And despite the fact that the biggest factor in their win might have been the sudden and inexplicable implosion of the Virginia pitching staff in the third inning, the Commodores did a lot to earn this win. A series of great defensive plays in the eighth inning preserved a lead, even if it would be a one-run edge by the time the inning was over. Adam Ravenelle needed eight pitches in a superb ninth-inning save. Ravenelle wound up being the only Vanderbilt pitcher not to allow at least one run on the night.
Y'all remember last off-season when I attempted to figure out which SEC school was the greatest in all the three major sports by looking at total national championships, SEC championships, winning percentage and total wins combined? Well, when I was putting all that together, Vandy, along with Mississippi St, were the only SEC members (we didn't include A&M and Mizzou at that time) to have zero national titles in any of the three major sports.
Welp, it looks like Vandy is one win away from making CLANGA the only team in the SEC to be without significant amounts of hardware in their trophy case. Could you imagine a world where Vandy had more national titles to their name than Alabama? That would be, um, embarrassing.
"He has four national titles to his name," Fischer writes. "And although he had a rocky first year in Tuscaloosa and a few questionable losses, he's turned Alabama into an NFL factory that has been to BCS games five of the last six seasons." Saban holds the top spot ahead of Washington's Chris Petersen, Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Stanford's David Shaw.
Ok, how would you rank college football's top head coaches? Would you put Urbs in your top 5?
- Shaw (wins more with so much less)
- Les Miles (Who's been more consistent over the last 10 years?)
- Fisher (FSU at least looks like a mini Bama right now)
- Urbs (Do something more than just win a bunch of games at tOSU and get put at #2)
Cooper, who had 1,000 yards receiving as a freshman in 2012, led Alabama again in 2013 with 45 catches for 736 yards and four touchdowns. Collins was second on the team in tackles with 70.
Running back T.J. Yeldon, tight end O.J. Howard and linebacker Trey DePriest were second-team selections, and Derrick Henry was a third-team choice as an all-purpose player.
Yes, please, continue to underestimate Yeldon, who through two years has more yards than any Alabama running back before him...
The St. James School tight end will announce his college decision today at 6 p.m. Harris, a three-star prospect, will choose from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Miami and Vanderbilt. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end picked up multiple SEC scholarship offers this spring, including both of the in-state SEC schools. Harris believes he'd bring a lot to the table at any school.
"I think I block better than any tight end in the nation," Harris told AL.com in a previous interview. "I catch really well, I run good routes. I've been working really hard. I play basketball and that helps my footwork out a lot. I provide a big target and I don't drop many balls."
Three star? Pfffff. Can't wait for him to chose Bama and be a four, or even a five star, by day's end.
Of those ex-Crimson Tide standouts, 11 are defensive backs - six safeties and five cornerbacks - and eight are linebackers.
Sixty percent of the Alabama players in the pros are on the defensive side of the ball. Ten of the 17 offensive players are interior linemen.
Any questions still floating out there regarding how Saban re-built 'Bama so quickly can be answered in those numbers above.