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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: 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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Eddie Lacy Interview Video: Nov. 19, 2012

Saban’s squad does some scoreboard watching

BCS Madness sent the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, into a madness of its own as two of the three teams ahead of the Crimson Tide in the BCS standings, Oregon and Kansas State, suffered upset losses.

The reaction was filled with enthusiasm, to say the least (video below), but the reaction for the members of the team was less-than-exciting.

“I had just woke up in my dorm room,” offensive lineman Chance Warmack said. “Somebody was like, ‘Hey, turn on the television.’ I was like, ‘Oh, for real?’ So I clicked on and watched it.”

Running back Eddie Lacy didn’t even watch the chaos begin.

“My brothers told me, and obviously social media networks kind of blew up, too,” he said.

Some made the effort to seek out the games, though.

“I’m a fan of football. I like to watch it,” safety Robert Lester said.

Whether the attention was on the games or not, all attention has now turned to the games separating the Tide from another chance at a national championship.

“The only thing we need to worry about right now is to play our football and not worry about what’s going on outside Alabama and handle it the way we need to handle it,” Lester said.

Lacy added, “You just have to focus on what you have in front of you right now, because if you don’t, most likely the opportunity you have, you might not be able to get to it because you’re thinking ahead and not on what you need to accomplish.”

Here is a video of the fanbase reacting to the upset victories that set Oregon and Kansas State back in the BCS standings, plus a cameo from Alabama center Barrett Jones at the 1:43 mark.

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.

Eddie Lacy Interview Video: Nov. 12, 2012

Injury Update: Lacy’s head and Fulton’s toe on opposite ends of spectrum

As he did last week with Anthony Steen, Alabama head coach Nick Saban omitted the minor injuries from his press conference injury briefing, including Eddie Lacy’s head/neck.

Lacy took several hard hits during the loss to Texas A&M, but one found him in the right spot and sent him to the bench for a while after jarring his neck and head.

“It was a bad hit, a pretty bad hit,” Lacy said. “My neck still hurts a little bit, but I’m rehabbing it and it’s getting a lot better.”

The worries of a concussion were not present at the time for Lacy and they remain that way.

Lacy said his head was cleared right away on the sidelines, simply that, “It was just more pain than anything else.”

The serious injury on the news front belongs to cornerback John Fulton as he is suffering from turf toe, an injury he battled through against the Aggies.

“He actually finished the game with it,” Saban said. “It really swelled up quite a bit and all that. He may be very questionable for this particular game.”

Fulton was able to earn Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts alongside C.J. Mosley. Their contributions, plus those of other Players of the Week, can be seen here.

You can also see the rest of Nick Saban’s press conference here, and other video of Lacy speaking with the media here.