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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

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bama Players Read To Kids For Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Theodore Seuss Geisel was a big part of many of our childhoods and even now, kids still enjoy the stories of "Dr. Seuss"

Saturday, March 2nd is his birthday. He died in 1991 at the age of 87.

Saturday, at the Tuscaloosa Transportation Museum, Vinnie Sunseri and CJ Mosley will be reading some of Dr. Seuss's most popular stories from noon til about 2pm.

There will also be Dr. Seuss themed activities for the kids, as well as snacks.

I love that our boys do stuff like this. And they do it, even when it isn't publicized. Nick Saban sets this example for them.

When Courtney Upshaw got in trouble at Alabama for a fight with his girlfriend, Saban said the punishment was "internal", but we later found out that Courtney agreed to go on several ride alongs with police officers.

Saban does such a good job of recruiting great young men, as well as building them at the same time.

A few years ago, I worked for a foodservice distributor that a lot of schools get their food from. One of our truck drivers came back with a story from this elementary school of how he was carrying food into the place and in the next room was filled with kids who were being read to by someone. That someone was Nick Saban. This didn't make the news or anything. It's just the way things are with Saban in Tuscaloosa. He cares about the community and our great state and does everything to be a positive part of it, as well as passing that ethic along to his players.


The World's Most Powerful Man Gets To Meet Barack Obama. Again.

For the 3rd time in 4 years, the Alabama football team will be travelling to the White House to meet with the President. At this point, Obama should should just have an Alabama mancave in the West Wing to display all the Bama jerseys he's gonna end up with.

"See you next year" - President Obama, to Nick Saban, THIS TIME LAST YEAR. Roll Tide!

"We don't get many opportunities to meet the president, spend a minute with him, talk to him a minute, have him acknowledge something you accomplished. I think it's something really special for our players. It's really unique for them" - Nick Saban

And since it only happens once a year, you gotta take advantage of the opportunity

News, Notes, And An Update On The "Funyon Four"

Brent Calloway, DJ Pettway, Tyler Hayes, and Eddie Williams will never again wear the crimson and white. Anyone that knows anything about Nick Saban knew the day these guys were arrested on Feb 11th for assaulting and robbing fellow Alabama students, that he would kick them off the team.

Of course he said the political, "Indefinitely Suspended" deal, but that's always been the end for you with Nick Saban.

Yesterday, he let everyone know for sure, when he said that the four guys were "no longer associated with the football team". They are also no longer enrolled at the University Of Alabama. So that's that.


"Some learn by words, some learn by consequences, and some can't learn at all" - Nick Saban


Pettway's lawyer, some jackass named Jay Stuck, released a statement today regarding Alabama's decision to cut ties with his client. It's dumb as shit, but if you'd like to read it, you can go HERE

Those 4 guys likely aren't the only ones who are done at Alabama.  Marvin Shinn, who would've been a Sophomore WR on the team this fall, has opted out of the offseason program and is making plans to transfer. 

This came as a surprise to most, because it wasn't like he was a guy that didn't have a future or had been in trouble or anything. He played Jan 7th against Notre Dame and caught two passes in that game. He was set for alot of playing time this year and would've probably taken over for Kevin Norwood in 2014. Sometimes you just never know why people do what they do, but best of luck to him. And apparently, he has completely cut himself off from everyone in Tuscaloosa and is refusing to even talk to any of his teammates or friends that would try to make him stay. It's a really odd situation. Maybe Tuscaloosa or Alabama or playing for Nick Saban is just not a good fit for him.

Danny Woodson Jr. is another WR who had played in 6 games as a freshman last season, catching one pass against Arkansas, who might be parting ways with Tuscaloosa. Saban announced today that he is suspended for "violation of team rules" and like Shinn, will also not participate in the offseason program. Nobody knows what he did exactly, but this wasn't the first time he had been in trouble with Saban.

So he is probably gone too. 6 scholarships opened up just like that. Now y'all see why Saban works every rule to sign as many guys as possible at some positions.


