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Saban Instilling a Sense of Courtesy?

I just watched the replay on CSS, and I noticed that Jamar Taylor seemed exceptionally conscientious about placing the ball in the ref's hands after every carry, to the point that he would scurry back to the ball if he left it laying on the ground in order to pick it up before the ref could get there.  Anyone else pick up on this?


Jamar Taylor = Courteous

Anyway, I'll be on a podcast with al.com tomorrow discussing A-day and spring practice (and did a quick soundbite for Orson that should go up tomorrow as well), but until then, here's a few A-Day roundup links to hold you over:

Saban is mending some fences with the media, inviting reporters to to be "media coaches" for the game.

The spring practice awards recipients:

With five receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown, junior wide receiver DJ Hall became only the second player in UA history to win the Dixie Howell Memorial Award, which goes to the A-Day game’s most vauable player, twice in his career.

Antoine Caldwell also became the second player in UA history to receive two Dwight Stephenson Awards, which goes to the most valuable lineman in the A-Day game.

The Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter Award – Zeke Knight

The Jerry Duncan "I Like to Practice" Award – Jimmy Johns

The Billy Neighbors Defensive Lineman Award – Keith Saunders

The Bobby Johns Defensive Back Award – Rashad Johnson

The Paul Crane Offensive Lineman Award – Andre Smith

The Ray Perkins Receiver Award – DJ Hall

The Johnny Musso Offensive Back Award – John Parker Wilson

The Woodrow Lowe Linebacker Award – Prince Hall

The Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award – Terry Grant and Kareem Jackson

The Paul "Bear" Bryant Outstanding Non-Scholarship Player Award – Darren Mustin

The Derrick Thomas Community Service Award – Baron Huber and Byron Walton

The Mal Moore Leadership Award - Antoine Caldwell and Simeon Castille

The Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award - Brian Motley and Mike Johnson

The Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award - Bobby Greenwood and Travis McCall

Fellow Monster of Blog Eight in the Box joined us before the game, and had this amusing description of the defense's performance:

Overall the defense plays hard. They're kind of like that girl your friends want to set you up with because she has a great personality. The defense has some good players, some guys who can play a role, but we're short some playmakers on that side of the ball.

According to the Tuscaloosa News, Saban is still looking for improvement:

Afterward, Saban’s message was that he was pleased, but not satisfied.

"We dropped some balls," he said. "The tackling was pretty good for the most part. I don’t think we had a lot of mental errors. We made the game pretty simple, relative to the things that we did on the running plays, passing plays and defensive pressure that we had. It made the players focused, play with discipline, have fun and compete."

He was, however, pleased with the turnout:

"It shows what kind of passion and support we have at the University of Alabama," Saban said. "It certainly makes me feel great about being here as the coach. I just hope we can continue to channel all that energy in a positive way so we can get to where we want to go and continue to build this program into something special."

Hack runs the YouTube down, so I don't have to.