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Nick Saban Arkansas postgame press conference Video

Posted on 11 October 2014 by Allen

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Alabama dodged a bullet on the road today against Arkansas. The Razorbacks outgained the Tide 335-227 but in the end Bama scored more points, 14-13. An Arkansas missed extra point was the difference in the game.

According to Saban

“First of all, I’m really proud of our players, coaches and everybody for the job that they did tonight. The
things we wanted to do today were to play harder than the other team, compete and be more relentless than the other team and do a better job of executing, which is a part of the job we didn’t do well at. But from an intangibles standpoint, our players real ly played hard and overcame a lot of adversity. We made a lot of mistakes in this game, which caused the adversity, but we were able to overcome it. The defense did a phenomenal job of stopping their running game, struggled at times to get off the field on third down, but did it towards the end of
the game when we needed them to. There are a lot of things that we can correct and a lot of things we can get better at, but when your players play with the kind of heart we did tonight, you got to be really proud of them. We can get better at the things that we didn’t do well. We certainly struggled offensively and we will fix that.”

“Arkansas has got a good team, they really do. They are better than people think. They were up 28-14 on Texas A&M in the fourth quarter. Our guys did a really good today stopping their running game. Defensively for them, they did a really good job. Their quickness up front really affected us, we missed some blocking assignments throughout the night and couldn’t finish blocks like we wanted too. We dodged a bullet early, we only had six plays in the first quarter, got some huge stops on defense to get out of things. We want to build on the momentum of this win. Obviously our team was disappointed and responded well to what happened a week ago. It’s tough on the road in this league and our division is really difficult so there are no easy games. I’m really proud of the way our players competed tonight and played towards the end and they did a fantastic job.”

Alabama returns home next week to play Texas A&M.


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Bama survives at Arkansas 14-13

Bama survives at Arkansas 14-13

Posted on 11 October 2014 by Allen

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After holding the Crimson Tide offense to 11 rushing yards in the first half, the Arkansas Razorbacks dropped a 14-13 decision to No. 7 Alabama Saturday evening in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Seven three-and-outs highlighted the stingy Razorback defense as the Crimson Tide was held to 227 total yards on the day, the fewest output the Arkansas (3-3, 0-3 SEC) defense has allowed this season. Alabama (5-1, 2-1 SEC) entered the game ninth in the nation averaging 554.6 yards per game.

The Razorbacks defense stunted the Crimson Tide offense to a total of seven yards in the first quarter and according to ESPN, it was the fewest Alabama has had in a first quarter under head coach Nick Saban. The single-digit yardage is the fewest amount of first-quarter yards an Arkansas defense has allowed a conference foe in over four years.

Senior linebacker Martrell Spaight led the Arkansas defensive effort with 10 total tackles while senior defensive end Trey Flowers made eight tackles, one sack and three tackles for a loss. Flowers’ sack was the 14th of his career, pegging him at No. 12 on the program’s career sack chart.

Sophomore defensive tackle Darius Philon tallied six tackles, two for a loss, one sack and a quarterback hurry on the day.

On the other side of the ball, junior quarterback Brandon Allen passed for 246 yards, one touchdown and tossed a career-high 21 completions on 40 attempts.

Junior running back Jonathan Williams punched in his ninth touchdown of the season, continuing his streak of a touchdown a game this season.

Senior tight end AJ Derby captured his third-career touchdown on a 54-yard pass from Allen in the third quarter and hauled in four passes for 77 yards.

After holding the Alabama (5-1, 2-1 SEC) offense in the first quarter, the Crimson Tide finally broke free from the Razorback defense and put up the first points on the scoreboard to open the second frame. In retaliation, Arkansas marched downfield in the ensuing drive until junior running back Jonathan Williams punched in Arkansas’ first score from three yards out. Following a blocked extra point, the Razorbacks entered the locker room after the first half trailing, 7-6.

After trading drives in the third quarter, Arkansas capitalized on its fourth defensive three-and-out to change the momentum. It only took Allen three plays to find senior tight end AJ Derby, who tip-toed in a 54-yard receiving score to put the Razorbacks ahead, 13-7.

Alabama slipped in a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter that would prove to be the final score, 14-13.

Up next, the Razorbacks will host the Georgia Bulldogs in Little Rock, Arkansas, at War Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. The matchup will be broadcasted on the SEC Network

Razorback fans can purchase the SEC Super Pack for tickets to the next three home games. The SEC Super Pack includes admission to Georgia in Little Rock (Oct. 18) as well as LSU (Nov. 15) and Ole Miss (Nov. 22) in Fayetteville. The three-game pack costs $199 and allows fans the unique opportunity of seeing the Hogs face-off with three SEC rivals.

