Alabama football: Scrimmage No. 2 recap

They say competition brings the out the best in someone. That rang true among the Alabama wide receiving corps in Saturday’s scrimmage. With uncertainty about the starting lineup at that position, Marquis Maze, Darius Hanks and DeAndrew White all stepped up with big scrimmage numbers. Hanks led the way with six catches for 131 yards and three touchdowns, White had five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown and Maze had five catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns. “Hanks had a good day … [Read more...]

Tide blows out No. 9 Michigan State in Capital One Bowl

Saturday was not the ending Crimson Tide fans expected back in August. But it was a win, and a dominant one at that. Alabama’s 49-7 victory over No. 9 Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl was its most impressive of the season and likely the most impressive bowl performance by any team this year. “It was annihilation,” offensive lineman David Ross said. “Pure and utter annihilation.” The 61,519 in attendance at the Citrus Bowl stadium saw Alabama post the largest win margin in Capital … [Read more...]

Tide blows big lead to lose Iron Bowl

Alabama was beating up on Cam Newton and the No. 2 Auburn Tigers like no one had all season. But just like the Crimson Tide has done all year, or has failed to do, it could not sustain its full potential, allowing the same flaws to set in and induce an Auburn comeback. After building a 24-point lead, Alabama watched the Tigers slowly chip away until a 28-27 final score left Auburn with a 12-0 record and magnified national championship hopes. “Around here, we pride ourselves on … [Read more...]

Reliving the tradition with Van Tiffin

Van Tiffin kicks a 52-yard field goal to win the 1985 Iron Bowl 25-23 as time expires. / Bryant Museum

GameDay: Talk about how nerve racking that 52-yard field goal to beat Auburn in 1985 was. Van Tiffin: I wouldn’t say it was necessarily nerve racking. The way it all went about kept that from being the case. If it had been a situation where a timeout had been called, the way they ice the kickers today, it would have been extremely nerve racking. But there was so little time and we were so deep in our own territory that I’m thinking we’re not even going to get in field goal range. The first … [Read more...]

Tide looks ahead to Iron Bowl

Alabama’s 63-7 victory over Georgia State Thursday night may have been the exception to the Crimson Tide’s 24-hour rule. While most games allow Alabama to enjoy a win or grieve a loss for one day, some of the Tide players may have had their eyes set on the next opponent before the blowout of the Panthers even ended. “Our attention might have been on [Auburn] a little bit already, mischievously so,” said senior quarterback Greg McElroy. “I think we’re ready for them. We’re looking forward … [Read more...]

Reliving the tradition with Tommy Wilcox

Former Alabama defensive back Tommy Wilcox against Mississippi State in the early 1980’s. Wilcox was a two-time All-American selection in 1981 and 1982. / Bryant Museum

Tommy Wilcox played safety for Alabama under head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant from 1979-82 and was a two-time All-American selection with the Crimson Tide. Wilcox spoke with Gameday this week about Coach Bryant, this year’s Tide squad and his Alabama career that almost never was. GameDay: Being from Louisiana, what sold you on going to Alabama? Tommy Wilcox: Back when I was coming out of school, the in-state choices were Tulane, where my daddy played ball, and LSU. We were brought up to not … [Read more...]

Reliving the tradition with Don Salls

Don Salls, now 91 years old, played fullback and defensive back for Alabama from 1940-42. / Bryant Museum

Don Salls played fullback and defensive back for Alabama from 1940-42. After serving in World War II, he became the winningest football coach at Jacksonville State after coaching 18 years at the school. Salls is one of the players featured in a book that will be released this weekend about Alabama players in WWII titled, “When Winning was Everything”. Salls, along with 12 other Crimson Tide players that fought in WWII, will be honored during Saturday’s game against Mississippi … [Read more...]

Alabama still has much to play for

BATON ROUGE, La. | The sequel to last year’s fairy tale does not have a happy ending. With Alabama’s 24-21 loss to LSU on Saturday, nothing short of a miracle could save Alabama’s national championship hopes. But, the Crimson Tide hasn’t forgotten that there are still a few games left in the 2010 season. “We’re not going to just go out there and sit down and lose the rest of the games,” said junior running back Mark Ingram. “We still can play to have a 10-win season and play for a New … [Read more...]

Tide offense explodes in second half of blowout

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. | For perhaps the first time since conference play started, the Crimson Tide’s ground and passing games coincided, resulting in 536 yards of a complete offensive attack in a 41-10 blowout of Tennessee in front of 102,455 in Neyland Stadium. “Our focus this week was to try to distinguish ourselves by playing to a little higher standard,” said head coach Nick Saban. “We challenged everybody to do that.” Alabama didn’t distinguish itself at all in the first half. The first … [Read more...]

Tide still looking for complete game

For the first 30 minutes of Saturday’s 23-10 victory over Ole Miss, Alabama looked like the national championship-winning team from last season. The Crimson Tide had a comfortable lead and smothered the Rebels into just 41 yards and two first downs. While watching the next 30 minutes, however, it wasn’t difficult to tell the Crimson Tide had lost a game (and nearly a second) in the first half of this season. “As a team, we worry about it because that’s what we’re taught to do,” wide … [Read more...]