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Lane Kiffin: Sleeper Agent? - Rocky Top Talk


So Alabama has three running backs (plus Blake Sims) who basically average five yards a carry. They're interchangeable, because that's how this works. So it's simple: find the guy who can't get traction against the Tennessee front seven and ride him into the ground. Derrick Henry (aka El Tractorcito) rolled against Florida and Texas A&M. TJ Yeldon seems to be on the good game/bad game track; Tennessee's a bad game. Kenyan Drake is Sir Not Appearing In This Game (get well soon). Blake Sims will run given the chance.

This Year's SEC Divisional Races Represent the New Normal. Get Used to It - Team Speed Kills

In case you haven't seen this yet: Mississippi State-Kentucky is the SEC game of the week this Saturday on CBS. That's the first time that's happened since CBS began televising SEC games in 1996. When the No. 1 team and a divisional leader goes on the road against a tricky opponent, and there's only one Top 25 match-up on the weekend, it's as good a time as ever for a first.

Nick Saban chats with young Alabama players 'frustrated' with roles in season's second half | AL.com

"Sometimes they get a little frustrated with the fact that maybe their reputation and the expectation is not necessarily what's happening for them, and that creates a little bit of frustration," Saban said. "But I think the thing you want guys to do is focus on the things they control. So if what you have is different from what you want, change what you do, change how you do it. That's what you control. That gives you the best chance to get better, the best chance to improve."

This Year's SEC Divisional Races Represent the New Normal. Get Used to It - Team Speed Kills

In case you haven't seen this yet: Mississippi State-Kentucky is the SEC game of the week this Saturday on CBS. That's the first time that's happened since CBS began televising SEC games in 1996. When the No. 1 team and a divisional leader goes on the road against a tricky opponent, and there's only one Top 25 match-up on the weekend, it's as good a time as ever for a first.

Oklahoma's Mike Stoops wants to see lineman downfield rule examined | AL.com

"The linemen running down the field and trying to throw a pass when they're five yards down the field, to me is ridiculous," Stoops said Tuesday night, as reported by ESPN. "Football has gotten to where it is stupid, letting guys run [running] plays then throw the ball. I'm just not a big fan of it -- it's lenient and all of a sudden it's 3, 4, 5 yards.  "Once you get to a certain point it's not even fair."

Alabama ready to welcome back starting O-linemen, but backups proved their worth | AL.com

Kelly has practiced all week and is anticipated to resume his role in the middle of Alabama's offensive line. Shepherd, who is dealing with an injured knee and ankle, practiced Wednesday, Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "Grant Hill played really well in the game, did a nice job coming off the bench. I think Bozeman did a good job two weeks in a row," Saban said. "Those guys having an opportunity to play some obviously is good for their development, but we have a lot of confidence in those guys. "I think depth in the offensive line was a concern for us and I think it's really, really important, especially guys like (Alphonse Taylor, J.C. Hassenauer) who may or may not get to play, but continue to develop."