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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

Coaching Staff Players of the Week: Western Carolina

The Alabama coaching staff has selected its Players of the Week for the week of the Western Carolina game.

Offense: Anthony Steen, Chance Warmack and Michael Williams. The guard duo of Steen and Warmack helped the Tide’s Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon rush for 154 yards in limited action. The starters accumulated 338 yards and 42 points in their 30 minutes of play. Williams caught one pass for 22 yards.

Defense: C.J. Mosley and Nico Johnson. Mosley led the team in tackles (again) with six, one for a loss. Johnson also notched a tackle for a loss on his way to a four-tackle performance.

Special Teams: Landon Collins and Brent Calloway. Collins, a true freshman,  contributed two tackles in kickoff coverage, as did Calloway. Both of Calloway’s stops in kickoff coverage were inside the 20. Collins had one tackle inside the 20 while also downing a punt inside the 10-yard line and forcing a fair catch on another punt.

Coaching Staff Players of the Week: Mississippi State

The Alabama coaching staff has named its Players of the Week for the week of the Mississippi State game.

Offense: Chance Warmack, Michael Williams and T.J. Yeldon. Warmack, also named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, had four pancake blocks to go along with no penalties in the win. Williams caught five passes for 38 yards, one of which was a nine-yard touchdown reception. Yeldon took the team lead for rushing yards after his 10-carry, 84 yard performance gave him 649 on the season.

Defense: C.J. Mosley and Denzel Devall. Mosley makes his way back to the Players of the Week list, now only missing one week. Mosley was credited with seven tackles, four of them solo efforts, and a quarterback hurry. Devall, a true freshman, imposed his will on the Bulldog pocket with two tackles for a loss, one sack and two quarterback hurries.

Special Teams: John Fulton, Christion Jones, Cyrus Jones and Cody Mandell. Fulton notched two special teams tackles in the game and downed one of Mandell’s punts at the 2-yard-line. Christion Jones forced two fumbles in special teams units to go along with his one reception for 22 yards. Cyrus Jones had two kick returns for 76 yards, including the game-opening 41-yard return. Mandell punted five times for an average of 42.2 yards.three landing inside the 20, with a long of 61.

Football Player Interviews: Oct. 4, 2012

Football Practice Notebook: Sept. 26, 2012

Michael Williams watched a lot of film over the summer to make himself better, and the coaching staff turned to a former rival for motivation this week.

Find out about that in more in tonight’s notebook.

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.

Coaching staff names Players of the Week for Michigan

The Alabama coaching staff recognized runningback T.J. Yeldon, tight end Michael Williams, linebacker C.J. Mosley, cornerback Dee Milliner, punter Cody Mandell and wide receiver DeAndrew White as Players of the Week for the previous game against Michigan.

Yeldon rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in his college football debut. Williams hauled in the game’s first touchdown pass from AJ McCarron. It was his only catch on the night, but the coaching staff also recognized his blocking ability that paved the way for backs like Yeldon.

Defensively, Milliner added this honor to his national and conference defensive player of the week awards. Milliner had a career-high four pass deflections and five tackles to go along with an interception that was returned for 35-yards to the Michigan 17-yard line. Mosley led the team with seven tackles and also returned an interception for a touchdown.

Mandell averaged 47.0 yards per punt in his four punts with a long of 59 and two of the falling inside the 20. White was credited with one special teams tackle and as a key member of the team in forcing two fair catches.