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Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:07 am

Kenny,

I have to agree with you 100% on this one. Oh, there are bigger ones and perhaps ones that are louder but overall, Bryant Denny Stadium is the premier college football stadium.
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Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:24 pm

Alabama Receives Another Christmas Present

Alphonse Taylor spurns FSU, commits to ‘Bama

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The first of the dead period has proven invaluable to the University of Alabama’s 2012 recruiting class. Today the fourth major prospect of the week committed to sign with Alabama in February.

Big 6’5, 330lb. offensive guard/nose guard Alphonse Taylor of Mobile (Davidson High School) committed to the Tide today. Taylor switched his commitment from Florida State, where he indicated he was going last April, to Alabama.

Taylor is the No. 16 offensive guard prospect according to Rivals, and a 4-star according to Scout. He places No. 9 on the B’ham News’ Super Seniors list.

This morning Taylor released this statement:

“After carefully considering the amazing opportunities in front of me, I am committing to play football for the University of Alabama and enroll in January. I appreciate the support of my family, friends, teachers, and coaches who have always helped and supported me. While there were many factors to my decision, ultimately I want to play Nose Guard for Alabama, whose fierce and dedicated defenses are a tradition in this state and around the nation”

“I maintain a tremendous amount of respect for Coach [Jimbo] Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles.”

Again, one has to wonder about the flurry of commitments coach Nick Saban and his staff are getting during the dead period. And, like two of the three others this week, Taylor plans to enroll in January.

Has the Nick Saban, a.k.a. “The Recruiting Master” found yet another advantage in the ever changing recruiting system? Is there anyone in college football that works harder at recruiting than this man?
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Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:42 am

That is a big ol' boy there!

Bama also got a commitment from a Texas top ranked QB out of the Dallas area. Looks like Bama likes coming to Texas for QB's.
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Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:53 pm

Tide headed for No. 1 recruiting class after big night

Published: Friday, January 06, 2012, 2:35 PM Updated: Friday, January 06, 2012, 2:35 PM

By Matt Scalici, al.com

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The Alabama Crimson Tide's 2012 recruiting class was one of the nation's best heading into Thursday night but the addition of two of the country's top high school prospects may have sealed the deal for Alabama to land the top recruiting class in the nation for 2012.

With the commitments of athlete Cyrus Jones and safety Landon Collins during Thursday night's Under Armour All-American Game, Alabama moved to the No. 1 spot in the team recruiting rankings for three major recruiting services - Rivals, ESPN, and 247Sports. With the Tide's top competition in the rankings, Texas and Florida State, largely finished with recruiting, the Tide's spot atop the rankings seems relatively secure.

The commitment of five-star Collins was particularly key to moving the Tide ahead of Texas and Florida State. BamaOnline's Tim Watts called Collins' commitment the biggest recruiting victory of the Nick Saban era at Alabama.

"In my opinion this is the biggest recruiting victory for Nick Saban," Watts said. "He's signed plenty of great prospects and Collins fits that mold but when you take the circumstances into consideration I think Collins stands out the most. First he's an elite player nationally and second he's the top player in Louisiana. If that's not enough you have Alabama and LSU battling for a national championship and of course Saban's connections to both schools. It has all the makings for one of the biggest recruiting coups for Alabama."

"While Collins may not end up the nation's top prospect, he may be the country's best player overall," said 247Sports National Recruiting Analayst J.C. Shurburtt. "He's got size, speed and strength that is rare at his position."

The Under Armour All-American Game also provided an opportunity for one of the Tide's most underrated commitments, wide receiver Amari Cooper, to show why many analysts have called him the steal of the 2012 class for Alabama. Cooper hauled in a 75-yard touchdown reception early in the game and later returned a punt for a 93-yard touchdown to help propel his team to a 49-16 win.

Alabama currently has 26 players committed in its 2012 recruiting class. National Signing Day is February 1st, 2012.
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Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:22 pm

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You and I were talking about Alec Morris comitting to Alabama today. I predict that he will be a great quarterback for the best football program in the nation.

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Football recruiting: Alec Morris may be a pleasant surprise for Tide

TUSCALOOSA -- Something about this recruiting process didn't add up for Allen (Texas) High School coach Tom Westerberg.

His 6-foot-3-inch, strong-armed quarterback named Alec Morris has all the tools. Why isn't he ranked among the nation's elite?

Morris was rated a three-star prospect on the five-star scale used by the major recruiting services. Rivals.com ranked him the 30th-best quarterback in the country while Scout said he was No. 37. Only a few schools offered scholarships.

After he first committed to Wake Forest, Alabama entered the picture. Morris changed his pledge to the Tide in August and will sign as the only quarterback in Alabama's class Wednesday.

"Once he gets there and people see him, they'll figure out why we couldn't figure out why he didn't have more offers," Westerberg said.
So Morris was undervalued in the recruiting process?

