Andy Staples talks Alabama football after hearing Nick Saban

by Travis Normand

I am posting this article a little late, however I just found it and could not have posted it earlier (or I would have).

The article is written by Andy Staples and I found it via SmartFootball.com.  It is an excellent read and touches upon some of the very distinct and subtle dynamics that make the Southeastern Conference so great.

Staples’ article gives his thoughts as he attends and listens to Nick Saban’s interview at Saban’s weekly radio show.

Read the full article HERE.

Here is one of my favorite quotes from the article, which was written on October 9, 2012 (the day before Texas A&M upset Alabama in Tuscaloosa).

Someone will eventually create a way to beat Alabama and LSU, and, looking down the road a few years, it just might be the Aggies.

Alabama thinks Texas A&M is not good enough

Alabama v Texas A&M T-shirtby Travis Normand

Before Alabama and Texas A&M faced off on November 10, 2012, someone in Alabama decided they needed t-shirts made specifically for that game. I have no clue why the nation’s number one ranked team, or anyone affiliated with it, would feel the need to make a special t-shirt for that particular game but they did.

Alabama was ranked number one in the country at the time of kick-off, and they were also the defending national champions. Alabama had also won the national title as recently as 2009 as well.

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Larry and unknown girl Bama fan

by Travis Normand

Here are two Bama fans watching the game last Saturday night (November 10, 2012) in which Texas A&M upset Alabama 29-24. They are watching the game on what appears to be an outdoor projection screen.  I am guessing they were somewhere just outside the stadium.  As you can tell from the video (or the headline above) the guy in the video is named Larry.  I have no idea what the girls name is.

Alabama DL Jesse Williams

by Travis Normand

One of the most interesting things about this guy, in my mind, is the fact that he is from Brisbane, Australia.  I would say that we don’t get many Aussies coming to the U.S. to play college football, but with Jesse Williams at Alabama and Brad Wing (Melbourne, Australia) at LSU, I would be incorrect.
Alabama DL Jesse Williams

  • Candidate for first-team All-America honors
  • Quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy (nation’s top defensive player)
  • Watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation’s top defensive player)
  • Watch list for the Outland Trophy (nation’s top interior lineman/linebacker)
  • An unmovable force in the middle of the Crimson Tide defensive line
  • Demands double teams on most every down
  • Anchors a rush defense that is second nationally, allowing just 66.3 yards per game
  • Has 21 tackles on the season with three quarterback hurries and two pass breakups

Jesse Williams award campaign page with stats, info, and video.

Alabama LB CJ Mosley

Alabama LB CJ Mosley

  • Candidate for first-team All-America honors
  • Midseason first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated & Phil Steele
  • Semifinalist for the Butkus Award (nation’s top linebacker)
  • Semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (nation’s top defensive player)
  • Watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Week (Missouri)
  • Leading tackler on Alabama’s elite defense (69 tackles)
  • Has four tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble & a fumble recovery
  • Alabama record holder for most interceptions returned for touchdowns (3)
  • Defensive Player of the Week seven times by the Alabama Coaching Staff (Michigan, WKU, Arkansas, FAU, Ole Miss, Missouri, Miss. St.)

CJ Mosley’s award campaign page with stats, info, and video.

Alabama CB Dee Milliner

by Travis Normand

I just received this in my email from the University of Alabama.  I apparently have a few more too, and will post them as soon as I can.

Alabama CB Dee Milliner

Alabama CB Dee Milliner

Dee Milliner’s roster page on RollTide.com

Dee Milliner’s award campaign page with stats, info, and video.

  • Candidate for first-team All-America honors
  • Midseason first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated, ESPN & Phil Steele
  • Semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation’s top defensive back)
  • Semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (nation’s top defensive player)
  • Watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Week (Michigan)
  • Leads the SEC and ranks third nationally in passes defended (1.89 pg) with 13 pass breakups and two interceptions
  • Has 34 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal
  • His 29 career pass breakups are tied for fourth in Alabama history
  • Defensive Player of the Week four times by the Alabama Coaching Staff (Michigan, Ole Miss, Missouri, Tennessee)
  • National Defensive Player of the Week (Michigan)

LaMichael Fanning (Alabama) “tackles” Missouri RB

by Travis Normand

Check out the “tackle” that Alabama DL LaMichael Fanning (No. 44) uses on the Missouri RB.

At the time of this play there is less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Alabama is leading by a score of 42-10, and it appears that both teams were simply trying to run out the clock and end the game.

Note:  During the two plays following this tackle, Fanning appears to get manhandled by some of the Missouri offensive linemen.