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Nick Saban Postgame Press Conference Video after Ole Miss Loss

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Nick Saban Postgame Press Conference Video after Ole Miss Loss

Posted on 04 October 2014 by Allen

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The Crimson Tide fell today in Oxford to Ole Miss. It was a crazy game that went back and forth but in the fourth quarter the Rebels made the plays to win the game. After trailing 14-3 at halftime Hugh Freeze’s team score 13 points in the fourth quarter to pull the upset.

Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace shook off a shaky first half to finish with 251 yards passing and 3 touchdowns in the win. He hit Jaylen Walton with the game winning touchdown with just under 3 minutes to go in the game.

T.J. Yeldon rushed for 123 yards in the defeat.

Alabama heads to Arkansas next week. The Rebels travel to Texas A&M.

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Alabama climbs to 7 point favorite over Ole Miss

Alabama climbs to 7 point favorite over Ole Miss

Posted on 01 October 2014 by Allen

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Alabama opened as a 4 point favorite over Ole Miss offshore on Monday. The line quickly climbed to 6 and is now showing up at 7 in some sportsbooks. Bama and the Rebels are both undefeated and are in a 5 way tie with Auburn, Mississippi State, and Texas A&M for the lead in the SEC West. ESPN Gameday will be live in Oxford for the game.

The Crimson Tide got off to a slow start but did enough in their first game against West Virginia. Bama was a big favorite but struggled with the Mountaineers before hanging on for a 33-23 win in Atlanta. Alabama blew out Florida Atlantic and Southern Miss in their next two games then beat Florida 42-32 in Tuscaloosa two weeks ago. The Tide clearly dominated the Gators but turnovers kept Florida in the game until the fourth quarter.

Ole Miss also got off to a slow start against Boise State. Bo Wallace threw three interceptions to keep the Broncos in the game but in the fourth quarter the Rebels began to pull away. In their second game Hugh Freeze’s team went to Nashville and dominated Vanderbilt at LP Field 41-3. They blew out Louisiana Lafayette in week three and struggled with Memphis until the second half before winning by 21.

Last year in Tuscaloosa Alabama’s defense was dominant and the Tide won 25-0. It will be interesting to see if the Rebel’s offense has progressed enough to hang with Nick Saban’s squad.

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Bama puts finishing touches on Gator Gameplan

Bama puts finishing touches on Gator Gameplan

Posted on 18 September 2014 by Allen

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The football team worked out for just under two hours in shells Thursday inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility as it put the finishing touches on the game plan for the Southeastern Conference opener on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium against Florida.

Saturday’s kickoff against Florida is set for 2:30 p.m. on CBS. Verne Lundquist will handle the play-by-play duties with Gary Danielson as the analyst and Allie LaForce on the sidelines. The game can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with the national broadcast on the Compass Media Network.

Alabama and Florida feature two of the best defenses in the nation over the past five years. Since the start of the 2009 season, no defense has allowed fewer touchdowns than the Crimson Tide (92). The Gators check in third, surrendering just 135 touchdowns on defense. LSU ranks second with 130 touchdowns allowed.

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Bama preparing for Florida Atlantic

Bama preparing for Florida Atlantic

Posted on 03 September 2014 by Allen

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The football team practiced for two hours in full pads on Wednesday with the 2014 home opener just three days away.

The Crimson Tide welcomes Florida Atlantic to Bryant-Denny Stadium for the second time in three years. The Owls made the trip to Tuscaloosa in 2012 and dropped a 40-7 decision to Alabama. FAU went 6-6 in 2013 and are under the direction of new head coach Charlie Partridge.

Alabama had six players make their first career starts this past Saturday against West Virginia, while 10 freshmen saw their first action in an Alabama uniform. Those players will get their first experience inside Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday.

Saturday’s kickoff against Florida Atlantic is set for 11:01 a.m. on the SEC Network. It will be the Crimson Tide’s first appearance on the newly launched network. Dave Neal and Andre Ware will have the call with Laura Rutledge on the sidelines.

Alabama defeated West Virginia 33-23 on last weekend and will be looking to go 2-0 with a win on Saturday.

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Bama takes practice indoors

Bama takes practice indoors

Posted on 22 August 2014 by Allen

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Crimson Tide continued preparations for its season opener with a two-hour practice in full pads in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility on Thursday afternoon. The practice was the 22nd of fall camp, leaving Alabama nine days away from kicking off its 2014 slate against West Virginia in the Georgia Dome on Aug. 30.

