dee Milliner, CB
C.J. Mosley, LB
Second team
D.J. Fluker, OT
Third team
AJ McCarron, QB

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Tide in the NFL: Trent aggravates his injury

Trent Richardson (33) is tackled by the Colts’ Kavell Conner. (AP photo by AJ Mast)

Trent Richardson re-injured his ribs in the second quarter of Cleveland’s game with Indianapolis, and the former Alabama running back remained on the bench for the rest of the game.

Richardson was hit in the side the previous week but played today with protection for his ribs. He finished with 8 yards on eight carries against the Colts and caught a pair of passes for 11 yards.

Richardson said Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur made the call to pull him from the game.

“The injury was pretty bad, I guess it limited me a lot,” Richardson told reporters, according to The Associated Press. “I sat down, so, you know, it just hurt me not being out there, hurt me inside not being out there.

“I didn’t want to come out. I said Pat knows what’s best. He made his decision, and I think he made a great decision.”

Houston Texans running back Justin Forsett (28) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens defensive end DeAngelo Tyson (93) and Courtney Upshaw (91). (AP photo by Jose Yau of The Waco Tribune-Herald)

Other performances from former Alabama players today:

–Linebacker Dont’a Hightower had seven tackles in New England’s 29-26 win over the New York Jets. His biggest play was a 10-yard sack of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez late in the fourth quarter. Tied 23-23, New York faced third-and-seven at the New England 15 before Hightower made his play.

–The Houston Texans beat Baltimore 43-13 but linebacker Courtney Upshaw had four tackles for the Ravens, including one when he stopped Houston’s Arian Foster 2 yards behind the line in the third quarter.

Baltimore noseguard Terrence Cody and Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson each had two stops. Houston guard Antoine Caldwell did not start but did play off the bench. He came out of the previous game with a concussion. He also has dealt with an ankle sprain this season.

–Cincinnati defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry recovered a fumble in the Bengals’ 24-17 loss to Pittsburgh. Gilberry jumped on a fumble by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter at the Pittsburgh 8, setting up a Bengals touchdown on the next play.

–Middle linebacker Rolando McClain had five tackles as Oakland beat Jacksonville 26-23 in overtime.

–Running back Mark Ingram had 21 rushing yards on seven carries as the New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Bucs 35-28. Also for the Saints, safety Roman Harper had five tackles. For the Bucs, safety Mark Barron made seven tackles and had one pass defended.

–Defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had a tackle as the Buffalo Bills lost to the Tennessee Titans 35-34.

–Several teams are off this week, including Philadelphia (linebacker DeMeco Ryans and guard Evan Mathis), Atlanta (wide receiver Julio Jones and guard Mike Johnson), Kansas City (defensive back Javier Arenas) and San Diego (fullback Le’Ron McClain and linebacker Jarret Johnson).

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Tide in the NFL: Barron gets interception, Richardson hurt

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) finished with 37 rushing yards and hurt his ribs. (AP photo by Tony Dejak)

Detroit receiver Nate Burleson is tackled by Philadelphia linebacker DeMeco Ryans (59), who finished with 13 stops. (AP photo by Andre L. Smith of The Wilmington News-Journal)

Tampa Bay rookie safety Mark Barron pulled off his first career interception Sunday in a 38-10 win over Kansas City.

The Chiefs had driven to the Bucs’ 16 in the first quarter, but Barron intercepted a Brady Quinn pass and returned it 12 yards. In addition, he made a team-high eight tackles, including two behind the line.

Barron’s former Alabama teammate, Trent Richardson, was hurt in Cleveland’s 34-24 win over Cincinnati. The rookie running back took a helmet to the side early in the game.

He rushed for 37 yards on 14 carries for the Browns and caught a pair of passes for 17 more yards, but spent much of the second half on the bench. The Plain Dealer of Cleveland is reporting Richardson will have an MRI exam on his ribs Monday.

“I took a shot, but I’ll be back,” Richardson told reporters, according to The Associated Press. “I’ll be ready for next week.”

Other performances by former Alabama players:

–Cincinnati defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry sacked Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden for a 9-yard loss.

–Kansas City cornerback Javier Arenas returned two punts for 11 yards and made a tackle.

–Atlanta beat Oakland 23-20 as Falcons receiver Julio Jones had four catches for 65 yards. For the Raiders, middle linebacker Rolando McClain made three tackles, including one behind the line.

–Defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had three tackles as the Buffalo Bills beat Arizona 19-16 in overtime. For the Cardinals, defensive back Rashad Johnson had a tackle.

–Baltimore Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw set a season-high with six tackles in a 31-29 win over Dallas. Nose tackle Terrence Cody added three tackles.

–Middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans made 13 tackles in Philadelphia’s 26-23 loss to Detroit. Three of his stops were for lost yardage.

–Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson had two tackles, but his Texans fell 42-24 to Green Bay.

–The New Orleans Saints (Mark Ingram and Roman Harper) had a bye this week, and the San Diego Chargers (Le’Ron McClain and Jarret Johnson) will play Monday night against Denver.

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Tide in the NFL: Kareem Jackson scores a TD

Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson dances into the end zone with his first career NFL touchdown. (AP photo by Dave Einsel)

Kareem Jackson celebrates his touchdown. (AP photo by Patrick Schneider)

Former Alabama cornerback Kareem Jackson returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown in the Houston Texans’ 38-14 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Jackson picked off Matt Hasselbeck and scored with 3:57 left in the game, putting Houston ahead 38-7. He also had two tackles and two passes defended in the win.

Jackson is a third-year pro who played on Alabama’s 2009 national championship team. He was the Texans’ first-round draft choice.

He had an interception in the season opener against Miami and five for his NFL career, including today’s, but this is his first professional touchdown.

Tampa Bay’s Mark Barron forced Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III to fumble at the Bucs’ 1. The Redskins’ Pierre Garcon recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. (AP photo by Brian Blanco)

Former Alabama lineman Antoine Caldwell, the Texans’ right guard, left in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle.

In other games involving ex-Tide players:

–Atlanta beat the Carolina Panthers 30-28 as Julio Jones made only one catch. However, it covered 30 yards and helped the Falcons to an important fourth-quarter field goal.

–Linebacker Dont’a Hightower had two tackles in New England’s 52-28 win over Buffalo. One was a stop of C.J. Spiller 4 yards behind the line and the other was a sack of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick at about the line of scrimmage.

For the Bills, defensive lineman Marcell Dareus had three tackles, including one in which he combined for a sack of Tom Brady. He also defended a pass. Defensive lineman Mark Anderson had two tackles.

–Javier Arenas returned three punts for 39 yards, including an 18-yarder, in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 37-20 loss to San Diego. He added two tackles and one pass defended.

For the Chargers, fullback Le’Ron McClain carried twice for 4 yards and caught one pass for a loss of minus-2 yards.

–The New Orleans Saints lost to Green Bay 28-27 while running back Mark Ingram had 11 yards on five carries and safety Roman Harper has nine tackles.

–Defensive back Mark Barron had eight tackles as Tampa Bay lost to Washington 24-22.

–Middle linebacker Rolando McClain made eight tackles in the Oakland Raiders’ game with Denver, but the Raiders lost 37-6.

–Defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry had two tackles as Cincinnati beat Jacksonville 27-10.

–In the Sunday night game, Philadelphia beat the New York Giants 19-17. Linebacker DeMeco Ryans had a pair of tackles and one pass defended for the Eagles.

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Tide in the NFL: Trent gets a TD, Arenas moves up Chiefs’ list

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) hauls in a touchdown pass over San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer. (AP photo by Gregory Bull)

Cleveland’s Trent Richardson runs for a 6-yard TD in the second quarter. (AP photo by David Richard)

Former Alabama All-America defensive back Javier Arenas returned a punt 24 yards for Kansas City in a 27-24 win over New Orleans on Sunday, moving to fourth place on the Chiefs’ punt return yardage list.

Arenas finished the day with three returns for 30 yards. In the NFL only since 2010, Arenas has 816 career punt return yards, which puts him past Dale Carter, who had 787 yards for Kansas City during 1992-96. The Chiefs’ all-time leader is J.T. Smith, who 2,289 during 1979-84.

Arenas also returned three kickoffs for 58 yards. He has 1,048 career kickoff return yards, which is 14th in Kansas City history. In addition, he had two tackles.

For the Saints, Roman Harper had a big day with 11 tackles, including one for loss, and two passes defended. He recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, but the replay official ruled the ball carrier was already down when he lost the ball. Also for the Saints, Mark Ingram rushed five times for 11 yards.