Depth can be such a blessing  and we certainly have an embarrassment of riches on this team, but it can take a few hits in no time. We all saw last year how many RBs we had at the beginning of the  season before Dee Hart and Jalston Fowler were both lost for the season. Shinn and Woodson are a couple of decent players, who could've had fine college careers at Alabama, but it shouldn't hurt the product we put on the field when you consider Amari Cooper, Kenny Bell, Kevin Norwood, DeAndrew White, Chris Black, and about 5 other young studs are gonna be playing the position. Norwood has a toe injury that could hamper him this spring, so hopefully he doesn't fall behind one or two of these young future superstars, because he has been one of our best and most reliable guys the past couple seasons.

Speaking of depth, RB this year is ridiculous. TJ Yeldon should lock down the "starting" job, but Fowler and Hart will be back, along with Kenyan Drake who would've been our star freshman back last year if not for the presence of Yeldon. Then add in the fact that FOUR of the top 12 rated RBs coming out of high school this year signed with Alabama. The one most likely to see action right away is Derrick Henry, who broke the  ALL TIME HIGH SCHOOL RUSHING RECORD that had stood for over 50 years. Derrick enrolled early and is already kicking ass in the weight room. Scott Cochran, who is NEVER impressed, is reportedly blown away by Derrick's work ethic and dedication. Alvin Kamara, Altee Tenpenny, and Tyren Jones will be our 6th, 7th, and 8th RBs. And they could each step on campus and start for at least half of the other SEC teams. I love it! Every RB on our team was a highly rated recruit out of high school. It's IMPOSSIBLE to not have a couple super stars shining all year long at RB.

Like every year, we will see a few guys switch positions. Most notably, Xzavier Dickson, who was a star in the making at outside LB in his freshman season last year. He has gotten alot bigger and stronger, while maintaining his speed and agility. He could be a helluva pass rusher off the end. Looks like he might move to DE, to make room for Denzel Devall or any of the handful of other 4 and 5 stars waiting in the wings. I expect to see Reuben Foster in the first game against Virginia Tech Aug 31st.

Cyrus Jones, who came to Alabama last year as a 5 star WR, one of the top guys in the country, is probably going to be looked at as a cornerback, with the lack of depth there compared to WR. John Fulton is a guy who was expected to step into a big role at CB this year, but he is hurt and will miss the spring. 

Another note on depth. You are only allowed 85 players on scholarship in a season. Even with the 6 guys we look to be free of, we will still have to lose 4 or 5 more between now and August. But it happens every year. There will be a few guys this summer who transfer, already have their degree and just give up football, or maybe a signee or two doesn't qualify academically. Saban's a wizard at this stuff, so I'm never worried.

Alabama made a bit of news this past week by offering a scholarship to a kid named Dylan Moses, who is still in the 8th grade. That does sound ridiculous, but wait til you SEE this kid. He's 6-1 215 and runs a 4.4 RIGHT NOW. My favorite thing about all of this was seeing the fake outrage from LSU fans, cause the kid is from Baton Rouge. They were all on their moral high horse about Evil Nick Saban targeting a kid so young, until they found out that Les Miles had offered him a scholarship while he was in the 7th grade. Then, it was perfectly fine, cause the kid's talent warranted it. We are a special breed, us crazy college football fans. Especially in the South. 

Former Bama QB John Parker Wilson was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Scott Cochran has a new piece of Paradise. This video is him giving a tour of the new workout facility that was just built for the football team. It was only $9 Million. So hopefully this will help us get bigger, faster, and stronger. Cause we really need to do that! Cochran is such an awesome dude. He's like a kid, he enjoys his job so much. He truly molds these young kids from the time they get on campus to when they leave. He is the best in the country at what he does, and now our facilities are far and away the best in the country

Nick Saban also announced that the first day of Spring Practice will be March 16th. March 16th is my birthday. He is so thoughtful. Thanks, Coach!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Re-Living The 2012 National Title Season: Michigan

Pregame Hype/News/Notes

This game was hyped up for a couple of years it seemed. When it was announced as a future matchup back in 2010, I was excited because I had a very good friend at the time who was a Michigan fan and he had talked trash about Bama for several years and now he was going to end up getting his mouth shut. Which he most assuredly did!