Earlier in the day, junior defensive back Landon Collins and junior wide receiver Amari Cooper were named to ESPN.com’s Preseason All-America Team. Collins, a semifinalist for the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award, recorded 70 tackles, including four for loss, two interceptions and eight pass breakups, while Cooper has 104 career receptions for 1,736 yards and 15 touchdowns for his career.

Bama will kick off their season next Saturday against the Mountaineers.

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Bama flips Rico McGraw

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Bama flips Rico McGraw

Posted on 31 July 2014 by Allen

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Alabama flipped Rico McGraw earlier this week. The 4 star cornerback from Ensworth outside of Nashville had previously committed to Georgia but after talking things over with his family McGraw is going to Tuscaloosa next year.

According to Rivals McGraw is the 8th best prospect in Tennessee. He had been sought after by Tennessee, Florida State, Auburn, and just about every bigtime program in college football. The 6′ 190 lb defensive back committed to Georgia in January but it didn’t appear to be solid as he was still visiting schools and meeting with coaches all Spring and Summer. McGraw attended a camp at Alabama last month and that probably had a lot to do with his decision. He also attended “The Opening” in Oregon earlier this month with other top recruits.

With McGraw flipping to Alabama the Crimson Tide now have 6 DBs in their 2015 class inluding 5 star corner Minkah Fitzpatrick. It looks like the Bama defense is going to keep rolling.

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Bama Football Open Practice and Fan Day Slated for Sunday, August 3

Bama Football Open Practice and Fan Day Slated for Sunday, August 3

Posted on 29 July 2014 by Allen

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The University of Alabama football team’s annual Fan Day, presented by Alumni Hall Store, is set for Sunday, August 3. The Crimson Tide will hold an open practice in Bryant-Denny Stadium from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Players and coaches will be available for autographs immediately after the practice on the field at approximately 4:45 p.m.

Fans may enter the stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. through gate 44 and occupy the lower bowl (sections AA-NN). The open practice, which is slated to start at 2:30 p.m., is scheduled to last approximately two hours. For security purposes, all items are subject to inspection as fans enter the stadium for both the practice and Fan Day activities.

Children attending can sign up for the Big Al’s Kids Club and all fans can register for the Crimson Tide Rewards program outside the East side of the stadium at gate 44 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

At the conclusion of practice, those wishing to participate in Fan Day will enter the field through gate 31 and exit via gate 44. Fans not wishing to view practice and would like to start lining up early can do so beginning at 1:30 p.m. Those fans can enter through gate 31.

Following practice, the Crimson Tide football team, coaching staff and head coach Nick Saban will be available for autographs on the field for 45 minutes. The gate to the field will be open once the autograph session has been set up. In an effort to facilitate as many autographs in the time allowed, fans will be limited to one item per person for autographs, and no posed photographs will be permitted.

Concessions vendors will be walking through the stadium with items for sale and the concession stands on the East side (field and mezzanine levels) will be open. Alabama merchandise will also be sold on Sunday and 5,000 autograph posters sponsored by BBVA Compass Bank will be given away.

Parking for Fan Day can be found in the West ten Hoor area of campus. There are two parking decks as well as surface lots that are available for your convenience. Parking for persons with disabilities is available on a first come, first served basis in the Communications card Lot and Wallace Wade Lots. No special accommodations will be made for recreational vehicles (RVs) on campus. All RVs should park at the Northington Lot near University Mall. Fans can go to www.rolltide.com for updates and other pertinent information.

In case of inclement weather, the Fan Day portion of the afternoon would be moved into Coleman Coliseum.

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Nick Saban says that 5-7 teams should be able to go bowling

Nick Saban says that 5-7 teams should be able to go bowling

Posted on 17 July 2014 by Allen

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Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has not been shy about wanting his team to play 9 conference games. He has been a proponent of scheduling tough teams and said today at SEC Media Days that programs that play a tough schedule should be rewarded with a bowl game.

“If you go 5‑7, you have a quality schedule, you can still get in a bowl game, rather than somebody trying to manipulate their schedule, go 6‑6 so they can get in a bowl game. I’m all for playing as many good quality games for players, fans and the betterment of our game. But I think some fundamental changes have to be made before anybody would be interested in that. I know that everybody thinks I’m crazy, but I think that, you know, every player that comes to an SEC school should play every team in the SEC, which means you have to play two or three teams on the other side. Well, you can’t expand the conference and not expand the number of games you play to be able to do that.”

Saban went on to say that the people who pick the 4 playoff teams should also pick the bowl teams as well. He said it should be like the NCAA Tournament and there should be a group of people who select which teams go to which bowls.