"I know he is," Westerberg said. "He'll be playing at Alabama, and I wouldn't doubt he'll be playing past that at the next level."

Scott Kennedy, the director of scouting for Scout.com, said the class of 2012 wasn't "a strong year for quarterbacks.

"It was Jameis Winston or bust for me," he said referencing the Hueytown quarterback committed to Florida State. "You see Alec Morris here, he's serviceable. Alabama hasn't needed to have Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley or Matt Stafford out there to win. So field generals are good.

Quarterbacking one of the premier programs for two seasons in football-crazy Texas is Morris' first credential. Allen reportedly spent $60 million building an 18,000-seat stadium that'll be finished by this fall. It will outclass most small college venues.

But Morris will be in Tuscaloosa by then. And he'll face a challenge similar to another quarterback from suburban Dallas who never topped recruiting charts.

That's partially why Westerberg arranged a phone call between Greg McElroy and Morris before the Alabama commitment was made last summer.

"We've brought it up a little bit, and I think they both come from very successful programs," Westerberg said. "I don't know if they're similar kids. Greg is not quite as big as Alec is, and Alec probably has a little bit of a stronger arm. But the smartness is probably comparable."

At 6-3, 235 pounds, Morris can throw the ball 65-plus yards, his high school coach said. He can also play under pressure.

After breezing to a few weeks of his senior season, Morris faced deficits in each of the last six or seven games of the season, Westerberg said. Allen won them all until falling to fellow-power Euless Trinity in a playoff game played in Cowboys Stadium. Morris had a shot to tie the game, but was stopped short on fourth-and-goal in the closing moments of the 28-21 loss.

Morris drove the Eagles into position for that last chance, just as he did four weeks earlier against Marcus High. Trailing by four with 1:40 left, Morris led his team on an 80-yard scoring drive capped with a 16-yard touchdown pass in the closing seconds.

Though he led a spread offense in high school, Westerberg said Morris fits the mold of pro-style quarterbacks Alabama prefers. Call them game managers if you please, but Westerberg knows the importance of a strong arm in any offensive scheme.

"You can use all those terms you want to use," he said, "But when the national championship game was on the line, they had to throw the ball. And that's what they did."
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Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:37 am

Well...it appears that Alabama has a bit of history is going to Texas to find outstanding college QB material. I have high hopes for this young fella.

As Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN said last night......"Alabama did not just re-group, I believe they simply, re-loaded."
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Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:20 pm

Alabama ranked No. 2 in 2012 preseason coaches' poll

LSU No. 1

By Don Kausler Jr./Tuscaloosa Bureau, The Birmingham News, Press-Register, and The Huntsville Times

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - Coming off its second national championship in the past three years, the 2012 Alabama football team will start the 2012 college football in the No. 2 poll position.

At least that's where the Crimson Tide is ranked in the USA Today coaches' preseason poll, which was released Thursday.

LSU is ranked No. 1. USC is ranked No. 3, followed by Oklahoma and Oregon.

The top three teams are very close. Alabama actually received the most first-place votes (20). USC received 19 and LSU received 18. LSU's total poll points (1,403) are only four more than Alabama (1,399), which is barely ahead of USC (1,388).

Five Southeastern Conference teams are ranked in the top 10 and seven are in the top 25. Besides LSU and Alabama, Georgia is ranked No. 6, South Carolina is ranked No. 9. Arkansas is ranked No. 10. Florida is ranked No. 23. Auburn is ranked No. 25.

The Tide will open its season at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 against Michigan in the 2012 Cowboys Classic at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Wolverines are ranked No. 8 in the preseason coaches' poll.

Alabama's preseason ranking in the coaches' poll has been no lower than No. 5 in each of the past four years.

The Associated Press will release its 2012 preseason poll on Aug. 18.

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Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:59 am

For Alabama's players, No. 1 ranking nothing to 'get all hyped about'

By Andrew Gribble/Tuscaloosa Bureau, Mobile Press-Register, Birmingham News, and The Huntsville Times al.com

ImageAlabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones (75) and tight end Brian Vogler (84) are shown after the victory over Michigan at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (The Birmingham News/ Mark Almond)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Alabama’s been here before -- five years and counting -- so it should be to the surprise of no one that pre-emptive measures have already been exercised.

There was little choice after a win as big as Saturday’s 41-14 rout of Michigan, and with a roster that skews as young as the Crimson Tide’s.

On Tuesday, Alabama moved from No. 2 to No. 1 by wide margins in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls. Two days earlier, less than 24 hours removed from its dominant performance against the then-No. 8 Wolverines, Alabama’s players were called into a team meeting room, where coach Nick Saban essentially told them that they weren’t as good as everyone was saying they were.

Yet.

“He told us that that was just the first game, so don't get all hyped up about that,” junior linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “We've got a lot more games to come and we've got a lot more improvement to do.”

