Tag Archives: Tennessee

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.


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……

BrettAtBama Radio: Weekly podcast, Tennessee

Chris Dodson and I continue on with the weekly podcast as we breakdown the Tennessee matchup.

So, turn up the headphones or plug up your headphones and click here to listen.

Women’s soccer drops first SEC contest in OT

Welcome back to SEC play. After putting together one of the best nonconference performances in the program’s recent history, the Tide opened SEC play by visiting No. 23 Tennessee and losing 2-1 in overtime.

Alabama got an early lead from a goal in the 12th minute by Laura Lee Smith header coming off of a Merel Van Dongen corner kick. Five minutes later, Tennessee knotted the match with a goal from Hannah Wilkinson.

Tennessee was in control of the match, outshooting the Tide 25-12 and was finally able to break through after seven minutes of the first overtime period, giving the Lady Vols the win.

Alabama will continue its SEC road trip with a visit to Baton Rouge and the LSU Tigers, a game that will be televised on CSS.

Women’s basketball releases ‘12-‘13 schedule

Alabama women’s basketball head coach Wendell Hudson has released the schedule for his 3rd season as the Tide’s head coach. At a quick glance, the Tide has clearly stepped up the difficulty in its nonconference schedule from the previous two years under Hudson.

Alabama opens the season with an exhibition game against Stillman before opening the regular season against in-state opponent Jacksonville State. Then the Tide goes on one of its difficult road trips of the season, this one to Houston to meet the Cougars. Alabama will also travel to Madison, Wisc., to play Wisconsin in addition to hosting Virginia.

Alabama will play one nonconference tournament this season, the Bank of Hawai’i Wahine Invitational. Alabama will play Cincinnati, Long Island and Hawai’i in consecutive days from December 28-30 before returning to the continental United States to play its first SEC game of the season, at Texas A&M.

Alabama’s toughest SEC game of the year will be at Tennessee on Jan. 20. The Tide play host to Auburn on Jan. 24 and will visit the Tigers on Feb. 17.

Alabama ends the season by hosting Florida and then going to LSU before hosting Missouri to finish the regular season on March 3.

You can view the full schedule by clicking this link to UA’s official athletics website, RollTide.com. http://www.rolltide.com/sports/w-baskbl/sched/alab-w-baskbl-sched.html

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.

A quick Crimson White plug: Sal Sunseri to UT

Hello, Readers! When former outside linebackers coach and associate head coach Sal Sunseri left Alabama to be the defensive coordinator at Tennessee, I knew immediately that this was a big loss. So, I decided to put it in print, writing a story for the Crimson White about it.

Now, normally, I put a link to cw.ua.edu for all my Crimson White stories. But, to make everything fit on the page, the boys and girls working in the office last night had to cut some of the story to make room for advertisements. So, I’m going to give you the longer version of my story. Enjoy!

Bama loses great defensive mind, associate HC

By Brett Hudson

Senior Sports Reporter

bbhudson@crimson.ua.edu , brettatbama@gmail.com

@Brett_Hudson, @BrettAtBama

The coaching carousel in college football has made stops in Tuscaloosa several times as Alabama has reasserted itself as a national power in recent years.

Former offensive coordinator Jim McElwain recently accepted his first head coaching job at Colorado State and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is one of the hottest commodities in college football, rumored as being a former candidate for the now filled Ole Miss, Penn State, Texas A&M and North Carolina head coaching vacancies.

The carousel made one more stop in Tuscaloosa this offseason, taking away associate head coach and outside linebackers coach Sal Sunseri to be the defensive coordinator for the rival Tennessee Volunteers.

Sunseri’s footprint on the Crimson Tide football program is a big one, and his loss is bigger than many fans realize. He did indeed coach 2012 BCS National Championship Game Defensive MVP Courtney Upshaw and Jerrell Harris, who added seven tackles against LSU on Jan. 9th. Harris was also key in shutting down the option attack run by Jordan Jefferson that had some success in the Nov. 5th meeting.

“Sal is an outstanding coach and really did an excellent job with each and every responsibility he had while he was here at the University of Alabama,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said in a statement. “Although we hate to see Sal go, we understand this is an opportunity for him to grow in this profession and take on the role of defensive coordinator.”

One of Sunseri’s biggest responsibilities was recruiting, which he was one of the best at, being named Recruiter of the Year by 247sports.com. In the recruiting class of 2011, Sunseri plucked Trey Depriest away from the home-state Ohio State Buckeyes, paving the way for the Tide to collect the No. 1 recruiting class in the country according to both rivals.com and 247sports.com.

Sunseri was influential in the signing of Reggie Ragland, four-star linebacker in the Class of 2012 from Madison, Ala., as well.

When Ragland learned about Sunseri leaving for Tennessee, Ragland tweeted, “He will always be my favorite coach. I understand what he had to do, it’s just business.”

He also tweeted, “All these people saying I’m mad about Coach Sal leaving, I’m not mad. I’m happy for him and his [family]. He did what he had to do so Coach, good luck!!!”

Sunseri’s success here at the Capstone and throughout the entirety of his career makes him a great addition to Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley’s staff.

“Sal has had unparalleled success over the last decade in not only contributing to team and unit success, but also in his ability to motivate and develop elite individual talent,” Dooley said, also in a statement. “His combination of defensive knowledge, recruiting success, high-energy personality, ability to connect with players and personal integrity and character make him an exceptional fit for Tennessee.”

Sunseri’s departure put his youngest son, Vinnie, in a tough situation. Vinnie, who just completed his freshman season with the Tide as an important special teams player and defensive reserve, released a statement after Tennessee officials officially announced Sal Sunseri as their next defensive coordinator.

“I love my dad, this is a great opportunity and I’m really happy for him,” Vinnie Sunseri said. “In terms of my status, the University of Alabama is the place for me and that is what my heart and my mind tells me. This is my home and there is no place else I’d rather be. I’ll root for him every day of the year except for the Third Saturday in October.”