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TUSCALOOSA AL - OCTOBER 16:  Nick Gentry #58 of the Alabama Crimson Tide pressures quarterback Jeremiah Masoli #8 of the Ole Miss Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 16 2010 in Tuscaloosa Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
TUSCALOOSA AL - OCTOBER 16: Nick Gentry #58 of the Alabama Crimson Tide pressures quarterback Jeremiah Masoli #8 of the Ole Miss Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 16 2010 in Tuscaloosa Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Nick Gentry discovered a passion for teaching at Alabama |

"I've always doubted myself until last year," Gentry said. "Coach Davis just told me to stick it out, 'You've got a bunch of good qualities about you. You're quick, you're fast, you can work in this defense. You just have to learn the little techniques to being good in this defense.'"

Tide soon will go to work on a game plan for opener against Kent State |

"We still have some opponents that we want to work on. We want to go backwards and forwards and look at the kinds of things that are difficult from what we see, what we have to adjust to so we can adjust our players to it, both offensively, defensively and special teams.

So how's the leadership and chemistry on the Alabama football team? |

"I would to see more positive energy from guys to affect others," Saban said. "We've had really good leadership on this team. The guys have done a good job with that, but what we really need is to do is continue that on a consistent basis, and guys need to realize how their body language affects other players.

Key stretch: Alabama - SEC Blog - ESPN

The truth is that Alabama doesn’t have any treacherous three- and four-game stretches, at least not on paper, which is one of the reasons I like the Crimson Tide to win the Western Division. In fact, they’re one of only two teams in the league (with Tennessee being the other) that doesn’t have to play back-to-back games away from home this season.

A look at college football's top 10 after two-a-days |

2. Alabama: The Tide's biggest task during two-a-days was finding a quarterback to replace Greg McElroy. Sophomore A.J. McCarron and redshirt freshman Phillip Sims have been battling for the position, but coach Nick Saban has kept the race results close to the vest.

Reier: The Ten Most Important |

1.] OL Barrett Jones: In addition to entering his third year as a starter, this guy is a one-man depth chart who is capable of playing any spot along the offensive line. When he's not busy earning all-america honors or graduating in three years, he also serves as the moral compass for the program.

Saints' hard-working rookie RB Ingram the anti-Bush - NFL - Football

There's a message Ingram strives to convey for the Saints, too, and it's vastly different than what Bush expressed entering the league. Bush wanted to prove to everyone that he deserved to be the No. 1 overall pick. Ingram doesn't come with agendas. He comes with brut toughness and a desire to win. That's it.

Miami Hurricanes say 15 athletes under investigation - ESPN

The probe into Miami athletics is growing, with the university looking into the eligibility of 15 athletes who may have accepted improper benefits from a rogue booster. Miami President Donna Shalala did not reveal any names of the players under investigation as she released a video statement Monday. The booster, convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro, told Yahoo Sports for an article published last week that 12 current football players and one men's basketball player got money, gifts and other items from him.

Maryland Under Armour uniforms out-ugly Georgia Pro Combats | No 2 Minute Warning

Terps go Derp with new uniforms The majority of readers voiced their displeasure for the Georgia Bulldogs Nike Pro Combat uniforms over the weekend. Today the Maryland Terrapins brought new meaning to the word "ugly." Observe…

Texas A & M, The SEC, and The Tyranny Of The Undefeated - California Golden Blogs

Texas A & M is making a big mistake if it goes to the SEC! You gotta play college football's game!

Parting Shots: Why the Longhorn Network is Bad for College Football - Team Speed Kills

To get an idea about the fundamental reordering of the college football business that the Longhorn Network could bring about, think of conferences as a kind of faucet that controls the flow of money into college football. No matter how much water is coming and no matter how quickly -- and money has been flowing into college football at a fast and furious rate over the last several years -- a faucet directs the flow of water in an orderly way. Now, ever seen what happens when you knock a faucet off of a sink or bathtub? Water goes everywhere, which is kind of fun to watch, until you realize that it's making a huge mess that someone is going to have to clean up. The Longhorn Network threatens to knock off all of the faucets controlling the flow of money into college football.