Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Greg McElroy Named ESPN Academic All-American of the Year

Nov. 23, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama senior quarterback Greg McElroy was selected as the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year in the Football Bowl Subdivision by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Tuesday.

Sophomore offensive lineman Barrett Jones also joined McElroy as a first-team ESPN Academic All-American. It marks Jones' second straight year on the Academic All-American team after garnering second-team honors a season ago. Jones is also the third Crimson Tide player to twice be selected as an Academic All-American, joining Johnny Musso (1970-71) and Randy Hall (1973-74).

"It is a great honor," McElroy said. "One of my goals when I came to school here was to be an Academic All-American. It is something that I set my sights on early in my career at Alabama. I am just very proud to be able to represent the University of Alabama and very honored to be selected as the Academic All-American of the Year."

McElroy becomes just the second Alabama student-athlete to earn Academic All-American of the Year honors. Stephanie Kite, a women's gymnast, was also selected as the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year on the At-Large Team in 2004.


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Roll Tide.Com- Tide Continues Iron Bowl Preparations

Nov. 23, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team practiced in full pads for two-hours Tuesday afternoon in the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility.

"We have had a pretty good week so far," head coach Nick Saban said. "The players have had a good intensity and effort in what we are trying to get accomplished in practice. It has been different from a schedule standpoint but the practices have been spirited."

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

RollTide.Com- Tide Prepares for Iron Bowl Showdown

Nov. 22, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads Monday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in preparation for Friday's matchup against Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

"We need everybody's full focus," junior running back Mark Ingram said. "Everybody needs to put their best effort forth this week. We need to go out and have a great week of preparation. Everyone needs to focus on executing and going out to give ourselves the best chance to have success Friday."

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

RollTide.Com- Tide Begins Work for Georgia State

Nov. 15, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 10 Alabama football team practiced inside on Monday at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility in shells in preparation for Thursday's home game against Georgia State.

Head coach Nick Saban knows this week presents several challenges in terms of the amount of time his team has to get ready for the Panthers.

"Well today is like Wednesday if we were playing on Saturday, yet it is sort of a Monday practice for us," Saban stated. "Our approach is we're going to cut practice down by 20 minutes or so each of the next two days, but try to do and cover the repetitions that we get versus the other team and the scout team in preparation of the other team on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Monday’s Press Conference

Nick Saban press conference 11/15/2010
Robert Lester press conference 11/15/2010
Josh Chapman press conference 11/15/2010
Mark Ingram press conference 11/15/2010

Monday, November 15, 2010 Tide Host Georgia State Thursday Night

Nov. 15, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama continues a season-ending three-game home stand this Thursday evening against Georgia State after beating No. 17 Mississippi State just five days earlier. The 10th-ranked Crimson Tide, who have won 19 consecutive games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, host the Panthers for a 6:33 p.m. game on ESPNU in the Tide's final non-conference game of the season. Georgia State had a bye last week after beating Lamar, 23-17, on November 6. Chris Fowler will handle the play-by-play on ESPNU with Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard providing color analysis and Erin Andrews reporting from the sidelines. Eli Gold and Phil Savage will handle the radio call on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Barry Krauss on the sidelines.

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Friday, November 12, 2010 Tide Holds Final Practice Before Mississippi State

Nov. 11, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team practiced for 90 minutes Thursday afternoon in shells (shorts, shoulder pads and helmets) at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.

"Mississippi State has a very good team," head coach Nick Saban said. "They're 7-2 and they've lost to two teams in the top-10, in very close games. We need to stay focused on what we need to do as a team to play better, to get better, to play with the kind of intensity that we need to play with and to be able to execute what we need to do to have success."

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mark Ingram Selected as Doak Walker Semi-Finalist

Alabama running back Mark Ingram was selected one of ten semifinalists for the Doak Walker. The award was first handed out in 1990 to Washington’s Greg Lewis and is awarded each year to the nation’s top running back. Last year’s winner was Toby Gerhart of Stanford. Ingram was the only SEC running back to make the list of semifinalists. The complete list of semifinalists is:

  • John Clay – Wisconsin
  • Kendall Hunter – Oklahoma State
  • Mark Ingram – Alabama
  • LaMichael James – Oregon
  • DeMarco Murray – Oklahoma
  • Bilal Powell – Louisville
  • Jacquizz Rodgers – Oregon State
  • Vai Taua – Nevada
  • Daniel Thomas – Kansas State
  • Ed Wesley – TCU Crimson Tide Work on Bulldogs' Diverse Offense

Nov. 10, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team held its third practice of the week Wednesday afternoon in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields as Saturday's game against No. 17 Mississippi State at Bryant-Denny Stadium approaches.

With the Bulldogs presenting several different looks on offense to compliment their attacking style on defense, this week's preparation has been difficult for the Crimson Tide.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

SEC Division Titles Could be Decided this Weekend

With only a few weeks remaining in the season, both SEC Divisions could be decided this weekend. With Alabama’s loss to LSU over the weekend, the Auburn Tigers have separated themselves from the pack, while South Carolina’s usual late season slip ups have allowed the Florida Gators to creep back into the picture in the East.

Since we know that this weekend’s match will settle the East, we will start there. South Carolina travels down to the swamp to take on the Florida Gators this weekend. Both teams enter the matchup with a 4-3 SEC record, meaning the team who wins takes home the SEC East with them. Neither South Carolina or Florida have a remaining SEC opponent on their schedules so there is no other combinations that could decide who will go onto Atlanta.