Baltimore beat New England 30-21 as noseguard Terrence Cody has had a pair of tackles for the Ravens. Baltimore linebacker Courtney Upshaw added three tackles, including one of receiver Julian Edelman 13 yards behind the line. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower of the Patriots had five stops.

Rookie running back Trent Richardson scored his third touchdown for the Cleveland Browns on a 6-yard run against Buffalo. He finished with 27 rushing yards on 12 carries in a 24-14 loss. In addition, he caught six passes for 24 yards.

For Buffalo, defensive end Mark Anderson had two tackles, including an 11-yard sack on third down in the fourth quarter, despite being held by a lineman. The Bills declined the penalty, of course. Marcell Dareus assisted on a 10-yard sack late in the fourth quarter for his only tackle.

Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones caught five passes in the first half for 67 yards and a touchdown in a 27-3 win over San Diego, despite missing part of the half with a hand injury.

He hurt a hand when hit by Chargers safety Eric Weddle at the end of a 19-yard reception on the game’s first play from scrimmage. He returned in the second quarter. His touchdown came with 58 seconds left before intermission and covered 9 yards.

For San Diego, linebacker Jarret Johnson had four tackles.

Defensive end Wallace Gilberry had a tackle as Cincinnati beat Washington 38-31. Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was out with a knee injury he suffered in the preseason.

Ex-Tide safety Mark Barron had six tackles and a defended pass in as the Tampa Bay Bucs lost to Dallas 16-10.

In Arizona’s 27-6 win over Philadelphia, Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson had five tackles. For the Eagles, DeMeco Ryans had six stops, including one for lost yardage.

Oakland beat Pittsburgh 34-31 in overtime as linebacker Rolando McClain had nine tackles for the Raiders. Houston beat Denver 31-25, and Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson made four tackles and defended a pass.

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Tide in the NFL: Ingram scores, Dareus has a sack

Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron, right, lays out New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks as the Bucs’ Brandon McDonald (33) looks on. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)

Buffalo’s Marcell Dareus (99) celebrates his sack with Jarius Byrd (31) against the Chiefs. (AP photo by Gary Wiepert)

The Buffalo Bills scored a 35-17 win over Kansas City today as the team paid tribute to former Alabama player Marcell Dareus.

Dareus, a second-year defensive tackle, played after traveling to Birmingham this past week to mourn the death of his brother. Dareus’ younger brother, Simeon Gilmore, was one of three people killed during a burglary in Pelham on Sunday.

“He’s going through a rough time, but he felt responsibilities here,” Kyle Williams told reporters, according to The Associated Press. “He always picks our team up and we’re glad that he’s back.”

Dareus played with a shoulder injury, but still had two tackles, a sack and two stops behind the line. Another former Alabama defensive lineman, Mark Anderson, had three tackles for the Bills, including one behind the line.

“The team rallied up around me. This is my release from whatever is going on in the outside world,” Dareus told reporters. “I focused in on the football field and took everything else out of my head.”

For Kansas City, ex-Crimson Tide defensive back Javier Arenas had three tackles, returned three punts for 40 yards and ran back two kickoffs for 40 yards.

They weren’t the only former Alabama standouts to shine today. New Orleans lost 35-27 to Carolina but Mark Ingram rushed for 53 yards on 16 carries and scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Saints defensive back Roman Harper of Alabama had three tackles.

Arizona beat New England 20-18 as safety Rashad Johnson had a tackle. For the Patriots, linebacker Dont’a Hightower managed five stops, including one behind the line.

Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron had 10 tackles and defended two passes, but the Bucs fell 41-34 to the New York Giants.

Philadelphia beat Baltimore as middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans had a big day. He made seven tackles, one sack for a 13-yard loss and two stops behind the line. In addition, he intercepted a pass, although he didn’t gain any yards on the return. Still, it set up a touchdown.

For the Ravens, linebacker Courtney Upshaw had six tackles, including one behind the line.

Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain had two tackles in Oakland’s 35-13 loss to Miami.

Chargers fullback Le’Ron McClain rushed for 19 yards on two carries as San Diego beat Tennessee 38-10. Also for the Chargers, linebacker Jarret Johnson had a tackle.

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Mark Barron’s hit on Steve Smith (video)

Some of you have come to The Daily Bama Blog looking for former Alabama safety Mark Barron’s hit on Steve Smith in his NFL regular-season debut Sunday.

