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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

Information Overload: Tennessee

Every Thursday we bring you more information than you would ever need to know about the upcoming game, and of course, this week is no different as the Third Saturday in October is almost among us.

Another One Bites the Dust: Last week, Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley was one of only five kickers in the country that had yet to miss a kick. He is now one of four. Jeff Budzien of Northwestern leads those four kickers with 59 points, ahead of Shelley with 51. Nate Freese of Boston College and Nick Sloan of Navy also make the list.

Better than Nothing: Alabama is currently on a 148-game streak in which it has not been shut out, the longest such streak in program history.

Tide Takes October: Under head coach Nick Saban, Alabama is 18-1 in October and has a scoring deficit of 572-241 in October games. Alabama is 5-1 against ranked opponents in October under Saban.

50/50 Chance of Nothing: The Alabama defense has the highest percentage of three-and-outs of any defense in the country, with 50 percent of drives ending that way (36-of-72).

Quick and Easy: Eddie Lacy’s 73-yard touchdown just 45 seconds into the Missouri game was the third time Alabama has scored in the first two minutes of a game this season. It was the fastest Alabama had scored since Terry Grant ran in a touchdown in the 2007 season opener against Western Carolina just 22 seconds into the game.

History Made: The following benchmarks were last reached in game where Alabama was playing against Tennessee:

100 yards receiving for Alabama player: Marquis Maze notched 106 against Tennessee last year.

200 yards receiving for Alabama player: Julio Jones had 221 against Tennessee in 2010.

An opponent scored 50 on Alabama: Tennessee put 51 on the board against the Tide in 2003.

Alabama forced six turnovers: Tennessee gave the ball away six times against Alabama in 2002.

Recovered an onside kick: Alabama last fell on an onside kick in the 2007 edition of the Third Saturday in October.

From Enemy Territory: Alabama has had success recruiting in Tennessee as of late. Dont’a Hightower hails from the state of Tennessee, as do current center Barrett Jones, tight end Harrison Jones and long snapper Carson Tinker. Tennessee’s backup strongside linebacker, Willie Bohannon, hails from Mobile, Ala.

Offensive Explosion: The Tennessee offense has more total yards through six games (2,894) than any other year in school history. It is also third in points behind the 1990 and 1993 Volunteer teams.

Historic Company: Tyler Bray is beginning to have an impact on the Tennessee record books. He is currently fourth in career passing touchdowns, behind Casey Clausen, Erik Ainge and Peyton Manning. He is also sixth in career passing yards, behind the aforementioned three in addition to Andy Kelly and Jeff Francis.

More than a Blocker: Tennessee starting fullback Ben Bartholomew has proven to be a threat similar to the one Alabama fans enjoyed with Le’Ron McClain. Bartholomew scored a touchdown against Mississippi State on a 10-yard catch and has tallied six catches so far this year.

Frown after Shutdown: Tennessee is 2-9 when held to less than 300 yards of total offense. Alabama has not given up that amount all season long and has only given up more than 250 once this season, in the debut against Michigan.

Before we wrap this post up, I’d like to thank the Sports Information Department at the University of Alabama and Tennessee for putting together all of this information. However, one thing they omitted is how to find this obscure television channel the asdfghjklgame is being televised on. Kind of reminds me of a different channel, but not quite the same……

Coaching Staff Players of the Week: Missouri week

The Alabama coaching staff has selected its Players of the Week for the week of the Missouri game, and they are as follows.

Offense: Barrett Jones, Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon. Jones helped the offense grade at 92 percent with the coaching staff while committing no penalties and having no bad snaps. Jones also led the offensive line to allow no sacks and no hurries. Lacy carried the ball 18 times for a career-high 177 yards against the Tigers for three touchdowns, one of them on a 73-yard run. Yeldon also had a career-high with 144 yards on 18 carries and two scores, one of them completed with an acrobatic leap into the endzone.

Defense: C.J. Mosley and Dee Milliner. Mosley continued his streak, being named a Player of the Week every week of the season, after notching 12 tackles, including one sack, to go along with a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry. Mosley was also named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Milliner tallied four tackles, one for a loss, in addition to a forced fumble and a pass break-up.

Special Teams: Landon Collins, Brent Calloway and Jeremy Shelley. Collins, a true freshman, blocked a punt in the first quarter that set Alabama up for a touchdown. Calloway had two tackles on special teams units, one of them inside the 20. Shelley has yet to miss a kick this season after a 6-for-6 performance on extra points in Columbia.

Information Overload: Missouri

Each week, I comb through the media guides issued by both teams and bring you the biggest nuggets of information. Here are the tidbits I’ve collected this week as the Tide gets ready to travel to Columbia to face the Missouri Tigers.

Cracker Box: Alabama’s visit to Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium will be the smallest venue it has played in all season with a capacity of 71,004. Bryant-Denny Stadium holds 101,821 people, while Cowboys Stadium has a capacity of 130,000 with standing room included, and Reynolds Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas, can hold 80,000.

