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Game notes: Wisconsin vs Bama
Written by hscoach
Comments: 25
Posted under: The Quad
First:   Congrats to Bamaís players and coaches for the first win of the season.  It was not some team used just for a warm-up game, like many teams do.   Wisconsin is supposed to be a legitimate contender for the Big 10. 

Offense:  The offense overall, played pretty well for a first game.  The Bama offense put up 502 total yards, 264 passing and 238 rushing. They gained more yards in the second half than they did in the first half, 199 to 303.   As far as negative plays they gave up 4 tackles for losses and 3 sacks.  The offense had 7 runs of 10+ yards while they had 16 pass plays for 10+ yards.  They also had only 1 three and out.  I thought it was a good balance of pass and run for the first game.  Also, it looked like Bama wanted to establish the run early and use play action off of this.  Even though this was the first game they didnít have many ďconfusedĒ times which usually lead to wasted timeouts or delay of game penalties.  They did leave at least 6 points on the field with missed field goals.  They are going to have to do a better job on third down conversions as the year goes on.    They were 4 for 11.   One of the best stats is there were no turnovers by the offense.

QB:  For a first game, I thought Coker played well.  He was not perfect, but he really only made what I consider one bad throw.  He threw the ball in a crowd in pressure on a screen.  The only other knock was he underthrew at least 2 deep balls, one of which would have been a touchdown.  I really couldnít tell if he was able to check many plays at the LOS.  He completed 71% of his passes and it looks like he was able to come off his first read and find a secondary rec. a couple of times.  Bateman, I thought did a solid job.  He completed 7 of 8 and had one throw that should not have been made.  That was the incomplete.   I did think his feet may have been a little happy at times and still had a little time to stay in the pocket.

RB:    They ran well and blocked well most of the time.  Henry is a bull and most of the time gets positive yardage with a little push by the OL.  He picked up the blitz once last night and could hear the pop on TV.  He also stayed with this block and allowed Cocker to scramble for a first down.   Drake also ran hard and he is a threat to go the distance from anywhere on the field.  Harris I will be interested to see more of when he gets a chance with the first team. 

REC:  I really like the way these recs catch the ball.  They shoot there hand and snag the ball and donít wait for it to come into their body.  Not counting backs 6 different recs had catches last night.  They also did a pretty good job after they caught the ball.  There were a couple of missed blocks, like on the first wide rec screen.  However, I think it was Mullaney, he was wide open down the field.  I also think the tight ends blocked better this year, especially Howard.

OL:   The OL was dominant at time.  There were many instances where they had successful combo blocks and came off to the next level.  There were a few missed assignments, but overall they did a pretty good job especially with 3 new starters in the game. One of the best blocks came on a first ant 10 with 7:27 left in the third quarter where Robinson blocked his man for 10 yards plus and actually pushed him off the field.  On the same play you can see Foster crack and destroy a linebacker or safety.

Defense:  The defense played a solid game especially in the second half.  They gave up 171 yards in the first half and only 97 in the second.  Also, in the 3rd and 4th quarters there were some back-ups in.  This team was use to running the ball and Bama held them to 40 yards, which was 280 less than last yearís average.  It looked like they planned on attacking Bama with the back out and quick throws, which they had a little success with.  They also tried to exploit the areas vacated by the LBs on play action.  As far as negative plays, Bama had 3sacks, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 interception.  It also looked like they played fairly plain last night.  Things that impressed me were the open field tackling and getting lined up with the new faces on D.  They had three 3 and outs all in the second half.   They did give up one run of 10+ yards and 10 passes for 10+ yards.  Their longest run was 25 yards and the stud running back longest run was5 yards. 

DL:  They did a great job handling the front of Wisconsin.  They dominated the LOS.  This allowed others to make plays.  They put enough pressure on the QB so he couldnít really get comfortable.   So many played well it is hard to name them all.   

LB:   I thought they all played well and made the plays when the DL didnít allow the OL to get to the next level.  Again this year it looks like Ragland is up for some big hits.  Foster made some big hits and plays in open space.  It also looks like Hamilton can contribute.

DB:  They were not tested that often, but seem to be in pretty good position when they were thrown at.  I like the move of Jackson to safety.  I thought for a first game he played well here.  The freshman Fitzpatrick is not scared of mix it up and play pretty good coverage.

Penalties: The main concern is the number of penalties.  Bama had 11 penalties and some of them were costly.  They took Bama out of good situations on offense and put them in bad situations on defense.  There were 4 holding calls against 4 different linemen.  There were back to back false starts that took Bama out of very good field position.  There were 3 pass interference calls 2 on the defense and one on the offense.   These penalties need to be cleaned up because of the toughness of the schedule which can mean the difference in a game.