Bob Asmussen
Coming into the game, in the preseason, there was one dumbass sportswriter who had put Michigan as his No. 1 team in the entire country. His name is Bob Asmussen of the Champagne News Gazette in Illinois. He had alot of hilarious things to say about Alabama and you can read what I wrote about him at the time HERE

Denard Robinson was the player with all the hype coming into the game, but as for me personally, I was looking forward to TJ Yeldon, our stud true freshman running back that was going to see the field in his first game ever as a member of the Crimson Tide. 

The young Mr. Timothy Yeldon did not let me or anyone else down that night, as he ran for a total of 111 yards on only 11 carries, with his longest run for 40 yards and scored a TD. He was the star of the game, in the first opportunity he ever got to show us what to expect from him. He earned SEC Freshman Of The Week honors in a landslide. He had been a guy that enrolled at Bama in January of '12 and was the offensive MVP of the A-Day game in April. So it wasn't like this kinda performance was unexpected.

For the entire summer, Bama WR Kevin Norwood, hero of the BCS Championship game against LSU, had a picture of Cowboys Stadium, where the game was to be played, on his wall. He was really looking forward to this game.

All American and soon to be 1st Rd NFL Draft Pick Chance Warmack grew up in Detroit and was a Michigan fan as a child before moving to Atlanta, so this game meant alot to him as well.

Alabama RB Dee Hart was a guy who had been committed to Michigan in the past before switching to Alabama, so no doubt he had a few friends on the team and was excited to play them.

The last time Alabama and Michigan had played each other was in the 2000 Orange Bowl, following the 1999 inexplicable SEC Championship season accidentally accomplished by head coach Mike Dubose. Shaun Alexander had an awesome game that night and it was a classic, but Tom Brady led the Wolverines to a victory. I had heard about that game for YEARS from my friend leading up to this game.

Michigan was coached by second year head coach Brady Hoke, who I really really like and have a TON of respect for. He is the type of coach that a program like Michigan deserves. A hard nosed bastard who isn't gonna take any crap from anyone and won't tolerate soft football players and weak defensive play, which was the calling card of Rich Rodriguez's Michigan teams of the past 3 seasons. We still owe Rita Rodriguez a couple thousand beers for hating Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama as a whole, and talking Rich out of taking the Bama job in December of 2006 after Mike Shula was fired.

Hoke WILL have Michigan back to a perennial powerhouse and he will have them competing with Urban Meyer's Ohio State Buckeyes for the Big Ten each year for a long time. Or until Meyer loses to Saban in a BCS game eventually and quits again, at which point Hoke will probably own the conference. That's what I predict. I feel sorry for Urban's kids. But that is another post for another day that will probably not even happen on this blog.

But anyway, this was not the day for Coach Hoke. Alabama, in Nick Saban's 6th year, in a SEASON OPENER was not a team that a 2nd year coach of any program could've been adequately prepared to face or have enough talent to compete with.

Michigan's starting RB Fitzgerald Touissant was suspended for the game, following a DUI, but his presence wouldn't have mattered anyway. The Wolverines starting DT, and their best lineman, Frank Clark, was suspended for the game also because of an arrest for Home Invasion months prior. These guys sound like they should transfer to Auburn. They'd be right at home in Lee County. Of course, these circumstances were easy excuses for lazy and uneducated Bama haters to use for the impending beatdown that wouldn't have been stopped if Desmond Howard, Braylon Edwards, Tom Brady, Charles Woodson, and Lamarr Woodley had still been wearing Maize and Blue.

