Friday, July 27, 2012

Preseason camp set to begin August 3

The University of Alabama football team will officially begin preseason camp next Friday.

Tide players are scheduled to report Thursday evening, and practice will commence the following morning.

The entire preseason camp schedule, which will cover approximately 20 days, has not been released at this time.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Crimson Notes 7/25/12

Saban speaks on Penn State players

Alabama head coach Nick Saban visited the ESPN “campus” earlier this week and fielded questions on a variety of issues. One of those issues dealt with current Penn State players who are entertaining the notion of transferring to another program.

When asked if he’d be interested in PSU players, Saban said they (players) would have to be interested in more than just Alabama football.

"The first thing I would say to a player is, this is not just about football," Saban said. "You're there to get an education. I think you should think about your future in terms of your ability to be successful personally, academically, and athletically.”

Saban also went on to say if a player(s) was interested in coming to Alabama for the right reasons, the school would certainly entertain the idea.

Crimson Tide Fan Day

Fan Day 2012 has been set for August 5. No additional details have been provided at this time.

2012 “watch lists” compiled

For those who are intrigued by preseason “watch lists” in respect to coveted awards, has dedicated an entire section to each award, and denoted the specific Tide players who have been named to each list.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Walker Jones gives verbal to ‘Bama

Evangelical Christian School (Cordova, TN) linebacker Walker Jones has given his verbal commitment to the University of Alabama for 2013.

Jones, who stands 6-foot-3 and tops the scale at 230-pounds, is the younger brother of current Tide players, Barrett and Harrison Jones.

The 18th verbal commitment in respect to the 2013 signing class, Jones is a three-star prospect per

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Josh McNeil gives verbal to ‘Bama

Hillside High School (Durham, NC) tight end Josh McNeil has given his verbal commitment to the University of Alabama for 2013.

McNeil, who stands 6-foot-5 and tops the scale at 235-pounds, selected the Crimson Tide over the likes of Florida, Georgia, and LSU.

Currently a four-star prospect per, McNeil becomes the 17th Alabama verbal commitment in respect to the 2013 signing class.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

SEC Media Days: Sportswriters crown LSU

Sportswriters packed the Wynfrey Hotel this week for the 2012 edition of SEC Media Days, and during that time the SEC “Prom King” and his runners-up were predicted.

Below is the projected order of finish for each division, as well as the projected conference champion. The parenthetical numbers identify the total number of votes placed for each team.

SEC West:
1. LSU (139)
2. Alabama (72)
3. Arkansas (6)
4. Auburn (4)
5. Texas A&M
6. Mississippi State
7. Ole Miss (1)

SEC East:
1. Georgia (132)
2. South Carolina (72)
3. Florida (12)
4. Missouri (2)
5. Tennessee (4)
6. Vanderbilt
7. Kentucky

SEC Champion:
1. LSU (129)
2. Alabama (65)
3. Georgia (14)
4. South Carolina (6)
5. Arkansas (4)
6. Auburn (2)
7. Florida (1)
7. Ole Miss (1)

SEC Media Days: Tide players field questions

The University of Alabama football team was represented by center Barrett Jones, defensive end Damion Square, and tight end Michael Williams at the 2012 edition of SEC Media Days.

Each player met with the media during Alabama’s Thursday morning session, and responded to assorted questions about the upcoming season and various elements of the 2012 squad.

All three ‘Bama representatives are seniors, and will certainly play a vital role (once again) for the Crimson Tide this fall.

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SEC Media Days: The Saban synopsis

Alabama head coach Nick Saban addressed the media Thursday morning on the final day of SEC Media Days 2012.

As per the usual order of business, Saban began the proceedings with a general statement which touched on several issues. Those issues included, but were not limited to, the strength of the conference, the academic accomplishments of the Alabama football team, and what it takes to be successful in all aspects of football and life.

One of Saban’s more noteworthy quotes from the session came in respect to success, and what it means to share and adhere to a common goal.

“High achievers don't like mediocre people, mediocre people don't like
high achievers. So everybody has to buy into the same principles and values,” Saban said.

In all total, Saban fielded roughly 20 questions from various media members during the session. The questions were wide-ranging, and while most involved the 2012 Crimson Tide, some were of a broader spectrum which included not only conference, but national issues…including Penn State.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

College football rule changes…the forgotten topic

As the college football world inches closer to the start of the 2012 season, a plethora of topics have kept fans busy during the off-season.

Whether the subject matter was recruiting for 2013 and beyond, positional award “watch lists” for 2012, or notorious scandals, college football fans have had several items to occupy the "live-action" hiatus.

However, one topic, and an important one at that, has seemed to fly under the radar. 2012 rule changes.

While most everyone is simply excited for college football to resume, a few of the basic rules have changed.

The new rules will not only impact the players, and quite possibly game results, the rules will also impact how you “view” college football from a simplicity standpoint.

Some of the more “common” or “traditional” rules have been changed in order to incorporate new safety measures.

2012 Rule Changes

-Teams will now kickoff from the 35-yard line, instead of the 30-yard line. Players on the kickoff team will not be allowed to line-up more than five yards behind the football. The new “touchback” rule is now the 25-yard line…rather than the 20-yard line. This rule is designed to reduce kickoff returns, thus reducing violent collisions.

