The Jumbo Package | 08.19.13

Can someone give this man some respect? - Kevin C. Cox

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Hey, everyone.  With camp coming to a conclusion this past Saturday, Bama news has slowed to a trickle (except for that one thing...).  Accordingly, the Jumbo Package today, will be a bit broader than usual.

Top Louisiana prospects come away impressed after visit to Alabama |

Four-star wide receiver Cameron Sims, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound star from Monroe, Louisiana, announced shortly after the visit that he will make his college decision public next Saturday (August 24) and will choose between Alabama, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss and Southern University. The surprising inclusion of FCS school Southern is due to Sims' deep family ties to the school.

"I know pretty much everybody at Alabama and they have a couple of Louisiana kids that live like 20 minutes away from me," Sims told 247Sports. "(Wide receivers coach) Billy Napier is a really serious coach that really tries to get to know you, care about you and get the best out of you."

Remember when Saban built the fence around Louisiana while the coach at LSU?  I guess he forgot to tell everyone that he maintained the rights to the fence.

2014 NFL Draft: Alabama Preview |

QB A.J. McCarron (6-3, 214, 4.84)
There is no question McCarron is an upgrade over prior Alabama quarterbacks under Saban but he remains a hotly debated prospect among scouts. McCarron is intelligent, mobile and has enough arm talent to make every NFL throw, earning a preseason second-round grade from He does not have the eye-popping physical traits to convince everyone that his play isn't significantly enhanced by all of the talent around him, however. Despite impressive numbers (including leading the NCAA with a 175.28 passer efficiency rating in 2012), McCarron, a Mobile, Ala., native, may need to distinguish himself at the Senior Bowl to quiet critics.

First off, go check out this list.  I'm not terribly plugged into the NFL system, but I was surprised to see Adrian Hubbard listed above HaHa Clinton-Dix.  What are y'all's thoughts on that?

Moving on to the quote I chose - what in the holy crap does AJ (no periods, NFL draft scout dot com) have to do to get some flipping respect?

NCAA rules force Marine to redshirt over 'intramural' games |

The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro, Tenn., reported Sunday on the case of former Marine Steven Rhodes, who's walking on to the Middle Tennessee State football team after his five years of military service. The Blue Raiders are happy to have him, but there's a catch: by NCAA rule, Rhodes must sit out a mandatory redshirt year over his participation in a military recreational football league.

Dear NCAA, if you are screwing up so monumentally that the country is outraged over the treatment of a walk on player at Middle Tennessee State, it might be time to reevaluate some things.  Take a vacation to a tropical island.  Relax.  Clear your head.  Maybe finally finish that book you've been working on: "How to Obliterate Any Remaining Shred of Goodwill Your Organization May Have"

Arkansas WR Wilson out for year; LB Peters, TE Tate out 6 weeks or more | CBSSports

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema announced that three different players each sustained significant injuries this week, including projected starting wide receiver Demetrius Wilson.

Wilson, a senior, suffered a season-ending knee ligament tear, while sophomore linebacker Otha Peters will miss 6-8 weeks with a broken arm. Senior tight end Austin Tate is expected to miss six weeks with a shoulder injury.

Feel sorry for the kids.  Bielema can suck an egg.

Auburn S Demetruce McNeal dismissed after marijuana arrest | CoMa

McNeal is [edit: was] the team's leading returning tackler and was named a fourth-team preseason All-SEC selection. The team has struggled with defensive back depth during training camp, moving quarterback Kiehl Frazier to safety and shifting over cornerback Josh Holsey in the spring.


Gus Malzahn names Nick Marshall starting QB | CoMa

After Saturday's practice, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has found his man. The head coach named Nick Marshall as the Tigers' starting quarterback on Twitter Saturday.

Now, I ain't sayin' he's as good as Cam, but the last time awburn had a JUCO quarterback come in, we know what happened.  Imma hangup and lissin.

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