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...]

Tide cruises to 27-11 win over Penn State

STATE COLLEGE| What started out as rough waters became easy sailing for the Alabama Crimson Tide, as the team defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 27-11, moving Alabama to 2-0 on the season. Penn State drove 54 yards on its opening drive, controlling the clock for 7:34 minutes before kicking a field goal to go up 3-0 on the Tide. Alabama then went three-and-out in a drive that lasted no longer than a minute. “This was a tough atmosphere especially in the beginning of the game,” head … [Read more...]

Tide finds new weapon in Maze

Much has been made about The University of Alabama’s potent run attack, with Heisman candidate Trent Richardson leading the way. However, Saturday’s game against Kent State showed the Crimson Tide that they have another weapon up their sleeves if need be. Marquis Maze shined in his first game as the Tide’s primary receiver, racking up eight receptions en route to 118 yards and a touchdown. With Darius Hanks having to sit out in order to use his medical red-shirt and Duron Carter not playing … [Read more...]

Tide Opens Season With Dominant Performance

The answer to who will start at quarterback for the 2011 Alabama football team became a little clearer after a 48-7 victory over Kent State University. Head coach Nick Saban rotated his two main quarterbacks, AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims, in and out every three series. “Both guys took control of the huddle and they both played well,” wide receiver Marquis Maze said. “They made a few mistakes in the game, but that’s something we can work on together as a team starting Monday.” McCarron … [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...]

Is the No. 2 ranking a good or bad omen?

It’s not a secret that the 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football team is expected to be good. Both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today poll have Alabama ranked No. 2 in the preseason. While it’s great that the rest of the nation agrees with our campus that Alabama is awesome, a high preseason ranking might not favor the Tide in the long run. Since 2001, three teams that have started the season No. 2 have finished No. 1. Most recently it happened in 2007 when LSU won the national … [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...]

Leading the Way

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We have all heard the old saying: Defense wins games and offense sells tickets. That is the case for the 2011 Alabama football team. Running back Trent Richardson will help sell tickets and keep fans excited, but the Crimson Tide’s defense will be the unit that helps win games for the team this season. “We have one of the most athletic defenses that’s been through Alabama,” linebacker Dont’a Hightower said. “Last year, we lacked the speed part, getting after the quarterback. This year, I … [Read more...]