It’s pretty much been the rule that each year you have to have 6 wins and can’t have a losing record to get to a bowl game. But in 2012 the NCAA approved a waiver for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets lost in the ACC Championship Game to go to 6-7 on the year but were allowed to play in the Sun Bowl where they defeated preseason #1 team USC. It’s doubtful the NCAA will back off the rule but if Saban keeps talking about it maybe one day it could happen.

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Alabama vs Southern Cal set to open 2016 season in Dallas

Alabama vs Southern Cal set to open 2016 season in Dallas

Posted on 16 July 2014 by Allen

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The University of Alabama football team will open the 2016 season in the Cowboys Classic against Southern California at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, with information on ticket sales as well as television coverage and kickoff time to be determined at a later date.

The eighth annual Cowboys Classic will be the eighth meeting between these storied programs, and the first regular season match-up since the 1970s when they split four epic battles during the 1970, 1971, 1977 and 1978 seasons. This came at a time in college football history when both universities were fighting for the national title on an annual basis, including a shared title in 1978 – when the only loss on Alabama’s 11-1 record was a 24-14 defeat at the hands of a Trojans team that posted a 12-1 record and won the Rose Bowl. The two schools also squared off in the 1985 Aloha Bowl, with the Crimson Tide winning that contest 24-3. Alabama leads the all-time series 5-2.

Under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide has played in five previous neutral site regular season games and has two more on the schedule over the next two years. Alabama has a 4-1 mark in these games under Saban, which includes four straight wins. The Tide played Florida State in Jacksonville in 2007 as well as Clemson (2008) and Virginia Tech (2009 and 2013) in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta. UA played in the 2012 Cowboys Classic and defeated Michigan in front of 90,413 fans. Alabama will open the 2014 season in Atlanta with a matchup against West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff and play Wisconsin on September 5, 2015, in Arlington.

The game will mark the eighth contest in the Cowboys Classic series with ABC/ESPN. Each matchup has featured nationally ranked teams with Brigham Young University upsetting the University of Oklahoma 14-13 in inaugural game in 2009, TCU knocking off Oregon State 30-21 in 2010, LSU defeating Oregon 40-27 in 2011, Alabama downing Michigan 41-14 in 2012 and LSU’s 37-27 victory over TCU in 2013.

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Spurrier gushes over Saban the Recruiter

Spurrier gushes over Saban the Recruiter

Posted on 15 July 2014 by Allen

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You can always count on Steve Spurrier for a good one liner about a rival coach or program. He raised eyebrows in June when he said that Alabama had maxed out their potential with two titles. But today at SEC media days he was all compliments about the head coach in Tuscaloosa.

“They’ve had the #1 recruiting class 5 of the last 6 years. I don’t think anyone else has done that. The athletes he’s assmebled there they are going to be picked to win it all. The recruiting they’ve been able to do at Alabama. It’s a compliment to him.”

The Gamecocks won’t play Alabama unless they meet in the SEC Championship in December. Many think that South Carolin is the favorite in the East and Bama usually is the odds on favorite to win the West so a South Carolina-Alabama Championship Game is very possible.

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Bama DT Jarran Reed arrested for DUI

Bama DT Jarran Reed arrested for DUI

Posted on 13 July 2014 by Allen

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Bama defensive lineman Jarran Reed is in hot water after getting popped for a DUI early Sunday morning after a traffic stop. Reed was released on $1,000 bond and will have his day in court later this year.

Reed is a 4-star junior college prospect who committed to Alabama last December. The 6’4″, 310-pound defensive tackle had played with East Mississippi Community College for the past two season. Reed originally committed to Florida in 2013 but couldn’t get his grades right and had to stay in Mississippi for another year. Before landing in Tuscaloosa he had been offered by Tennessee, Nebraska, Mississippi State, and a few other schools.

It was thought Reed would get a lot of playing time this season as a backup but he may be sitting on the bench for a little while. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has not commented on the situation but you know he can’t be happy. Earlier this month Crimson Tide running back Kenyan Drake was charged with obstructing government operations when he disobeyed a police officer.

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Retin Obasohan Undergoes Successful Ankle Surgery

Retin Obasohan Undergoes Successful Ankle Surgery

Posted on 12 July 2014 by Allen

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Alabama guard Retin Obasohan had successful surgery on his left ankle on Friday morning, according to an announcement by head coach Anthony Grant.

Obasohan underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left ankle that was performed by Dr. Norman Waldrop at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.

The redshirt junior played in 30 games a year ago, making 20 starts, and returns as the team’s second-leading scorer at 9.5 points per game. He also ranked second on the team in steals (54) and led the Tide in free throws attempted (156). He has played in a total of 61 games during his two seasons at the Capstone.

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