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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.

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Information Overload: Mississippi State

Every week, we bring you all the important notes for the game upcoming, this time for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Tale of the Tape: Alabama holds the series lead over Mississippi State 74-18-3. Alabama is 9-1 against Mississippi State as a head coach (including his time at LSU). His only loss to the Bulldogs was in his opening season with the Tide in 2007.

Deep History: Alabama has played no team more than it has the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Alabama’s 96 meetings with Mississippi State tops its 95 meetings with Tennessee, 82 with Vandy, and 76 with both Auburn and LSU.

Alabama’s first meeting with Mississippi State was in 1893 (during the Grover Cleveland Presidency, for the history buffs out there). This is the fifth-oldest series Alabama has, as the Iron Bowl goes back to 1893, the Ole Miss series dates back to 1894 and the Georgia and LSU rivalries originate in 1895.

The Alabama-Mississippi State matchup is the second-longest consecutive games streak for the Tide, having met in 64 straight years beginning in 1948, which ties with Auburn. Alabama and Tennessee have not taken a year off since 1928, now 82 years in a row.

Party Crashers: McCarron may have record efficiency as of late, but he is facing the team to last intercept a pass of his. Cameron Lawrence picked off a McCarron attempt in the third quarter and returned it for 31 yards to set up the Bulldogs for a three-play, negative-eight yard possession that resulted in a missed field goal.

Beating the Best: Under Nick Saban, Alabama is 6-2 versus ranked teams in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Tide dropped the LSU (1) contest in 2011 and the Iron Bowl (Auburn, No. 2) in 2010, but beat Arkansas in 2011, Mississippi State (17), Florida (7) and Penn State (18) in 2010, and then South Carolina (22) and LSU (9) in 2009.

Win Some, Win More: Since 2008, only one team has more wins than Alabama. Boise State including its six wins this season, stands at 56 wins, while the seven wins of the 2012 season put Alabama at 55 wins in the same timeframe. Behind is TCU with 52, Oregon with 51 and LSU with 48.

Aerial Assault … of the Endzone: In the first seven games of the season, AJ McCarron has thrown 16 touchdowns, breaking the 7-game record of Brodie Croyle in 2005, when he tied the record set by his then-head coach, Mike Shula in 1985.

The Alabama Record Books, State Style: The following are highs for an Alabama player when facing the Bulldogs

Passing Yards: Jay Barker, 1994, 325 yards. Barker also set the record for completions for an Alabama player against Mississippi State in that game with 26.

Rushing Yards: Bobby Humphrey, 1986, 284 yards.

Rushing Attempts: Dennis Riddle, 1995, 38 carries.

Rushing Touchdowns: David Casteal, 1988, 4 touchdowns.

Receiving Yards: David Palmer, 1993, 171 yards.

Also, the following milestones last happened when the Tide met the Bulldogs:

Opponent Returns INT for a TD: Anthony Johnson returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown for the Bulldogs in 2007.

Two Interceptions in a Game: Robert Lester had two picks against Mississippi State in 2010.

500 Rushing Yards in a Game: Alabama ran for 514 yards against Mississippi State in 1986.

Opponent 15 Penalties or More: Mississippi State committed 15 penalties against Alabama in 2000.

Speaking of Penalties: Nick Saban’s Alabama teams have had a great reputation of not being penalized, but this year, the Tide has been penalized more than its opponents. Alabama has committed 31 penalties for 253 yards (36.1 yards per game), while Alabama’s opponents have committed 24 penalties for 207 yards (29.6 per game).

JUCO to SEC: “Junior college isn’t exactly a walk in the park”

Click here to read my story on junior college players having success in the nation’s most difficult conference and for the nation’s No. 1 team.

Football Practice Notebook: Oct. 22, 2012

Get a bunch of talk regarding Alabama’s new hotshot freshmen, plus an injury update, storytime from Coach Saban and more in my practice notebook from Monday before the Mississippi State game.

Alabama volleyball sets schedule for 2013

In his first year on the job in 2011, Alabama head coach Ed Allen may not have known exactly what was coming for him. Surely he knew he was stepping into an elite conference, but the difficulty can really only be experienced, not told.

Now, with that experience, Allen knows what to expect and now who to expect, with the release of the 2012 schedule today.

Alabama will start its season in Boston for the Beanpot Classic with a doubleheader on August 24th. The will meet Holy Cross and Northeastern on the season’s first day, before ending the tournament the next day against Sacred Heart.

The Tide will make its home debut on Aug, 28 against Alabama A&M starting at 7 p.m. before traveling to Elon, N.C. for the Elon Phoenix Classic from Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Alabama will face Elon, North Carolina Central, and Garnder-Webb.

A well-earned break will be taken before the Tide hosts the Hampton Inn Bama Bash, which this year will feature five teams: Alabama, Lamar, Austin Peay, Alabama State and East Tennessee State. That tournament will begin on Sept. 7 and end the next day.

After hosting in-state Samford on Sept. 11, Alabama will have nothing but conference opponents ahead of it. Alabama will open the SEC slate with a homestand against LSU and Tennessee in Foster Auditorium on Sept. 14 and 16, respectively.

Alabama’s matches with the SEC’s newcomers, Missouri and Texas A&M, are scheduled for Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Nov. 2 and Nov. 23. The Aggies will visit Tuscaloosa on Sept. 30, with a return visit coming on Nov. 2. The Tigers will come to Tuscaloosa on Oct. 7 and Alabama will go to Columbia for the regular season finale on Nov. 23.

The schedule features two three-game SEC homestands with one four-game road trip. From Sept. 28 to Oct. 7, Alabama will face Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Missouri, all at home. From Oct. 26-Nov. 4, Alabama will face Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Mississippi State, all on the road.

The other three game homestand, from Nov. 9-18 against Kentucky, South Carolina and Auburn, will be the last action Alabama has in Foster Auditorium for the 2012 season. The following weekend, the Tide will end the season on the road against Ole Miss and Missouri.

BrettAtBama Basketball Recap: Mississippi State

As you may have gathered from my breaking news post about JaMychal Green not getting the start against Mississippi State or from my live tweeting of the game from @Brett_Hudson, I was in the media section in Coleman Coliseum on Saturday for what turned out being a monstrous win for the Crimson Tide.

Here is what I put together from the game, now being displayed on Crimson White newsstands throughout Tuscaloosa. Enjoy!

http://cw.ua.edu/2012/02/27/balanced-tide-routs-bulldogs/

Anthony Grant Press Conference: Feb. 24th, 2012

Coach Grant came in to talk with us media folks about the upcoming game with Mississippi State yesterday. Here’s what he said about it.