We’ve found the clip on YouTube and have it for you below. The play came in the Tampa Bay Bucs’ 16-10 win over the Carolina Panthers, who are quarterbacked by Cam Newton.

Barron made three tackles and broke up two of Newton’s passes, including a deep ball on third-and-nine in the fourth quarter. But the hit on Steve Smith is what has people talking, and here it is:

Bama players in the NFL: Big days for Julio, Hightower

Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron (24) knocks a pass away from Carolina receiver Louis Murphy (83) on a third-and-nine throw in the fourth quarter. (AP photo by Chris O’Meara)

New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54) runs for a touchdown after picking up a fumble by Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker. (AP photo by Wade Payne)

Former Alabama receiver Julio Jones is well on his way to the big year many are expecting from him.

In a 40-24 win over Kansas City, Jones had six catches for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He hooked up with Matt Ryan for scoring throws of 8 and 14 yards. For Kansas City, Javier Arenas returned four kickoffs for 79 yards and one punt for 14 yards.

Also, in New England’s game against the Tennessee Titans, Patriots rookie linebacker Dont’a Hightower picked up a fumble and returned it 6 yards for a touchdown. In addition, he had five tackles, including one behind the line. Defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick added one tackle for the Pats.

For the Houston Texans, cornerback Kareem Jackson had a big day in a 30-10 win over Miami. He made five tackles, defended two passes and intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass, returning it 3 yards.

Trent Richardson made his debut in Cleveland’s 17-16 loss to Philadelphia, rushing for 39 yards on 19 carries and catching one pass for 5 yards. For the Eagles, linebacker DeMeco Ryans had five tackles.

The Buffalo Bills lost 48-28 to the New York Jets, and Marcell Dareus had a tackle for Buffalo.

New Orleans fell 40-32 to Washington. Mark Ingram rushed six times for the Saints, gaining 15 yards. New Orleans safety Roman Harper had nine tackles.

Arizona safety Rashad Johnson made two tackles as the Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks 20-16.

Rookie safety Mark Barron made his debut in the Tampa Bay Bucs’ 16-10 win over the Carolina Panthers, who are quarterbacked by Cam Newton. Barron made three tackles and broke up two of Newton’s passes, including a deep ball on third-and-nine in the fourth quarter.

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Bucs coach has praise for Mark Barron

Mark Barron after his touchdown. (AP photo by Dave Martin)

Former Alabama safety Mark Barron received praise from Tampa Bay Bucs coach Greg Schiano after the team’s 30-28 exhibition win over New England on Fridya night.

Barron was the seventh pick in this year’s draft, and according to an Associated Press story, he was brought in to bolster a defense that yielded a franchise-record 494 points last season.

“Mark played faster this week. He looked more confident in what he was doing. That’s what rookies do. They learn and they get better,” Schiano told reporters, according to AP.

Schiano added, “Going against the competition he did in practice this week, I think it got more comfortable for him. Now he needs to get that much more comfortable as we get ready for the regular season.”

Barron made third-team AP All-America in 2009, second team in 2010 and first team in 2011. Interesting note: The AP first-team All-America defense included 12 players, and eight were from the SEC: Alabama’s Barron and linebacker Dont’a Hightower, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones and safety Bacarri Rambo, South Carolina end Melvin Ingram, and LSU cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu and punter Brad Wing.

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UPDATED: Barron, Johnson, Arenas shine on NFL Friday

Mark Barron takes a Tom Brady pass for a touchdown. (AP photo by Chris O’Meara)

Jarret Johnson (96) played nine seasons with Baltimore before signing with San Diego this year. (AP photo by Genevieve Ross)

New England’s Rob Gronkowski (87) can’t do anything as Mark Barron grabs a Tom Brady pass. (AP photo by Brian Blanco)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie Mark Barron of Alabama intercepted a pass Friday night against New England and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.

Bucs teammate Ronde Barber tipped the Tom Brady pass, and Barron caught the rebound in front of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. The touchdown gave Tampa Bay a 14-0 lead in the opening quarter.

Click here for a not-so-great video of the interception.

Barron finished with three tackles in the Bucs’ 30-28 win, while teammate Wallace Gilberry, also a former Tide player, had a tackle. The Patriots scored two late touchdowns on passes by former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett. For New England, former Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower had a tackle and a hit on the quarterback. Brandon Deaderick added a tackle.