Historically Speaking: Missouri is one of few programs to lead the series against the Tide. Missouri beat Alabama 35-10 in the 1968 Gator Bowl. The Tigers made it two-in-a-row with a 20-7 win in Legion Field in 1975 before Alabama got its first win over the Tigers, 38-20, in Columbia in 1976. This will also be Nick Saban’s first time coaching against Missouri as a head coach.

Just Say No to Turnovers: Alabama is one of three teams that has yet to throw an interception this season, joining Air Force and Louisiana Tech. Both Air Force and Louisiana Tech threw interceptions in their respective 2011 finales. This is couple with AJ McCarron setting the record for passes thrown without an interception at 206, a streak that remains active. The previous record holder was Brodie Croyle with 190.

Clean Slate: The Tide is tied-for-fourth in the nation for fewest penalties, averaging four per game, and is seventh in the nation in penalty yards with 33.6. Alabama has done well with penalties under Saban and traditionally. The last time the Tide committed 15 or more penalties in a game was in November of 2000, when Alabama committed 15 in Starkville against Mississippi State.

Defining Perfection: Jeremy Shelley is one of five kickers in the country that has not missed a kick. Shelley is 24-24 on extra points and 7-7 on field goals for 45 points. Matt Nelson of Louisiana Tech, Jeff Budzien of Northwestern, Nate Freese of Boston College and Nick Sloan of Navy join Shelley.

Under the Bright Lights: Alabama has had 45 of its last 60 games broadcast on national television. The Tide’s TV appearances have been spread out amongst CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ABC and FOX.

Chasing Down the QB: Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is looking to earn some recognition with a strong performance against the Tide. However, Alabama has never allowed one player to sack the quarterback more than three times. The last player to get thre was Quanterus Smith of Western Kentucky when the Hilltoppers visited Tuscaloosa earlier this year.

40-time: If Alabama has success against Missouri’s high-paced offense, the Tide’s offense could see a lot of field time. Alabama last had 40 minutes of possession when it had 41:13 against Clemson in 2008.

Replacements: The losses of Dee Hart and DeAndrew White have made some changes to the depth chart. Eddie Lacy is the No. 1 back while T.J. Yeldon is the sole No. 2 and Kenyan Drake is No. 3. Replacing Hart on special teams will be Christion Jones as the punt and kick returner. Cyrus Jones is now the backup punt returner. Backup kick returners are Dee Milliner, Cyrus Jones and Kevin Norwood.

Sizing Up the Tigers: Missouri’s offensive line averages 6-foot-4 and a quarter inches and 302 pounds, compared to Alabama’s average 6-foot-3 and three quarters inches and 296 pound frame on its defensive line. Alabama’s offensive line averages 6-foot-4 and half inches and 314 pounds compared to Missouri’s average defensive lineman at 6-foot-4 and a half inches and 281 pounds.

Upset Special(ists): The last time Missouri hosted the No. 1 ranked team was in 2010 when the Oklahoma Sooners were upset by QB Blaine Gabbert and the Tigers by a final score of 36-27. The Sooners were No. 3 in the AP poll but were No. 1 in the BCS rankings at that point in the season.

Fear Faurot: Since 2006, Missouri has lost only eight times at home to compile a 33-8 home record, 16-8 in conference games. All eight loses were to ranked teams.

The Tigers Taketh Away: Missouri’s defense is on an active 24-game streak in which it has recorded a takeaway. It was October of 2010 the last time Missouri played a game without recording a takeaway (a 31-17 loss at Nebraska).

Punt It Away: Despite missing the entire 2011 season with a shoulder injury, Marcus Murphy is leading the nation in punt return touchdowns with three. He leads the SEC and is fourth in the country in yards per punt return with 20.07. Murphy left last week’s game against Vanderbilt in the first quarter with a dislocated finger and did not return. His status for the Alabama game remains unclear.

Winning and Losing with Field Position: Field position has been a big influence for the Tigers so far this season. In the second half against Georgia, Georgia’s average field position to start drives was the Georgia 48, compared to Missouri’s average start of its own 26. Georgia outscored Missouri 31-10 in the second half. However, Missouri outscored Arizona State 17-7 in the first half thanks to a average starting field position that was 21 yards better than Arizona State’s (Missouri at its own 45, ASU at its own 24).

Let’s Play 5: Missouri leads the nation in overtime games and wins since the rule was put in place in 1995. The Tigers are 10-4 in overtime, followed closely by LSU, who is 8-5 in their 13 OT games in the same time span. North Carolina State is tied with LSU for the same mark. Second in wins is Tennessee, going 10-2 in the 12 OT appearances for the Vols. Alabama has appeared in 12 overtime games and is 4-8.

Breaking down the media guides: FAU

Here are the key notes from the media guide UA handed out prior to Alabama’s first ever meeting in football with the Florida Atlantic Owls.

Streaking: Alabama has scored 94 unanswered points dating back to the third quarter of the Michigan game.zxcv

Been There, Done That: Alabama has eight players that saw action on both the 2009 and 2011 national title winning teams, including three players that started at least two games in both seasons: Barrett Jones, Michael Williams and Nico Johnson. Damion Square, Jeremy Shelley, Carson Tinker, Chance Warmack and Robert Lester also saw action in both seasons.

