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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

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All photos courtesy of the AP

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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AP photo

Coaching Staff Players of the Week: Texas A&M

Despite suffering a 29-24 loss at the hands of the Aggies, the coaching staff recognized the following players for their efforts .

Offense: Amari Cooper and Eddie Lacy. Cooper caught six passes for 136 yards, a game-high, including one touchdown of 54 yards that brought Alabama within five points of Texas A&M’s lead and another 50-yard catch in the fourth quarter. Lacy contributed 127 all-purpose yards: 92 of them on the ground on 16 carries and the other 35 on four receptions.

Defense: C.J. Mosley and John Fulton. Mosley led the team with 14 tackles, 9 of them solo efforts, and added a sack that resulted in a loss of eight yards for the Aggies. He extended his lead on the team for total tackles this season, now standing at 83. Mosley was also an Honorable Mention for SEC Player of the Week. Fulton recorded a career-high four pass break-ups while adding five tackles, four of them solo.

Special Teams: Cody Mandell. Mandell averaged 56.5 yards per punt on his four punts against the Aggies. Mandell’s strong performance, including two kicks of 60 yards, put him at No. 14 in the nation in punting with a season average of 44 yards per punt.

Twitter Thursday: Mississippi State

Let’s start this week’s Twitter Thursday with something that no one can avoid in recent times: the Presidential election.

Defensive back Vinnie Sunseri exposed the bad side of Twitter, also.

It looks to be a parody account of Vinnie’s brother, Tino, who is the starting QB at Pitt. Here’s an example of what the parody account does.

Wait … this is what the football team does in study hall?

My 2 step #studyhall #dancing #2step

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Reggie doing something lol #reggieragland #tookie #og #tripleOG #dancing

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And now we go LIVE to a BREAKING NEWS report from Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper.

Thanks for that report, Amari. Now we go to a story from one of our field reporters on math class with Vinnie Sunseri.

Coaching Staff Players of the Week: Tennessee

The coaching staff poured on accolades for freshman wideout Amari Cooper, who earned Player of the Week honors in addition to SEC Freshman of the Week. Here’s the complete list from the coaching staff.

Offense: AJ McCarron, Amari Cooper and Michael Williams. McCarron torched the Volunteer defense for 306 yards and four touchdowns on 17-22 passing. After the performance, McCarron is the most statistically efficient quarterback in the nation. Cooper caught two of McCarron’s touchdown passes in his seven catch, 162-yard performance. Williams added two catches for six yards and one touchdown.

Defense: Deion Belue, Dee Milliner and Vinnie Sunseri. Belue contributed a tackle and a pass break-up to go along with Milliner’s five tackles and one pass break-up. Sunseri, playing against his father Sal, had six tackles, one for a loss. The secondary held one of the SEC’s most prolific passing attacks to 282 total yards of offense.

Special Teams: Nico Johnson, Cyrus Jones and T.J. Yeldon. Jones returned punts and kicks for 86 yards against the Volunteers as he took the reigns from Christion Jones. Yeldon plays on the kick return and punt return team in addition to rushing for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson contributed to the punt and punt return teams and finished the game with four total tackles.

White and Hart both out for the season

Alabama has now lost two more players for the rest of the season to knee injuries.

After losing Jalston Fowler in the Western Kentucky game, DeAndrew White and Dee Hart also had season-ending knee injuries in the most recent win over Ole Miss.

At wide receiver, Alabama now has Amari Cooper, Kevin Norwood, Kenny Bell and Christion Jones. Cyrus Jones is the leading candidate to be the first one on the field to substitute, and Danny Woodson Jr. and Marvin Shinn could also see playing time.

Alabama is now down to three running backs: Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake.

Football practice update: April 6th, 2012

Head coach Nick Saban led his team to Bryant-Denny Stadium yet again for its second scrimmage in spring practices, the last one before A-Day. There were some interesting depth chart moves displayed that I will detail for you while we await the end of the scrimmage.

(No, we aren’t allowed to see this scrimmage.)

Redshirt freshman Brent Calloway had been tried out at RB and LB last season, and has now been seeing reps at the tight end/H-Back position. We have heard that his transition there is going well, although he still remains behind the names that were prevalent going into this spring: Michael Willaims, Harrison Jones (brother of Barrett) and Brian Vogler. However, he is beginning to step ahead of some smaller names at those positions, like Malcolm Faciane and Tommy Keys, so Calloway could potentially keep working his way up the depth chart at TE of H-Back.

At wide receiver, early enrollee freshman Chris Black is keeping his spot relatively high on the depth chart (in the top 5) despite the return of DeAndrew White, coming back from a recurring hamstring problem.

To make it easier, I’ll list the depth chart as it appeared two weeks ago and what it looks like now (with changes in italics.

Two Weeks Ago: Kenny Bell, Kevin Norwood, Marvin Shinn, Christion Jones, Chris Black, Danny Woodson Jr., Amari Cooper. (White out with hamstring issue.

Now: Kenny Bell, Kevin Norwood, DeAndrew White, Christion Jones, Chris Black, Amari Cooper, Marvin Shinn, Danny Woodson Jr.

Notes at WR: Cooper is clearly catching up with his classmate Black, both of whom are now within striking distance of legitimate regular season playing time. White seems to have not missed a beat in coming back from his injury. Tough decline for Shnn and Woodson Jr.

Tune back in a few hours for stats and post-scrimmage quotes.