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The Jumbo Package │06.10.14

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide related links and quotes.

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Police seize heroin, cash and guns from home owned by Deshea Townsend - Behind the Steel Curtain

Police raided a Mount Washington home owned by ex-Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend Sunday, arresting two men and seizing 1,500 bricks of heroin and over $100,000 in cash and jewelry.

Two luxury vehicles and a live chicken were also reportedly on the premises.

At first I was like, Deshea, no bro..tell me it ain't true...


But a live chicken?


Watch Julio Jones relate to last year's Alabama team: 'Nobody cares about playing in the Sugar Bowl' |

"No question (it was a tougher loss)," Jones said. "You see, the Sugar Bowl, when we're there, it's like championship or not. Sugar Bowl? Nobody cares about playing in the Sugar Bowl."

"When I was there, I guess my freshman year, we lost to Florida (in the SEC title game). We went to the Sugar Bowl, and we lost to Utah. Nobody wanted to play that game. Everybody was disappointed because we thought we were going to go to the national championship game. Like this previous year with Alabama, the same thing happened. We lost the game to Auburn, and then they go to the Sugar Bowl, and Oklahoma beats them. It's either championship or not, like I said."

This is why I don't bet on sports, especially college sports.

Now, I think it's great that Alabama is back at the place where a Sugar Bowl is seen as below them but this goes to show the Process can only go so far. Saban can rant and yell all he wants, but he can't make players want something. So maybe this 2014 team will show the want the 2013 seemed to lack all year..

2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Ole Miss Defeats Lousiana-Lafayette, 10-4, For First CWS Bid in 42 Years - Team Speed Kills

But all of that can wait for now. The Rebels and their fans will probably spend a few days savoring the feeling of getting the final ticket to Omaha, taking down the consensus No. 1 team in the nation and being one of the last two SEC teams standing. They have a few days; their journey in the College World Series begins in earnest Sunday evening, when Ole Miss takes on Virginia in a city they haven't been to in more than four decades.

We spend a decent amount of time laughing at Ole Miss, and for good reason, but ya know what, good for them. Could you imagine Alabama going 42 years between College World Series appearances?

2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Vanderbilt Advances to College World Series After 12-5 Win - Team Speed Kills

Vanderbilt heads to the College World Series for the second time in its history. The Commodores' first opponent will be Louisville.

Here's another attaboy for Vandy. Again, it's good to see some of the SEC bottom dwellers having some post season success.

Florida State's Jimbo Fisher on Jacob Coker and Alabama: 'He's much more talented than anything they've had' |

"Including what they've had, he's much more talented than anything they've had," he told "I don't mean to discredit the previous guys, they were all great. But this guy is extremely talented. Arm and mind. He's a backup because he's behind the best quarterback in America. (Coker) may have been one of the top three or four quarterbacks in America physically."

Alright, when I read this I couldn't help but get excited so I asked SBN's Bud Elliot, who runs Tomahawk Nation, if he felt Fisher's comments were sincere. His response was that Coker's physical talent is unquestionable ("the arm is huge") but wasn't sure how Fisher could judge Coker's mind compared to the most recent crop of Bama QB's.

And I tend to agree. My fear with Coker isn't can he throw the ball but with how he'll hold up against the SEC's elite defenses? MSU, Ole Miss, LSU, and UF will all have top end defenses. So outside of what Coker saw in practice while at FSU and now with Bama, he will be facing elite corners and safeties on a consistent basis for the first time ever... ranks SEC QBs in 2014, including Nick Marshall and Jacob Coker, but how would you rank them? |

Meanwhile, Alabama's Jacob Coker, who transferred from Florida State, is ranked No. 5 on the list. "Every year, it seems, a quarterback comes out of the shadows in the SEC to have a huge year. Cam Newton did it in 2010, Johnny Manziel in 2012 and Marshall last season. Coker could be that guy in 2014 after transferring in from Florida State. His former coach, Jimbo Fisher, says Coker will be the most talented quarterback Nick Saban has had at Alabama."

#5 for a guy who's never started a game in college? Uhhhhh


Remember when we were talking about ranking the SEC and I was apprehensive with placing Bama ahead of Auburn? Well, a lot of that was due to Bama's QB situation. I just don't like betting on the unknown, and even though the QB at Bama is asked to do less than at most schools, he's still a vital part of the offense. So if Coker ends up a bust and we trot out Blake Sims as the starting QB, I just don't see us living up to the preseason hype and could even see us losing 2-3 games.

However, if Coker isn't a bust and he lives up to Jimbo's comments above, I would put us as the clear favorite in the SEC, even with the unknowns we still have at corner.

Alabama's Thomas Burrows named freshman All-American |

Burrows, who finished his season with a 4-2 record and a 2.15 ERA with a team-leading 11 saves, was one of nine players selected as relief pitchers to the All-America team. The 6-1, 220-pound native of Florence was 11-for-11 in save opportunities in 2014. His 11 saves rank tied for fourth in program history in a single season, and are the second most in a season for an Alabama freshman.