Tuesday, April 27, 2010

NFL Draft Recap

2010-nfl-draft-logo This past weekend’s NFL draft saw 7 former University of Alabama athletes selected to new teams. Some will be reunited with former teammates in their new cities, but all will soon know the challenges it is to be a rookie in the NFL.

First off the board was linebacker Rolando McClain. He was taken as the 8th overall pick by the Oakland Raiders. When asked about his selection, McClain said, “"I wasn't shocked to go this early, but I was shocked about going to Oakland, We weren't even really talking to Oakland. But I'm really happy about the chance to play for the Raiders. This is what I've been working for."

Also in the first round, defensive back, Kareem Jackson was selected by the Houston Texans as the 20th overall draft pick. He will be playing behind former linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who was selected by the Texans in 2005.

In the second round, two of Alabama’s fan favorites saw their names called when defensive back Javier Arenas was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs and nose guard Terrence Cody had his name called by the Baltimore Ravens. With Cody’s selection, the University of Alabama set a new program record for having its earliest four picks in an NFL draft.

Next of the board was senior offensive linemen Mike Johnson, who was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 34th pick in the third round. With his selection he may again find himself blocking for former teammate John Parker Wilson who is currently the Falcons second backup quarterback.

The 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds of the draft went by quietly for Tide players, with none being selected. It wasn’t until the 4th pick in the 7th round that Marquis Johnson was selected by the St. Louis Rams. Also taken in the 7th round was Brandon Deaderick, who found himself selected by the New England Patriots.

Once the draft was complete, four other players agreed in terms with NFL teams as free agents. Colin Peak signed with the Atlanta Falcons, Cory Reamer signed with the New York Jets, Lorenzo Washington signed with the Dallas Cowboys, and Eryk Anders signed with the Cleveland Browns.

In all, the draft weekend saw seven former University of Alabama football players selected by NFL teams, as well as four others signing deals as undrafted free agents.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A-Day Schedule Released

The schedule of activities for this weekend’s A-Day game has been released.

11:00 AM.: Gates to Bryant-Denny Stadium open

Noon : A-Club Flag Football Game

12:15 PM: Walk of Fame ceremony at Denny Chimes honoring 2009 team captains Javier Arenas, Mike Johnson and Rolando McClain.

2:00 PM: ESPN will begin broadcasting of A-Day game.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Statue of Nick Saban to be unveiled August

The University will unveil a statue of Coach Nick Saban this August.

The statue will be added along side the statues of the four previous coaches who have won a national championship at Alabama in the Walk of Champions outside of Bryant Denny Stadium.

Athletic Director Mal Moore said, “The plans are sometime in August before the opening game it will be unveiled.”

It will also be the time the University of Alabama will open the new south end zone expansion.

Star Jackson Returns to Practice

Wednesday, backup quarterback Star Jackson returned to practice. He was sidelined due to academic related issues, but now can again compete for the number one backup position.

In his press conference Wednesday, Coach Nick Saban said, “Star Jackson did come back to practice today. He fulfilled all the academic obligations that he had to to be able to come back,” and, “Hopefully, he’ll continue to do those things and be able to continue to participate with the team, and go from there.”

Jackson was sidelined for three practices, in which he used the time to catch up on his academic problems.