For a simple comparison, I pointed out the curb stomping that Alabama put on Michigan State in January of 2011. That same Michigan St team beat Michigan 28-14 that following season, in 2011. They also COMPLETELY shut Robinson down. Just like Bama shut down LSU QB Jordan Jefferson in January of 2012. I predicted a similar outcome to the Capital One Bowl, where Bama annihilated the Spartans 49-7, a score that could've been much worse.

My official prediction, as you can see HERE was 41-17. The actual score, as it turned out: 41-14. It's been pretty hard for me to so clearly NAIL a game prediction as I did this one, but I just knew what was coming, no matter what the naysayers and the ESPN talking heads would've wanted you to believe in hyping this game as a classic matchup between two classic programs. It was a matchup of 2 of College Football's Top 5 All Time prestigious programs, but the talent on the field was such that Bama could've been playing Southern Miss and it would've looked the same. 

Game Notes/Play-By-Play

1st half

Michigan won the toss and elected to defer because they knew that Bama wouldn't do anything on the opening offensive drive. They never do, for some reason. I guess it takes a handful of plays for Saban and/or the players to get a hold of things and know what to do. I don't know.

Michigan kicker Matt Wile kicked a touchback and Bama started on the Michigan 25. The first play of the game was a handoff to Eddie Lacy that was stuffed for only a 1 yard gain. AJ then missed on 2 straight passes and Bama had to punt. 3 and out. Hell, it looked like Bama might have a little trouble. But this was the way things went all year long for Bama. They rarely seemed to have it together on their first offensive possession, punting most of the time

Cody Mandell punted the ball 52 yards and Michigan's Jeremy Gallon made a fair catch. Michigan actually got a 1st down on a 3 yard run from Vincent Smith, which followed a 9 yard pass to Smith. But then, they were penalized 15 yards, Robinson threw an incompletion to wideout Roy Roundtree and they had to punt on their first possession as well.
Alabama got it going for good on their second drive, with Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon gashing to Michigan D for several big runs and McCarron hitting a couple nice passes to his best friend Kenny Bell, before hitting a simple 2 yard pass to tight end Michael Williams, who would become a favorite redzone short yardage TD guaranteeing target of AJ's.

TJ Yeldon's first play in Crimson and White was a 14 yard run where he looked like Adrian Peterson, Pt. II. It was a very nice sign of things to come for the talented freshman. The following video is all the highlights of Yeldon's plays from the entire game. It's fun to watch.

That first TD drive went 9 plays for 62 yards, ending in an easy extra point by Senior kicker Jeremy Shelley. Normally I wouldn't even point out a kicker making an extra point, cause that's just expected, but we all know about our kicking woes in 2011 and I also wanted to take my first opportunity to brag about Jeremy Shelley and say how much I'll miss him. He was the single solitary kicker in all of College Football to not miss a single extra point or field goal the entire 2012 season. And he wasn't even nominated for the Groza Award, which goes to the nation's top kicker. SMH. 

6:56 left in the 1st.

Alabama, 7. Michigan, 0. 

Michigan returned the ensuing kickoff for 25 yards but then, once again, didn't do a thing offensively and punted to Christion Jones, who returned it for 11 yards.

One incomplete pass by AJ, a 16 yard run by Jalston Fowler and then a 51 yard TD pass to a WIDE OPEN DeAndrew White streaking down the sideline later, and it was a quick and EASY Alabama touchdown. 3 plays, 67 yards

4:59 left in the 1st

Alabama, 14. Michigan, 0.

Michigan got the ball back with 4:53 left and after 3 positive rushing plays and an incomplete pass by Robinson, Robinson threw a pass that was INTERCEPTED by All American, soon to be 1st Rd. NFL Draft Pick DeMarcus Milliner. Dee Milliner. God Lord in Heaven, tiny baby JESUS, I am going to miss him more than I thought I would miss Dre Kirkpatrick. Dee returned the INT 31 yards and set up a simple 2 play TD drive. Fowler ran for 8 yards and then Lacy ran the remaining 9 yards into the endzone. And the rout was on. Put in the backups. But y'all knew Saban wasn't going there yet. No game is ever "out of reach" to Saban, after that abomination against Cam Newton in 2010.

