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Come here, little buddy...
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Tide D gets sudden impact from Robinson | ESPN

Today, Robinson is tied for first in the league among freshmen with four sacks. He started his first game against Tennessee last weekend. His four quarterback hurries lead Alabama's defense. His five tackles for loss ranks second on the team, trailing only All-American linebacker C.J. Mosley for the lead.

If he maintains his current pace, he'll finish with the most sacks ever for a true freshman defensive lineman during Saban's time at Alabama.

"He's a big, powerful guy who does a really job of pushing the pocket in the middle, and that's something that we really need," Saban said. "He's fit a need for us, and he's done a nice job of working hard to improve. I think some of the older players on the team have enhanced his development with their leadership and the example that they've set and how they've sort of adopted him and helped him to continue to improve."

All hail THE'Shawn, ruler of games and destroyer of passers.

Motivated by early criticism, Alabama's offensive line gelling, thriving at right time |

"I think some guys are playing with a little better technique. I think the chemistry's better. I think the communication's better. I think the trust in the communication is better. I think the confidence in each other is better," he said. "I think that just comes from guys playing together.

"We have improved. I think when guys have confidence that helps their improvement. I think it's a combination of all those things."

Alabama practice report: Tracking Tide's injury situation, absences in final bye week session |

CB Deion Belue was not with the defensive backs during the first part of the viewing session but rejoined the group near the end. He was wearing a normal jersey, but it looks like he was in store for a limited day.

CB Bradley Sylve continued to be active but was limping a bit on his injured ankle

No real change here.  Hope these guys can get healthy over the next week.  The only real item of note was the absence of scout team jerseys at practice, indicating that the team has not moved on to LSU preparations just yet.

'The slap' becomes Alabama left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio's secret weapon |

Its name is as simple as it looks: The Slap.

"I've just been messing around with it," Kouandjio said after Tuesday's practice. "I finally got the hang of it."

Kentucky's Za'Darius Smith was one of the first defensive ends to find himself on the ground and out of the play because of "The Slap's" effectiveness.

So, what is "The Slap"?  This.  This is The Slap.


Oh.  Did you need to see that again?  Okay.


Don't mess with that guy.

Alabama LB Trey DePriest reflects on big hit against Tennessee, facing LSU in title game |

"I was in coverage, I saw him break contain but I had to stay on my man until he went past the line of scrimmage," DePriest said. "When I saw him past the line of scrimmage I saw he kept running, but I was right there and I thought he was going to slide. He just tucked the ball in so I said it's either me or him. I couldn't go out like that because he's a quarterback, I couldn't get run over."

Former Alabama RB Eddie Lacy named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month |


Trey DePriest

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