Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nick Saban, Alabama players talk Lane Kiffin after seven months with the Tide

"I was a head coach for one year at Toledo (1990) and then went to the Cleveland Browns as a defensive coordinator (under Bill Belichick)," Saban said. "As soon as you get used to being the boss, and then you're not the boss any more, it's a transition, I don't care who it's for. All of a sudden you can't say when everybody gets to go home. It's just different. But he's done a really good job for us, the players respond to him well, he's a good teacher, he's smart, he's a good coach. So far, so good."

"Well, I think anytime anybody has knowledge and experience, it certainly contributes a lot of value in your organization," Saban said. "I think it kind of goes both ways. I think you learn a little from them, I think they learn a little from you. I think you can make subtle changes in what you do to make it more effective because of the input you get from your staff.

"The more experience that your staff has, obviously I think the better they understand the big picture and have the kind of foresight that you need to have that you know when you make changes, what the cause and effect of those changes are going to be. Lane certainly has been helpful in a lot of those areas."

Receiver Christion Jones said he's relating with the young players.
"Yeah. Very well," Jones said. "He was a head coach at Tennessee and an OC. Coming from USC, winning championships, he understands what type of standard we set here at Alabama, and it's sort of the same type of standard he's used to."

 Amari Cooper likes the  structure of the playbook and philosophy.
"I think Coach Kiffin takes advantage of match-ups," he said. "I think he has a good sense of what it's like to be an offensive coordinator. He's a very calm person and brings that calmness to the team when things get serious and when you are battling for a national championship every year."

Friday, July 18, 2014

4-star Wetumpka offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy commits to Alabama

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Alabama has conference-best 8 players on preseason all-SEC 1st team

2014 PRE-SEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM
(Total points earned in parenthesis)
OFFENSE
First-Team
QB       Nick Marshall, Auburn (241)          
RB        T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (281)        
RB        Todd Gurley, Georgia (280)         
WR      Amari Cooper, Alabama (282)       
WR      Sammie Coates, Auburn (207)                    
TE        O.J. Howard, Alabama (188)                 
OL        La'el Collins, LSU (231)              
OL        Arie Kouandjio, Alabama (188)      
OL        Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (183)       
OL        Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M (174)      
C          Reese Dismukes, Auburn (226)           
Second-Team
QB       Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (118)      
RB        Mike Davis, South Carolina (240)        
RB        Alex Collins, Arkansas (126)     
WR      Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (182)        
WR      Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (71)       
TE        C.J. Uzomah, Auburn (141)       
OL        A.J. Cann, South Carolina (166)       
OL        Vadal Alexander, LSU (112)     
OL        Alex Kozan, Auburn (112)     
OL        Corey Robinson, South Carolina (107)     
C          Ryan Kelly, Alabama (126)                  
Third-Team
QB       Bo Wallace, Ole Miss (94)                  
RB        Corey Grant, Auburn (52)       
RB        Keith Marshall, Georgia (44)    
WR      Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State (67)         
WR      Marquez North, Tennessee (66)     
TE        Hunter Henry, Arkansas (72)          
OL        Austin Shepherd, Alabama (106)
OL        Chad Slade, Auburn (101)
OL        John Theus, Georgia (96)
OL        Chaz Green, Florida (94)    
C          Evan Boehm, Missouri (77)        
DEFENSE
First-Team
DL        Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (239)         
DL        Dante Fowler, Jr., Florida (212)      
DL        A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama (208)      
DL        Gabe Wright, Auburn (192)    
LB        Trey DePriest, Alabama (253)       
LB        A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (186)         
LB        Ramik Wilson, Georgia (147)        
DB       Landon Collins, Alabama (274)      
DB       Vernon Hargreaves, III, Florida (243)       
DB       Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss (210)      
DB       Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M (183)
Second-Team
DL        Trey Flowers, Arkansas (181)              
DL        Chris Jones, Mississippi State (150)      
DL        Alvin "Bud" Dupree, Kentucky (134)    
DL        Markus Golden, Missouri (125)   
LB        Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State (143)     
LB        Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (137)       
LB        Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (116)       
DB       Robenson Therezie, Auburn (144)      
DB       Tre'Davious White, LSU (141)       
DB       Damian Swann, Georgia (127)      
DB       Tony Conner, Ole Miss (116)       
Third-Team
DL        Ray Drew, Georgia (102)                
DL        Montravius Adams, Auburn (94)      
DL        Carl Lawson, Auburn (87)      
DL        Jermauria Rasco, LSU (79)         
LB        Kwon Alexander, LSU (112)         
LB        Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn (82)      
LB        Serderius Bryant, Ole Miss (76)      
DB       Jon Mincy, Auburn (99)    
DB       Corey Thompson, LSU (86)        
DB       Rashard Robinson, LSU (84)   
DB       Brison Williams, South Carolina (81)      
SPECIALISTS
First-Team
P          Drew Kaser, Texas A&M (221)      
PK        Marshall Morgan, Georgia (224)               
RS        Christion Jones, Alabama (262)                
AP        Christion Jones, Alabama (130)              
Second-Team
P          Sam Irwin-Hill, Arkansas (136)        
PK        Colby Delahoussaye, LSU (142)                    
RS        Andre Debose, Florida (97)        
AP        Terrence Magee, LSU (111)       
Third-Team
P          Jamie Keehn, LSU (81)         
PK        Andrew Baggett, Missouri (103)                  
RS        Marcus Murphy, Missouri (72)        
AP        Trey Williams, Texas A&M (89) 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Alabama unveils jersey numbers for its 2014 freshman class

