Friday, July 18, 2014

Brandon Kennedy gives verbal to Alabama

On the heels of SEC Media Days, which is essentially the "kickoff party" for the 2014 season, the Alabama Crimson Tide continue to build for 2015.

Brandon Kennedy, one of the most highly touted offensive lineman in the nation, has decided that he'll call the University of Alabama his home for the next few years.
Making his verbal commitment in the form of a press conference, Kennedy, the product of Wetumpka High School in Wetumpka, Alabama, selected the Crimson Tide over the Auburn Tigers.
Listed as a four-star prospect per the 247Sports composite rating system, Kennedy stands 6-foot-2 and tops the scale at 295-pounds.

Joining Lester Cotton, Richie Petitbon, and Dallas Warmack, as noted in the "numbers game" mentioned in the above tweet, Kennedy is the fourth offensive lineman to give his verbal commitment to the Crimson Tide for 2015.

In respect to his overall status, Kennedy is the 20th commitment of said class.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

SEC Media Days 2014: Trio of 'Bama players faced the media

Once Nick Saban concluded his portion of SEC Media Days at the main podium, most all of the attention shifted to Alabama player representatives Landon Collins, Amari Cooper, and Christion Jones.

While none of the trio captured the media's attention like AJ McCarron did last July, all three men still garnered plenty of adoration from the Crimson Tide fans in attendance.

As is standard protocol, each player met the media (various outlets) during Alabama's session and responded to an assortment of questions concerning the upcoming season and the current squad.
Collins, Cooper, and senior leader Christion Jones, provided a great deal of content in respect to various issues and expectations regarding the 2014 Crimson Tide.

Individual quotes from each young man will be posted throughout the day at @BamaFootballTCE via Twitter.

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SEC Media Days 2014: Saban takes center stage on final day

University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban addressed the media Thursday afternoon during the final session of SEC Media Days 2014.

As per the usual order of business at the annual media (circus) gathering, Saban began the proceedings with a general statement which touched on several notable issues. Those issues included, but were not limited to, the current "culture" within young people, proper discipline of said young people/players, and the importance of student-athlete development in all aspects of life.

Saban also spoke, just briefly, on life as a grandfather.
Following his opening statement, Saban fielded a plethora of questions from various media members. The questions, as usual, were wide-ranging. While a few questions directly involved the state of the 2014 Alabama football team and program, many covered a broader spectrum relative to SEC and national issues in college football, his interest (or lack thereof) in the Texas job, and topics concerning the NFL.

In respect to disciplinary actions regarding current Tide roster players, Saban noted that running back Kenyan Drake and defensive lineman Jarran Reed have been suspended from team activities, but will be able to return to action once they meet the required (undisclosed) terms.

--Click HERE to read the full transcript--

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SEC Media Days 2014: Alabama crowned king of the SEC

Sportswriters packed the Wynfrey Hotel this week for the 2014 edition of SEC Media Days, and this morning, on the final day of the annual media circus, the SEC “Prom King” and his runners-up were selected.

Below is the projected order of finish for each division, as well as the projected conference champion.

As per usual, using last year as the ideal example, these prognostications could very well provide great fodder come early December.
EASTERN DIVISION

South Carolina 1,895
Georgia 1,777
Florida 1,362
Missouri 1,263
Tennessee 893
Vanderbilt 619
Kentucky 395

WESTERN DIVISION

Alabama 1,915
Auburn 1,735
LSU 1,453
Ole Miss 1,069
Miss. State 890
Texas A&M 791
Arkansas 351

SEC CHAMPION

Alabama 154
Auburn 75
South Carolina 32
Georgia 19
LSU 9
Ole Miss 2
Arkansas 1
Mississippi State 1