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The freshmen led another Crimson Tide comeback as relief pitcher Mitch Greer (1-0) earned his first career win, throwing 2.0 innings, allowing no runs and one hit with a walk and four strikeouts. Sophomore lefty Justin Kamplain threw the final 2.1 innings to earn his second save of the season. Kamplain allowed one hit, a solo home run in the eighth, walked one and struck out three. Samford reliever Andrew Gracia (0-2) took the loss after throwing 0.1 innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits with a strikeout.
"I feel good," Milliner said in an interview with Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders on NFL Network. "I came out and did what I wanted to do, and that's get in the 4.3s, 4.2s."
Some consider Alabama guard Chance Warmack the best player in the draft. Everyone knows he can dominate at the line of scrimmage. But his 5.41 40 didn't make him look like a great athlete. Still, he's considered one of the highest-rated guards to enter the league in the past few years.
There's no question Milliner's the top cornerback in the 2013 NFL Draft class. And now he looks like a virtual lock to go in the top 10 come April; I mocked him to the Browns at No. 6 and that's the furthest he fell in all of our mocks.
Mathieu would have been a sure-fire first-round pick if he hadn’t got kicked out of LSU. Now, he could still go as high as the second round. He offers so much to an NFL team. He can be a shut-down slot corner, he can play safety, he can play outside and he’s a dynamic punt returner. The guy is a playmaker.
"A lot of players come through Alabama that don’t go 3-1 against Auburn," said Nico Johnson, who was a senior linebacker on the 2012 team that won its second consecutive national championship and its third in the past four seasons.
The Tide (19-9, 11-4 SEC), which now has a half-game lead over Kentucky for second place in the SEC, will play at 11 a.m. CST Saturday at first-place Florida.
The women's tennis team moved up to No. 5 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, marking the highest ranking in program history. The Crimson Tide's previous best was seventh, which was achieved last season.
The Crimson Tide shot 20-over-par 308 on Tuesday during the second and final round to finish in a tie (with Baylor) for seventh place at 17-over 593. It was the highest round of the year for the Tide by 12 shots and left UA 13 shots behind Southern California and UCLA who tied for first at 4-over-par 580 (USC won the playoff). Duke finished third at 583 while host Tulane (589) and Purdue (591) rounded out the top five
By RQS, Oklahoma moved up to the No. 1 spot, while previously top-ranked Florida dropped to second. Michigan remained in third and LSU overtook the UCLA Bruins to claim the fifth spot. The Tide will take on the No. 6 Bruins this Friday at home before closing out its regular season against the No. 1 Sooners March 15. In between, Alabama travels to No. 5 LSU.
The top-ranked Alabama softball team (16-0) will be continuing its homestand this week with six games in four days. The Tide starts with single games against Samford (6-6) on Wednesday, Feb. 27 and South Alabama (13-1) on Thursday, Feb. 28, before moving immediately into the Easton Classic on March 1-2. Iowa State (7-4) and St. John’s (3-7-1) will be participating in the 2013 Easton Classic.
"It was just the spin on the ball," Murphy said. "I think that was my first realization that the sport of fastpitch softball could be really something. Just by a little bit of difference in the wrist snap, what a ball could do. I couldn't believe it. "But I can still remember exactly how it felt."