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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

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Player Soundoff: Flipping Auburn to Alabama

The Alabama-Auburn rivalry has been deemed as one of the most intense rivalries college football, or football in general, has to offer. However, that may not be the case in recruiting.

While Michigan recruits have been seen burning letters from Ohio State, Alabama and Auburn commits have flipped back-and-forth with the frequency of your commonplace square dancer.

Brent Calloway was committed to Alabama seemingly since the beginning of time, just to flip to the Tigers on Signing Day, before flipping yet again to the Tide before the day was over. T.J. Yeldon made the switch from Auburn to Alabama just in time to enroll early at the Capstone.

Cyrus Kouandjio made the same switch after announcing on national television that he would be attending Auburn. All of the switcheroos came to the celebratory yells of the Crimson Tide Nation as it looked like Nick Saban reuben was becoming an unstoppable force.

Reuben Foster (pictured left, photo from US Presswire), in the Class of 2013, made a similar switch to Calloway’s, undoing an early commitment to Alabama to go with the Tigers.

While the rivalry is heated, maybe it is not as heated on the recruiting trails. Eddie Lacy and Chance Warmack seem to think so.

Nick Saban Press Conference Video: Nov. 19, 2012

Alabama head coach Nick Saban addresses the media to kickoff  Iron Bowl week today, including talking about the team’s focus for the Auburn Tigers, true freshman running back T.J. Yeldon and more.

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.

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.

White and Hart both out for the season

Alabama has now lost two more players for the rest of the season to knee injuries.

After losing Jalston Fowler in the Western Kentucky game, DeAndrew White and Dee Hart also had season-ending knee injuries in the most recent win over Ole Miss.

At wide receiver, Alabama now has Amari Cooper, Kevin Norwood, Kenny Bell and Christion Jones. Cyrus Jones is the leading candidate to be the first one on the field to substitute, and Danny Woodson Jr. and Marvin Shinn could also see playing time.

Alabama is now down to three running backs: Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake.