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...]

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 puts together most complete game

For the first time this season against a Southeastern Conference opponent, it looked like the Alabama Crimson Tide finally put together a full 60-minute game. After a disappointing loss last weekend to LSU that knocked the No. 12 Tide out of contention for the national championship game, the team was able to bounce back and defeat the No. 19 Mississippi State Bulldogs in front of a home crowd. “I think the players showed that they have some pride in terms of trying to develop an identity … [Read more...]

Tide bounces back with big win over MSU

The game after its heartbreaking loss to LSU, the Crimson Tide displayed one of its most spirited performances of the season beating Mississippi State 30-10. The Tide wore more than just its pride on its sleeves as the team came out in new Nike Pro Combat jerseys. The jerseys, which were part of a promotional event by Nike, featured an American Flag on the sleeve as a tribute to veterans, along with hounds tooth print in the numbers and on the helmets. “I think the players showed that they … [Read more...]

Tide loses second game of 2010

BATON ROUGE, La. | In its last road game of the 2010 season, the No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide fell to the No. 10 LSU Tigers in Death Valley 24-21. “We certainly had our opportunities,” said head coach Nick Saban. “We knew that we would have to play a complete game, and we would have to play our best game of the year that we are capable of, playing in a situation like this against a good football team. I don’t think we did that, especially in the second half.” The Tide went into halftime … [Read more...]

Alabama still has much to play for

BATON ROUGE, La. | The sequel to last year’s fairy tale does not have a happy ending. With Alabama’s 24-21 loss to LSU on Saturday, nothing short of a miracle could save Alabama’s national championship hopes. But, the Crimson Tide hasn’t forgotten that there are still a few games left in the 2010 season. “We’re not going to just go out there and sit down and lose the rest of the games,” said junior running back Mark Ingram. “We still can play to have a 10-win season and play for a New … [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 beats another top-10 SEC opponent

The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide answered the nation’s questions Saturday with its convincing 31-6 victory over the No. 7 Florida Gators in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Both teams came into the game unbeaten, but only Alabama stays perfect at 5-0, 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Now only three unbeatens remain in the SEC. “I think we played more as a team today than we usually do,” running back Mark Ingram said. “We believe that when we’re on the same page and play with the intangibles that … [Read more...]