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My name is Eric. My love of and loyalty to the University of Alabama football team is unparalleled and completely inappropriate. I hate all other teams, and wish them peril. Also, you can hear my music at www.reverbnation.com/EricBlackerby or www.youtube.com/EricBlackerbyMusic

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Six Alabama Seniors To Play In Senior Bowl (Also, Links)

Six Of Alabama's departing seniors are headed to Mobile to play in the Senior Bowl. The game will be played one Jan. 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium

Courtney Upshaw leaves Alabama as one of my all time favorite players. He was the Defensive Player Of The Game in the Game That Counted.  A rap song has even been written in reference to his famous "Touch that thang" quote after the game last Monday night. You can see that awesomeness here: TOUCH THAT THANG FOLK. Parental Advisory for language and all that

William Vlachos was an underrated prospect coming out of Mountain Brook in 2007. When Antoine Caldwell left Alabama after the 2008 season, he said that we should look forward to Vlachos, cause he was going to be a beast. Good call, Antoine. Vlachos started the last 40 games at Center

DeQuan Menzie was supposed to come to Alabama and be an immediate stud in 2010. He was slowed a bit last year by an Achilles injury, but this year there were many who thought he was our best cover corner, even better than soon to be first round pick Dre Kirkpatrick

I hate so bad to see Marquis Maze leave!!! One of my favorite memories of Maze was off the field, at the spring game in 2010, when they pulled up to the light next to us, and Maze was dancing and jumping up and down, running around in the bus like a fool. I bet that dude would be hilarious to hang out with. Such passion as a player on the field. It was terrible to see him have to miss most of his last game at Bama, but he is Tarrant, AL's only claim to fame and I will miss the hell out of him

Mark Barron could have been gone after last season, and if not for a shoulder injury toward the end of the 2010 season, he might have. But he was the unquestioned leader of the best secondary in the country. Yes, I said BEST SECONDARY IN THE COUNTRY. Cause I don't give a SHIT about the Honey Badger and his buddies

Josh Chapman was the second highest rated defensive lineman coming out of his own high school in 2007. His Hoover High School teammate Kerry Murphy was a 5 star player, but never panned out for whatever reason. Josh filled in nicely during the 2008 and 2009 seasons whenever Terrance Cody needed a breather and in the last couple seasons he was our best lineman in the middle.

All these guys are gonna be missed a great deal. Roll Tide to them all, and let's all be thankful to them for being the foundation to the best 3 year stretch of Alabama football since the 70's

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