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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

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Coaching Staff Players of the Week: Western Carolina

The Alabama coaching staff has selected its Players of the Week for the week of the Western Carolina game.

Offense: Anthony Steen, Chance Warmack and Michael Williams. The guard duo of Steen and Warmack helped the Tide’s Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon rush for 154 yards in limited action. The starters accumulated 338 yards and 42 points in their 30 minutes of play. Williams caught one pass for 22 yards.

Defense: C.J. Mosley and Nico Johnson. Mosley led the team in tackles (again) with six, one for a loss. Johnson also notched a tackle for a loss on his way to a four-tackle performance.

Special Teams: Landon Collins and Brent Calloway. Collins, a true freshman,  contributed two tackles in kickoff coverage, as did Calloway. Both of Calloway’s stops in kickoff coverage were inside the 20. Collins had one tackle inside the 20 while also downing a punt inside the 10-yard line and forcing a fair catch on another punt.

Steen a little banged up, noticeably bandaged

After a game as physical as the one against LSU, injuries in the following week are of major concern. For a reason.

Offensive lineman Chance Warmack admitted he was still sore on Monday. After receiving nothing but treatment for the entire day on Sunday and most likely getting a little more early Monday morning.

He’s not the only one on the offensive line dealing with health issues.

Football Player Interview Video: Oct. 24, 2012

Twitter Thursday: Western Kentucky

This is the first of a weekly feature coming to the blog, as every Thursday for the rest of football season (and maybe a little longer), we will go through the world of Twitter and see what select Alabama athletes have decided to share with the Internet.

Some may be complaining about fatigue, others will be just downright funny. Here we go.

First, we have BREAKING NEWS from safety HeSean ‘HaHa’ Clinton-Dix.

Don’t worry, though, teammate Anthony Steen beat you to the punch in the Sarcastic Reply department.

Also, center Barrett Jones was nice enough to let us have a small window into his celebration routine.

Quarterback AJ McCarron also opened up a little poll for his followers (all 22,000+ of them).

Which he ended up answering himself.

There was also a borderline unhealthy obsession with Jesse Williams this week, with numerous fans (and the occasional player) tweeting to him with Chuck Norris jokes about him. For example:

Word of advice: Williams (@ThaMonstar) is quite heavy on the retweets. So, if you want a RT from a ‘Bama football player….

Also, safety Vinnie Sunseri showed off a little brotherly love for his older brother Tino, who will start at QB for Pitt in the ESPN Thursday night game against Cincinnati.

And, as expected, the hype surrounding entering Bryant-Denny Stadium for the first time.

Difference In The Trenches

Today, offensive guard Anthony Steen made himself available to the media and was free to talk about the chemistry on the offensive line. Click here to read my quick story on how a multitude of personalities are coming together to form the nation’s best offensive line.

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Football Practice Update: March 23rd, 2012

For today’s practice update, we’re going to go through the events of practice position by position and give you the latest news. Here we go.

Quarterbacks: Nothing new. AJ McCarron is the No. 1 guy, no doubt about that. Everyone else (Phillip Sims and Phillip Ely) are battling for No. 2.

Runningbacks: With the absence of Eddie Lacy for all of spring to the toe injury that hurt him all of last season and Blake Sims out for a spring break hip injury, the depth chart is looking like this. 1. Jalston Fowler. 2. Dee Hart.

A member of the scout team is running his reps before star recruit T.J. Yeldon. Yeldon is looking good though, he could move up soon. Nick Saban will make him earn it first though.

Wide Receivers: This has been a little bit of a revolving door, with guys going in and out of 1st and 2nd string. Today, Christion Jones, Kevin Norwood and Kenny Bell were in the No. 1 rotation. The No. 2 rotation was DeAndrew White, Danny Woodson Jr. and early enrollee Chris Black.

Offensive Line: Chance Warmack and Anthony Steen have been switching between left guard and right guard recently, probably to find the right chemistry. Here was today’s lineup, from left to right. Cyrus Kouandjio, Chance Warmack,  Barrett Jones, Anthony Steen and D.J. Fluker. Jones moving to center seems to be a very good move; has been throughout spring practice, anyway.

Defensive Line: Damien Square at his end of the line is almost the only set thing here. Alabama is experimenting a lot to replace Josh Chapman in the middle, even moving Jesse Williams in there from time-to-time. The possibility of a defensive end like Williams moving also puts a big question mark on that position too.

Linebacker: Still some shuffling and battling to do here. Nico Johnson and C.J. Mosley seem to be favorites. HaSean “Ha-Ha” Clinton-Dix has seen time there, Trey Depriest has seen time there, as have Adrian Hubbard and Xzavier Dickson. I have no choice but to throw a TBD in at this position. Sure, Johnson, Mosley and DePriest have an inside track, but the positions (Mike, Sam, Jack and Will) are far from determined.

Secondary: Safeties are pretty much set with Robert Lester and Vinnie Sunseri. Obviously, no one has a set starting job, but they are the closest to locked in as anyone else on the defense.

Cornerback is going to be interesting. There is Dee Milliner, coming off of a serious improvement last season from the season before it, but newcomers Travell Dixon and Deion Belue have shown the talent necessary to play right away at Alabama. I’ve also seen HaSean “Ha-Ha” Clinton-Dix see some reps at every secondary position.

So it’s safe to say the Tide is still experimenting in the secondary. That’s not surprising though, since Saban always holds his secondary to a higher standard of excellence than the rest of the team (not purposefully)

Special Teams: Long snapper Carson Tinker seems to be rather set in his starting role. The kicking situation is very fluid and the possibility of using a two-kicker system is more likely than not unless a freshman prospect blows the staff away. So, there will probably be more of Jeremy Shelley and Cade Foster in 2012 if spring practice is any indicator.

Cody Mandell’s competition from last year, Jay Williams, has left the football team to try his hand at baseball. So, it looks like Mandell is without a rival for the punting job, barring a newcomer that proves himself.