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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

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.

Fluker the voice of the offensive line

Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker’s voice has been heard, a lot. On the sidelines at Tiger Stadium, he was making sure everyone had their eyes on the prize, and in practice, he gets everyone singing.

Click here to read my story on Fluker and his group.

UPDATE: Below is a video mash-up of the interviews with Warmack and Fluker for the story above.

UPDATE: Center Barrett Jones chimed in on Fluker and his creative outlet known as the Get Your Mind Right song, among other things, in the Wednesday press conference.

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.

SI.com’s Midseason All-America Team features ‘Bama

The staff of SportsIllustrated.com has put out its midseason All-American team, a team that is laden with Alabama talent. The 1st-team is as follows.

QB: Geno Smith, West Virginia

RB: Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, and Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada.

WR: Stedman Bailey, West Virginia, and Terrance Williams, Baylor.

TE: Zach Ertz, Stanford.

T: Taylor Lewan, Michigan, and Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M.

G: Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, and Chance Warmack, Alabama.

C: Barrett Jones, Alabama.

DL: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina; Will Sutton, Arizona State; and Damontre Moote, Texas A&M.

LB: Jarvis Jones, Georgia; C.J. Mosley, Alabama; Manti Te’o, Notre Dame; Chase Thomas, Stanford.

CB: Jordan Poyer, Oregon State and Dee Milliner, Alabama.

S: Matt Elam, Florida and Eric Reid, LSU.

K: Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson.

P: Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State.

Returner: Marcus Murphy, Missouri.

All-Puropse: Dri Archer, Kent State.

Alabama’s D.J. Fluker was on the second-team, along with the following SEC players: T.J. Johnson, Jake Matthews Jr., Kevin Minter, Johnthan Banks and Ace Sanders.

SI.com also put together its Midseason Crystal Ball Watch. It polled its six college football experts (Andy Staples, Stewart Mandel, Holly Anderson, Lars Anderson, Ben Glicksman and Mallory Rubin), and all of them have Alabama and Oregon meeting in the national championship game. All but Holly Anderson have Alabama winning that matchup.

Holly Anderson also predicted that Alabama will lose a game in between now and bowl season and still find a way into the BCS National Championship game. Lars Anderson, on the other hand, predicted that the Tide would win all of its games by 14 or more points.

You can view everything the panel had to say by clicking here.

Certain Vol wants revenge on Saban

A certain defensive starter for the Tennessee Volunteers wants back at Saban. Bad.

Read about it by clicking here.

Coaching Staff Players of the Week: FAU

The Alabama coaching staff has just released its Player of the Week selections for the week of the Florida Atlantic game.

Offense: D.J. Fluker and Eddie Lacy. Lacy notched 106 yards on 15 carries against the Owls for the third 100-yard rushing game of his career. All of his carries came in the first half. Fluker was graded at 92 percent by the coaching staff and led the offensive line to clear the way for 503 total yards of offense, 256 of which on the ground.

Defense: C.J. Mosley and Robert Lester. Mosley led the team in tackles again, with six, and also joined Jeoffrey Pagan on a sack. Mosley has been named Player of the Week every week this season. Lester recorded two tackles, one of them a sack.

Special Teams: Cade Foster, Dee Hart and Vinnie Sunseri. Foster continued his hot 2012 campaign, making two field goals from 46 and 52 yards away. The 52-yard effort was a career long. Hart returned two punts for 28 yards. Sunseri recorded two special teams tackles, one inside the 20, and was the holder for Alabama’s extra point.