Special teams:   The kickoff coverage was pretty good except for 1 where players got out of their lanes and allowed the runner to get to the outside.  I donít know if there are 2 number 7ís but if that is Sims going down on the kick off team he was delivering a blow to whomever he hit.  Field goal left 6 point on the field.  On the first miss he looked like he tried to hit it too hard.  On the second it looked like an alignment problem.  Punting was not what we have been custom to from Scott.  This needs to be fixed before they get too deep in the season.

Finally:   I thought Bama looked better in the opener this year than they did last year.   I think they are ahead of last yearís team at this point.  I hope they donít read their press clipping and understand there is still improvement that needs to be made.  Some of the 2nd teamers got some good playing time and needs to improve if they are called upon this year.

Please feel free to comment.

Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll 
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Sunday Morning CRS Coaches Corner
Written by Jamos
Comments: 20
Posted under: The Quad
The first game is here and gone and we all know who the starting QB is now so it's time to give all of our highly regarded opinions of last nights game. I'm not going to pick out every aspect of the game to mention but some of the plays or players that I thought were worth mentioning.

To me it was a typical first game with a lot of mistakes but yet with a lot of drama as to some of the big plays made and some big plays almost made. It didn't take long for Derrick Henry to remind all of us fans as to how good he really is. His running was at it's finest last night but there was one thing that he did that really caught my attention, his blocking. I thought he did a really good job picking up the blitzes and on one particular play he must have hit the rushing LB 5-6 times in protecting the QB.

The highly publicized QB battle for the starting job went off okay. Coker got the start and he showed to have a few jitters but I think he settled in as the game progressed and did a decent job. Sure he made some mistakes but the more he plays the better he should get. Bateman came in and gave a contrasting difference in how he plays the position. He is very mobile and I think he will give Coker a run for the QB job as the season progresses which can be really good for the team. I'm not counting out Morris either, it will be good to see him get a chance for some extended play. I know I feel better about the QB position right now than I did at this time last year. I'm not knocking Sims, I thought he did an amazing job last year and he was really the only QB that we had.

The running game seems to be as good as last year before Drake was injured. I'm hoping that they can stay healthy and continue where they left off last night. To me they are the key to Bama getting into the championship picture again.

The offensive line had some good moments but had way too many penalties. Holding is usually the result of the lineman getting beat on the play and Bama had their share of holding calls. I'm sure the coaches will get that corrected.

Bama has a stable full of receivers and we got to see some of them last night. We all hated to see Cooper graduate but it has now given all of the other receivers that were standing in his shadow the chance to show their game. The QBs should count their blessings in having so much talent to throw to.

Defensively I thought Bama had a lot of ups and downs in the game. In the first half I thought the defense played somewhat cautious and it made them look soft. There was no push coming from the line and Wisconsin was winning the battle on the line of scrimmage. The defensive backfield was playing soft as well and giving up a lot of receptions. In the second half I thought the defense did something that we haven't seen in a long time, They came out and played with a lot of aggression and it changed the whole game for Bama. They were stopping them on third down and had the Wisconsin QB running for his life.

And now the kicking game. It sure was a contrasting difference in what we saw last year and what we saw last night. The place kicking seems to be where it left off at the end of last season, very unpredictable. I know Griffith has a back issue but he may be the weak link in the chain again this year. Scott on the other had had a tremendous year last year and was up for the Ray Guy Award. If you remember I posted in the scrimmage thread earlier this year that he had only one good punt all day. I left there thing he just had a bad day but I'm not so sure now. Has he injured himself or has he changed his way of punting to try and better himself from last year. If he's trying to better himself, I think he made a bad decission because it would be very hard to top what he did last year. If you weant to blame it on coaching them we would have to go outside of Saban's staff as these kickers go to kicking clinics or have their own private coach to help them. This isn't to say that the Bama coaches don't try and help them some but Bama does not have a kicking coach to my knowledge, only a special teams coach.

I might add too that there were way too many penalties and I'm sure CNS and staff will take care of that.

Well there it is, my version of what I saw and I'm sure that most of you have much better opinions of what you saw and will share your opinions. I can't wait for next Saturday to get here and see where and how much we improve. RTR!!!

Jesse "Monstar" Williams Released by Seattle
Written by Jamos
Comments: 16
Posted under: The Quad
Last evening I received a call from a my good friend that I am always excited to hear from, Kuiyam. This time the call brought some sad news though, Jesse had been released by the Seahawks. It shocked me some but knowing what we all know about his health issues of recent months and the nature of professional football concerning the physical abilities of a player, it wasn't so shocking.

