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Countdown to Football: 61 Days -- Is Dre Kirkpatrick Alabama's top pro prospect? | al.com

In its 2012 mock draft -- yes, already -- the website projects five Alabama players as first-round picks.

Outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw (projected as the 18th pick), running back Trent Richardson (19th), safety Mark Barron (26th) and inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (32nd) are among that group.

But who is the Tide's top pro prospect? Junior cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is projected as the draft's seventh pick.

Incredibly early to start nitpicking mock drafts, but considering SBN's own Mocking the Draft has Kirkpatrick as their top corner, too, it just has to be said: HAVE THESE PEOPLE LOST THEIR MINDS?  He's not even the top corner on the team right now, and putting him ahead of Upshaw, Hightower, and Barron is ludicrous. That's not to say he couldn't have a monster of a season and move up, but the body of work just isn't there yet for this kind of hype.

Alabama revises its NCAA secondary violations report | al.com

One day after posting a report on its website that summarized 44 NCAA secondary rules violations in the past two years, Alabama issued a revised report to the newspapers of al.com Saturday that summarizes fewer violations.


The new report now summarizes 36 secondary violations, of which 14 involve the football program. The original report listed 16 secondary violations by the football program.

An athletic department official said the reason for the changes was that several duplications and a couple of omissions were caught in a review of the original report.

Alex Avila Selected as a Starter for 2011 MLB All-Star Game - WHNT

"Alex continues to make the UA family proud, and we're excited with his selection to this year's MLB All-Star Game," UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "He has tremendous passion and skill to play the game of baseball as shown with him being selected as one of the best players at the major league level. We are extremely proud of Alex."

Penn State 2011 Football Season Preview: Alabama - SB Nation Pittsburgh

Likely Outcome

This is a tough one. My heart says that the Nittany Lions avenge last year's 24-3 defeat and send Nick Saban and the boys home with their heads hung. My brain says the Tide return too much, and replace those gone with enough talent, to be a tough match for Penn State. However, as always, the heart wants what the heart wants. Penn State 22, Alabama 19.

That's so cute.

Vote for the greatest Patriot - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN

John Hannah

Hannah was about to begin his ninth season with the New England Patriots in 1981 when Sports Illustrated proclaimed him "The Best Offensive Lineman of All Time" on its Aug. 3, 1981 cover. Selected with the fourth pick of the 1973 draft out of the University of Alabama (where legendary coach Bear Bryant called him the greatest lineman he ever coached), Hannah became a starter immediately. He formed, along with tackle Leon Gray, what was considered the best left side of an offensive line in the NFL in the 1970s and early ’80s. With Hannah anchoring the offensive line, the Patriots rushed for 3,165 yards in 1978, still an NFL record. In 1991 Hannah became the first Patriots player inducted into the Hall of Fame.

...and etc.

Alabama Football: All Time 10 Best QB’s - isportsweb

UA Alumni benefit hosts former Tide QB Hunter | The Clanton Advertiser

Barrett Jones 2012 NFL Draft prospect notes - Mocking The Draft

Tom Mattingly: Choosing sides not straightforward " GoVolsXtra

Sam Cunningham - The Personification of BOLD - Conquest Chronicles

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