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The Jumbo Package: 12-14-10

NOTEBOOK: Green grateful to be back with team |

Green said his return was "a relief" and "a chance to put everything in the past." He gave no specific cause for the suspension, but said that after his three-game exile and a meeting with Grant, it was "a lesson learned."

"At that meeting, we got a lot out," Green said. "We put a lot of things on the table. I think after that, we do see eye-to-eye. I feel like Coach Grant has my best interests at heart and is trying to make me into a good young man."

Spartans realize respect is just a Capital One Bowl win away against Alabama |

He has decided that, given the Spartans will play Alabama, the Capital One Bowl as much like a BCS game as possible.

"We’re playing the defending national champions, their running back is a Heisman Trophy winner, they are a big-time team," Cousins said. "We’re a big-time team.

"Obviously we don’t quite have the respect that they do, so a win against Alabama would go a long way for us."

Smart considering UF, leaning toward UA |

Smart was on the road Monday recruiting for Alabama. He visited defensive lineman Caleb Gulledge, a 2012 Alabama commitment, at Prattville High School. Gulledge said Smart didn’t mention Florida, and the prospect didn’t ask the coach about it.

"We were just talking about Bama," Gulledge said. "He acted like he’s still stuck on Alabama."

Prattville coach Jamey Dubose talked with Smart about Muschamp’s surprise hire at Florida, but the subject of Smart considering a move to join Muschamp’s staff didn’t come up.

"We didn’t discuss Florida or any other things," Dubose said. "I felt like if it was something he wanted to talk about, he’d bring it up. He was going about his business doing his normal stuff. He was recruiting for Alabama."

STORY: UA commits shine at Classic |

The Alabama defense led by another UA commit, Brent Calloway, was dominating, allowing Mississippi just 97 yards of total offense. Seven of Mississippi's 14 points in regulation came off of a fumble return for a touchdown.

Calloway turned in a team-high nine tackles.

"I feel good," Calloway said. "I had a great game, we won and that's all that matters."

Shinn eager to bring his skills to UA |

Shinn was the first commitment for the Crimson Tide's 2011 recruiting class, committing to coach Nick Saban in April of 2009.

He recently completed his senior season with 950 yards receiving and nine touchdowns on 50 catches. In the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, he caught four passes for 22 yards.

Q: What made you feel comfortable enough at UA to commit so early.

A: That's where I really wanted to go for a long time, so I had my chance and I just took it.