For all of us that have known or knew of Jesse in the past years, we knew him to be almost invincible, a mountain of a man. Here was a young man that was so strong, bench pressing 600lbs and could have lifted more, that we all felt he would dominate in professional football after he left Alabama. Who can forget the play in the SEC playoff game against Georgia when Jesse stuffed a 3rd down play that forced Georgia to have to punt the football near the end of the game which pretty much sewed up the win for Bama. Only a few plays before this, he had gone down with a knee injury which indicated that he was done for the game, but no, he reentered the game and made his game saving play with the bad knee. This was Jesse Williams vintage, he doesn't know the words wouldn't or couldn't nor never. Jesse's childhood goal was to play professional football and even though he never got the chance to play a regular season game he did get to play in the preseason games. Everybody, except Jesse, had given him very little or no chance of every playing again after his cancer diagnosis but we all know the end of that story, he did play and played very well. He did fulfill his dream to a big degree but he lacked about a half a step of playing on Sunday afternoons. Personally I feel that God has other things for Jesse in his life ahead that will make him feel just as happy as if he had made it to the Sunday afternoon games. Maybe Coach Nick Saban could use another coach on his staff, now wouldn't that be a lifetime dream come true. 

Jesse is taking his bad news the same way he has taken all of his other bad news, like a BIG man and it isn't the end of the world as his life will go on with more opportunities awaiting. One bit of good news is already awaiting him though, his son is due to be born at anytime.

Good luck to you Jesse Williams and thank you for giving me the opportunity of meeting you and your family, some of the nicest friends I have ever had. May God's blessings be with you and your family. RTR!!!

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A Very Hot Day at Bryant Denny
Written by Jamos
Comments: 45
Posted under: The Quad
To say it was hot is an understatement, I would guess the temp was in the 110-120 degree range on the field. I have to compliment the players for how they handled it as I didn't see any cramped players during the practice. There were a couple that were helped off the field bit I don't think cramps were their problem.

The scrimmage pretty much looked like the last scrimmage of the preseason for the players. I think CNS said the players have had one day off in the last 14 days so the players were pretty much drained from a physical standpoint.

Coach Saban opened his coverage of the practice with us emphasizing how he has challenged the players in respect as to what will they be remembered for when their playing days are over at Alabama. He stated that he told the players that each of them has a right to fail themselves but they have no right cause those around them to fail and in other words it is gut check time. It is time to step up and be that player that they have dreamed about being since they were a little boy.

Who will be the next QB is the question that everyone is asking and Coach said even Miss Terrie would ask him that when he got home. There is no first string QB right now but Coach was emphatic when he stated that the player that earned that would be the player that would not beat the team with mistakes. I think we all are well aware of that by now if you know anything about Bama football. As I watched the scrimmage I finally started to form an opinion of who I think the first two QBs are and who will be the starter.

If I had to point a finger at the one area that concerned me most about the team it would be the number of dropped passes. Again it was hot as blazes out there and fatigue could have been the big reason for a lot of them. There were also a lot of bad throws by the QBs as well. The starting defense and offense had some good moments though as the starters would flex there muscles occasionally.

Are we ready for Wisconson? No, but this team will get some needed rest and will be ready. It was good to see Kenyon Drake racing around the field as well as Bo Scarbrough and somehow I get the feeling that our running game coulds be something very special this year. The youngsters behind those team looked good as well when they had their chance to show up. The one player that caught my eye though was #16 Richard Mullaney, the transfer wide receiver from Oregon State. He made some good catches and ran really well after the catches. There were other players that had their good moments, Derrick Henry, Chris Black (finally got rid of the black jersey), ArDarius  Stewart ( made a super one handed grab on a tipped ball inthe end zone, and Kenyon Drake with aqll of these being on the offense. There were many good plays on the defensive side of the ball but the one player that caught my eye was#15 Ronnie Harrison. This young man seems to have a bright future in front of him.

There is two weeks of healing for the players now and it is much needed. I think this team will be more than ready for Wisconsin and by the way, my prediction for the starting QB is #11 Alec Morris and #18 Cooper Bateman with Morris getting the nod. Remember, this is just my prediction and not what CNS said. Wink

And on a side note, Bill Battle introduced Bama basketball coach Anthony Johnson to the REC that drew a rousing ovation. I think there has been a bonding friendship developed between CNS and the football team and CAJ and the basketball team. CAJ is no dummy. Cheesy

Get your tailgate parties planned because Bama football is just two weeks away. RTR!!!!

Stallings to Swinney: "You ain't got this job"
Written by bama57
Comments: 5
Posted under: The Quad
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Let's talk a little basketball
Written by Jamos
Comments: 27
Posted under: The Quad
I know football season is almost here but my head is spinning with all of the recruiting news that we hear and read each day, way too many names and promises for me. I'll just wait on February to get here and see who signed the dotted line.

Basketball is getting started as well and I'm all excited about this season. There are some good things going on with CAJ and his staff so far with a full team now signed and the    schedule being completed. I am happy with the schedule even though it is tough because I think the earlier the team finds out how good they are the quicker they become a better team.

