Monday, October 20, 2014

Alabama rolls up to No. 4 while Baylor falls hard

The Associated Press Top 25 Poll, Week 9 -- Oct. 19, 2014*First-place votes in parentheses
1. Mississippi State (43) 
2. Florida State (14) 
3. Ole Miss (3) 
4. Alabama 
5. Auburn 
6. Oregon
7. Notre Dame
8. Michigan State
9. Georgia 
10. TCU
11. Kansas State 
12. Baylor
13. Ohio State 
14. Arizona State
15. Arizona 
16. Nebraska
17. Oklahoma 
18. East Carolina 
19. Utah
20. USC
21. Clemson
22. West Virginia
23. Marshall
24. LSU
25. UCLA

Friday, October 17, 2014

Alabama fan expectations, Nick Saban offers a pep talk

"We had a great stadium when we played Florida," Saban said on his Thursday night radio show. "I think it really ignited and helped our players emotionally and I think it's going to be very, very important that we have the same kind of atmosphere in this game. I think they're going to use hand signals as much as they can, but the more we can make it difficult for their offense to communicate, the better it's going to help our defensive players.

"Actually, we're ready for you because we practiced noise today with the defense, not the offense, the defense. So you yell when they have the ball and our defensive players practiced noise today so they can communicate so we affect them."

"I tell you what, I'm really excited about the team that we have," Saban said. "You know, when we started this year, I think people need to understand ... We came here to start a program, we stayed here to restart a program and rebuild the program based on all the principles and values that made us successful in the past. This team has worked very, very hard to develop.

"And I know sometimes the reality hasn't met everybody's expectations, but that doesn't mean they haven't worked hard. It doesn't mean they aren't really good young men who need your support. They need your help. They don't need to be criticized. They need to play with confidence, and what did I say earlier? You've got to let them run and they grow up for you're going to be proud of them, but you have to give them a chance to grow up."

Monday, October 6, 2014

Kenyan Drake, Denzel Devall have surgery, Alabama center Ryan Kelly out 'couple weeks'

Kenyan Drake will be lost for the season with his broken leg suffered Saturday. He had surgery already along with linebacker Denzel Devall, coach Nick Saban said Monday.

Center Ryan Kelly will also be out for a little while. Saban said his sprained knee will take "at least a couple of weeks," to heal

"All of these guys have been really good players for us and they made a great contribution to our team in many different ways," Saban said. "As always, when you lose players, it creates opportunities for other players."

With Drake, Saban said the injury was similar to the broken bone running back Derrick Henry suffered in spring practice in 2013. Saban said he suffered a similar injury when he was in school too. He said it would be at least eight-to-10 weeks before he "could even think about playing football again."

"They break your leg and your ankle is dislocated and you actually pin the two together," Saban said. That's not a lot of medical expertise, there but. I think that would be a better question for the medical staff."

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Alabama RB Kenyan Drake thanks fans for support after breaking leg vs. Ole Miss

I appreciate all of the love & support via texts, calls & social media. I can't begin to explain how thankful I am. God bless & Roll Tide

Alabama drops down to where it finished 2013 season in latest AP poll

1. Florida State (35)
2. Auburn (23)
3. Mississippi State (2)
4. Ole Miss
5. Baylor
6. Notre Dame
7. Alabama
8. Michigan State
9. TCU
10. Arizona
11. Oklahoma
12. Oregon
13. Georgia
14. Texas A&M
15. Ohio State
16. Oklahoma State
17. Kansas State
18. UCLA
19. East Carolina
20. Arizona State
21. Nebraska
22. Georgia Tech
23. Missouri
24. Utah
25. Stanford

Coach Saban says Alabama's goals 'still in front of us' after loss to Ole Miss

"Every goal that we have as a team is still in front of us," Saban said. "We must improve and respond the right way to losing."

"We did not play as well as what we have been playing and do what we do to continue to improve," Saban said. "I don't know if it was the atmosphere or the bye week. Probably that they played pretty well. We needed to play our best football and we really didn't do it."

"We can't let this loss define our team," tight end O.J. Howard said. "It's still a young season, we've got a long way to go. We've got to bounce back strong."

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."