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The Jumbo Package │10.17.13

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide related links and quotes

Andy Lyons

Condi Rice to Pat Dye: 'I respectfully disagree.' |

"If Pat Dye were sitting right here, Condi, what would you say to him?" Cowherd asked. "I would say, Coach, I respect you. I remember your great run at Auburn, and I certainly respect you, but I just respectfully disagree," said Rice, now working as a political science professor at Stanford University. Rice noted that there are several members of the selection committee who never played the game.

"I just might note, with all due respect to my dear friend Roger Goodell and Paul Tagliabue, probably the most influential NFL Commissioner was Pete Rozelle. He never played football. So you can be a student of something and not experience it, and I consider myself a student of college football," Rice said. "I am, Colin, after all, a student of Russia but I’ve actually never been Russian either. You can know something from following it and studying it, and I spend a lot of my Saturday with college football."

Condi Rice for President 2016, y'all!!!

Alabama quarterback commit David Cornwell out for season with knee injury |

Four-star quarterback prospect and Alabama commitment David Cornwell is done for the season after suffering a knee injury during a game two weeks ago, he confirmed Wednesday to Cornwell had surgery on his right knee, and the elite quarterback from Norman, Oklahoma won't play again this season.

This certainly isn't good news. Hopefully he can fully recover and be ready to compete for the starting job this spring. BTW y'all, AJ McCarron won't be our quarterback next season. @oracle gif me sad face

Competition 'healthy' between centers Chad Lindsay, Ryan Kelly, Alabama coach Nick Saban says |

Kelly, who missed the past two games with a "stretched" MCL, is poised to play Saturday against Arkansas, but it's not likely he'll be available for an entire game. He's worked without a non-contact jersey in Alabama's practices since Monday. Lindsay, a fourth-year junior who hadn't started a game until he took over for Kelly, continued to work with the first-team offensive line during Wednesday's media viewing period.

"We think both guys are good players and both guys have played well for us," Saban said after Wednesday's practice. "So it's good to have the opportunity to play both guys at some point in time."

You can color me shocked if Kelly takes back his starting position once he's fully recovered. Lindsay has played extremely well and should be given the opportunity to keep his job until he's either injured or shows an inability to play the position at a high level..

Alabama explosive plays ahead of 2012 pace midway through season (updated) |

Coach Nick Saban says big plays are one of the best indications of success.  Using that concept, Alabama is ahead of the pace from last season's production. Through six games last season, Alabama's offense had 26 such plays (17 passing, nine rushing). At the midpoint this fall, Alabama has 31 (23 passing eight rushing). The Kentucky game supplied 11 of the 31 with nine passing and two running plays.

The offense is starting to click and is getting better each week. I just want to see more Amari Cooper.

Christion Jones breaks down the psychology of a punt returner, dealing with a bouncing ball |

Having some experience and credentials helps with his confidence and ability to take a few more chances with such bouncing balls. "Oh yeah, you get a lot of trust with the coach so I think I built a lot with coach (Nick) Saban so I think he gives me a lot of leeway because he trusts I'll make the right decision," Jones said.

Yeeeeaaaaah I'd rather him NOT field a punt off the bounce....


CECIL HURT: Arkansas building from the ground up |

Then Bret Bielema was hired, and that meant a new direction. Bielema was known for physical football at Wisconsin and will try to establish the same thing at Arkansas, following the SEC model of elite programs at Alabama, LSU and Florida. There is only one catch: It takes players.

Didn't Houston Nutt already try this at Arkansas?

Arkansas Razorbacks Report: Defense Preparing For Alabama; Chris Ash Impressed By Tide's McCarron

"The things I've been impressed with is he takes care of the football," Ash said. "He doesn't make bad decisions, he doesn't put the ball in jeopardy.

"I'm just really impressed with the command of the offense that he has, and the way he takes care of the ball, and the decisions he makes," Ash continued.

Alabama's Trevor Releford a preseason All-SEC first-team pick |

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