"Not just defense — the team, everybody. We’ll put it on our back. If that’s what it takes, we’re going to do it. We’re going to get it done. And everybody from me, Dont’a, C.J. — we’re working hard pushing everybody. It’s fun."
"C.J. Mosley's a great athlete, and he's a really good role player," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "He can run. He can cover. He plays really good in nickel. That's all he played for us last year. We played so much nickel, everybody thinks he plays all the time."
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban addressed Carter's status. "We still don't know," Saban said academic hurdles. "Until we get the information back on Duron Carter, which I haven't heard anything on compliance (Tuesday), we do have a few more days to be able to get this done."
"He's improved a lot. I feel like we have four corners that I view all as starters. I don't know which ones will end up playing most. ... Dee Milliner and Phelon are battling it out for who plays the other corner." - Saban on senior cornerback Phelon Jones.
5. TRENT RICHARDSON, ALABAMA
THE PARTICULARS: 5-11/224, Jr.; Pensacola Escambia
THE BUZZ: Richardson has been a productive backup, rushing for 1,451 yards and 14 TDs in his first two seasons, and he should be the focal point of the Tide's offense this season. He was a second-team All-SEC choice last season and should vie for All-America honors this fall.
7. DONT'A HIGHTOWER, ALABAMA
THE PARTICULARS: 6-4/260, Jr.; Lewisburg (Tenn.) Marshall County
THE BUZZ: He made an immediate impact as a freshman in 2008, then missed most of the '09 season with a knee injury. He played well last season -- 69 tackles, which was second on the team -- but wasn't quite as disruptive as he was in 2008. He should be totally healthy this fall. Despite his size, Hightower is adept in coverage, but he is at his best when he's near the line of scrimmage. He has 149 career tackles.
Richardson knows a lot is expected of him in 2011, but he loves those expectations. "At the end of the day, I want to live up to that," he said. "I want to be able to say like ‘Hey, I did that’ or ‘We did that.’ At the same time, it’s hard because you’ve got a big target on your back, but that’s nothing to be scared of. It’s going to be a bigger role for me. I have to be ready to play, have to have a lot of character in what I do."
The University of Alabama is planning to honor the emergency workers who responded to the April tornado outbreak during the Crimson Tide's first football game this season. The school's athletics department said Tuesday a brief ceremony to salute first responders is being planned during pregame festivities for the Sept. 3 game against Kent State at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Other than what it has already self-imposed, the University of Tennessee athletic department will not be hit with any further sanctions from the NCAA, multiple sources told the News Sentinel on Tuesday. The multiple sources requested anonymity because the NCAA is set to announce the findings from June's Committee on Infractions hearing Wednesday.
"Make Bama throw the football early and often, I'm not exactly scared of Maze and Hanks at wideout. PSU can afford to load up the box and attempt to slow down #3 Richardson who is a beast."
Barring the return of Bolden’s rushing prowess, what does each offer Penn State? McGloin was more effective against the blitz in 2010. His 131.1 pass efficiency rating against the blitz outperformed Bolden’s 100.5 rating, and more than half of Bolden’s seven interceptions came when facing five or more pass rushers. Additionally McGloin had the better performance in the spring game (five-for-10, 109 yards, one touchdown), whereas Bolden did not complete one pass in five attempts and threw an interception.