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The Jumbo Package │02.14.13

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Big, long shots by Levi Randolph and Rodney Cooper lift Tide past Bulldogs |

Never mind that Randolph was 8 of 36 from the field in his past six games. Never mind that he was 1 of 11 from the perimeter in the previous seven games. Randolph didn’t shoot, and during a media timeout, he heard from Grant. “Coach said that’s a shot I should have taken, but I drove instead, and I ended up turning it over,” Randolph said. “I knew the next time down the court, if the play presented itself, I was going to have to take the shot.”

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Bulldogs - Recap - February 12, 2013 - ESPN

The Crimson Tide (16-8, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) won for the eighth time in 10 games with another stifling defensive effort. Alabama has held nine straight SEC opponents to less than 60 points, limiting the Bulldogs to 31 percent (16 of 52) from the field. Georgia (12-12, 6-5) went more than 10 minutes without a field goal in the second half but still had a chance because of both teams' offensive woes. When Donte Williams slammed in a wild miss off the backboard, the Bulldogs led 41-40 with 2:37 remaining.

Tide freshman named Freshman of the Week

University of Alabama freshman Elias Hakansson of Halmstad, Sweden, was named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Track and Field Freshman of the Week on Tuesday, the SEC Office announced. Hakansson broke a 15-year-old school record in the men’s weight throw last Saturday as Alabama finished second in the men’s standings at the Mark Colligan Memorial in Lincoln, Neb.

Injury to junior college catcher affects roster- Bama Baseball

Wade Wass, a junior college transfer from Pensacola, Fla., who played the his last two seasons at Meridian Community College, was expected to see major playing time right away this season at catcher, but sustained an ankle injury during a scrimmage and will miss the first part of the 2013 season. Senior Brett Booth, who started all 55 games last season including 31 as catcher, will carry most of the load behind the plate until Wass can get healthy and back in the lineup.

Barry Alvarez says Big Ten won't schedule FCS teams - ESPN

"The nonconference schedule in our league is ridiculous," Alvarez said on WIBA-AM in Madison, Wis. "It's not very appealing ..

Paterno-family report not enough to clean-up JoePa's reputation -- college football - ESPN

I can save you the time of reading through the entire report. It goes like this: Joe Paterno … good. Freeh report … bad. So whaddya say, let's return the statue of JoePa to Beaver Stadium and, hey, Peachy Paterno ice cream cones for everybody!

Texas becomes latest school to ban commits from taking visits elsewhere |

"The thing that we will do is we have allowed the kids to commit and still look around the last couple of years -- we're not doing that anymore," Brown said last week on Signing Day. "If you are committed to us, be committed. If you're going to go look, we're going to go look."

Student attacked by Alabama players speaks out |

"His left side of his face was gigantic," Burks told The CW. "The jacket he was wearing and his headphones were completely drenched in blood, the bottom half of his face was completely covered in blood; he was bleeding badly from his lip. He had clearly been badly beaten."

The Auburn Plainsman - Rammer jammer Updyke back in the slammer

Court proceedings revealed Updyke claimed that he was already going away for something and “ain’t got nothing to lose.”

Running back Henry learning the Crimson Tide's ways |

The University of Alabama freshman running back would like to be a big factor in the Crimson Tide’s offense this fall, but after enrolling at UA in January and working out with his teammates for a few weeks, he knows that challenge will be a tough one. “Everybody here was the best player for their high school,” Henry said

Baseball- SEC Coaches: Arkansas Will Win the Conference, Vanderbilt Takes the East - Team Speed Kills

Florida, Kentucky and South Carolina in the running for the East; LSU, Mississippi State runners-up in the West

Will SEC Follow Big Ten to Larger Schedule? - Team Speed Kills

The SEC is a leader in many areas, but when it comes to the conference television network, the Big Ten is the unquestioned leader. Where it goes with its network is probably a template that other conferences will go. I wouldn't be surprised if the SEC sits back and watches the Big Ten's greater-than-eight experiment go, just like it did with the existence of a conference TV network, but I suspect the league will have nine-game slate sooner than later.

D.J. Fluker Draft Profile –

Tall, long, thick right tackle prospect with huge hands and a solid (not sloppy) build. That pure size gives him the power to collapse the edge to create running lanes. Defensive ends must be very quick off the snap to beat him on their initial pass rush move because of his length and hustle

Barrett Jones Draft Profile –

Can get complacent and will fight for initial position, but doesn’t finish blocks and allows his man to disengage too often. Prone to making his initial block and then ball-watching instead of finding a second target. Has a lengthy injury history (but shows the toughness to play through them) and will need to check out medically.

Chance Warmack 2013 NFL Draft scouting report -

Chance Warmack is every bit worth a top 15 pick. After watching a handful of his games, it's clear that he has the potential to be a difference-maker on the interior of the offensive line. In a day and age when teams are bringing more and more pressure up the middle, Warmack's awareness and athleticism will be coveted on draft day.

Dee Milliner NFL Draft Profile - DraftSeason

- Trying to ignore the brilliant defensive minds on the Alabama sidelines is hard, but Milliner looks like the real deal as a number one corner. Considering it is a passing league, his ability to track the ball makes it easy to overlook his inconsistencies in the running game.