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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

BrettAtBama Visual Gallery: March 24th, 2012 football practice

Alabama is having some special guests in Tuscaloosa for practice this weekend, as the annual Nick Saban Coaching Clinic is taking place this weekend. Here are some pictures of the crowd, estimated to be over 1,250 coaches.


As you can see, the coaches lined up several men deep to get eyes on practice. They even looped around the entirety of the field in use (as you can see below), which by my guess is about a football field and a half, maybe close to two. Check the backgrounds. That’s all visiting coaches.


As for on field action, you can see some injured players below working on exercise bikes with strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran. The players are RB Eddie Lacy [42], RB Blake Sims [6], OL Arie Kouandjio [77], and TE Corey McCarron [47].IMG_0402

To cap it off, I have the usual BrettAtBama Practice Video below for you. Enjoy!

Football Update: October 24

Hello, Readers! The football team was given a rare day off today, in hopes of resting the team a little bit during the bye week and letting some players rest some bumps and bruises.

But the program didn’t come to a complete stand still, as we some important injury information. Here’s what’s important.

Pass-rush specialist linebacker Alex Watkins did indeed break his arm against Tennessee, and Saban expects him to be out for two to three weeks, having him returning to practice hopefully in time for the Iron Bowl.

The offensive line has had some injury issues of late, which is now compacted by the fact that the offensive line is now without a Kouandjio. Arie has had a nagging injury for some time now that required surgery, and now his little brother Cyrus will be having knee surgery. Cyrus is often seen as the No. 6 offensive lineman, and his absence could be felt. However, he is only a freshman, so he has plenty of time left at the Capstone.

Also on the offensive line, guard Anthony Steen looks to be improving from the concussion he suffered against Ole Miss. He could be close to, if not at, 100% when it’s time for the big game against LSU.

To finish it all off, it looks like running back Eddie Lacy is feeling better. Against Tennessee he had seven carries for 46 yards, where in the three previous games he had ten carries and 54 yards combined. The bye week will certainly help him. Check back as time goes by for more updates on his status. Have a good week!

BrettAtBama Week In Review: Ole Miss

As many fans and some media speculation turns straight to the LSU game, as well as almost everyone on campus here in Tuscaloosa, the Alabama Crimson Tide has its sights set on the next game, a road trip to Ole Miss. Here’s what a quick recap of what happened in practice this week in Tuscaloosa.

C.J. Mosley was more involved in contact this week, as you could see from my practice video. If you missed that, you can see it here: http://tinyurl.com/3dvfw6j. As you can tell, he is still not at 100 percent, but he is seeing more action every week and seems to be improving well. His status for this game was not expanded on by head coach Nick Saban on Wednesday, but the coaching staff will probably look at his activity in practice and make a game time decision on him.

At the running back position, Eddie Lacy did not practice on Monday but did resume normal activities on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he looked stronger in individual drills and carried the ball some in elementary offense vs. defense drills. Lacy looks significantly better in practice, but Saban treated him the same way he treated Mosley, not specifying his game status.

Also, Dee Hart seems to be recovering very nicely from his ACL tear in the preseason. He is already back to football movements, like cutting and running somewhere near full speed. Saban said he isn’t ready for contact yet, but Hart looks like he will be 100% well before the start of next season.

There were no new developments in the Arie Kouandjio situation. He is still out of practice, being confined to the exercise bike and might need surgery for his knee problems.

That’s all for the headlines out of the Mal Moore Athletic Complex this week. Check back on Friday for the BrettAtBama Breakdown.