Saban doesn’t like doing comparisons

I think most of us have been there: the guy that walks into the bar thinking he’s the hot stuff in the place, then gets turned down by half of the girls in the building?

Well, even if I thought I was hot stuff before, I definitely don’t now. I was hoping to get just a quick comment from coach on the similarities between Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones.

Well, I’ll let you see the results. I’ll have to come back strong on Wednesday.

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Coaching Staff Players of the Week: Iron Bowl

The Alabama coaching staff has selected eight player for Player of the Week for the week of the 49-0 win in the Iron Bowl over Auburn.

Offense: AJ McCarron, Eddie Lacy, Amari Cooper and Barrett Jones. McCarron threw four touchdowns on 15-for-21 passing and 2aj16  yards. Lacy became the 16th Alabama running back with a 1,000 yard season with his 131 yards on 18 carries. Lacy also scored two touchdowns. Cooper caught five passes, two of them for touchdowns, and 109 yards. This is Cooper’s third 100-yard receiving game of the season as a true freshman. Jones was also named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week and, accoring to UA, did not miss an assignment against Auburn.

Defense: Robert Lester and Jeoffrey Pagan. Lester intercepted one pass on his Senior Day and returned it for 31 yards. He also led the team with five tackles, four of them solo. Pagan had three tackles, 1.5 for a loss and one sack.

Special Teams: Landon Collins and Reggie Ragland. Collins makes it two weeks in a row as being named a special teams players of the week with his two tackles and one punt downed inside the 20. Fellow true freshman Reggie Ragland recorded three assisted tackles on special teams, one inside the 20.

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Men’s hoops gets votes, not in AP Top 25

Winning the 2K Sports Classic, including a dominant 77-55 win over Villanova to claim the title, was not enough to put the men’s basketball team in the top 25, although there were some votes for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama received 13 points in the AP’s poll, tied with Marquette and Wichita State. The No. 25 team, San Diego State, had 98 points. There were seven schools in between San Diego State and the three-way tie that included Alabama.

Of the teams ranked in the top 25, Alabama will play four of them. Missouri came in at No. 13, and the Tide will travel to Columbia to meet the Tigers on Jan. 8th.

Ahead of Missouri was Kentucky at No. 8, who will visit Coleman Coliseum on Jan. 22. Finally, Florida came in at No. 7 and will host Alabama on March 2nd.

Out of conference, Alabama will meet the Cincinnati Bearcats, who are No. 22 in this poll, on Dec. 1.

Tennessee received two points in the poll, and Alabama will meet Tennessee on Jan. 26.

For the time being, the Tide will try to make their case for the top 25 with home games against Charleston Southern and Lamar on Nov. 23 and 27, respectively.

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The top photo is courtesy of the University of Alabama’s Media Relations Department, and the bottom photo is courtesy of the University of Kentucky’s Media Relations Department.

Football Practice Video: Nov. 19, 2012

The Alabama Crimson Tide took to the practice field for the first time in Iron Bowl week today, but before we get to that, here are some headlines from the practice viewing period.

John Fulton was practicing fully, not even wearing the black noncontact jerseys. The weekend off sent him from questionable to probable, if not completely off the theoretical injury report.

Chris Black is still wearing the noncontact jersey as he tries to recover from his preseason shoulder injury. He was also wearing No. 80 in practice today, as he is likely the one that will simulate Auburn’s Emory Blake, who leads the Tigers with 733 receiving yards this year on 47 catches for three touchdowns.

Here is the video:

Saban on Colorado State rumors: “No”

After his opening statement (which you can see with much more by clicking here), Alabama head coach Nick Saban was asked if he would comment on The Denver Post’s report that Alabama and Colorado State had agreed to a deal to play each other in 2013 and 2015.

Coach Saban shut the question down. Video evidence below:

Eddie Lacy Interview Video: Nov. 19, 2012

Saban’s squad does some scoreboard watching

BCS Madness sent the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, into a madness of its own as two of the three teams ahead of the Crimson Tide in the BCS standings, Oregon and Kansas State, suffered upset losses.

The reaction was filled with enthusiasm, to say the least (video below), but the reaction for the members of the team was less-than-exciting.

“I had just woke up in my dorm room,” offensive lineman Chance Warmack said. “Somebody was like, ‘Hey, turn on the television.’ I was like, ‘Oh, for real?’ So I clicked on and watched it.”

Running back Eddie Lacy didn’t even watch the chaos begin.

“My brothers told me, and obviously social media networks kind of blew up, too,” he said.

Some made the effort to seek out the games, though.

“I’m a fan of football. I like to watch it,” safety Robert Lester said.

Whether the attention was on the games or not, all attention has now turned to the games separating the Tide from another chance at a national championship.

“The only thing we need to worry about right now is to play our football and not worry about what’s going on outside Alabama and handle it the way we need to handle it,” Lester said.

Lacy added, “You just have to focus on what you have in front of you right now, because if you don’t, most likely the opportunity you have, you might not be able to get to it because you’re thinking ahead and not on what you need to accomplish.”

Here is a video of the fanbase reacting to the upset victories that set Oregon and Kansas State back in the BCS standings, plus a cameo from Alabama center Barrett Jones at the 1:43 mark.