The University of Alabama football team's annual Fan Day is set for Sunday, August 7. The team will hold an open practice in Bryant-Denny Stadium from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Players and coaches will be available for autographs immediately after the practice on the field. Beginning 1 p.m., children attending can sign up for the Big Al's Kids Club, students can register for Crimson Chaos and all fans can register for the Crimson Tide Rewards program outside of gate 5. That opportunity will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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The annual Princeton Review ratings are out. And here at the blog, we’re focusing on the most important category. It’s all about that party. Well, maybe not at Alabama anymore. The school fell out of the party-school top 20 released Monday. A year ago, Alabama was No. 13, according to the Princeton Review. It was 19th the year before.
Mayock described Jones as "more explosive off the ball than they thought." There's no question that Jones is being counted on as the No. 2 passing game option in Atlanta, and it'd be especially beneficial to his fantasy value if the Falcons opened up their offense. Michael Turner is slowing down and coming off groin surgery, so it makes sense for the Falcons to throw more.
"He’s a big, strong guy; he brings a lot to our team from a toughness standpoint," said left tackle Russell Okung, last year’s first-rounder who, also, brings a lot to the team from a toughness standpoint. "(Carpenter) expects a lot out of himself already; he wants to be out here to be the best player and contribute to our group. Anytime you get a guy like that, we’re ready to roll."
The other day, I watched the Falcons practice and saw backup quarterback John Parker Wilson in shorts and T-shirt and ballcap, missing his second day of practice with the possibility of five more missed practices before the labor deal's approval, allowing him to practice. Why does this stink? Wilson has a chance to unseat Chris Redman as the backup to Matt Ryan. He can't do it standing on the field instead of throwing. "I need to be out there,'' he said Saturday. "It's frustrating.'' Madness is a better word.
After a rough start in the first-day heat, Cody has settled in nicely at practice. At 6 feet 3, he is lighter — down to 345 pounds, he says — and quicker. "I saw myself on film [the other day] and I went, 'Man, who is that guy?'" he said. It's the difference a year makes. Cody learned his lesson from reporting out of shape a year ago. And he learned to appreciate his body more. "It's about being disciplined and growing up, being a man and being a pro football player," he said. "You've got to treat your body like [it's a] business."
But I have to admit, I was a little surprised that Coach Dantonio was still having to comment on the effects the Alabama loss had on the team at the Big Ten Media Days. He said the right things about using it as another motivator, and the game is obviously one of the big talking points of last season, but then again, it was one of the big talking points of last season. It took place almost seven months ago. It'd be like asking how it felt to clinch the BT championship and what that did for the team: it's a valid question, but is one that has almost surely been commented on a billion times already. It's the sort of thing you kind of expect to go away after spring practices. But these comments and questions about the Alabama game raised a more interesting query to me: Are bowl games, the last games of the year, really that a big deal for the next year's teams?
Before players take over, the next month will help shape college football's future. Tony Barnhart gets an insider's insight from former ACC and NCAA boss Gene Corrigan, who reinforces the need for strong leadership.
Former Alabama signee Darius McKeller is transferring to South Alabama. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive lineman from Jonesboro, Ga., signed with the Crimson Tide in 2009 but deferred his enrollment. He suffered a wrist injury, requiring more than one surgery to repair, and was placed on medical scholarship in March of 2010.
Four-star WR Chris Black confirms he has moved up his announcement to Friday. Will pick between Alabama or #FSU. #Tide in good shape here
"People were saying I had a chicken sandwich hidden in the front of my pants," Clayton said and consented to a search. "I believed at the time a reasonable search was they would pat my pockets down." Instead she said a female Georgia Tech police officer took her into a bathroom stall and ordered her to drop her pants. "She then examined my underwear closely, all the way around, and when she didn't find anything I was told to lift my shirt and bra and expose myself," Clayton said.
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