Monday, February 28, 2011

NFL Combine Report: Mark Ingram and Julio Jones

Mark Ingram
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 215 lbs
Arm Length: 30 ¾”
Hand Size: 9 ½”
40-Yard Dash: 4.62
Vertical Jump: 31 1/5”
Broad Jump: 9’10”
Bench Press: 21 (225 Pounds 21 Times)

Julio Jones
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 220 lbs
Arm Length: 33 ¾”
Hand Size: 9 ¾”
40-Yard Dash: 4.39
Vertical Jump: 38 ½”
Broad Jump: 11’3”
Bench Press: 17 (225 Pounds 17 Times)

Video: Julio Jones Overall Analysis

Video: Julio Jones Interview

Video: Mark Ingram Overall Analysis

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Julio Jones Signs Contract with Under Armour

Former University of Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones has signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Under Armour Inc.

Jones, a probable first-round pick in the NFL Draft, will appear on various advertisements for the television and online markets.

The former Crimson Tide standout will now join Heisman Trophy winner Cameron Newton on the Under Armour endorsement roster. Both Jones and Newton will debut the new E39 compression shirt during the weekend portion of the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Justin Taylor Commits to Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide have added another verbal commitment for the 2012 campaign.

Justin Taylor, a potent running back from Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, accepted (on the spot) a scholarship offer from the University of Alabama on Monday.

Taylor describes the University of Alabama as the school he’s been interested in since his ninth grade year and his No. 1 school of choice.

Justin Taylor Highlight Video

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Kenyan Drake and Tyler Hayes Commit to Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide received two verbal commitments on Monday as the 2012 recruiting class continues to grow and electrify.

Kenyan Drake (Powder Springs, Georgia-athlete/running back) and Tyler Hayes (Thomasville, Alabama-athlete/linebacker) informed ‘Bama coaches on Monday about their individual decisions to give “solid verbals” to the University of Alabama.

Kenyan Drake had over 1,000 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns during the 2010 season for Hillgrove High School. Drake also garnered more than 500 yards receiving which included eight touchdown receptions.

Tyler Hayes was named the MVP of the 2010 Alabama Class 4A state title game as he helped lead Thomasville to their first state championship since 1988.

Drake and Hayes become the seventh and eighth verbal commitments for the 2012 Alabama recruiting class.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Crimson Notes 2/14/11

Billy Napier has been hired by the University of Alabama as the new offensive quality control assistant.

Napier comes to Alabama from Clemson University where he served as tight ends coach (2006), recruiting coordinator (2006-2008) and offensive coordinator (2009-2010).


In other news, the University of Alabama has hired Joe Pannunzio as the new director of football operations.

Pannunzio comes to Alabama from the University of Miami where he served a five-year stint as tight ends and special teams coach.

The Pueblo, Colorado native replaces Mike Vollmar who served as director of football operations for three years before accepting a similar role at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Pannunzio Bio:
2011 - University of Alabama (director of football operations)
2006-2010 - University of Miami (tight ends/special teams coordinator)
2000-05 - Murray State (head coach)
1999 - Auburn (tight ends/special teams)
1995-98 - Mississippi (tight ends/special teams)
1992-94 - Minnesota (tight ends/special teams)
1991 - TCU (tight ends/special teams)
1987-1990 - Mesa College (offensive coordinator)
1985-86 - Kansas (tight ends)
1982-84 - Mesa College (quarterbacks, receivers)
1981 - Southern Colorado (receivers)


Spring practice for the University of Alabama football team will officially begin on March 21 and will conclude with the annual A-Day Game on April 16 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Crimson Tide will hold a total of 15 practice sessions during the course of spring drills.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Groh Replaces Cignetti on Crimson Tide Staff

Mike Groh has officially been hired by the University of Alabama as the new wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.

