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Jumbo Package: Better Late Than Never Edition

Cold and flu season is upon us, and unlike Jacob Coker versus Ole Miss, I'm not trotting out of the tunnel to try and lead a comeback.

Still can't believe someone suckerpunched this big bastard.
Still can't believe someone suckerpunched this big bastard.
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Antibahs Kosgei Named 2015 SEC Mens Runner of the Year - ROLLTIDE.COM - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

Alabama men’s cross country junior Antibahs Kosgei was selected as the 2015 Southeastern Conference Men’s Runner of the Year, the conference office announced on Tuesday. The annual SEC cross country awards are voted on by the league’s head coaches. The native of Eldoret, Kenya, Kosgei won the SEC Men’s Cross Country title on Friday, Oct. 30, going wire-to-wire for the victory on the Dale Watts Cross Country Course in College Station, Texas. He became the first conference champion in program history since Emmanuel Bor in 2007. Kosgei’s time of 23:24.20 was the fifth-fastest winning time in SEC Championship history since 1986, when the race was extended to eight kilometers.

Kosgei is just the fourth Alabama runner to win the award, and the first at Alabama since 2008. Congratulations all around.

Alabama shut down Leonard Fournette without doing anything unusual. That's terrifying. -

In the 16 plays examined (yes, LSU only had 45 offensive snaps), Alabama brought an extra defender into the box just six times and never brought two extra.

Bill C. debunks the growingly-popular myth in Baton Rouge that Alabama just loaded the box with 7-, 8-, and 9-man fronts and then shut Fournette down. The reality is what most of us thought would happen: The Alabama defensive line absolutely dominated LSU's offensive line, rarely needing to bring extra men to wreak havoc.

The Audible: Why Alabama is the scariest team you'd ever want to see | FOX Sports

Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel discuss Alabama's complete domination of LSU and why the Crimson Tide are so physically imposing it's scary. They should be the new No. 2 team behind Clemson.

In Feldman's words, "Alabama is bigger, faster, and meaner than you."

Do offenses fear Alabama defense again? LB says Tide 'creating a nightmare' |

"We've still got to keep getting better. As the weeks go on, we'll see. I feel good about ourselves right now. You can tell guys want it more now ever since we came together and had the meeting. I feel like we played part of a complete game. We're not there yet, but we're getting there. We've still got guys that need to zero in on certain aspects of the game."

Don't think for a second that the unquestioned leader of this team, Reggie Ragland, is letting anyone rest on their laurels. Alabama will need another excellent effort up front this week, and particularly in tackling in the open field, against a dangerous Dak Prescott.

Alabama DBs tackle well in LSU win, will need that vs. Bulldogs

“(Prescott) has a lot of experience, does a really good job of executing their offense and certainly his pass efficiency, and their ability to pass the ball effectively to go with their running game, has been something that is going to be a real challenge for us,” Saban said. “He can also run the ball, and he’s one of the leading rushers on their team. And they have several really good receivers."

Speaking of...Yes, Alabama tackled very well against LSU, but Saban highlights the need for the secondary especially to bring the same effort and intensity that they played with last week.

7 Mississippi State players Alabama fans should be familiar with besides Dak Prescott |

Dak Prescott is Mississippi State's star quarterback, a dual-threat player who has thrown 18 touchdowns with just one interception while also leading the No. 20 Bulldogs with 418 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. Here are seven other Mississippi State players Alabama fans should be familiar with when the Tide faces the Bulldogs Saturday in Starkville

Good look at a few other key contributors to watch for Saturday afternoon in Starville. De'Runnya Wilson obviously jumps out at you, but the no-name defense is plugging right along with very little dropoff from last season. This has been a quietly underrated coaching performance by Mullen this season.

Practice Report: A former running back makes an appearance and Henry discusses his lone mistake against LSU - The Crimson White

Monday, Derrick Henry still couldn't shake the disappointment he felt in himself after his fumble late in the LSU game. "I was careless with the ball on that fumble," Henry said. "It just kills me because I really don’t like making mistakes. That’s something I need to get better at, something I still need to work on."

Doesn't sound like someone thinking of a Heisman does it? Bottle this attitude and make incoming recruits drink it before coming to Tuscaloosa.

In-state RB Brian Robinson commits to Alabama

Brian Robinson, a four-star running back from Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Hillcrest, has committed to Alabama, per his Twitter account. Robinson is the third running back to verbally commit in the 2017 cycle joining Najee Harris and Cam Akers.

Robinson is the No. 18 RB in the nation, and has been obliterating H.S. record books this season. Alabama now has three RBs committed to the '17 class, and if the Tide's RB class of 2012 taught us anything, it's that we need them.

RECRUITING: Tide recruits liked what they saw in LSU game |

Alabama received great news prior to the game by a big commitment in Trevon Diggs, a four-star wide receiver from The Avalon School in Gaithersburg, Md. Diggs announced his commitment at his high school game on Saturday afternoon. Many expected an announcement for Maryland before the surprise commitment to the Crimson Tide. Diggs had expressed heavy interest in Alabama throughout his recruitment and had been to Tuscaloosa several times during the recruiting process. “I felt like it was the best place for me and my situation,” said Diggs. “I wanted to make my own name and legacy. If I go to Alabama, they will put me in a great position to do that.

Also committed was WR Trevon Diggs. This is a huge pickup, given injuries at the position and a few guys who've just not panned out (not naming names here, but you know.)