Tide offensive line constantly changing

For skilled players coming out of high school, the ability to play more than one position makes you a hot commodity. If you can throw a good 15-yard pass on one play then catch a pass on the next, college head coaches will be busting down your door with scholarship offers and promises of glory. But on the offensive line, that special talent is almost an expectation over a luxury. This trend is becoming so commonplace that many fans don’t even notice or care when their team makes a change … [Read more...]

Arkansas game has big implications

Week four of college football has come to mean that Alabama is about to face Arkansas in its SEC opener. Over the past 10 years, there have been a few exceptions to this, but six out of the past seven years, it’s been Alabama against Arkansas in week four. Even when Arkansas wasn’t considered a contender for the SEC West division, this game has always had a direct impact on the rest of Alabama’s season. Lately, it has become even more crucial for the Crimson Tide to win, because both teams … [Read more...]

Tony’s Taste of the Town: Hooligan’s

There is no question that game days in Tuscaloosa are hectic. Between the tailgating and the hustle and bustle of getting to Bryant-Denny Stadium, many fans lose the chance to sit back and relax on Saturday. Hooligans, located at 1915 University Blvd., might very well be Tuscaloosa’s cure to the fast paced stress of game days. “Hooligans is awesome because it has this really great combination of really good and affordable food,” said Alex Hollinghead, a senior majoring in math and … [Read more...]

The evolution of the pistol offense

By Brett Hudson Some of football’s biggest innovators include Emory Bellard, Red Hickey, Walter Camp and Amos Alonzo Stagg, for inventing the wishbone, shotgun, Power T and I-Form offenses, respectively. The glory may go to these coaches, but most recent of these innovators, Bellard, coached in the 1970s and 1980s, and Camp goes all the way back to the late 1800s. The glory of football’s most recent innovator should belong to Nevada head coach Chris Ault, the inventor of the Pistol … [Read more...]

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 in … [Read more...]

Inside the Game: Training Days

When the Alabama football teams steps onto the field every Saturday, the Crimson Tide players are a mixture of brave, fearless gladiator and graceful entertainers. Bryant-Denny Stadium provides the Tide with an arena that rivals the Coliseum built during the Roman Empire. The 101,000 fans that pack the stadium create an atmosphere that makes Bryant-Denny one of the toughest places to play in the country. Those fans expect a certain level of physicality mixed with finesse from their … [Read more...]

Inside the Game: Gameday Preparation

When you walk inside Bryant-Denny stadium, you see 100,000 screaming fans, a beautifully maintained field and Jumbotrons that rival the one in the Dallas Cowboys’ “Jerry World.” Originally built with a capacity of 12,000, Bryant-Denny stadium has grown to be the fifth largest stadium in the country and second largest in the Southeastern Conference, seating 101,821. But what you don’t see are the countless hours the grounds keeping staff put into getting the stadium prepared for game days … [Read more...]

Game of the Week: LSU vs. Oregon

LSU vs. Oregon in Cowboys Stadium, 7 p.m. Central on ABC LSU leads the overall series 2-1, the last meeting being in 1977. LSU has had some serious off-the-field troubles recently, with starting QB Jordan Jefferson being arrested for 2nd degree battery after a bar fight. However, head coach Les Miles has done very well for himself on the recruiting trail in recent years and just might have the talent behind his missing players to salvage a season that looks lost from day one. Oregon, on … [Read more...]

Reliving the Tradition with Wilbur Jackson

Wilbur Jackson, the first black player to be offered a football scholarship at the University of Alabama, played running back from 1970-73 in Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s newly implemented wishbone offense. In his three years’ playing at Alabama, Jackson accumulated 1529 yards rushing and 17 rushing touchdowns, helping Alabama win the 1973 national championship. Jackson continued playing football in the NFL as a first-round draft pick for the San Francisco 49ers, ending his career with the … [Read more...]