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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

Player Soundoff: Flipping Auburn to Alabama

The Alabama-Auburn rivalry has been deemed as one of the most intense rivalries college football, or football in general, has to offer. However, that may not be the case in recruiting.

While Michigan recruits have been seen burning letters from Ohio State, Alabama and Auburn commits have flipped back-and-forth with the frequency of your commonplace square dancer.

Brent Calloway was committed to Alabama seemingly since the beginning of time, just to flip to the Tigers on Signing Day, before flipping yet again to the Tide before the day was over. T.J. Yeldon made the switch from Auburn to Alabama just in time to enroll early at the Capstone.

Cyrus Kouandjio made the same switch after announcing on national television that he would be attending Auburn. All of the switcheroos came to the celebratory yells of the Crimson Tide Nation as it looked like Nick Saban reuben was becoming an unstoppable force.

Reuben Foster (pictured left, photo from US Presswire), in the Class of 2013, made a similar switch to Calloway’s, undoing an early commitment to Alabama to go with the Tigers.

While the rivalry is heated, maybe it is not as heated on the recruiting trails. Eddie Lacy and Chance Warmack seem to think so.

Cyrus Kouandjio Interview Video: Nov. 12, 2012

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.

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.

BrettAtBama Radio: Cyrus Kouandjio & Sal Sunseri

Click here to listen my AUDIO REPORT on Cyrus Kouandjio and his relationship with Sal Sunseri, whose defense he will try to conquer on Saturday.

BrettAtBama Analysis: Western Kentucky

Alabama took its second-straight nonconference in-a-row, as the Tide handled Western Kentucky 35-0. Here’s my view on the good and the bad from this game.

The Good: AJ McCarron seemed to mix up his offensive options rather well, finding four wide receivers and three running backs in his 14-for-19 and 219 yard performance. His corner and out routes for touchdowns were perfectly placed.

Cody Mandell was really on his game today. Averaging 44.8 yards per punt and placed two inside-the-20.

The Bad: Warning, this list is a little long since this was actually a huge win for the Tide.

The offensive line got beat in pass protection quite often. With the microscope on the tackles (Cyrus Kouandjio and D.J. Fluker), there was laziness. It does not matter how big you are, if you aren’t in front of your blocking assignment, you aren’t much help at all.

But, to their defense, McCarron could have let go of the ball earlier a few times to avoid the sack. The sacks were a collective effort between bad protection and a overdedication to making the big play.

My final, and biggest, problem with Alabama’s performance was Jalston Fowler. Fowler had absolutely no business in the game as the Tide held a 28-point lead over a Sun Belt team with less than ten minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Why would you not give Dee Hart an opportunity to reestablish himself after his knee injury and let freshman Kenyan Drake get some work since his redshirt was ruined with a carry against Michigan?

Now, the No. 2 running back and the No. 1 fullback (which was going to be crucial later in the season) is out for the year, potentially. Does anyone else see a little bit of Tyrone Prothro in this?