5 Alabama players invited to 2011 NFL Combine

James Carpenter- The 6-foot-5, 313-pound offensive lineman is listed as the No. 10 offensive tackle in the 2011 NFL Draft. Predicted to be drafted somewhere between the third or fourth round, according to nfldraftscout.com Marcell Dareus- ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper has Dareus at No. 3 on his NFL big board. Dareus is as dominant as they come in the 3-4 defense and is a lock to be a top 10 pick. Has the potential to play in multiple Pro Bowls before his NFL career is all said and … [Read more...]

Tide blows out No. 9 Michigan State in Capital One Bowl

Saturday was not the ending Crimson Tide fans expected back in August. But it was a win, and a dominant one at that. Alabama’s 49-7 victory over No. 9 Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl was its most impressive of the season and likely the most impressive bowl performance by any team this year. “It was annihilation,” offensive lineman David Ross said. “Pure and utter annihilation.” The 61,519 in attendance at the Citrus Bowl stadium saw Alabama post the largest win margin in Capital … [Read more...]

Missed opportunities take Tide’s victory

It was the missed opportunities that took Alabama’s victory away. At the time, neither the team nor the fans knew it, but in those two turnovers and two field goals, Alabama lost precious points that could’ve won the game. In the No. 11 Crimson Tide’s 28-27 loss to the No. 2 Auburn Tigers, Alabama had 24 points in the first half, though the team should’ve had more. In the beginning of the second quarter, running back Mark Ingram was en route for a big gain for the Tide, running 41 yards … [Read more...]

Tide looks ahead to Iron Bowl

Alabama’s 63-7 victory over Georgia State Thursday night may have been the exception to the Crimson Tide’s 24-hour rule. While most games allow Alabama to enjoy a win or grieve a loss for one day, some of the Tide players may have had their eyes set on the next opponent before the blowout of the Panthers even ended. “Our attention might have been on [Auburn] a little bit already, mischievously so,” said senior quarterback Greg McElroy. “I think we’re ready for them. We’re looking forward … [Read more...]

Comeback too much to ask for this time

It finally caught up. A team can put together only so many come-from-behind victories. And then one game, it won’t be enough. For the Alabama Crimson Tide, this was that game. For the third straight SEC road game, Alabama fell behind early. The first time was last season against Auburn, when the Tigers jumped to an early 14-0 lead. But the offense put together one final drive of poise to win it 26-21. The second time was two weeks ago against No. 10 Arkansas in Fayetteville. After going … [Read more...]

Tide’s streak finally ends

They say all good things must come to an end. Before Alabama’s longstanding winning streak ended in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, however, there was a feeling that it never would. “We can’t just show up and win just because you’re Alabama,” said junior running back Mark Ingram. “I don’t think guys were ready to come out here. Guys thought they could just show up and win.” With a 35-21 defeat at the hands of No. 19 South Carolina Saturday, the No. 1 Crimson Tide snapped a 19-game winning … [Read more...]

Tide escapes upset in SEC opener

Some things are better left unforgotten. In the second half of Saturday’s game against No. 10 Arkansas (3-1, 1-1), it appeared the top-ranked Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0) had put the first half behind them. Now that Alabama has completed an improbable 24-20 comeback victory against the Razorbacks, however, head coach Nick Saban wants his players to dig up those horrific first-half memories again. “I really don’t want the players to put it behind them,” he said. “I want them to remember what … [Read more...]

Victory was Tide’s first true test

Alabama’s 24-20 victory over No. 10 Arkansas wasn’t pretty. As Alabama trailed by its largest deficit since the 2008 Sugar Bowl against Utah, there was a lot for this young team to learn. But in the end, Alabama prevailed, despite going into halftime down 17-7, despite Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett picking apart the Tide’s secondary and despite quarterback Greg McElroy’s two interceptions in the first half. “I think that’s the great thing about this,” McElroy said. “In order to beat … [Read more...]