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Coaching staff names captains, other postseason awards

As the Alabama Crimson Tide football team gathered in Birmingham for its annual banquet to not only celebrate its SEC Championship and season as a whole, but also to receive confirmation that the Tide will be playing Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship, there were also some personal awards to give out.

Offensive lineman Barrett Jones, offensive lineman Chance Warmack and defensive lineman Damion Square were named team captains and will have their hand and footprints planted in cement near Denny Chimes at A-Day in 2013.

Here is a list of the other awards and the players who received them.

cj Most Valuable Player

Linebacker C.J. Mosley. Mosley led the team in tackles by a longshot with 99, towering above Trey Depriest, who is in second with 56. Mosley also tied the school record for career defensive touchdowns, with three. Mosley’s interception and 16-yard touchdown return against Michigan was his third, tying the mark set by Antonio Langham (1990-1993).

Iron Man Award

Running back T.J. Yeldon, kicker Cade Foster, H-Back Kelly Johnson and defensive lineman Jesse Williams.

tink Unsung Hero Award

Wide receiver Kenny Bell, defensive lineman Quinton Dial, long snapper Carson Tinker (pictured left, 51), linebacker Xzavier Dickson and place kicker Jeremy Shelley (pictured left, 5).

Outstanding Scholar Senior Award

Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack.

Outstanding Defensive Performer Award

C.J. Mosley and cornerback Dee Milliner

Up-Front Award

Defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan, defensive lineman Ed Stinson, offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio and offensive lineman Anthony Steen.

Most Inspiring Player

Damion Square

Commitment to Academic Excellence Award

Linebacker Denzel Devall, cornerback Geno Smith, offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, Quinton Dial and offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio

haha Defensive Achievement Award

Linebacker Adrian Hubbard, cornerback Deion Belue, safety HaHa Clinton-Dix (pictured right returning his interception in the SEC Championship game), and linebacker Trey DePriest

Offensive Achievement Award

Wide receiver Amari Cooper, running back Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and offensive lineman D.J. Fluker

President’s Award

Jesse Williams, safety Robert Lester, Chance Warmack and wide receiver Kevin Norwood

Special Teams Award

Safety Vinnie Sunseri, punter Cody Mandell, wide receiver/punt returner Christion Jones, safety Landon Collins

Defensive Players of the Year

Linebacker Nico Johnson and Dee Milliner

barrett-aj Offensive Players of the Year

Quarterback AJ McCarron and Barrett Jones (pictured together, left)

Pat Trammell Award

Tight end Michael Williams and Nico Johnson


All photos courtesy of the AP


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.

Alabama Football Player Interviews: Nov. 6, 2012

Chance Warmack, Adrian Hubbard and Damion Square visit with the media to talk about the big road win over LSU and a little bit about the upcoming game with Texas A&M.

Inside the huddle for the winning drive

With 1:34 left on the clock, the Alabama offense, led by AJ McCarron, took the field. It had only mustered 49 yards to that point in the second half, 34 of them one one drive near the end of the third quarter that ended in a lost fumble.

The Alabama faithful were nervous, as you can see here. Even CBS’ play-by-play man Verne Lundquist questioned if optimism could be founded on sound logic.

None of such thoughts were happening on the field.

“It was straight focus,” wide receiver Kevin Norwood said. “Like I said, we knew we had to move the ball down the field. We knew we had to get something going, either a field goal or a touchdown.

“We held our fours to the sky, like we always do, and we changed the game.”

While Yeldon’s screen pass for a touchdown is receiving the glory, Norwood paved the way for the big play almost entirely by himself.

McCarron found Norwood on the first play of the drive on a quick route which Norwood ran up the field, dragging Vincent LeDuff with him, to gain 18 yards.

After another completion to Norwood, this time for 15 yards, McCarron went to Norwood yet again on a sideline route that Norwood made a play on for 11 yards and managed to get out-of-bounds to stop the clock.

Norwood said he loves running those sideline routes.

“Just have sideline awareness,” he said. “We practice those every week, every day. It’s just a lot of sideline awareness for me.”

Norwood especially loves those routes in crunch time, like against LSU on Saturday.

“It’s just the fact that you catch the ball, get out of bounds, stop the clock and give us the time to huddle and get the right plays called,” Norwood said.

After Norwood’s well-executed sideline comeback route, he had a chance to score the winning touchdown for himself, but was tripped up in the end zone allowing the ball to fall to the ground, incomplete.

“Their head tripped on my leg, and I just fell,” Norwood said. “I wish I had better balance.”

All was forgiven as the nation saw Yeldon scamper into the endzone to give Alabama its 21-17lead and final score.

CBS reported its highest overnight rating of the season for the 2012 Alabama-LSU game, but that doesn’t mean everyone was watching it.

Not even everyone in the stadium was watching.

“My eyes were closed,” linebacker Adrian Hubbard said. “I was just praying, ‘C’mon, please come through.’

“When they threw the ball, all I heard was yelling and I looked up and there was T.J. running down the sideline for a touchdown.”

Coaching Staff Players of the Week: LSU

The Alabama coaching staff has named its Players of the Week for the week of the Tide’s big road win against LSU.

Offense: D.J. Fluker, Cyrus Kouandjio and Kevin Norwood. Fluker and Kouandjio tied for the team-high with an 89 percent grade from the coaching staff. THe two also combined to help the offensive line lead the way for Alabama to run for 166 yards against the Tigers. Norwood caught five passes for 62 yards, including three-straight on the final touchdown drive.

Defense: Adrian Hubbard and Xzavier Dickson. Hubbard, also named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week, earned a career-high 12 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss and 0.5 sacks. Dickson added five tackles.

Special Teams: Cody Mandell and Vinnie Sunseri. Mandell punted seven times for 45.1 yards per punt, including dropping two inside-the-20. Mandell booted one for 56 yards and another for 55. Sunseri had two of his four tackles in kick coverage.

Football Practice Quick Hitters: Oct. 3, 2012

Who was wearing the wretched black jersey and restricted to the exercise bike today? Who is getting the second reps behind the starting linebackers?

Find out that and more (plus a picture of the man on the exercise bike) in my Quick Hitters from today’s football practice.

Coaching Staff Players of the Week: Arkansas

The Alabama coaching staff has named its Players of the Week for Week 3, concluding with the 52-0 beatdown of Arkansas.

Offense: Eddie Lacy and Chance Warmack. Lacy carried the ball 12 times for 55 yards and three touchdowns against the Hogs. Lacy’s touchdown runs were of 6, 1 and 10 yards. Warmack was also named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, helping the Tide rack up 225 rushing yards and not allow a single sack.

Defense: Adrian Hubbard and C.J. Mosley. Hubbard and Mosley combined to hold the Razorbacks to less than 150 total yards. Hubbard pass-specialist abilities were suffocating on the Arkansas offensive line with consistency, while Mosley anchored the linebackers on their way to a second consecutive shutout.

Special Teams: Cade Foster and Dee Hart. Foster made one of two field goals against the Razorbacks, making one from 50 yards out and missing another from 52. Foster’s 52-yard attempts struck the right goal post. Hart also carried the ball four times for 21 yards for an average yards per carry of 5.3.