Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Amari Cooper a little bruised up after Florida win, not listening to Heisman talk

The nation's leading receiver rested in practice last Monday.
"Just a couple of bruises and stuff like that," Cooper said. "The bye week was really beneficial to me."

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Watch Blake Sims reflect on his career day, deflect praise to Alabama's WRs, O-line, RBs

Alabama gains on Oregon, Florida State in latest Associated Press top 25

Here's the full top 25. First-place votes are in parenthesis.

1. Florida State (34)
2. Oregon (12)
3. Alabama (6)
4. Oklahoma (4)
5. Auburn
6. Texas A&M
7. Baylor
8. Notre Dame
9. Michigan State
10. Ole Miss
11. UCLA
12. Georgia
13. South Carolina
14. Mississippi State
15. Arizona State
16. Stanford
17. LSU
18. USC
19. Wisconsin
20. BYU
21. Nebraska
22. Ohio State
23. East Carolina
24. Oklahoma State
25. Kansas State

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Alabama freshman CB Tony Brown 'will play a lot' against Florida

 Sophomore Eddie Jackson is nursing a bruised quadriceps and still working his way back from knee surgery, Brown is in line for his most playing time yet Saturday against Florida.

Brown was  working with the first-team nickel defense opposite junior Cyrus Jones. Jackson started the past two games opposite of Jones, but exited in last week's third quarter with an injury.

"Tony's definitely improving, definitely getting better," Alabama coach Nick Saban said after Wednesday's practice. "I think the opportunities that he's had to play in the last two games have been good for his development and his confidence. He will play a lot in this game."

Coach Saban talks Alabama's quarterback plan entering SEC opener with Florida

"We're going to play Blake and we'll always evaluate and see how it goes," coach Nick Saban said. "We have a lot of confidence in Jake. If we need to play Jake, we'll certainly have no problems putting him in there and allowing him to play."

The number of plays available to the offense is growing, Saban said, but it's something to manage.

"If you think you're going to trick them by putting a bunch of new plays in that your players aren't capable of executing  because you didn't practice enough, you're probably not going to do it very well," Saban said. "It's sort of a combination of yeah, let's do a couple of new things that we can practice and rep and get guys good at as well as continue to do the things that we do well, that the players have confidence in and everybody knows how and understands how to block and execute against whatever the other team does."

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Has Alabama showed a dominant running attack? 'Honestly, not at all,' Tide senior says

Monday, September 8, 2014

A decision at QB by the Florida game? What does Coach Saban Have to Say?

"I know that you all would love to create a quarterback controversy," Saban said. "I think as much as you might try to do that, the one thing that I noticed that I wish you noticed is that after Jake Coker's touchdown pass, who was the first guy to go jump up and give him a congratulations and a hug and all that? Blake Sims.

"Both guys are working to improve. We need them both to work to improve. Both players did good things in the game and both players did things that they can improve on. I think at this point our focus needs to be on trying to help both of those guys to play better."

"To me, whichever quarterback develops and gives us the best chance to win when we play Florida, that's the guy we're going to play," Saban said. "So far Blake has done a really good job and we're trying to get Jake experience. Whether he has to play or we need him to play or something happens to another quarterback, he's ready to play. We're making those evaluations on a day-to-day basis.

"I don't know who's starting at strong safety in the Texas A&M game when we play them, either. We'll just have to wait and see."

"It doesn't really matter what you think or what anybody else thinks," Saban said. "We have to make a decision based on winning with our coaches, our players, our team so that we're going to put them in the best position to have the best chance to be successful. It doesn't have to be about one guy, it doesn't have to be about, 'Well, this guy's the starter and this guy's this.' We're so quick to want to categorize people when it's really not necessary to do that.

"The focus is how do we get all players better and that's what we're trying to do at the quarterback position and every other position on the team."

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Nick Saban talks about the Florida Atlantic game

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Video-Sims leaves no doubt he is the man for Alabama

Monday, September 1, 2014

Gene Chizik picks Alabama over Auburn for spot in College Football Playoff during SEC Network debut

The former Auburn coach revealed his "mock" College Football Playoff bracket following the first Saturday of the season and included Alabama as his last team in the four-team field.

"I know that they didn't play probably to the standard everybody thinks Alabama ought to play to, but the bottom line is they're Alabama," Chizik said at halftime of the Utah State-Tennessee game. "They're going to improve."

"Don't overlook Michigan State and Auburn because they're creeping up to the top four fast," Chizik said.