Author: Jason Galloway

Reliving the tradition with Tommy Wilcox

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 like LSU because when my dad played at Tulane, LSU beat them every year. Alabama...

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Reliving the tradition with Don Salls

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 State. GameDay: Besides winning the national championship, what is your favorite memory from when you were playing for the Crimson...

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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 Year’s bowl game, so we still have a lot to play for.” Alabama will likely drop to the mid-teens in the rankings after the loss, and its chances of even making the Southeastern Conference Championship game are slim to none. Undefeated Auburn would have to drop games to Georgia and Alabama, and LSU would need to lose to at least either Arkansas or Ole Miss for the Tide to have a chance at the SEC West title. This is not a position Alabama is used to. The Tide is coming off two straight SEC West titles and has gone into the month of December with the likelihood of a national championship berth. Less than a week into November this year, those expectations are gone. “This whole year, everyone around us has been very concerned about the results...

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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 score was a 59-yard touchdown run by Tennessee running back Tauren Poole. Poole became the first player to gain 100 yards rushing on the Tide defense since Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis did it for Ole Miss in 2007. Alabama did score 13 straight points after the long run, but then allowed Tennessee to drive down the field in less than a minute to kick a 33-yard field goal as time expired in the half, cutting the Tide’s lead to just 13-10. “They thought they had the momentum,” said junior defensive end Marcell Dareus. “We were like, ‘We can’t let them feel that way.’” If the Volunteers had any momentum, it was instantly taken away at the start of the second half. Alabama drove 70 yards in just four plays, the last being a 1-yard touchdown run by Mark Ingram to extend the Tide’s lead to 10. Alabama did...

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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 receiver Marquis Maze said. “We’re taught to play for 60 minutes, and we want to dominate each opponent we play every game.” After a first half filled with Alabama scores and Ole Miss punts, the Rebels stayed even with the Tide the entire second half and gained 202 yards of offense. That “Jekyll and Hyde” difference between halves is something Alabama has been struggling with all season. It began at Arkansas, when the Tide got in a big hole to start the game before fighting back for an improbable 24-20 victory. Although Alabama’s next game against Florida was a blowout, all the damage to the Gators was done in the first half, and the Tide let off the gas down the stretch. Last week, it finally caught up. Alabama played a tough second half against South Carolina, but it could not overcome an...

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