There are a couple of injuries to report though. Amari Cooper has what Saban called a minor foot injury and is day to day
Eddie Lacy(Of course) sprained his ankle AND his knee
Andrew Gribble had a tweet that says it all: "With Lacy banged up, TJ Yeldon led all rushers". Get used to hearing that one
Saban singled out AJ McCarron (When does he NOT?) as having a great scrimmage, along with Yeldon, and Kevin Norwood. I think these three guys will end up being the core of our offense at some point in the season if Lacy can't stay healthy, and EVEN IF HE CAN. Y'all know how much I like Yeldon.
The backup QB's threw several INT's that Saban called "ill-advised throws" and said they both obviously have a long way to go, though Phillip Ely did throw a 47 yard TD pass at one point. Please stay healthy, AJ
Saban was really pleased with all of the 1's and thought they did really well, but stressed that the rest of the team is very young. You never like hearing a coach want to point that out, but Saban is known for trying to temper expectations regardless. He said the key is getting alot of the younger guys to play "winning football", but he said some of the young guys definitely get it
Safety Nick Perry has had a good camp overall and Saban said that was critical to our depth at that position with the losses of Travell Dixon and Jarrick Williams. Perry has always been a good player off the bench, since he first arrived from Prattville. He has just always had other guys ahead of him. He could probably start for half of the SEC so it's good to hear that he is stepping up in his role. We will need him
The team is off Sunday and Monday, so hopefully the bumps and bruises will all heal up and everyone will be fine
AJ McCarron passed for 242 yards and 2 TDs
TJ Yeldon rushed for 60 yards on 16 carries
Kenyan Drake, who we don't need to overlook, rushed for 37 yards on 10 carries
Jalston Fowler had 6 carries for 35 yards
Dee Hart had 5 receptions for 30 yards
Kevin Norwood had 3 catches for 76 yards
Marvin Shinn had 2 catches for 85 yards
CJ Mosley led the defense with 6 tackles, a sack, and an INT. Just CJ being CJ
DeAndrew White had 2 for 63
Damn, AJ was airing it out huh?
OTHER NEWS AND NOTES
The AP poll came out today. Alabama was ranked 2nd, behind the USC Trojans. I think USC is overrated as hell, but whatever. I'd rather be 2nd than 1st to start the season. With a big win over Michigan in week one, we will probably take over the top spot anyway though. Naturally, Barners all day long response to the poll is that we should do away with preseason polls, they don't matter, it's where you finish not where you start, blah, blah, blah. Auburn starts unranked, of course. Alabama will play TWO top 10 teams in the first 3 games, Michigan and Arkansas.
All but 3 AP voters had Alabama in the top 3. The lowest they were placed was 9th, by Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News in Calofirnia. To be fair, I read an article about the guy and he seems to really study and put alot of thought into what he is doing, so he is entitled to that vote. But he is a flaky bastard. In 2009, he had voted Alabama 18th in the preseason poll, and after Alabama whipped up in Virginia Tech in the first game, he immediately was one of the only people to vote them No. 1 the very next week. So expect the same from him after the Michigan game
President Obama recently singled out Michigan QB Denard Robinson as one of his favorite players in college football. Robinson got to meet the president and Obama told him that they had to make the most of this season and he was rooting for them. SO OBAMA IS AGAINST US, Y'ALL!!!!
Former LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu has checked himself into a drug rehab. Here is hoping that he gets his shit together personally for his future. I know what it's like to battle alcohol and drug problems and I'm not judging the kid for that. Hopefully, he'll be successful in the future in whatever he sets out to do
LEADER OF THE LINE - This is a great article from ESPN about Barrett Jones, one of my all time favorite players
ALABAMA O-line Focused On Chemistry From al.com, DJ Fluker responds to Michigan Coach Brady Hoke's saying that Alabama's O-Line is one of the best he has ever faced
VIDEO: Best Case/Worst Case For Alabama Edward Aschoff from ESPN discusses Alabama's chances this year
Chris Herron Speaks To Team About Substance Abuse - TideSports. Good stuff