1:24 left in the 1st.

Alabama 21, Michigan, 0.

Michigan ended the 1st quarter and took a little over a minute into the 2nd quarter with an impotent, precious little drive that resulted in yet another punt, after another handful of pointless offensive plays by the Wolverines. But HEY! Good news! Denard Robinson actually COMPLETELY a pass this time that went for 9 yards. That was a positive sign!

Bama got the ball back with 13:18 left and TJ Yeldon promptly took a handoff for 40 yards like it was nothing. 

After a 3 yard loss by Dee Hart, Bama called a pass play, but AJ was unable to find an open receiver. Instead of throwing the ball out of bounds or stupidly trying to force something to happen, he took off running and managed to scramble for 15 yards. Hey, our QB did a better job with his legs than that preseason Heisman candidate on the other sideline!

A screen pass to TJ Yeldon, which would've been a relatively decent gain by most mortals, was taken for 26 yards to the Michigan 8 yard line. Looking like Bama was about to make it a 4 TD lead barely into the 2nd quarter, the drive stalled with a couple incomplete passes and Shelley kicked a field goal.

9:53 left in the 2nd

Alabama 24, Michigan, 0. 

I thought that team from up north was supposed to have the high powered quick strike offense. But anyway...

Michigan and Alabama traded 3 and outs the next couple drives, and then Michigan had the ball back with 5:23 left in the half on their own 2 yard line, where Cody Mandell's magnificent leg had pinned them. Following an incomplete pass and a 1 yard run by RB Thomas Rawls, Denard Robinson threw a terrible pass that was intercepted by All American Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley, who returned it 16 yards for another devastating touchdown against Michigan.

CJ could've been a 1st Rd NFL Draft pick this April, but chose to come back for his senior season in 2013. He will be one of the best LB's in the country this next season and will probably be a 1st Rd. NFL Draft pick in 2014, if NFL teams don't ignorantly place too much stock in his size. He's a tad smaller than alot of NFL teams want in star 'backers. But he's one of the best, toughest, and smartest PLAYERS in the country.

4:31 left in the 1st half

Alabama 31, Michigan, 0.

It was looking like Bama was going to take it to the locker room with a 31-0 lead, just like that famous Blackout game against Georgia in 2008.

But then Robinson hit WR Jeremy Gallon who ran for 71 yards before being stopped just short of a TD at Bama's 1 yard line. Michigan was penalized for 5 yards, but then Robinson ran it in for the 6 yard s and a TD to put Michigan on the board before Halftime.

Alabama got the ball back and was quickly going right down the field again, before Eddie Lacy took a short pass from AJ and fumbled it. Michigan's Raymon Taylor recoverd the fumble, fell on it, and ended the half. Mercifully, no doubt for fans of the Maize and Blue.


Alabama 31, Michigan, 7.

2nd Half

The 2nd half wasn't nearly as rough on the Wolverines. But that's not due to any increase in their level of play of decrease in intensity or play by Alabama. Nick Saban is just a man that happens to have a modicum of class and mercy. It may not appear to be the case sometimes, but it's true.

No matter what some coonass in Thibodaux or a crackhead in Miami would have you believe. And Auburn fans will hate him no matter what cause he has stolen ALL of their happiness, so their opinions are irrelevant. No, Nick Saban doesn't actually enjoy stepping on the throats of opponents ENTIRELY. He does it for just long enough, and once his point is proven, he lets off the gas a little. 

Michigan's first drive ended in a punt, which was a total surprise at this point. I would've personally nominated their punter, Will Hagerup, for player of the game on their team. He did the most work of anyone in maize and blue all night.

Alabama's first drive started with a 28 yard pass from AJ to Kevin Norwood and ended with Cade Foster missing a FG, after a 16 yard reception by Amari Cooper wasn't enough for a first down, since AJ had just been sacked by William Campbell for a loss of 16 yards.

