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Nick Saban Press Conference Video: Nov. 28, 2012

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Football Practice Video: Nov. 28, 2012

Today’s practice video features a pair of fantastic one-handed catches from wideout Cyrus Jones and defensive back Nick Perry, in addition to more video of the wide receivers, defensive backs and quarterbacks.

Before you view, click here to read my report from practice, including an update on the status of wide receiver Chris Black and which NFL general manager was in attendance.

COLUMN: Black may be able to, but should not play

Is it February? No? Fine. But it definitely is August, right?

No?

Sorry, again. Normally, hype around unproven true freshmen like Chris Black only centers around signing day and the beginning of preseason camp.

Now, here we go again.

The leg injury to Kenny Bell that has likely ended his season has sent the Alabama coaching staff on yet another search for production at the wide receiver position, also losing DeAndrew White to a knee injury early in the season.

The crisis of sorts has forced the coaching staff to turn to Black, the Jacksonville native, as a possible player in the SEC Championship game, therefore ruining his redshirt season for one or two games.

Saban has said the following on Black and the status of the wide receivers group.

Fortunately or unfortunately, one of those guys that we lost is now ready to come back. He’s been practicing for three weeks now. Now he’s been cleared. So we’re going to try to get him some reps because we’re getting down to where we only have maybe five guys that have much experience at the position.

Now, excuse me if I am mistaken, but I’ve never seen a formation with more than five wide receivers on the field. Have you?

A look at the roster tells me that Alabama is fine at the wide receiver position, without Black.

Alabama still has two of its top three receivers in terms of yards: fellow Floridian freshman Amari Cooper with 767 yards and a team-high 45 catches, plus Kevin Norwood, who is second only to Cooper in receptions with 26 and has 395 yards out of it.

Behind Norwood in receiving yards is Christion Jones with 306. Beyond that is Cyrus Jones, who you have seen returning punts at times and catching four passes on the season.

Even more, we have yet to mention Danny Woodson, Jr., Marvin Shinn, or unheralded senior Nathan McAlister.

By my count, that’s seven wide receivers and for the most part, a maximum of four wide receiver spots on the field to fill. However, more often than not Alabama will trot out three wideouts (as the depth chart specifies), and conveniently, three of those seven names above (Chr. Jones, Cooper and Norwood) have more than 20 receptions and stand at Nos. 1, 2 and 4 on the team in catches.

With that type of talent and production at-the-ready, I see no reason to burn the redshirt on a player who, according to some, was one of the best players in a talent-rich recruiting class.

Although they are the two most important games of the season, being the only two in postseason play, are those two games worthy of throwing away an entire year of eligibility for a potential stand-out wide receiver for only two games, especially when the current recruiting class only has one true wide receiver (Raheem Falkins) and the 2015 and possibly ‘16 teams could really use another playmaker at the position?

Football Practice Video: Nov. 26, 2012

The Alabama Crimson Tide hit the practice field for the first time of SEC Championship week Monday afternoon, and Chris Black stole the show, practicing for the first time in a regular white jersey as opposed to the noncontact black jersey. There’s also a bonus drill or two thrown in for you.

Tide and Tigers play match to a tie on TV

Under the bright lights of CSS, Alabama and LSU played to a 1-1 draw to end its first SEC road trip of the year with a 0-1-1 record.

LSU took a 1-0 lead into halftime, a lead that was taken away with a Pia Rijsdijk goal in the 51st minute. She scored her fourth goal of the season off of a Theresa Diederich assist.

Alabama will play host to Georgia and Ole Miss next weekend, still in search for its first SEC win of the season.

Men’s golf finishes 3rd in first tourney

The men’s golf team was led by Bobby Wyatt to a third place finish in its first tournament of the year, the Carpet Capital Collegiate, after carding a 1-over-par score as a team over 54 holes.

Texas won the tournament outright with a score of 13-under-par as a team. Georgia took the silver medal and was nine strokes ahead of the Tide. Alabama beat LSU and Clemson by six strokes, who tied for fourth place.

Wyatt was 7-under for the tournament, finishing in a tie-for-fourth. He finished five strokes behind the overall winner, Brandon Stone of Texas.

Justin Thomas finished in 10th with a 54-hole score of 3-under-par. Tom Lovelady finished tied-for-26th and Cory Whitsett ended his tournament in a tie-for-31st.

Alabama will hit the links again in two weeks for the PING Golfweek Preview.

Men’s golf slips in second round

It was Scoring Day at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga., today, but not for the Tide. Alabama shot a 1-over-par 289 in the second round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate and fell from second- to a tie for third-place, now 14-strokes behind the leader.

The Texas Longhorns torched the course today, shooting 22-under-par as a team and moving to 3-stroke lead over yesterday’s leaders, Georgia. Alabama is in a deadlock with Clemson for third place.

Alabama was led by sophomore Justin Thomas today, as he put together a 2-under-par 70 to put himself in a tie-for-14th heading into the final round. Bobby Wyatt fell from second to tied-for-6th after his even-par 72 today. Wyatt was joined by Tom Lovelady with an even-par round.

Cory Whitsett show a 3-over-par 75 and was the final recorded score for the Tide. Scott Strohmeyer had his score dropped again, carding a 4-over-par 76.

Alabama will play its final round of the tournament tomorrow.