Alabama’s upward move in college football’s two most popular polls was certainly understandable. While USC, which was the previous No. 1 in the AP poll, hosted Hawaii and LSU, the No. 1 team in the coaches’ poll, routed North Texas, Alabama throttled tradition-rich Michigan on a neutral field before a nationally televised audience.

After picking up 20 first-place votes in the preseason coaches’ poll, the Crimson Tide received 37 of a possible 59 in this week’s edition. The percentage of first-place votes was even higher in the AP poll, as it picked up 45 of a possible 60, which was up 28 from the preseason poll.

For Alabama’s players, the 24-hour celebration rule came and went before the voters cast their ballots early Tuesday.

“I think everyone understands our goal wasn't to beat Michigan,” center Barrett Jones said. “It was great. But our goal is to win the national championship.

“This was the first step in that journey, but we have a long way to go."

Alabama players made available to reporters Tuesday responded to the news with a collective shrug of the shoulders and answers that would make Saban nod with approval.

“We’re just not really worried about where we’re ranked in the polls right now,” junior cornerback Dee Milliner said. “We won our first game. That’s really all this team has done.

“We’re just focused on winning the next game, and the game after that. Just focus week by week on the games we’ve got to play and try to win them all.”

It marks the 47th time -- 16th under Saban -- that the Crimson Tide has been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll. According to ESPN’s Brad Edwards, Alabama is the second team in the last 50 years to land a spot as the No. 1 team in the country at some point during five consecutive seasons. Miami (Fla.), which did it from 1986-1992, is the other.

The top five is the same in both polls, with USC, LSU, Oregon and Oklahoma falling behind Alabama.

Both the AP and coaches’ polls featured five SEC teams in the top 10, as Georgia (seventh in both), South Carolina (ninth in both) and Arkansas (eighth in AP, 10th in coaches) all maintained a similar standing after their respective Week 1 victories. Florida (23rd in coaches, 24th in AP) is the only other SEC team in the top 25.

Auburn, which lost Saturday against Clemson, was one of six other SEC teams to receive votes in one or both of the polls.

Michigan dropped to 19th in both polls. It’s the only team with a loss in the AP’s top 25.(ep)

During last year’s national championship season, Alabama wasn’t the AP’s No. 1 team until it defeated LSU in the BCS title game. When the Crimson Tide won the 2009 national title, it was the AP’s No. 1 team for just one week during the regular season. It dropped down to No. 3 when it was nearly upset by Tennessee.

By contrast, Alabama was the nation’s No. 1 team in country for the first six weeks of the 2010 season, which the Crimson Tide finished with a 10-3 record.

Players such as Milliner have been through both kinds of scenarios. He said it hasn’t been hard to enlighten the players who haven’t.

“They’ll follow the leadership of the team,” he said. “We’re focused on each game, so we’re not really worried about the polls.”
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Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:38 pm

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LSU You Are Next

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Fri May 31, 2013 3:42 pm

Green Bay Packers sign former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy

Mark Heim | mheim@al.com By Mark Heim | mheim@al.com

The Green Bay Packers have signed former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy. The signing was announced Thursday by Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson, but was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter earlier this week.

Lacy, who was selected 61st overall in the second round of the NFL draft, is expected to battle fourth-round pick Johnathan Franklin, DuJuan Harris and Alex Green for carries in the Packers backfield, according to Pro Football Talk.

There was speculation that a toe injury prevented him from being drafted higher, but an Alabama team doctor said earlier this month, it won't be a problem.

He earned first-team All-SEC honors as a junior in 2012 after rushing for 1,322 yards and 17 TDs on 204 carries and averaged more than 6.7 yards a carry over his career in Tuscaloosa.

Terms of the contract were not released.

Eddie Lacy has agreed to terms with Packers.
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Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:29 am

College football expert Phil Steele picks Alabama to win fourth BCS title in 5 seasons

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Alabama will be the pick to win it all in one of the most widely circulated college football preseason magazines.

In a guest article for ESPN Insider, college football expert Phil Steele unveiled today that he was picking the Crimson Tide to win its third consecutive BCS National Championship and its fourth in the past five years.

Though these are labeled preseason rankings, Steele stresses that he formulated his based on how he expects the teams to finish. And he expects Alabama to open and close the 2013 season at No. 1.

"I feel this year's Alabama team is even stronger than last year's national championship unit," Steele wrote, "and the Crimson Tide are my pick to become the first school in history to win four national titles in five years."

Steele, who says he has correctly predicted the national champion in two of the past five seasons, doesn't have any other SEC schools in his top five, as Ohio State, Florida State, Texas and Oregon fall behind the Crimson Tide.

On offense, Steele likes Alabama's Big Three of quarterback AJ McCarron, running back T.J. Yeldon and wide receiver Amari Cooper. The defense, he notes, returns seven of its top 10 tacklers and wasn't too shabby last year (10.9 points allowed per game) when it returned just five starters. The schedule, of course, is as favorable as it's ever been, too.

In April, Steele projected Alabama to be No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press poll.
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