1 - DB Ronnie Clark (6-3, 215)
1 - RB Bo Scarbrough (6-2, 235)
2 - DB Tony Brown (6-0, 198)
6 - DB Laurence "Hootie" Jones (6-2, 221)
7 - WR Cam Sims (6-4, 208)
9 - DL Da'Shawn Hand (6-4, 273)
11 - LB Shaun Dion Hamilton (6-0, 233)
12 - QB David Cornwell (6-5, 234)
14 - QB Jake Coker (6-5, 230)
15 - P JK Scott (6-4, 185)
16 - LB James Mosley (6-5, 210)
29 - DB Marlon Humphrey (6-1, 186)
32 - LB Rashaan Evans (6-3, 225)
34 - LB Christian Miller (6-4, 215)
36 - DL Johnny Dwight (6-3, 300)
38 - LB Gussie Busch (6-0, 210)
42 - LB Keith Holcombe (6-3, 215)
49 - TE Kieran Williams (6-4, 243)
57 - LB D.J. Pettway (6-3, 265)
61 - OL Austin Peavler (6-3, 317)
63 - C J.C. Hassenauer (6-3, 290)
65 - OL Montel McBride (6-4, 330)
67 - OL Josh Casher (6-1, 295)
69 - DL Josh Frazier (6-3, 335)
71 - OL Ross Pierschbacher (6-4, 295)
74 - OL Cam Robinson (6-6, 323)
76 - OL Dominick Jackson (6-7, 320)
81 - WR Derek Kief (6-5, 200)
83 - TE Ty Flournoy-Smith (6-3, 245)
90 - DL Jarran Reed (6-4, 315)
91 - DL O.J. Smith (6-2, 330)

4-star defensive tackle Benito Jones commits to Alabama

A four-star prospect from Waynesboro, Miss. has become the first player to commit to Alabama's 2016 recruiting class.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

After Elite 11 Blake Barnett looks to improve

"It's been an awesome experience," said the Corona, Calif. native, who's ranked as the nation's No. 3 dual-threat quarterbacks in the 247 composite rankings. "I've met great people, great quarterbacks and it's been awesome to compete with them.

"It's been a great time. It's been awesome getting classroom work in on the board and we even have technology to help us with our reads, too. We're getting work in, on the field and off."

"A lot of the kids who aren't committed yet, they are worried about interviews and questions," Barnett said. "It can get them sidetracked from what your overall goal is, which is to do your best to compete.
"It's nice to stay focused."

Friday, July 4, 2014

Offensive lineman Brandon Hill says he's been released from Alabama scholarship

Brandon Hill, an offensive lineman who redshirted last year, tweeted that he had been released from his Alabama scholarship.

NOTORIOUS B.I.G B @BrandonHill_RTR Follow Im leaving by choice..dont get confused now!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy breaks down Auburn's offense and why it's 'difficult' for Nick Saban

"Nick Saban likes to dictate the tempo, likes to dictate and attack the offense, and from a defensive standpoint he likes to use different personnel groupings, different blitz looks, different fronts and formations and secondary alignments to be able to confuse the offense," said McElroy, now an analyst for the new SEC Network. "Anytime the offense is playing so fast that it keeps the defense on their heels, it does make it difficult to dictate."

"The looks and things change from week to week but they're not necessarily doing different schemes, different plays," McElroy said. "You can often almost overanalyze it. Watching the film, it's like: They just ran that; it was just a little bit different formation. They just ran the exact same play four times out of the last seven. It's amazing to see him being able to do that. Once he finds something that works against a defense, he definitely exploits it and credit to him for being able to do that."

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

4-star quarterback Blake Barnett commits to Alabama

"When I went down there, I absolutely fell in love with the coaches, with the school itself. I think Alabama's the place for me. I think it's the place that's going to develop me as a person and as an athlete," Barnett told Bleacher Report.

"What people don't see is the mental part of the game, with his leadership and high character," Santiago High School head coach Jeff Steinberg told AL.com. "He's working on his speed development and his quarterback skills, but he's not out there telling everyone about it."


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Alabama has 8 selections and lead on Athlon's All-SEC first team

First-Team Offense
QB - Nick Marshall, Auburn
RB - Todd Gurley, Georgia
RB - T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
WR - Amari Cooper, Alabama
WR - Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
TE - O.J. Howard, Alabama
C - Reese Dismukes, Auburn
G - A.J. Cann, South Carolina
G - Alex Kozan, Auburn
T - Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
T - Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
 
First-Team Defense
DE - Dante Fowler, Florida
DE - A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama
DT - Chris Jones, Mississippi State
DT - Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
LB - Trey DePriest, Alabama
LB - A.J. Johnson, Tennessee
LB - Ramik Wilson, Georgia
CB - Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
CB - Tre'Davious White, LSU
S - Landon Collins, Alabama
S - Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss
 
First-Team Specialists
K - Marshall Morgan, Georgia
P - Drew Kaser, Texas A&M
KR - Christion Jones, Alabama
PR - Christion Jones, Alabama