Tide crush Auburn, claim Iron Bowl

AUBURN| The Crimson Tide took the motto, “never again” into the 2011 season after losing 28-27 in last year’s Iron Bowl. Saturday the Tide made true to its words, beating the Auburn Tigers 42-14. “We knew what was at stake,” quarterback AJ McCarron said. “We had to come out and play our game and that is what we did. We came out with a victory. The Tide got on the board first in an unusual manner, when quarterback AJ McCarron connected on a 41-yard pass to wide receiver Kenny … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Duron Carter, son of Cris Carter, could fill void Julio Jones left

Duron Carter committed to play for Alabama on Saturday afternoon. Duron’s Hall of Fame father, Cris, told ESPN.com that one of the deciding factors in his son’s decision to play at Bama was the structure of Nick Saban’s program. Carter also considered Auburn, LSU and Miami.  The 6-foot-5, 210-pound wide receiver is expected to make an immediate impact and fill a void in the receiving depth with former star Julio Jones leaving early for the NFL draft. Carter spent his freshmen year … [Read more...]

Spring practice: Saban on Dee Hart, Hightower and more

Thoughts and opinion on true freshman tailback Dee Hart: Dee Hart is a very bright guy, learns things quickly, is very instinctive on the field, and he seems to have a natural knack in space to catch the ball and has good ball judgment, so he is a guy we are going to try to develop as a punt returner. But it’s too early to tell. He has never been in a live situation, so this scrimmage coming up will be a time to be able to evaluate that. I think Marquis Maze has made some progress and has a … [Read more...]

“Al from Dadeville” not the only lunatic in Alabama-Auburn football rivalry

This past week has been one of the lowest points for college football in the state of Alabama. Harvey Almorn Updyke, 62, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief after he called in to The Paul Finebaum Show as "Al from Dadeville" and proudly confessed to poisoning Auburn's Toomer's Corner 130 year old oak trees. After hearing the audio clip of Al, I asked myself what would drive somebody to have so much hate and anger over a college football rivalry that they would risk serving time … [Read more...]

2011 top 10 recruiting classes

Some are not strong believers when it comes to buying into the ranking of college football recruiting classes. Scouts have different opinions on particular recruits, just like websites have different rankings for recruiting classes. ESPN, Rivals and Scout are considered “The Big Three,” and always do a fine job weighing the pros and cons for each recruit and an overall projection of what position they will play in college. Yes, every once in a while a player that has a very successful … [Read more...]

Clowney picks South Carolina

Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 high school football recruit in the nation, made his pledge to the South Carolina Gamecocks this morning live on ESPN. The defensive end from Rock Hill, S.C., did as everyone had expected and decided to stay in state to play for Steve Spurrier. "I've got a lot of friends there. It's close to home and my mom can come see me play all the time," Clowney said. "I've got some friends playing there like [former South Pointe teammate Gerald Dixon], and I want to play … [Read more...]

Alabama reels Joe Pannunzio away from Miami to become new director of football operations

Alabama announced today that Joe Pannunzio has accepted the job offer to become the director of football operations, where he will oversee the administration and operation of the football program. Pannunzio will be replacing Mike Vollmer, who left last month to take a job on the Michigan staff. Pannunzio has coached the tight ends and special teams at Miami for the last five years. During that time, he has coached four NFL players, including 2007 first round draft pick Greg Olsen. The … [Read more...]

McCarron and Sims to battle for starting QB job

Sophomore quarterback AJ McCarron and redshirt freshmen Phillip Sims are the top two quarterbacks for the Crimson Tide heading in to the 2011 spring practices.  McCarron has the edge on Sims with an extra year of experience. McCarron was the back up to Greg McElroy in 2010, doing clean up work in the fourth quarter of games periodically.  The 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback showed flashes of a promising future, going 30-for-48 with 389 yards and 3 touchdowns.  McCarron also has a stellar … [Read more...]

Tide hires Groh as receivers coach, recruiting coordinator

Mike Groh has been hired to replace Curt Cugnetti as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator for Alabama.  He was an offensive graduate assistant in 2009 when the Tide finished a perfect 14-0 and won the BCS National Championship. His resume also includes eight years at the University of Virginia and the quarterbacks coach at Louisville last year. "We are excited to have Mike join our staff," said head coach Nick Saban. "He did an outstanding job here a year ago, and when he … [Read more...]