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The Jumbo Package | 10.09.13

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Freshman cornerback Eddie Jackson celebrating.
Freshman cornerback Eddie Jackson celebrating.
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Hard-working DeAndrew White's one-handed TD catch 'not that surprising' to Alabama teammates, Nick Saban |

Alabama coach Nick Saban called it a "fantastic catch" before immediately lauding White's work ethic and overall abilities.

"DeAndrew is one of the guys on the team that really works hard in practice, really is focused on improvement, really buys into doing things the way that you need to do it," Saban said. "I think it's showing in his production as a player."

That was a pretty catch, to be sure, but I don't think I heard a lot of criticism about it.  In my mind, AJ underthrew the ball and put White in that circus catch position, in what should have been an easy pitch and catch situation.

Deep impact: AJ McCarron-led Alabama passing attack adjusts to defenses guarding against long ball |

Since he torched Texas A&M with long and short passes, McCarron has completed 60-of-74 passes (better than 81 percent) for 604 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. His average of 10.06 yards per completion during this stretch is well short of the 13.9 he averaged in 2012 and even the 12.02 he had as a sophomore.

Hey, do you guys remember back when we used to employ a punishing running game to take advantage of teams that were guarding against the long ball?  Those were crazy times.

Alabama CB Deion Belue says freshman Eddie Jackson has 'everything we need' |

Belue said Jackson, a four-star prospect from Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. who already has an interception, a tackle for loss and three pass deflections, is "the whole package."

"He has the quickness, the speed," Belue said. "He’s got the length, you know, his arms are long. So he brings everything that we need."

I did this recently in another JP, but I might be doing a throwback music video from time to time as a quote brings a song to mind.  This week, an ode to Eddie Jackson:

Hill rising as one of Bama's best O-linemen | ESPN

"Usually, the guys who are bigger may not have that hunger or that desire, but Grant is an extremely hard worker whether it’s in the weight room or on the field," Scott Sharp, Hill's coach at Huntsville High, told ESPN at the time of his commitment. "He has that meanness that you look for in those offensive linemen. He really has the desire to finish plays, finish blocks. And to not just block folks, but maul them."

Yes.  This.  More mauling, please.  Always more mauling.

Richt: Georgia RB Todd Gurley (ankle) 'doubtful' for Missouri | CBS Sports

Georgia running back Todd Gurley missed the Bulldogs' overtime win against Tennessee due an ankle injury suffered the week before against LSU. With fellow sophomore running back Keith Marshall out for the season with a knee injury, the concern regarding Gurley's status has been heightened.

"I would say it's doubtful [he plays this weekend]. He could," Richt told reporters Tuesday. "In life, adversity happens. You can panic or you can look at what you have and find a way to win."

Alright.  Go get 'em, Fightin' Missouri [INSERT MASCOT NAME].


AJ McCarron

Denzel Devall back at practice

Trey DePriest on who is the hardest hitter on the team

DeAndrew White