Michigan's next drive ended in a failed 4th down run by Denard Robinson, which only netted 1 yard when he needed 3. At this point of desperation, Michigan should've been flinging the ball down the damn field if they were gonna be going for it on 4th down and trying to get something going. But I think they had given up at halftime. They certainly didn't have any fight or desire left in them when they re-took the field out of the locker room.

Alabama took over and TJ Yeldon rushed for 12 yards on one play and then 8 yards on the next. Lacy was stuffed for no gain on the next play and then AJ missed on a pass to Jalston Fowler. Cade Foster's FG attempt was good this time from 51 yards. 51! Dude's got a LEG.

2:34 left in the 3rd.

Alabama 34, Michigan, 7.

Following the kickoff, Michigan started their next drive on their own 14 yard line, but a 15 yard penalty against Bama and then a 22 yard run by Vincent Smith got them into Bama territory, where Robinson was able to hit a 44 yard pass to former QB Devin Gardner for a TD. This was where Saban's mercy that I spoke of had come into play. We had already put a few guys out there on the field at this point, a few FRESHMEN, that wouldn't have played if it were closer. So sledding was a little less rough on Michigan the rest of the way.

0:14 left in the 3rd.

Alabama 34, Michigan 14.

The 4th quarter started with punts from each team. Bama still had AJ in the game, but had the backup offensive line in, as well as Dee Hart, our 4th team RB, toting the rock.

Bama's 3rd drive of the 4th quarter started with a little over 9 minutes left, at their own 44 yard line. AJ hit a 16 yard pass to Kelly Johnson (Who even I had never heard of at that moment).

Then Jalston Fowler ran for 11 yards and 6 yards. Michigan was penalized for 15 years, setting up a 1 yard TD run by Yeldon

5:32 left in the game

Alabama 41, Michigan 14

The teams traded punts and true freshman Dillon Lee ended the game with an interception of a pass from Michigan backup QB Russell Bellomy.

Team Stats

                                                                         Alabama  Michigan
First downs:                             20                             11
Rushing Yards:                         232                            69
Passing Yards:                          199                           200
Completions/Attempts:            11/21                        11/27
Off. Plays/yards:                     63/431                      56/269
INT's Thrown:                             0                               3
Punts:                                         4                               6
Time Of Possession:                31:26                         28:34

Individual Stats


Alabama        No.    Yards    TD    Long

Yeldon                     11         111             1           40
Fowler                      8           68             0            18
Lacy                         9           35             1            9
Hart                         9           24             0            7
Drake                       1            2              0            2
McCarron                  4            19              0           15

Michigan        No.    Yards    TD    Long  

Smith                      13            37             0             22
Robinson                 10            37             1              9 
Rawls                       6             11             0             5


Alabama       Comp/Att/INT          Yards

McCarron                 11-21-0                                 199

Michigan      Comp/Att/INT          Yards

Robinson                 11-27-2                                  200
Bellomy                   0-1-1                                      0


Alabama     No.        Yards

Norwood                  3                      53
Bell                          2                      26
White                       1                      51
Yeldon                     1                      26
Johnson                   1                      16
Cooper                     1                      15
Lacy                         1                      10
Williams                   1                      2

Michigan     No.        Yards

Gallon                      4                      107
Roundtree                2                       12
Smith                       2                       11
Gardner                   1                       44
Dileo                        1                       20
Kwiatkowski            1                        6