-Onside kicks will now include the option of a fair catch. Upon the first bounce, the return team has the option of calling a fair catch. At this time, in the same fashion as a punt, the receiving player has exclusive rights to the football without being hit upon catching the ball. The ball will have to bounce a SECOND TIME and touch a player from the return team, before the kicking team can claim rights to the football in the form of a recovery. This rule is designed to protect a player from being “blindsided” and possibly injured on a “one bounce” tackle.

-The punt return team cannot “jump over” blockers in order to deflect, or attempt to deflect, a punt. Players are no longer allowed to use an opposing player(s) as a vault. In order to block a punt, the defender(s) must jump in the air without the manipulated aid of an opponent. This rule is designed to keep defenders from neck and/or head injuries as a result of “vaulting” over another player(s).

-The loss of a helmet during a play that is not caused by a penalty will be treated like an injury. The player(s) in question must leave the game for one play. If a player’s helmet comes off during the final two minutes of the half or the game, the player(s) in question must leave the game for one play, and a 10-second “runoff” of the game clock will be in order. This rule is an effort to prevent a “lost helmet” scheme designed to pause the game in order to “prepare” for the next play.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Circus Tent: SEC Media Days to commence July 17

While college football fans must wait another 50-plus days for the 2012 season to officially begin, the media frenzy, in respect to the SEC, will begin July 17.

The 2012 installment of SEC Media Days will not only provide nuggets of information to fans and media alike, the event will also host the two newest members of the SEC, Missouri and Texas A&M.

While the Winfrey Hotel (Hoover, AL) will once again provide the “tent” for this annual “circus," SEC Media Days will serve as not only an event to gather general information and possible breaking news, but it will also serve as a reminder that college football, and more importantly SEC football, is right around the corner.

The text below is the itinerary for SEC Media Days 2012. Individual coaches have been excluded, but calendar dates, times, structured order, and player representation has been provided.

Tuesday, July 17

1st session: (1:00-3:30 p.m. CT)

Texas A&M
Luke Joeckel OT 6-6 310 Jr. Arlington, Texas
Sean Porter OLB 6-2 230 Sr. Schertz, Texas
Ryan Swope WR 6-0 206 Sr. Austin, Texas

South Carolina
Ace Sanders WR 5-8 175 Jr. Bradenton, Fla.
Connor Shaw QB 6-1 207 Jr. Flowery Branch, Ga.
D.J. Swearinger FS 6-0 210 Sr. Greenwood, S.C.

2nd session: (3:20-6:00 p.m. CT)

Elvis Fisher OL 6-5 295 Sr. St. Petersburg, Fla.
E.J. Gaines CB 5-10 190 Jr. Independence, Mo.
T.J. Moe WR 6-0 200 Sr. O’Fallon, Mo.

Jordan Rodgers QB 6-1 210 Sr. Chico, Calif.
Zac Stacy RB 5-9 210 Sr. Centreville, Ala.
Trey Wilson DB 5-11 192 Sr. Shreveport, La.

Wednesday, July 18

1st session: (8:30-11:20 a.m. CT)

Jon Bostic ILB 6-1 243 Sr. Wellington, Fla.
Mike Gillislee RB 5-11 201 Sr. Deland, Fla.
Lerentee McCray LB 6-2 247 Sr. Ocala, Fla.

Mississippi State
Johnthan Banks DB 6-2 185 Sr. Maben, Miss.
Gabe Jackson OL 6-4 320 Jr. Liberty, Miss.
Tyler Russell QB 6-4 220 Jr. Meridian, Miss.

2nd session: (10:50 a.m.-1:30 p.m. CT)

Knile Davis RB 6-0 226 Jr. Missouri City, Texas
Tyler Wilson QB 6-3 220 Sr. Greenwood, Ark.
Tenarius Wright ILB 6-2 252 Sr. Memphis, Tenn.

Matt Smith C 6-4 296 Sr. Louisville, Ky.
Collins Ukwu DE 6-5 258 Sr. La Vergne, Tenn.
Larry Warford OG 6-3 343 Sr. Richmond, Ky.

3rd session: (2:30-5:00 p.m. CT)

Emory Blake WR 6-2 197 Sr. Austin, Texas
Corey Lemonier DE 6-4 240 Jr. Hialeah, Fla.
Philip Lutzenkirchen TE 6-5 256 Sr. Marietta, Ga.

Odell Beckham, Jr. WR 5-11 183 So. New Orleans, La.
Zach Mettenberger QB 6-5 222 Jr. Watkinsville, Ga.
Eric Reid SAF 6-2 208 Jr. Geismar, La.

Thursday, July 19

1st session: (8:30-11:20 a.m. CT)

Barrett Jones C 6-5 311 Sr. Germantown, Tenn.
Damion Square DE 6-3 285 Sr. Houston, Texas
Michael Williams TE 6-6 269 Sr. Reform, Ala.

Tyler Bray QB 6-6 210 Jr. Kingsburg, Calif.
Ja’Wuan James OL 6-6 324 Jr. Suwanee, Ga.
Herman Lathers LB 6-0 225 Sr. Baton Rouge, La.

2nd session: (10:50 a.m.-1:30 p.m. CT)

Ole Miss
Mike Marry ILB 6-2 248 Jr. Clearwater, Fla.
Donte Moncrief WR 6-2 214 So. Raleigh, Miss.
Charles Sawyer DB 5-11 175 Jr. Miami, Fla.

Abry Jones DE 6-3 309 Sr. Warner Robins, Ga.
Jarvis Jones OLB 6-3 241 Jr. Columbus, Ga.
Tavarres King WR 6-1 192 Sr. Mount Airy, Ga.

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