Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Crimson Notes 8/4/10

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07: Fireworks explode prior to the Citi BCS National Championship game between the Texas Longhorns and the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
As reported in previous articles, junior college signee DeQuan Menzie appears to be ready for the 2010 season opener against San Jose State despite suffering a torn Achilles tendon during the month of April.

At the time of the injury it seemed a foregone conclusion that Menzie would redshirt and return to action next spring.

However, Menzie has defied the odds and has looked very strong during 7-on-7 workouts this summer.

Menzie, a cornerback, will provide Alabama with much needed depth in the secondary for the 2010 season.

The only returning starter from the 2009 secondary is safety Mark Barron.

Fall camp begins Thursday morning and a crew from ESPN will be in town to film a behind-the-scenes feature on the initial days to Alabama’s preseason practice.

The hour-long special can be seen Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. on ESPNU and Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

In off the field news, the long-awaited Nick Saban statue…will remain long-awaited.

The casting process has yet to commence which will make any sort of dedication or unveiling impossible before the start of the 2010 football season.

Models of the statue have been made and once final details have been solidified, the casting process will begin.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: Alabama running back Mark Ingram poses in press room during the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
In somber news, the grandfather of Tide running back Mark Ingram passed away on Saturday in Flint, Michigan.

Ingram returned to Michigan on Friday for a quick visit, and Arthur “Art” Johnson, 75, suffered a heart attack the following day and died at McLaren Regional Medical Center.

Art Johnson played college football at Michigan State.

In remembrance of his grandfather, the current Alabama star encouraged everyone to be happy.

"He was a great dude and he lived a long life and he was blessed and I don't think anyone should be sad," Ingram said. "Everyone should be happy because these last few years I think he's been the happiest he's ever been in his life."

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