Bama is losing a basketball icon as Wendell Hudson is finally retiring. He has been with Bama for many years as a player and employee and has represented the school with nothing but the highest class.

Wendell was at the country club this weekend and was asked a few questions about CAJ and the team. Wendell is very excited about CAJ, staff, and team and has watched the players practice some. He stated that the Bama fans are in store for a big change in the style of basketball that we all have been used to watching. He feels that the recruiting edge is better than it has been in many many years and the style of play should get Bama into the realm of the better programs much quicker than what some of us might have been thinking. Wendell thinks the new style of play will lure the better players across the country to Tuscaloosa.

I was reading something today on a player that Bama is hot on, Terrance Ferguson. Rumors are out there that Bama has a real shot at this player. I found some videos of him that I will add the link for you to watch and I was very impressed and he is a 5 star by the way.

Anyway, just a little basketball gossip from me and maybe some of you have some things that you have been hearing or reading and would like to share a little of it on the forum.
Roll Tide!!!

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Caption this pic
Written by 2Stater
Comments: 27
Posted under: The Quad

Now Coach, just so you know, MD is expecting a Natty this year. 

Lane Kiffen Sez.........
Written by Jamos
Comments: 9
Posted under: The Quad
Tonight was the night that all the members of the REC had been waiting on, Lane Kiffen was to be the guest speaker for our last meeting of this past season.

Say what you want about Lane Kiffen, but this guy has a great sense of humor. He started us off tonight talking about when he first got to Bama and he asked Coach Saban about how he would address the media when he did an interview. Coach Saban told him that it would be very easy for him, he would not be doing any interviews.

This would set the tone for a very funny and informative meeting. Coach Kiffen first went through his young career, giving us a glimpse of his past years in coaching and explaining to us that the University of Alabama is by far the premier college coaching job in the country. He talked about Coach Saban and explained what the word "process" really means as most of the media describes CNS as the man of the word "process". The term "process" means nothing more than making the right decisions, right choices, and if you are on the football field making a good play on every down. He said it sounds simple but it is very tough for the players as they have never experienced anything like this in their young lives and in the blink of an eye, they have to grow up again to a much higher level.

He gave us a word of caution concerning the offensive side of the football this year. When you loose nine of the starters from last year it naturally puts a big challenge on the team this year. The problem isn't that they are short of good players but that they are short of good experienced players. He is hoping that when the fall practices start, the players have done well in the off season preparations and will bring some pleasant surprises to the coaches this fall. He did mention some names but only in the term of what they are capable of doing and he feels that when they get more reps on the practice field their performances will match their expectations. Coach Kiffen did not elaborate on the quarterbacks only to say that there is no one that really stands out above the others.

The best thing I heard him say tonight was the defense will be lights out this year and they are solid at being two deep this year. There were some good things said about Rashaad Evans and Marlin Humphrey in that they had a very good Spring and should really help the team this Fall.

All in all I thought he did a good job of telling us, in a Coach Saban way, that the team can be a good team this year but it will take some good luck health wise and and the back ups from last year will need to play up their expectations of when they were recruited. He did elaborate on what a healthy Kenyon Drake and Bo Scarbrough would mean to the offense. If Kenyon Drake doesn't get hurt last year he would have been an All-American and Bo Scarbrough brings a ton of talent, running and receiving, with him. He was asked about a return to play time for Scarbrough and responded that it would probably fall into the 3-5 game range of the season but he wasn't sure.

In closing, he asked that when we as fans have game tickets and aren't going to use them to please either sell them to someone or give them to someone. A full stadium does wonders for the players and to all the recruits who are there trying to make a choice of who they would like to play for. Also, he said it makes Coach Saban happy as he** too.



Go-Ahead Grand Slam Punches Softball's 10th Ticket to College World Series
Written by pmull
Comments: 21
Posted under: The Quad
Facing a one-game deficit in a best-of-three series against Oklahoma, Alabama won game two, 2-0, to force a deciding game three which the Tide won 5-3 courtesy of a sixth-inning grand slam by Marisa Runyon. The win secures Alabama's 10th trip to the Women's College World Series, which begins Thursday, May 28 in Oklahoma City.

Alabama has now made it to the Women's College World Series in four of the last five years, including a national title in 2012 and a runner-up finish in 2014. This is just the 14th time in the history of the Super Regional round that a team has come back from a game one loss to win games two and three. Alabama accomplished this feat previously in 2011, falling in game one to Stanford before rebounding with wins in games two and three.

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Prayer for Jesse Williams
Written by ricky023
Comments: 19
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Father we come to you knowing all things are in your control. Lord we pray thy will be done for Jesse. We pray you will heal this cancer that you took the stripes for and through your authority we seek healing. In the name of your son JESUS we pray and claim this prayer. AMEN

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