Sunday, October 4, 2015

Alabama moves back into top 10 of both polls after UGA win

The Crimson Tide (4-1) moved into the top 10 of both the Associated Press and Amway coaches polls after defeating Georgia 38-10 at Sanford Stadium on Saturday. It entered the game No. 13 in both polls, but moved up to No. 8 in AP and No. 10 in coaches. They are the highest-rated one-loss team in the country.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Alabama has discussed using top cornerback on offense

Cyrus Jones began practicing some at wide receiver during the summer.

"We," Saban said of using Jones on offense, "had a difficult time trying to do that relative to the guys we have on defense, the number of plays we've played on defense, the practice time. It's something we've discussed and probably, certainly have to consider in the future."

"He's just a playmaker," wide receiver Richard Mullaney said. "With him back there on punts and obviously playing DB, he's just a playmaker for us. And when you get the ball in his hands, it's exciting to watch."

Don't discount' Georgia's other running back, Nick Saban says

Chubb isn't the only Georgia running back that could cause problems for Alabama when the No. 13 Tide and No. 8 Bulldogs play Saturday in Athens.

"Don't discount No. 1 [Michel] either, the next guy that comes in," Alabama coach Nick Saban said, "because he's a pretty good player as well.""Sony Michel is a really good back," Saban said, "but he's also a really good receiver."

"He does have a little bit different skill set [than Chubb] as far as a guy that can flex out and be a receiver," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "The guy's got really got route-running skills and ball skills, but he's still the kind of running back that can play between the tackles as well, pass protect, the whole thing. It's just nice to have a minimum of two guys."

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Alabama still doesn't have an offensive identity, Nick Saban says

"I think we need to continue to develop that," Saban said. "I thought we had some identity in the first game and were moving in the right direction, and in the last two games we've been a little bit scattered. We need to have some certainty in what we're going to do."

Derrick Henry held out of Alabama practice Wednesday

Derrick Henry was limited in Tuesday's practice and was held out of Wednesday's with an illness.

He said he probably could have practiced Wednesday.
"But rather than take a chance, we did not practice him today," Saban said. "But we expect him to be back tomorrow."

Alabama long snapper out indefinitely for 'medical reasons'

Cole Mazza is out indefinitely for "medical reasons," coach Nick Saban said Monday.
Mazza has been the Tide's starting long snapper since his freshman season in 2013.
"When he can return," Saban said, "he'll be back on the team."
Senior walk-on Alex Harrelson stepped in as Alabama's long snapper during the Tide's loss to Ole Miss Saturday.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Alabama drops 10 spots in both polls

Ranked No. 2 in both the AP and coaches poll entering Saturday, Alabama is down to No. 12 in both after falling, 43-37, to Ole Miss Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama had not been ranked lower than No. 7 in the AP poll since 2010.
The Rebels moved up from No. 11 to No. 5 in the coaches poll and from 15 to a tie for third in the AP poll.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Cyrus Jones 'doesn't back down from nobody,' eager for another shot at Ole Miss

"Laquon Treadwell is a great player and I'm looking forward to the challenge and I'm sure the other guys are too," said Jones, a senior. "I don't back down from nobody so I'm excited to go out and compete."

Treadwell caught five passes for 55 yards in last year's 23-17 upset win over Alabama.

 "They beat us last year. It's going to be a tough game," Jones said. "It's not on our mind but it's in the back of our head and we want a chance to get back at these guys. They're coming in our house and we're just trying to get back at them like they did us."

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Alabama players react to scary injury after Badger 'didn't know where he was at'

O.J. Howard

"I didn't see him until the ref kinda went over there and was like 'you're on the wrong side,'" Howard said Monday. "I kinda put it together. I knew his bell got rung but I saw the collision after the game. It was a big hit. I think Derrick's knee hit his head.""It's really scary because he didn't know where he was at," Howard said. "He really thought he was on the defensive side of the ball but he wasn't. So it was kinda scary."

Derrick Henry

"I was hoping he was alright," he said. "You never want to see a player get hurt like that. I hope he's OK."

Inside linebacker misses practice

Shaun Dion Hamilton, did not practice Monday. Hamilton, who had six tackles during the Tide's win over Wisconsin on Saturday, was excused to attend a family funeral.