  • TJ Yeldon was the first running back in Alabama Football HISTORY to rush for over 100 yards in his first game ever.
  • Amari Cooper's pinky was dislocated during the game and nobody noticed  difference.
  • CJ Mosley's pick six was the 3rd of his career, tying Antonio Langham's Alabama record.
  • The week leading up to the game, boxer Floyd Mayweather placed a $3 MILLION bet on Michigan to win the game. After the game, AJ McCarron tweeted, "Thank you to all the fans and your support. And to Floyd Mayweather, you wish you had $3 Million back"
  • The crowd of 90,413 was the largest crowd to ever see a game in Cowboys Stadium.
  • Seven true freshman saw the field in their first game ever at Bama. TJ Yeldon and Amari Cooper, of course, who were immediate impact players. But also RB Kenyan Drake, linebackers Reggie Ragland and Dillon Lee, CB Geno Smith, and safety Landon Collins. Also seeing the field was CB Deion Belue, a JUCO transfer. Most JUCO transfers that Saban signs see the field right away. Guys like Terrence Cody, James Carpenter, Jesse Williams, and DeQuan Menzie. Saban doesn't like to take JUCO's, he'd rather have a freshman and develop him over 4 or 5 years. So he only takes guys like these that are good enough to step in and play right away at a position of need. Eight REDSHIRT freshman saw the field: QB Phillip Ely (Only cause we so thoroughly dominated that ass that the backups saw late game action), Dee Hart, Brent Calloway (Who just got kicked off the team, as y'all probably know), center Ryan Kelly (Who will be taking the place of Barrett Jones in 2013. He's said to be really awesome), WR's Marvin Shinn and Danny Woodson, Jr. I think Shinn will play alot in '13. CB Bradley Sylve, who might be the fastest guy on the team, and DT DJ Pettway, who was kicked off the team with Calloway. Pettway had a sack in this game. He really had alot of potential. Shame.

  • All in all 15 first year players saw the field in the FIRST game of the season. 13 of which will be a part of this year's team. That's how Saban builds DEPTH, no matter how many upperclassmen STARS we have. Anyone who says a recruit will have to sit on the bench for 3 years before he plays because Bama is so stacked either doesn't know what they are talking about, or is just flat out lying. Any recruit who thinks that is probably not the kinda guy who is willing to work hard enough to see the field that soon in the first place. Saban signs the best, develops the best, and puts the best on the field.

The highly ranked and overhyped 2012 version of the storied Michigan Wolverines were trying to write another chapter into the legacy of one of their most exciting and popular players of all time, Denard Robinson.

AJ McCarron and friends were simply writing another chapter in a trilogy known as Fifty Shades Of Whoopass.

Michigan's Fight Song is called "Hail To The Victors". But for this night, a more apt title would've been "Hell To The Victims"

Postgame Reaction

Brady Hoke's Postgame Press Conference

Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musberger Analysis

ESPN Highlights


"We didn't play Michigan Football today. You guys could see that we didn't come to play ball today" - Denard Robinson, following the game. Well, no shit, Denard. Maybe there was a group of guys on the opposite line of scrimmage that had a little something to do with that!

"I didn't make the throws I should have made today and I feel I didn't play as the Michigan quarterback today" - Denard Robinson, again. He was accustomed to playing against air in the Big Ten.

"This team has a challenge of trying to create an identity for themselves in terms of how they competed and how they played. And I think they took a step in that direction" - Nick Saban.

"We're on the short end of the measuring stick right now" - Brady Hoke.

"We didn't play Michigan Football. And that is something that bothers our team, bothers our coaches" - Brady Hoke, again. These people were completely oblivious to the level of talent in that team that they played against. There literally was NOTHING they could've done differently.

Joe Paterno said it best, after getting his ass kicked by Bama at the beginning of the 2010 season. When asked what was the reason for it, he said, "Well sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the other team and say that they are just better than you. Maybe they're just better than we are"

"It was a cold reality for Michigan. The Wolverines are still playing catch up and if Alabama keeps improving, everyone else may again be in the same boat" - Cecil Hurt

Friday, February 15, 2013

Recruiting: A Look Ahead To The Class Of 2014; In-State Players

Of the 26 players that Alabama signed for the class of 2013, only 8 were from the state of Alabama. Only 7 if you consider that Reuben Foster moved to Alabama during his senior year in high school. And only 6 if Bradley Bozeman does indeed grayshirt. Alabama has had so much success the past few years that great players from everywhere are interested in playing for Nick Saban. And this past year, there were really only a few huge recruits within the state. Bama got the top 5 players in the state, but then branched out.

