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Tana Patrick’s big play

LSU fullback J.C. Copeland (44) has the ball stripped from him at the goal line by Alabama linebacker Tana Patrick (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) signals a touchdown but doesn't see the loose ball. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

LSU fullback J.C. Copeland (44) has the ball stripped from him at the goal line by Alabama linebacker Tana Patrick (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) signals a touchdown but doesn’t see the loose ball. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Senior reserve linebacker Tana Patrick delivered the biggest play of his career with the Alabama football team on Saturday against LSU.

The forced fumble on the goal line saved, and save the team’s national title hopes. Check out the below video interview of him detailing what happened.

Patrick’s met with the media this week because of the novelty of a senior who has been past up on the depth chart, but stuck with the team and was ready for his big play.

His career hasn’t gone as hoped, but he remains happy to be part of the team that’s won a few national titles.

“It has done pretty good,” Patrick said of his career. “I think it could have gone better for me. I’m not complaining. I’m working with some of the best coaches and players, and getting better. It’s making me a better person and better all-around person.”

But was it hard to stay motivated?

“Not really,” he said. “Just coming from where I’m coming from, where I’m from, we are always putting in hard work. My mom is always going to work and taking care of us. It’s something that she put into us.”

Football Notebook: Practice update, 2015 season opener and more

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.

Countdown to Spring Football: Linebackers Breakdown

C.J. Mosley, the Defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game win over Notre Dame, highlights a linebacking corps loaded with talent. (AP photo)

C.J. Mosley, the Defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game win over Notre Dame, highlights a linebacking corps loaded with talent. (AP photo)

Daily Bama Blog correspondent Brett Hudson, like he did for the BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame, will count you down to the beginning of spring practice with another series. Each day, Brett will break down a different position group going into spring practice until the beginning of practice on March 16. Here is the schedule.
March 7th: Quarterbacks (click here to read it)
March 8th: Running backs (click here to read it)
March 9th: Wide receivers (click here to read it)
Sunday: Tight ends/H-Backs (click here to read it)
Monday: Offensive Line (click here to read it)
Yesterday: Defensive Line (click here to read it)
Today: Linebackers/Pro Day
Tomorrow: Cornerbacks
Friday: Safeties
Saturday: Opening day of spring practice

After the 2011 season, Alabama had two linebackers, Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw, taken in the first 35 picks of the NFL Draft and lost another to graduation, Jerrell Harris. Yet another national championship later, the Crimson Tide is set for a similarly-loaded linebacking corps.

It starts with C.J. Mosley, the soon-to-be senior that decided to forego a rather promising NFL Draft position to stay for one more season. Mosley had very similar numbers to Notre Dame linebacker and Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te’o.

Alabama also has returning starters in Adrian Hubbard, Trey Depriest and Xzavier Dickson. The trio combined for 133 tackles and four forced fumbles. Hubbard led the team in tackles for a loss with 11 and sacks with seven. Depriest added four tackles for a loss while Dickson added five with 3.5 sacks.

Replacing Nico Johnson in the rotation will be the alrgest task for the Tide’s linebacking corps this season, and many options present themselves. Last year, Denzell Devall saw his playing time increase as the 2012 season, his freshman campaign, progress forward. Dillon Lee’s freshman season had a similar trajectory before his suspension from the BCS National Championship Game for breaking curfew.

Other options include Tana Patrick and Reggie Ragland, both of whom saw limited action defensively last season but did play larger roles in special teams. Ryan Anderson, the other player sent home from Miami early for breaking curfew, redshirted last season and is now available to contribute.

Alabama has two recruits entering the program at this position, but neither will be in spring practice as early enrollees. The Reuben Foster saga landed in Tuscaloosa after Foster signed with the Tide on National Signing Day. Alongside Foster will be Walker Jones, the younger brother of both Barrett and Harrison. Walker is the only one of the three brothers to play on the defensive side of the ball.

Breakdown: Two seniors (Patrick and Mosley), three juniors (Depriest, Dickson and Hubbard), three sophomores (Ragland, Lee and Devall), one redshirt freshman (Anderson) and two true freshmen (W. Jones and Foster, neither in for the spring).

Prediction: Depriest, Mosley, Hubbard and Dickson are no-brainers for the coaching staff in their starting spots, with healthy splashes of Devall thrown in. Lee, Ragland and Anderson will be competing for a 6th spot of sorts, while the other two will be relegated to special teams assignment or late-game situations in blowouts.

Usually, freshmen that do not early enroll do not have much of a chance at playing immediately in an important role, but Foster and Jones are the exceptions. Foster’s talent had him ranked as the No. 1 linebacker in the nation by certain experts and Jones’ ties to the program should make his transition as seamless as possible. One of these two freshmen could steal the show in the fall, much like Devall did last year.

Countdown: 11 days until the BCS National Championship Game

Each day until the BCS National Championship Game, Daily Bama Blog contributor Brett Hudson will count down to kickoff, giving us bits and pieces of that day’s significance to Alabama and Notre Dame. Today is 11 days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “11.”

–Alabama has recovered 11 of their opponent’s 23 fumbles.

–Alabama has gotten 11 first downs because of an opponent’s penalty. That is four percent of the 275 first downs the Crimson Tide has accumulated this season: 147 on the ground, 117 through the air and the other 11 through penalty.

–Notre Dame’s Stephon Tuitt has 11 sacks on the season, enough to put him in a tie for 12th nationally with Cornellius Carradine of Florida State and Phillip Steward of Houston. Tuitt’s sacks have resulted in 85 yards of losses.

T.J. Yeldon had 11 carries in his collegiate debut against Michigan for 111 yards, making for a season-high 10.1 yards a carry for the freshman.

–Both Yeldon and Eddie Lacy had 11 carries against LSU. Lacy led the Tide with 83 rushing yards, while Yeldon ran for 76.

–Alabama has two players who wear No. 11, which is one of 24 numbers that is worn by two or more players. On the offensive side, freshman quarterback Alec Morris, a product of Allen (Texas) High, is heading for a redshirt season. Alabama’s
defensive No. 11 is junior linebacker Tana Patrick. Patrick, who is from Bridgeport, has seen action in every game this season, coming out with 16 tackles.

–Notre Dame has two No. 11′s of their own. Junior quarterback Tommy Rees of Lake Forest, lll., has been the backup quarterback to Everett Golson all season for the Irish, but has come in at times in Golson’s inconsistent moments. Rees has 59 attempts and 34 completions this season for 436 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Notre Dame’s other No. 11, sophomore linebacker Ishaq Williams of Brooklyn, has recorded 21 tackles this season: 3.5 for a loss and 11 solo.

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