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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


All photos courtesy of the AP


Coaching Staff Players of the Week: LSU

The Alabama coaching staff has named its Players of the Week for the week of the Tide’s big road win against LSU.

Offense: D.J. Fluker, Cyrus Kouandjio and Kevin Norwood. Fluker and Kouandjio tied for the team-high with an 89 percent grade from the coaching staff. THe two also combined to help the offensive line lead the way for Alabama to run for 166 yards against the Tigers. Norwood caught five passes for 62 yards, including three-straight on the final touchdown drive.

Defense: Adrian Hubbard and Xzavier Dickson. Hubbard, also named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week, earned a career-high 12 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss and 0.5 sacks. Dickson added five tackles.

Special Teams: Cody Mandell and Vinnie Sunseri. Mandell punted seven times for 45.1 yards per punt, including dropping two inside-the-20. Mandell booted one for 56 yards and another for 55. Sunseri had two of his four tackles in kick coverage.

BrettAtBama Radio: Sunseri giddy about Death Valley

Click here to hear my audio report on Alabama defensive back Vinnie Sunseri chomping at the bit to play in Death Valley, including audio from Sunseri himself from Tuesday’s interview.

Football Player Interviews Video: Oct. 30, 2012

Twitter Thursday: Mississippi State

Let’s start this week’s Twitter Thursday with something that no one can avoid in recent times: the Presidential election.

Defensive back Vinnie Sunseri exposed the bad side of Twitter, also.

It looks to be a parody account of Vinnie’s brother, Tino, who is the starting QB at Pitt. Here’s an example of what the parody account does.

Wait … this is what the football team does in study hall?

My 2 step #studyhall #dancing #2step

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Reggie doing something lol #reggieragland #tookie #og #tripleOG #dancing

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And now we go LIVE to a BREAKING NEWS report from Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper.

Thanks for that report, Amari. Now we go to a story from one of our field reporters on math class with Vinnie Sunseri.

Vinnie Sunseri Interview: Oct. 15, 2012

Safety Vinnie Sunseri is clearly very emotional about playing against his father, former Alabama linebackers coach Sal, as the Tide meets the Tennessee Volunteers this weekend.

Twitter Thursday: Missouri

Nick Perry is the headline act in this week’s Twitter Thursday, throwing a little trash talk towards both Robert Lester and AJ McCarron.

Barrett Jones continued his one-zinger-per-week streak also.

Well, maybe two.

Also, it’s good to know I’m not the only person around Alabama football watching the MLB playoffs.

Clearly the MLB playoffs was not the only thing on television.

On a personal note, I love it when the players agree with me.

And now we’ll take a quick look at Missouri, where some players love living in Cardinals Country.