The former University of Louisville quarterbacks coach and 2009 UA graduate assistant under Nick Saban, has been hired to replace Curt Cignetti, who is now the head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Coaching Bio:

2000-New York Jets (Assistant)
2001-2002-University of Virginia (Wide Receivers Coach)
2003-University of Virginia (Wide Receivers/Quarterbacks Coach)
2004-2005-University of Virginia (Quarterbacks Coach)
2006-2008-University of Virginia (Offensive Coordinator)
2009-University of Alabama (Graduate Assistant)
2010-University of Louisville (Quarterbacks Coach)
2011-University of Alabama (Wide Receivers Coach/Recruiting Coordinator)

Playing Bio:

1991-1995-University of Virginia
1996-Baltimore Ravens
1997-Rhein Fire

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Taylor and Groh Candidates to fill Coaching Vacancy

Lance Taylor is considered to be one of the top candidates to replace former Alabama wide receivers coach Curt Cignetti.

Taylor, a former Crimson Tide player (2000-2003) who worked with Nick Saban in 2008 as a graduate assistant, is currently the offensive quality control assistant for the New York Jets.

Taylor interviewed for the coaching vacancy on the Alabama staff after the Jets were eliminated from the NFL playoffs by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Current University of Louisville quarterbacks coach Mike Groh is also a candidate for the coaching vacancy at Alabama.

Groh was at Alabama in 2009 as a graduate assistant and worked with the receivers.

Groh is most recognized for being an assistant coach at Virginia for eight years, three of which were served as offensive coordinator.

Groh’s father, current Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh, is most noted in the college ranks for his many years (2001-09) as the head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers.

UPDATE: Media reports have established that Mike Groh is expected to be hired later this week to fill the coaching vacancy left by Curt Cignetti.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Soap Opera Finale: Kouandjio Signs with ‘Bama

Cyrus Kouandjio, the nation’s top-rated offensive lineman, has officially signed with the University of Alabama after three days of drama and conjecture.

The 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive tackle from DeMatha High School (Maryland) will join his brother, Arie, who also attends the University of Alabama and is an offensive lineman on the Crimson Tide football team.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

National Signing Day 2011: 'Bama Signs Elite Class

What does a coach really do on National Signing Day? Well, to hear Nick Saban tell it…you simply shake your leg and watch the fax machine.

While the Crimson Tide coach may have been shaking his leg on Wednesday to release nervous energy, the Alabama fan base remained glued to the ‘Bama “Fax Girl”…and ESPNU.

The majority of the 2011 Alabama signees simply faxed their letters of intent to UA with little or no fanfare. However, the “big announcement guys” created all the drama (as per usual) for Alabama coaches and fans.

Defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan selected Alabama over Georgia in what was considered a “steal” in certain recruiting circles. Pagan had once been a verbal commitment to both Florida and Clemson before actually signing with Alabama.

In another “nervous moment” for Tide coaches and fans, linebacker/running back Brent Calloway signed with the Crimson Tide after decommiting from Alabama less than a month ago.

The Russellville, AL product had been a solid ‘Bama verbal since June of 2009, however, Calloway decommitted from Alabama in early January and gave his verbal to the Auburn Tigers.

While Pagan and Calloway provided some anxious moments, the “season finale cliffhanger” went to offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.

Considered one of the top five overall prospects in the nation and arguably the best offensive tackle, Kouandjio shocked many Alabama fans and general viewers when he selected the Auburn Tigers over the likes of Alabama, Iowa and New Mexico during his live announcement on ESPNU.

However, the “drama” and “shock” over his announcement wouldn’t come close to the events that followed.

Once Kouandjio officially declared for Auburn University…he declined to sign his letter of intent…and immediately reconsidered his decision.

More than 24 hours after refusing to sign with Auburn, it remains unclear where Kouandjio will attend college.

Kouandjio’s brother, Arie, attends the University of Alabama and plays offensive tackle for the Crimson Tide.

The only verbal commitment Alabama “lost” on National Signing Day was wide receiver Daryl Collins. The Gadsden, AL native opted to sign with the Kentucky Wildcats rather than take a grayshirt from Alabama.

In respect to national rankings, Alabama currently ranks No. 1 on, No. 7 on and No. 2 on ESPN.

However, with Cyrus Kouandjio and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (the top overall prospect in the nation) still undecided, the final rankings in respect to Alabama will remain unofficial.

Nick Saban NSD Presser Part 1
Nick Saban NSD Presser Part 2
2011 Signing Class

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