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The Jumbo Package │12.30.13

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Grant Hill jokes are so 2012.
Grant Hill jokes are so 2012.

Alabama LB Trey DePriest says he's returning for senior season |

Would he return for his senior season? "I'm coming back," he said.

If you missed this from Saturday, the 2014 Bama defense got some good news. Now we just have to wait to hear about HaHa and CyKo (who are both likely gone), Hubbard and finally Pagan.

College football recruiting: Under Armour All-Star Game Sunday practice updates -

As tough as it is to believe, Maryland appears to be out for five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor, of Washington (D.C.) Friendship Academy, as he says Alabama and Arizona are his leaders. Of those, Alabama is the heavy favorite.

"With Alabama, it's just being a part of an NFL type program. With Arizona, I can be an impact player right away. Work hard and be the guy at that program," detailed Tabor to Charles Power.

I completely understand that Leonard Fournette could be a once in a life-time player but for the future of Alabama football, considering our depth at running back, I'd rather land both Tabor and Humphrey at cornerback.

2010 and 2013 showed what happens when you don't have two solid corners and are forced to use a make shift round robin system to fill the void.

Go get two elite corners and lock down our back seven for the next 3-4 years.

Andalusia parents name son 'Krimson Tyde' out of Alabama fandom, mom says |

"I'm very shocked, I didn't think people would make a very big deal about it," said Steele. Krimson has two brothers, Trenton and Dawson that are glad to act as big brothers. The family's approval is all they care about. "To people speaking negatively about us naming him Krimson, it's not their child nor family member so if they have nothing nice to say they don't need to say nothing at all," Steele said.

No lady, you're wrong. Sure, you have the right to name your child anything you want, but don't be surprised when people point and laugh when you drop a name like Krimson Tyde,

For gawds sake woman, you named your child KRIMSON TYDE.


Alabama football: Tide arrives for Sugar Bowl focused to finish strong | The Montgomery Advertiser

"It’s important to see how players react to disappointment," Saban said. "You have a lot of regret after you play in a game like that. There will be a lot of regret surrounding the next game if you don’t prepare yourself the right way.

So, what is your best guess? Does the team respond like 2008 or 2010?

Frustrated at first, Alabama RB Derrick Henry making moves in weeks entering Sugar Bowl |

He's been working second in individual drills during the media viewing periods of recent practices. Coaches and teammates also agree the star recruit is turning a significant corner as a young college player as well.

The issues weren't uncommon or incurable.

"A lot of uncertainly, sometimes, about what I'm supposed to do exactly," coach Nick Saban said. "When you go start back over when you have bowl practice, I think those guys relearn things and have a lot more confidence because it's like going through four or five days of camp. He's really played well."

The most interesting tidbit here is that he's been working in the second position behind TJ. Again, this could mean nothing, but you have to wonder where Drake fits in and how he feels about (possibly) being relegated to the third RB spot.

Regardless, given the fact Alabama will be playing a first year starter at QB next year, we may see the three headed beast of Yeldon-Drake-Henry get a bulk of the offensive production in 2014.

AJ McCarron: Media is wrong about Nick Saban, but his jokes need work (video) |

And he's funny. "Or he tries to be funny," he said. "He tries to cut up and joke around. Sometimes he needs to go work on his jokes a little more. I mean, he's been an awesome father figure to me. He's never lied to me in the five years I've been here."


2014 Sugar Bowl - Scouting The Enemy | Alabama's Offensive Line - Crimson And Cream Machine

The question mark on the offensive line is at the right guard position where senior Anthony Steen is out. Its still unclear as to who will replace Bama's all-conference guard but its not feasible to think that they can lose a starter of that caliber and still perform at the same level. I don't think that Oklahoma will have the ability to overpower Alabama's offensive line so the best way to attack them is with speed.

As I said last week, I'd like to see Grant Hill get some more work in at guard. He played reasonably well at right tackle during the season and if he is indeed the heir apparent, why not go ahead and give him a look?

Assuming CyKo enters the NFL draft, here's what I hope the 2014 Alabama OL looks like:

LT- Cameron Robinson

LG- Arie Kouandjio

C- Ryan Kelly

RG- Grant Hill

RT- Austin Shepard

2014 Sugar Bowl | Mike Stoops - "Our Whole Defense Is A Little Bit Undersized" - Crimson And Cream Machine

"We have to stop the run game. We have to stop T.J. Yeldon from making the amazing plays, like he always does. We have to get some push on the offensive line and make sure we get into the backfield. " - Defensive end Charles Tapper on stopping Alabama's offense

This is how you stop the Alabama offense. Dropping men into coverage on 1st or 2nd down, hoping to stop AJ and company, is how you lose by 30 to Alabama. This is not because AJ will pick you apart (which he can) but because if Alabama is able to establish the running game and is allowed to get ahead of the chains on early downs, you have no chance at stopping our offense.

Stuff the run on 1st down (hopefully with only using six defenders), hold serve on 2nd and force 'Bama into predictable 3rd and longs.