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The Jumbo Package | 06.11.14

Your daily dose of Crimson Tide news and notes.

Stacy Revere

Alabama CB Tony Brown ready to 'do whatever he has to do to start,' mother says |

His mother, Tammy Walker-Brown, said as much Tuesday in an interview with the Beaumont Enterprise, the hometown newspaper in Brown's native Texas.

"He's going to do whatever he has to do to start," Walker-Brown told The Enterprise. "If it doesn't happen, he's going to be patient and wait his turn."

Methinks the wait won't be too long.

SEC football position rankings 2014: Running backs - ESPN

1. Alabama: The Crimson Tide might have the nation’s best backfield. T.J. Yeldon enters the 2014 season with 2,343 career rushing yards and 26 touchdowns, while sophomore Derrick Henry, who might be the most talented back on the roster, excels as a bruiser and a cruiser with his pounding frame and elite speed. Junior Kenyan Drake provides a nice change-of-pace with his elusiveness, and the Tide will grind away with mammoth Jalston Fowler.

Best backfield in the conference?  Yeah, I'd say so.  There isn't a team in the country that can match what Bama is packing.  And did anyone forget that Fowler is still around?  Here's to hoping we'll get to see the big man trouncing some people in his final year.  #FOWLERBOOMTRAIN

SEC position rankings: Wide receivers and tight ends - ESPN

1. Alabama: Like so many on this list, all of it depends on who is throwing the football. If Jacob Coker shows he can spin it, then Alabama will have the best group of pass-catchers in the SEC -- maybe the country. It isn’t just Amari Cooper and O.J. Howard, whom you will read about later this afternoon. Howard, who was underutilized in the passing game last year, is poised to have a breakout sophomore campaign. But there’s also veteran DeAndrew White, all-purpose star Christion Jones and depth that includes a litany of former blue-chip prospects.

Best receiving corps in the conference?  Yeah, I'd say so.  I said it last year, and I still believe it now.  Amari Cooper is a legit Biletnikoff award candidate, and may be the best receiver in the country.  Even though there has been an overall increase in receiving talent, Amari has 215 more receiving yards than Julio had at this point (despite playing one less game).

Every football season is bitter sweet, as we revel in the victories of our team, only to have to watch them leave shortly thereafter.  This year is no different, and we'll be watching Amari Cooper for the last time in crimson this year.  We have to remember to savor it when you have a player that good.

Ranking the SEC running backs 2014: Georgia Bulldogs Todd Gurley No. 1 - ESPN

2. T.J. Yeldon, Jr., Alabama: After registering 1,235 yards last year, Yeldon became the first back in school history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in his first two seasons. Yeldon has had his fumbling issues, but when he’s in control he’s extremely tough to stop with the strength he has to grind out yards. Add on his speed and elusiveness, and Yeldon has no problem making defenders look silly.

Now this is an interesting list.  Not only do they have Yeldon at #2, but they also have Derrick Henry at  #3.  I don't think I would go that far at this point.  Henry may be the third best back in the conference, but just based on what's actually been proven, I would have to (at the very least) put South Carolina's Mike Davis and Arkansas' Alex Collins ahead of him.

Alabama's T.J. Yeldon among Mel Kiper Jr.'s top draft-eligible running backs in 2015 |

Kiper Jr. ranks Yeldon third in his list of five underclassman running backs who are eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft, placing him behind Georgia's Todd Gurley and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon III.

Kiper Jr. provided a short breakdown of why Yeldon is in such a prominent spot.

The one-time Mr. Football in Alabama has lived up to the hype, with two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt. He has good size and vision, and I love his feet. The question will be speed.

There are questions about Yeldon's speed?