STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 10: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide signals a touchdown after the Crimson Tide scored against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first half at Beaver Stadium on September 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
The injury report that Saban gave before practice was short. Senior inside linebacker Chris Jordan hasn't played yet because he's been "nicked up for about two weeks," Saban said. Jordan is unlikely to play against North Texas. "We've got a couple of guys who are nicked up, but nobody who can't practice today or won't be back for sure tomorrow," Saban said. Linebacker Courtney Upshaw was slowed but not sidelined Saturday by an oblique muscle issue that was not a game injury, and he said today that he is fine.
"Darius Hanks plays a big role on this team. I can't wait to have him out there. I miss him out there on the practice field," said running back Trent Richardson. "... Now he's back out there with us. I'm so excited today to go out there and see what's he's going to bring to the table. He's going to have fresh legs and be ready to roll."
"Guys volunteer for a lot of stuff, but players don't decide who plays what," Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday. "We're all for giving guys opportunities to do things that they want to do, that they're motivated to do. "Brandon Lewis was a guy that we thought that athletically and maturity-wise could contribute somewhere else on the team better than he was as a defensive lineman. Even though he's done a good job, we felt like, 'OK, here's the guys we have, where's this guy going to play?'"
"We want to continue to develop Phillip," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "We'd like to play Phillip if we get opportunities to play him. I do still feel both guys are good quarterbacks and there is some good competition there. I think there is room for improvement with both guys, and we'd like to continue to do that."
"There were a lot of good things. We didn't turn the ball over. We didn't get sacked. We only had one penalty offensively, which means we really handled the crowd noise. We did a little better on third down. Defensively, after the first series, we sort of settled down. We made some mental errors in the beginning of the game, which were not helpful, but we got three turnovers, stopped the run pretty well and didn't give a lot of big plays up. We did not play as well on third down as we'd like, and that's something that we need to improve on. Special teams did a pretty good job, but probably didn't get the kind of net punting that we'd like, and we need to improve on that. I think the big thing here is you correct mistakes, you work to eliminate the deficiencies of your team and improve and show it in the game on Saturday. That's what we're trying to do with our team right now."
"We just go out there and play," Alabama running back Trent Richardson said. "We have higher expectations. Our standard has been to start fast and finish strong, and that is what we have to do. We have to make sure we go out every play and do that."
Impression: Has the making of a starting caliber nose at the next level in either a 3-4 and 4-3 front. Can consistently anchor on contact, is long armed and tough to move off the football. Also, is a better pass rusher than given credit for.
One week after elevating LSU to the No. 1 ranking for its season-opening win over Oregon, the BlogPoll is once more rolling with Alabama at its top team. The Tide, who were also the preseason BlogPoll No. 1, picked up fewer first-place votes than LSU, but had a strong enough consensus at the top to get past the Tigers and claim pole position in the Week 3 BlogPoll. Oklahoma, No. 1 in the AP Poll and USA Today coaches poll this week, takes a lower perch in this realm of the college football rankings, settling for No. 3.
Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden was secretly treated for prostate cancer before the 2007 season and has been in remission for four-plus years. Bowden, who was forced into retirement after the 2009 season, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February 2007, after FSU doctors gave him an annual physical exam.
Florida sophomore linebacker Dee Finley was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with driving with a suspended license and resisting a University Police Department officer with violence. The latter is a third-degree felony. Officer William Sasser pulled Finley over at 1:49 p.m. after Finley drove his scooter around a barricade at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Sasser asked for his license and registration, but Finley told the officer he was late and did not want to give him the information, according to the arrest report.
The National College Players Association, headed by former UCLA linebacker Ramogi Huma, will release a report Tuesday titled "The Price of Poverty in Big Time College Sport", which will claim college football players at the Div. 1-A (FBS) level are worth on average $121,000 annually to their respective schools. At schools such as Texas, that number would swell to over $500,000 a year. The NCPA came to their conclusion by taking the pro models for revenue sharing and applying it to the collegiate level.
"In the 78 year history of the SEC, the conference had accepted the membership applications of only two institutions—Arkansas and South Carolina. Texas A&M is now the third. We remain optimistic that Texas A&M will be a member of the SEC and have started to look at schedules for 2012-13 involving 13 teams.