The West is a different story. Again, Auburn has a commanding lead with a 6-0 record in the SEC over LSU and Alabama. Auburn can seal the Western Division with a victory over rival Georgia this weekend on the plains. However, should Auburn some how loose to the Bulldogs, the door for what ifs swings wide open. If Auburn looses, it opens the door for LSU and Alabama, though the road for Alabama requires a few more steps than LSU.

For LSU to win the West, Auburn would have to loose Georgia and Alabama. They would also have to beat Ole Miss and Arkansas to wrap up their season. The Ole Miss game at home shouldn’t be too difficult, however the Arkansas game remains their toughest matchup with it being on the road. If Auburn loses both and LSU wins both of their remaining SEC game, LSU would go to Atlanta since they only have one loss in the conference to Auburn. Should Auburn beat either Georgia of Alabama, LSU would not go.

As for Alabama, a few more things would have to happen. First, Auburn again would have to loose to Georgia this weekend and then Alabama would have to beat them in the Iron Bowl at the end of the season. This would put both teams at two losses and the tie breaker would go to Alabama in the head to head victory. The second thing that would have to happen would be for LSU to lose to Arkansas. In this scenario, since Auburn and Alabama had beaten Arkansas, the tie breaker would again go to the team who won the Iron Bowl.  For an even longer stretch, let’s say LSU loses Arkansas, and there becomes a four team tie with Auburn, Alabama, LSU, and Arkansas all at a 6-2 SEC record. In the head to head matchups, Alabama and Auburn would both be 2-1 since they both beat Arkansas, Alabama beat Auburn, and Auburn beat LSU. LSU lost to Arkansas and Auburn and Arkansas lost to Alabama and Auburn, so they would be out. That would leave the tie break going to the winner of the Alabama and Auburn matchup in which Alabama would have won.

With all of the crazy scenarios in the West and a definite winner decided in the East, this weekend in the SEC could be the final nail in the coffin for some teams, or be the first step in many  that would lead to a the SEC West winner.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Greg McElroy Named Finalist

Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy has been named a finalist in two awards for this season’s performance. The two awards are the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Wureffel Trophy.

The Golden Arm Award is given each year to the nation’s top senior quarterback. The award is given by the Johnny Unitas Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and was first established in 1987. It has been awarded 23 times with Texas’ Colt McCoy winning last season. This year’s finalists are:

  • Andy Dalton, TCU
  • Pat Devlin, University of Delaware
  • Nathan Enderle, Idaho
  • Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
  • Jake Locker, Washington
  • Greg McElroy, Alabama
  • Christian Ponder, Florida State
  • Ricky Stanzi, Iowa
  • Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
  • Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin

The Wureffel Trophy is presented by the All Sports Association to the college player who best combines exemplary community service and academic achievement. Last season’s winner was Tim Hiller of Western Michigan University. This year’s finalists for the award are:

  • Greg McElroy, Alabama
  • Christian Ponder, Florida State
  • Ben Chappell, Indiana
  • Dominik Riley, Memphis
  • Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
  • Chris Stewart, Notre Dame
  • Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
  • Kyle Adams, Purdue
  • Sam Acho, Texas
  • Chimaobim Mwachukwu, Washington State

RollTide.Com- Alabama Begins Work for No. 17 Mississippi State

Nov. 8, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 11 Alabama football team practiced at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility on Monday for roughly 90 minutes in preparation for Saturday's home game against No. 17 Mississippi State.

Following its second loss of the season, head coach Nick Saban's Crimson Tide must continue to focus on the rest of the season and the things that can still be accomplished.


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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Mark Barron named Thorpe Award Semifinalist

LSU v Alabama aJxZWvWhLeFm Alabama safety Mark Barron has been named one of ten semifinalists for the 2010 Jim Thorpe Award. The Jim Thorpe award has been given to the best defensive back in college football. First awarded to Baylor’s Thomas Everett in 1986, the award went to Tennessee’s Eric Berry last season. The only winner from Alabama came in 1994 when Antonio Langham won the award.

This year’s ten semifinalists include only two defensive backs from the SEC. LSU’s cornerback Patrick Peterson is the second. This weekend, the two will face each other as the Tide travels to Baton Rouge. Mark Barron leads Alabama with 52 total tackles, including three for a loss. He also has one forced fumble on the season.

Here is the complete list of semifinalists.

  1. Prince Amukamara- Nebraska
  2. Tejay Johnson- TCU
  3. Mark Barron- Alabama
  4. Joe Lefeged- Rutgers
  5. Chimdi Chekwa- Ohio State
  6. Rahim Moore- UCLA
  7. Brandon Harris- Miami (FL)
  8. Patrick Peterson- LSU
  9. Cliff Harris- Oregon
  10. Tyler Sash- Iowa Tide Continues Preparation for LSU

Nov. 2, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads Tuesday afternoon. The practice was moved indoors to the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility due to inclement weather in the Tuscaloosa area.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

SEC TV Schedule: Week 10

Here is the line up for the SEC this weekend:

  • Florida @ Vanderbilt   12:21 PM – ESPN 3
  • Idaho St. @ Georgia   12:30 PM – ESPN 3
  • CSU @ Kentucky   12:30 PM – ESPN 3
  • Chattanooga @ Auburn   1:00 PM – ESPN 3
  • LA- Lafayette @ Mississippi   7:00 PM – ESPNU
  • Arkansas @ South Carolina   7:00 PM – ESPN/ ESPN3
  • Alabama @ LSU   8:00 PM – CBS
  • Tennessee @ Memphis   8:00 PM

All times are Eastern


Monday Press Conference

Nick Saban press conference 11/01/2010
Greg McElroy press conference 11/01/2010
Mark Ingram press conference 11/01/2010
Julio Jones press conference 11/01/2010
Josh Chapman press conference 11/01/2010