In the Atlanta Falcons’ 23-6 win over Miami, ex-Tide All-America receiver Julio Jones had 90 yards on four catches, including a reception that went for 49 yards. He has 240 receiving yards in three preseason games, which leads the NFL. John Parker Wilson didn’t record any statistics for Atlanta.

Click here for a short story on Jones’ performance from Atlantafalcons.com.

The San Diego Chargers beat Minnesota 12-10 as Le’Ron McClain rushed twice for 4 yards and caught a pass for an 11-yard gain. Jarret Johnson, a linebacker who played for Alabama, had two tackles, including a 5-yard sack of the Vikings’ Christian Ponder. Johnson played at Alabama during 1999-2002 and then spent nine seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before signing with San Diego this year.

Javier Arenas had a sack in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 44-14 loss to Seattle. He dropped Russell Wilson for a 2-yard loss. In addition, he ran back a kickoff 24 yards but didn’t return a punt.

Anybody not mentioned whose team played Friday night either did not play or did not record any statistics. 

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SEC says Alabama defender had top performance

Barron (4) celebrates interception with Nico Johnson at Penn State (AP photo by Keith Srakocic)

The weekly SEC honors have been announced and a certain opportunistic Alabama safety heard his name called.

Senior Mark Barron was named defensive player of the week after intercepting a pass, recovering a fumble and making seven tackles in the 27-11 win up at Penn State. Both turnovers came in Alabama territory with the interception at the 9-yard line. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray earned offensive player of the week honors.

Linebacker Trey DePriest was co-freshman of the week last Monday after leading the Tide in tackles against Kent State.

Nick Saban addresses the masses coming up at noon. Check back after that for full coverage.

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Who'll represent Bama at SEC Media Days? List is out

This is more newsworthy to those of us who’ll spend our three days in Hoover, but the list of players appearing at SEC Media Days was released online.

For Alabama, the representatives include Dont’a Hightower, Trent Richardson, and the surprise entry Mark Barron. The senior safety appears to enjoy speaking to writers a little less than most.

Unofficial betting favorites Barrett Jones and William Vlachos liked to spar over who’d be there for the Tide. In the end, neither got the call.

SEC Media Days are July 20-22 in Hoover. Alabama’s day at the circus will be the finale. Click here for the complete list on the SEC website.

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Award season begins, Bama players on watch lists

And so another season of watch lists, semifinalists, etc., begins. The first two awards began the dance this morning.

To make it easy, the awards watch page will update these announcements as they arrive.

Today’s Maxwell Award watch list included Trent Richardson.

For the Bednarik Award, Mark Barron, Dont’a Hightower, Dre Kirkpatrick, Robert Lester, and Courtney Upshaw are in the running.

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A few notes from Monday's football practice

Forgive me if I’m a little rusty with the football. It’s been a week since taking in one of these media viewing periods because of that NIT trip. Here’s what’s important:

  • The team was inside this afternoon with severe weather headed towards Tuscaloosa.
  • Mark Barron remains in the black non-contact jersey as was backup offensive lineman Tyler Love.
  • Former quarterback Greg McElroy was in the building watching the practice. He’ll have individual workouts tomorrow for NFL scouts since he missed last month’s pro day.
  • Javier Arenas also took in the practice. I joked with him about coming up to the interview room since he is something of a legend when the microphones come on. He politely declined.

Hopefully some video will come soon, but my computer keeps crashing when I connect the camera. Pray for a better resolution on the next try.

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    Robby Green suspended, Saban addresses Barron arrest

    Nick Saban wrapped up his news conference a little bit ago. Here are the highlights.

    • Defensive back Robby Green was not on the field this afternoon serving a suspension for violating team rules. This appears to be separate from the NCAA-mandated suspension that took him out of action all of last season.
    • About Mark Barron’s arrest on misdemeanor charges of hindering prosecution, Saban said the following:
    • “Mark Barron used poor judgment in sorta protecting his friend, his cousin, rather than cooperating with authority and giving them the information they needed to investigate their case. We always think our players should respect people that are in a position of authority ― especially the police who do a lot to protect all of us. I think Mark learned that he did not use good judgment in this case and not saying what he could have said.”

    • The issues surrounding Barron and Green were not going to be discussed in public after Monday, Saban said.