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Blocking Damontre Moore

There is never an off week in the Southeastern Conference. Just ask Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.

Photo courtesy of ESPN.com.

Just seven days after rising to the tall task of containing LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery, Kouandjio had to help D.J. Fluker combat Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore, who has reinvented himself in the offseason to the point where he was able to chase a Mississippi State wide receiver from behind. As a 6-foot-4, 250 pound defensive lineman.

Kouandjio came away impressed with Moore for the few times they met, as Moore spent most of his time rushing against Fluker.

“He’s a good, intense player,” Kouandjio said. “He’s fundamentally sound.”

The speed that Moore found over the offseason may present a difficult challenge for most offensive linemen, but Kouandjio has a grasp of it.

“At times it can be challenging,” Kouandjio said. “But, you know, if your technique’s sound, good things should happen. You know, you shouldn’t have any problems.”

For more from Kouandjio, you can see video of the rest of his interview by clicking here.

Saban describes “the Bluegrass Miracle phenomenon”

Devery Henderson (9) celebrates scoring the final touchdown of the Bluegrass Miracle game as Kentucky fans who stormed the field try to get out of the way.
Wire photo courtesy of The Baton Rouge Advocate

To help describe the Texas A&M letdown in Monday’s press conference, Alabama head coach Nick Saban referenced his time as the head man at LSU.

In the 2002 season, the Tigers traveled to Kentucky and earned a 33-30 win that prompted Saban to say

I don’t know what to say. I feel bad for Kentucky’s players. But this is a big moment for us and I’m happy as heck for our team….Well, sometimes you gotta be a little lucky and I think that was our luck right there.


And Kentucky’s radio play-by-play man at the time, Tom Leach, to say

How much heartbreak. Kentucky fans are up on the goal posts. I don’t know why.

But it wasn’t the game that LSU was lucky to escape with that Saban was focused on, it was the game after: when Alabama came to Death Valley and handed LSU a 31-0 defeat.

“It’s kind of the Bluegrass Miracle phenomenon,” Saban said. “You play bad, you win the game, then the next week you get your ass kicked because nobody responded to playing bad. Because you won on the Bluegrass Miracle.”

This time around, it was a game versus the LSU Tigers that gave Saban’s team the Bluegrass Miracle phenomenon.

“You guys don’t think so because we won one and lost the other one. If we’d won this one, you wouldn’t be concerned, either. I was concerned then,” Saban said. “But you all live in the results world, we kind of live in the process world. It’s hard to get people to respond.”

Watch other hits from Saban’s press conference earlier today by clicking here, plus my story the third down struggles for the Tide, including Saban’s thoughts, by clicking here.

Finally, be sure to follow me on Twitter to get up-to-the-second updates on everything Crimson Tide: @Brett_Hudson.

Lacy moving from student to teacher

In 2010, Eddie Lacy was a student in more ways than one.

Outside of being the student-athlete as labeled by the NCAA, he was also being taught by Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson the valuable lesson of ball control.

“When you fumble, it’s always a tough thing to get over. That’s why you have  your teammates,” Lacy said. “They’re here to support you and make you feel better about it.”

Mark Ingram (22) and Trent Richardson mentored Eddie Lacy to be a dependable ball-carrier, and now he is trying to do the same with T.J. Yeldon.
Photo courtesy of The Birmingham News

Lacy lost two fumbles in the 2010 campaign, both within the 5-yard-line as he was entering the endzone.

Although Lacy’s new student was not on the brink of the endzone, true freshman T.J. Yeldon has had two fumbles in the last two weeks, one nearly costly and the other very costly.

Yeldon let the ball slip out of his hands on the LSU 10-yard-line with 1:06 left, which LSU recovered and eventually scored on.

Yeldon did it again with 9:10 left in the Texas A&M as the ball fell into the hands of Dustin Harris. The Aggies, like the Tigers the week before, also scored a touchdown on the ensuing possession.

Lacy is trying to mold Yeldon just like Ingram and Richardson molded him and not let the fumbles derail a successful freshman season.

“It’s football, bad plays are going to happen. You’re going to make a lot of good plays, as well,” Lacy said. “You just have to get the rest of those out of your mind.”

“If a bad play happens at a bad time, you’re going to think about it a lot, but you just have to get over it and keep playing no matter what just happened.”

Nick Saban Press Conference Video: Nov. 12, 2012

Alabama head coach Nick Saban addresses the media to open the week of preparation for Western Carolina. Saban discusses dealing with losses, plus gives an update on freshman wide receiver Chris Black and more in the video below.

AJ McCarron Interview Video: Nov. 7, 2012

McCarron has more power in the offense

Barrett Jones not much for the cinema

One of the great stories of the spring was a developing story as Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones and his younger brother, tight end/H-Back Harrison, went back-and-forth regarding Harrison’s girlfriend making him take her to see some movies that are typically reserved for the ladies, to say the least.

Maybe that was more than a brotherly love of sorts. Maybe Barrett has something against movies.

Sports movies, at least. Even when they connect to his beloved Crimson Tide.

Barrett, when asked is he had seen The Junction Boys, a movie about Paul “Bear” Bryant taking a particular Texas A&M team to the sweltering heat of Junction, Texas, for summer camp, could only respond: “Whoa – maybe on ESPN a long time ago.

“The only thing I really remember about it is some guy almost died and they had to put him in ice. I guess yes, but it was a really long time ago.”

Barrett’s move to keep innocent ignorance towards the film (which produced scenes such as this one) has nothing to do with the Alabama connection, but to the genre as a whole.

“Well, it was a movie, so they’re always a little dramatic about things,” Jones said. “Especially football movies are so dramatic. Like high school football, you have huge people who look like they’re probably from the NFL.  They’re like 28. So we don’t quite do things like in the movies.

“It’s hard, but it’s not that hard. We never had anybody die.”

The movie, released in 2002, is based off of a book with the same name published in 2000 and written by Jim Dent.