Quick and dirty version today:
Last season Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron helped lead the Crimson Tide to its second straight national title. So which one of these was named to the First-Team?
My favorite quote from Stabler, printed in Sports Illustrated in 1979, when the quarterback was feuding with the media and Raiders owner Al Davis. This sums up the credo of the American male in the 1970s:
"It was just that (the media) were questioning my life-style. Hell, my life-style hasn't changed in 20 years. It was all right when we won the Super Bowl, but then we lost some games, and all of a sudden I'm a fat drunk, out of shape, overweight and all that.
"To be perfectly honest, I'm not going to change, because I don't know any other way. I'm going to live the way I want to live. I don't think it distracts me from doing what I want to do during the season. People say, ‘You can't do those things as you get older.' Well, if I can't, and it hurts my game, I'll get out. But I'm not going to let football control my entire life. I play and I work as hard as I can, and in the off-season I do the things I like to do. That's not going to change."
"At the end of the day, the players were more comfortable the way they were," Saban said. "They'd played quite a bit that way, the chemistry was a little bit better, the carryover in terms of repetitions that they had was probably a little bit better.
"I think for the kind of team that we are, that's probably the best way for us to go."
Norwood, who was second on the team with 461 receiving yards and four touchdowns, underwent surgery shortly before spring football to repair a toe that ailed him through most of his junior season. Once he was able to run, he quickly worked his way back into playing shape and hasn't been limited much throughout the preseason. He commonly lines up as the No. 1 Y wide receiver during individual drills and had three receptions for 36 yards in Saturday's scrimmage.
This is Norwood at "90 percent" as he continues his recovery.
Not a lot of news out of yesterday's practice. Arie Kouandjio and Austin Shepherd continued to work at left guard and right tackle, respectively. They've been at those positions since Saturday's scrimmage. Defensive tackle Brandon Ivory was wearing a knee brace and going through some drills, while sitting out others. Defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan wore a brace on his shoulder, but participated fully.
Interview with Center Ryan Kelly
Nick Saban Press Conference
And, last but not least, our countdown: