The Jumbo Package │08.15.13

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Your daily dose of Crimson Tide related links and quotes

Now that Denzel Devall knows the routine, look out for Alabama's outside linebacker |

Coming in as a freshman, of course, you're shaking, but right now I'm getting comfortable," the sophomore outside linebacker said. "I'm getting better and working hard each and every day." What does Devall know now that he didn’t know then? "I guess routine," he said. "Knowing what you've got each and every day and stuff. Coming in as a freshman, it's like a blindfold.".

I'm glad to hear that Devall is still progressing after a solid freshman campaign. And his comments about struggling has a freshman is why I would rather not have to rely on this years freshman class, no matter how talented, to supply meaningful playing time. If they can play, and can grasp the defense, get them on the field.

I also found it interesting that the article stated Devall is expected to start a Jack LB this year..

Alabama's freshman running backs thrust into competition for carries behind T.J. Yeldon |

And all of them, in some particular way, should be able to contribute in 2013, Alabama coach Nick Saban said after Tuesday's practice. It's just a matter of keeping up appearances, no matter the time, place or setting. "You make an impression on people every day by what you do," Saban said.

"You can make a good impression, you can make a bad impression. If you keep doing what you've always done, usually you get the same results. If you don't do it right, you don't get very good results. If you do it right, play hard, do the right things, you get pretty good results, and that kind of shows.

Forget football for a second and pay attention to the life lesson Saban just schooled us all in. Every day we have an opportunity to make an impact, good or bad, on everything we do and everyone around us. We can either be a positive influence on others or a negative one. We can either be a good father (or mother) to our kids, or a bad one. A good student or a crappy one.

It's your call.

Jax State OT Caleb Gulledge feeling better after 'small back issue' led to exit from Alabama (report) |

Gulledge, who was medically disqualified after spring practice with the Crimson Tide, told The Star it was his decision to leave Alabama. "I guess I didn’t feel comfortable with the situation," he told The Star. "My father had back problems and he just didn’t want me to press it and go right back in it and just tear it up again. I kind of took the process slow trying to make sure I’m healthy."

I hate hearing about stuff like this and far be it from me to ignore the elephant in the room. Sure, in his own words, he took the "process slow" in getting healthy but how does a guy get medically disqualified at 'Bama and turn up cleared at Jax State?

Now it could be that JSU has lesser standards on what is deemed "medically qualified" but it is still puzzling and disconcerting to say the least. I honestly hope we are not forcing guys out to make room for incoming, perhaps better talented players but it wouldn't surprise me to find out it's true.

Tide focuses on improving pass rush - TimesDaily: Alabama Football

We are really working hard," junior Ed Stinson said. "We are just trying to get on the same page." The players heard the criticism and are just as eager as Rumph to change that perception. "Listening to people doubting our pass rush just kind of motivates us to be better pass rushers," junior Jeoffrey Pagan said.

A few weeks ago I predicted that our total sacks and our sack rate would improve from 2012, and it seems like that may be the focus for the front seven. We like to say our defense prefers to "pressure the QB" but again, if we could rush the QB, at a very high rate, and hit him a lot.. we would do it.

Tide's T.J. Yeldon says his aim is to be the best |

Considering the lineage of stellar running backs to wear the crimson and white, Yeldon's aim is ambitious and admirable all the same. "I'm always going to be motivated," Yeldon said. "I'm just trying to be the best I can be, the best running back to ever come through here. So I'm just doing what I can do to be the best."

I believe Lacy said last year that Yeldon will be the best running back (of the Saban era) by the time he leaves the Capstone. And if 2012 was any sort of preview of the things to come, that certainly will be the case.

SEC will not participate in EA's NCAA Football video game |

"Each school makes its own individual decision regarding whether or not to license their trademarks for use in the EA Sports game(s)," the SEC said in a statement. "The Southeastern Conference has chosen not to do so moving forward.

"Neither the SEC, its member universities, nor the NCAA have ever licensed the right to use the name or likeness of any student to EA Sports."

Meh, I don't have time to play the game anyways. C'est la vie


Player Profile You Should Know: #24 Geno Smith, Corner Back

Spotlight on Alabama freshman running back Derrick Henry (video) |

Spotlight on Alabama sophomore linebacker Reggie Ragland (video) |

Spotlight on Alabama RB Altee Tenpenny - Aug. 14, 2013 - Video |

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