“He said he wouldn’t be coming to the school and sitting in the room if he didn’t want him. Coach Saban said Justin is part of the Alabama family. They just think it’s best for his football career to grayshirt and get his knee back right.”
The Alabama Crimson Tide (13-6, 2-3) are headed to Columbia to take on South Carolina (8-10, 0-4) as they look to right the ship and end their current three-game losing streak. After a 2-0 start in SEC play, the Crimson Tide entered a tough three game stretch that I said would tell us how good the team is.
Upshaw is working at defensive end after playing a hybrid linebacker/end role in the Tide’s 3-4 defense. He already has an impressive resume: Butkus and Lombardi Award semifinalist, defensive MVP of the national championship game against LSU, second-team AP All-American.
Samuels, who started 42 games for the Crimson Tide from 1996 through 1999, was chosen third overall in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and was a six-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle before being forced to retire due to injuries in 2010.
Tickets are now on sale for the nine stops of the 2012 Crimson Caravan featuring University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and other UA special guests.
“I feel real comfortable,” Upshaw said after his first day working with the Redskins’ coaching staff. “Some of the stuff they might teach might be different language, but it’s some of the same things we did at Alabama — the way we lined up and stuff like that. Put your hand in the dirt, standing up on two feet, it’s basically the same.”
When he hired Doug Nussmeier to replace Jim McElwain as offensive coordinator and rehired Lance Thompson to replace linebackers coach Sal Sunseri, Saban just bolted in parts that keep The Process churning along.
As infuriating as being bumped from a flight might be, the airline usually gets you on the next plane out. High school kids like Taylor are left in the lurch for a year during one of the most vulnerable periods of their lives, a time when bad influences abound and life-alternating decisions are one night out away.