Ground and Pound: Analyzing the Tide running backs

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Over the past few years at Alabama, everyone has grown accustomed to a running game that always dominates and wears down opponents. So far, the 2011 season promises the same. With the departure of Heisman winner Mark Ingram, a new set of running backs have stepped up to fill the spot. Junior Trent Richardson served as backup during his first two seasons. This season, Richardson has the starting position, with sophomores Eddie Lacy and Jalston Fowler backing him up. In 2010, … [Read more...]

Reliving the Tradition with Bob Baumhower

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Bob Baumhower played defensive tackle for Alabama from 1973-76 under head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Despite his lack of recruitment coming out of high school, Baumhower would go on to become a two-time second team All-American during his junior and senior seasons, helping Alabama go a combined 31-4 in his three years playing time. Baumhower was drafted 40th overall in the 1977 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, where he played until retirement in 1986. Baumhower now owns a chain of restaurants … [Read more...]

Tony’s Taste of the Town: The Waysider

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Any true southerner will tell you that at the center of all southern cooking is a nice, hearty southern breakfast. Residents of Tuscaloosa need look no further than their own back yard to find one of the tastiest breakfast restaurants in the South. The Waysider, located on 1512 Greensboro Ave. in downtown Tuscaloosa is the oldest operating restaurant in Tuscaloosa, and just one taste of The Waysider’s melt-in your-mouth biscuits lets you know why. “We have been here since 1951 continually … [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 … [Read more...]

Alabama vs Mississippi State: Remaining Confident

Defensive lineman Damion Square (92) and linebacker Courney Upshaw (41) celebrate after hitting LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson in last week's loss. / CW | Jerrod Seaton

No. 12 Alabama’s fall to No. 5 LSU Saturday put the Crimson Tide out of the running for the national championship. The team has faced a mountain of pressure this year in anticipation of another title, but with a 7-2 record, it remains positive about the reminder of the season. “When you become so result oriented, you lose the focus on the process of what it takes for you to improve and get better and play your best,” head coach Nick Saban said. Saban said he has told his team over … [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 vs LSU: Preparing for the best

Quarterback Greg McElroy directs the offense against LSU's defense in last year's win over the Tigers. This year, LSU's defense is No. 1 in the SEC, and it'll be a big test for Alabama's offense. / CW | Katie Bennett

Although Alabama brings the Southeastern Conference’s third-ranked scoring offense to Baton Rouge, La., this weekend, LSU bring arguably the toughest defense the Crimson Tide will play all season. The Tigers are first in the league in total defense, and they also hold the top spot in passing defense (149.5 ypg), which ranks fourth nationally. “This team has an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time,” said senior quarterback Greg McElroy. “It’s a credit to … [Read more...]

Reliving the tradition with Bart Starr

Former Alabama quarterback Bart Starr poses for a photo when he played for the Crimson Tide. Starr went on to win the first two Super Bowls with the Green Bay Packers. / Bryant Museum

GameDay: Coming out of high school you wanted to play for Coach Bryant at Kentucky, and then you wanted to go to Auburn? How did you end up at Alabama? Bart Starr: I was leaning towards Bear. My high school coach named Bill Mosley had played for Bear and he was very strong in favor of me going to Kentucky, and I would of gone in a heartbeat. When I discovered Cherry was going to Auburn, it changed my feelings, so I wanted to go to Alabama and continue to spend time with her. It worked. After my … [Read more...]

Alabama vs. Tennessee: A rivalry not forgotten

Terrence Cody blocks a field goal as time expires to secure Alabama's 12-10 victory over Tennessee last season. It was Cody's second blocked kick of the fourth quarter. / CW | John Michael Simpson

Every Alabama fan remembers seeing Terrence Cody’s block last season against Tennessee. They remember the call by Verne Lundquist: “Blocked again. Cody Again. Alabama wins!” Last season reminded Tide fans how great the Tennessee rivalry is, and although the Tide awaits a sure to be classic game in November against Auburn, the Tide must still get through one of its most heated and traditional rivals first. “The Tennessee game is certainly a signature game,” head coach Nick Saban … [Read more...]

Reliving the tradition with Andrew Zow

Former Alabama quarterback Andrew Zow broke school records for total offensive yards, passing yards and completions in his years at the Capstone. / Bryant Museum

GameDay: How were you recruited to the Crimson Tide? Andrew Zow: Well, it was a good recruiting process with Coach [Gene] Stallings talking to me during my senior season. Coach [Mike] Dubose started talking to me, and after I tore my ACL he kept talking to me telling me to keep my head up. He became humble and he got to know my family well. He was great. GD: What was one team you looked forward to playing most. AZ: Florida. I know that is strange, but being from Florida I got to play all … [Read more...]