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The Jumbo Package | 07.25.14

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We stat off this morning with some BREAKING NEWS: Nick Saban has officially been abducted and replaced by a pod person.  If someone has a more reasonable explanation for this interview, I'd like to see it.




Also, it was brought to my attention that we neglected to talk about the Media Guide when it came out last week.  Time to rectify that.  First, here are all of the covers:

Second, if you want to check out the insides of the guide, you can click here. Or you can click here to download the guide in pdf format.

Alabama freshman cornerbacks Tony Brown, Marlon Humphrey 'want to be somebody great,' teammates say |

At corner, Alabama doesn't return much experience. Juniors Cyrus Jones and Bradley Sylve and sophomores Eddie Jackson (coming off a knee injury) and Maurice Smith are the most experienced, though there isn't much experience in that group. Redshirt freshman Anthony Averett is also in the mix.

"They're progressing," Alabama receiver Christion Jones said. "They're doing a great job. They're competing, (Humphrey) and Tony Brown and they're doing a great job with learning our defense. "They're competing and if they keep competing, things could turn and they could find themselves on the field."

Why does no one ever mention Jonathan Cook?  I refuse it's because recruiting services were right to rank him as a three star, and that I'm the only one convinced of his impending rise to greatness.  Also, while we're talking about the secondary, I'll take the opportunity to once again stand up as the resident gump and say "I don't think this secondary is going to be a problem."  In fact, I think there's a strong chance the secondary could take a marked step forward this year over last year.  Get your minds right, folks.  And get ready to see this defense light some people up this year.

Hey, speaking of lighting up...

Auburn QB Nick Marshall pays pot citation, avoids court date -

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid the fines for his pot citation from earlier this month, authorities have confirmed.

Reynolds, Georgia police chief Lonnie Holder told the Associated Press Thursday that Marshall's mother, Shalina Cliett, paid the fines. By paying the $1,100 fine for a small amount of marijuana ($1,000) and a window tint violation ($100), Marshall avoids a court date in Georgia on Sept. 10.

Marcell Dareus takes step toward joining Buffalo Bills' training-camp practices |

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus could rejoin his teammates for practice at the NFL team's training camp in Pittsford, N.Y., on Friday night after passing his physical on Thursday.

Dareus failed the Bills' physical-conditioning test on Saturday, when the veteran players reported to camp, and was placed on the active/non-football injury list. That kept the former Huffman High School and Alabama Crimson Tide standout out of practice. On Thursday - an off day in the Bills' workout schedule - a tweet on Buffalo's official account said Dareus had passed his physical.