Week In, Week Out Fixture: Chance Warmack, Carson Tinker and Robert Lester are tied for having the most consecutive starts, all at 29. Other notables include Cade Foster at 28, D.J. Fluker at 19 and AJ McCarron and Damion Square at 16.

Drawing Connections: While this is both Alabama’s and Saban’s first time facing Florida Atlantic (as a head coach), Saban does have experience in nonconference games against teams from the state. Alabama beat Florida International 40-14 in 2009 under the direction of Saban. His first year with the Tide also featured a 21-14 loss to Florida State.

The Last Time It Happened

Alabama hasn’t returned a kickoff for a touchdown since Trent Richardson did it at Duke in 2010 on a 91-yard effort.

No Alabama player has rushed for 250 yards since Shaun Alexander did it in Baton Rouge in 1996. No player has rushed for 250 against Alabama since Bo Jackson had 256 in the 1983 Iron Bowl.

Neither an Alabama player nor an opposing player has ever rushed for 300 yards.

Follow the Leader: C.J. Mosley leads the team with 23 tackles, 15 of them solo efforts.

Twitter Thursday: Arkansas

This week’s Twitter Thursday is going to start off with a special message for AJ McCarron … from AJ McCarron.

Among the numerous tweets to him to wish him a happy birthday was, of course, his little brother Corey.

Also, Barrett Jones holds his ground as one of the best follows on the football team.

That being said, Carson Tinker is not far behind.

For more from the players on Twitter, check out my post earlier on the week on their sound off towards the student newspaper, The Crimson White.

I also meant to put this in an earlier Twitter Thursday post, but overlooked it. Jeremy Shelley seemed pleased with himself with the little stunt he pulled during the Michigan game.

Football Practice Update: March 23rd, 2012

For today’s practice update, we’re going to go through the events of practice position by position and give you the latest news. Here we go.

Quarterbacks: Nothing new. AJ McCarron is the No. 1 guy, no doubt about that. Everyone else (Phillip Sims and Phillip Ely) are battling for No. 2.

Runningbacks: With the absence of Eddie Lacy for all of spring to the toe injury that hurt him all of last season and Blake Sims out for a spring break hip injury, the depth chart is looking like this. 1. Jalston Fowler. 2. Dee Hart.

A member of the scout team is running his reps before star recruit T.J. Yeldon. Yeldon is looking good though, he could move up soon. Nick Saban will make him earn it first though.

Wide Receivers: This has been a little bit of a revolving door, with guys going in and out of 1st and 2nd string. Today, Christion Jones, Kevin Norwood and Kenny Bell were in the No. 1 rotation. The No. 2 rotation was DeAndrew White, Danny Woodson Jr. and early enrollee Chris Black.

Offensive Line: Chance Warmack and Anthony Steen have been switching between left guard and right guard recently, probably to find the right chemistry. Here was today’s lineup, from left to right. Cyrus Kouandjio, Chance Warmack,  Barrett Jones, Anthony Steen and D.J. Fluker. Jones moving to center seems to be a very good move; has been throughout spring practice, anyway.

Defensive Line: Damien Square at his end of the line is almost the only set thing here. Alabama is experimenting a lot to replace Josh Chapman in the middle, even moving Jesse Williams in there from time-to-time. The possibility of a defensive end like Williams moving also puts a big question mark on that position too.

Linebacker: Still some shuffling and battling to do here. Nico Johnson and C.J. Mosley seem to be favorites. HaSean “Ha-Ha” Clinton-Dix has seen time there, Trey Depriest has seen time there, as have Adrian Hubbard and Xzavier Dickson. I have no choice but to throw a TBD in at this position. Sure, Johnson, Mosley and DePriest have an inside track, but the positions (Mike, Sam, Jack and Will) are far from determined.

Secondary: Safeties are pretty much set with Robert Lester and Vinnie Sunseri. Obviously, no one has a set starting job, but they are the closest to locked in as anyone else on the defense.

Cornerback is going to be interesting. There is Dee Milliner, coming off of a serious improvement last season from the season before it, but newcomers Travell Dixon and Deion Belue have shown the talent necessary to play right away at Alabama. I’ve also seen HaSean “Ha-Ha” Clinton-Dix see some reps at every secondary position.

So it’s safe to say the Tide is still experimenting in the secondary. That’s not surprising though, since Saban always holds his secondary to a higher standard of excellence than the rest of the team (not purposefully)

Special Teams: Long snapper Carson Tinker seems to be rather set in his starting role. The kicking situation is very fluid and the possibility of using a two-kicker system is more likely than not unless a freshman prospect blows the staff away. So, there will probably be more of Jeremy Shelley and Cade Foster in 2012 if spring practice is any indicator.

Cody Mandell’s competition from last year, Jay Williams, has left the football team to try his hand at baseball. So, it looks like Mandell is without a rival for the punting job, barring a newcomer that proves himself.