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Football Practice Notebook: Sept. 25

In today’s notebook, find out how Barrett Jones has a history with Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Freeze’s most famous former player.

Speaking of coaches, did the Alabama coaching staff hear anything from the players for their 15-yard penalty against FAU? Read about that and more by clicking here.


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.

Turning over the Tide

Throughout the Nick Saban tenure, the Crimson Tide has lived and died by the turnover.

In Saban’s debut year, he was robbed of an overtime period with former employer LSU, thanks to a John Parker Wilson fumble that gave the Tigers the ball on the 4-yard-line. That trend was amplified the following week as the Tide lost two fumbles and threw two interceptions in an upset loss to Louisiana-Monroe that has left a scar that remains fresh on the fanbase.

Just two years later, Alabama rode turnovers to a national championship. Mark Barron had a key interception in the third quarter that paved the way for an Alabama field goal on the way to a comeback win that kept the Tide in the national championship hunt, not to mention the defensive plays made by Eryk Anders and Marcel Dareus that won the Tide its 13th national championship.

Click here to read the rest of my story on the Tide and its conquest to force turnovers.

Jalston Fowler’s departure painful for all

For more on the multi-faceted Jalston Fowler and how his season being ended via knee injury will affect the team moving forward, click here to read my quick story on the ordeal. Enjoy.

Football Player Interviews: Sept. 10, 2012

Players of the Week: Western Kentucky

The Alabama coaching staff named its Players of the Week for the week of the 35-0 win over Western Kentucky. Here are the winners.

Offense: AJ McCarron and Kevin Norwood. McCarron tied a career-high with his four touchdown passes on his way to a 14-for-19, 219 yard performance. He is also tied-for-sixth in program history with 95 straight passes without an interception. Norwood caught two of McCarron’s touchdown passes, catching 33- and 12-yard passes. He finished with 3 catches and 92 yards, plus a 22-yard kickoff return.

Defense: C.J. Mosley and Nico Johnson. Mosley led the team with 11 tackles, seven of the solo efforts, with a sack and a pass break-up. Johnson added tackles, four of them by himself, with a sack and a pass break-up. The duo helped the Tide throw its fourth shutout in its last 13 games.

Special Teams: Cade Foster and John Fulton. Foster kicked three touchdowns in six attempts to average 67 yards per kickoff and net 46.7 yards per. Fulton, outside of making his first start as a cornerback, had a tackle inside-the-20 on the kickoff coverage team and ended the game with three tackles.

Player Interviews: Aug. 28, 2012