This year if very different. This class of prospects in the state of Alabama might be as good as the class that signed in 2008 that included Julio Jones, Mark Barron, and Courtney Upshaw. There are at least a dozen guys who will be at least 4 star recruits and locking down the state this year appears to be the priority.

The top of the list is very heavy with a handful of guys that will compete for the top spot, so the order here is completely random, but I'll start with a guy who is committed to play for The Tide.

Bo Scarborough

Bo Scarborough is one of the best athletes in the country. He is 6'2" 220 lbs of nothing but muscle. He is listed at RB right now, but could play linebacker just as well. As long as he has his head on straight, he is an almost surefire superstar. He has been a longtime commit for Bama, but he will no doubt enjoy taking all his visits, as pretty much everyone wants him badly.

Marlon Humphrey

Marlon Humphrey is the best CB in the country. Maybe the best of the past several years. He goes to Hoover High School. He is in the top 10 overall. And it certainly doesn't hurt us that his dad is none other than Bobby Humphrey. Auburn is sniffing around pretty terribly, but his favorites are Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and USC.

Ronnie Clark

Ronnie Clark is a personal favorite because he goes to Calera High School, which is a couple miles from my house. He is 6'3" 205, about the same size Mark Barron was coming out of high school. He'll end up ranked in the top 10 at his position, which will probably be safety.

Roc Thomas

Racean Thomas, also known as "Roc" is a 4 star RB from Oxford who loves Alabama. He's not as big, but he plays like Trent Richardson, fighting for every yard. He will be one of the top 5 RB's in the country and I don't know if we will take more than 1 RB next year, after taking 4 of the top 12. So this will be interesting, as Auburn and Tennessee are also heavy after him.

Tre Williams

Tre Williams goes to the same high school that AJ McCarron and Mark Barron went to, St. Paul's in Mobile. It's gonna be a battle with Auburn for this guy. He is a 4 star linebacker that's pretty much alot like Reuben Foster in size and the way he plays. Hard hitter.

Rashaan Evans

Rashaan Evans is one of the top 20 LB's in the country. He is at Auburn High School, so you know they'll be all over him but maybe his former teammate Reuben can be in his ear. Alabama and Auburn will probably battle for him down to the end.

Shaun Dion Hamilton

Shaun Dion Hamilton, from Montgomery, is also one of the top 10 or 20 LB's in the country. He seems to be an Auburn-Clemson battle right now and doesn't even have an Alabama offer yet, so we will see. This is a great year for LB's in this state, and Saban loads up at this position every year, so we will no doubt get a couple of these guys.

Justin Thornton

Justin Thornton is a 6'5" 230 lb DE and Linebacker who is about to blow up. He has just recently gotten offers from Auburn, FSU, Florida, and LSU. Not much info on where he's leaning or anything like that yet, but he'll be yet another potential 5 star guy.

Stephen Roberts is a CB at Opelika High School that Saban would love to have and has already offered him a scholarship. I don't think Auburn has yet, but they will soon, as will every other school in the south.

Denzel Ware is a guy who will probably be somewhere towards the back of the top 10 in state. He is an outstanding DE who just recently transferred to Opp High school from out of state. He had been committed to Florida State but changed that to Kentucky for Mark Stoops. So whatever.

Sorry, I don't get too excited about a guy that I already know probably isn't going to Alabama.

Kendrick Moss, Jakell Mitchell, TJ Posey, and Jordan Sims are a few guys bubbling right outside that top 10. I'm sure at least one of these guys will blow up during the process, probably Sims.

Gonna be another awesome recruiting class coming to Tuscaloosa next year, cause there's absolutely no chance that Nick Saban doesn't get at least half of that top 10 and it wouldn't shock me at all if he got 8 or 9 of those guys. Not at all.