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HZT Crimson Tide Daily Wrap Plus Practice Report 11-12-2013


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  • Injured cornerback Bradley Sylve looked good on the sprained ankle again this afternoon. He isn’t cutting at full speed yet, but it appears he continues to make progress with it.
  • Fellow cornerback Deion Belue looks solid as well and hasn’t missed any game action with the lingering turf toe.
  • Strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran jumped in to help with the fumble-strip drill with the running backs. He takes pleasure in trying to knock the ball free.
  • Freshman quarterback Cooper Bateman is playing the part of Mississippi State quarterbackDak Prescott this week. Prescott is the more mobile quarterback of the two Bulldog options, though he’s questionable with an elbow injury. Parker McLeod is the body double for Tyler Russell, the other Mississippi State quarterback.
  •  It’s interesting to watch the Alabama quarterbacks and running backs practice handoffs. It’s much more choreographed than it might appear on television. Running backs coach Burton Burns was watching closely and barking technique issues to fix, no matter how small.

Alabama punter Cody Mandell nominated for Burlsworth Trophy

  • The award goes to the nation’s top player who began his career as a walk-on.

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer ‘very disappointed’ in player’s ‘wipe the field’ comments about Alabama, Florida State

  • The Ohio State coach promises that Evan Spencer won’t be talking to reporters for “a long, long time.”

Almost all As from fans after victory over LSU (Alabama report card)

  • First-half struggles likely led fans to give B grades to defensive backs and special teams in this week’s Alabama report card.

4-star linebacker Rashaan Evans impressed by visit to Alabama

  • Auburn High School star Rashaan Evans was among the crowd of recruits in attendance at Alabama’s home vistory over LSU last weekend and Evans, along with his parents and younger brother, all came away impressed by their time on campus.

Nick Saban shares go-to top 5 movies that motivate Alabama players for big games

  • Saban says a boxing flick, two horse-racing movies and a pair of large scale historical dramas featuring big battle sequences are films that motivate his players right now.

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley adds another national award

  • C.J. Mosley adds another award after his big game against LSU.

Live at 9 with Matt Scalici: Recruits are watching

  • In addition to the millions of television viewers, the pollsters, and 100,000-plus fans in the stadium, one more key group of people were watching as Alabama defeated LSU 38-17 in Bryant-Denny Stadium: recruits.

What they’re saying in Starkville as Mississippi State prepares for undefeated Alabama (links)

  • Surveying the scene in Starkville after the Bulldogs’ loss to Texas A&M.

CBS Sports’ Tony Barnhart on AJ McCarron: ‘We’ve got to give this guy some love for the Heisman’ (audio)

  • “From the fake punt on, Alabama dominated that football game.”

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops gives his take on ’60 Minutes’ segment with Nick Saban (video)

  • “What I really admire about coach Saban and it’s so true, there are many things he does right now in our profession better than anybody, point blank.”

Harris Poll voter thinks matchup for BCS title game is set

  • Alabama/Florida State is former Kentucky coach Fran Curci’s predicted pairing for the 2013 BCS national championship game, and he’s looking forward to seeing how Jameis Winston, the Seminoles freshman quarterback from Hueytown, fares against the two-time defending BCS champion.

Eli Gold felt Bryant-Denny Stadium sway in Alabama-LSU game, structural engineer says it’s certainly possible (video)

  • Alabama officials can’t confirm or deny Bryant-Denny Stadium moved Saturday night, but plenty of people felt it.

AJ McCarron fits the Manning/Brady mold, former Kentucky coach Fran Curci says

  • Put former Kentucky coach Fran Curci down as someone who thinks Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron will prosper in the pros. He’s already playing like one, Curci said.

The Battle Plan: A.D. Bill Battle’s New Blog

  • University of Alabama director of athletics Bill Battle will regularly offer his view on different topics related to Crimson Tide sports and intercollegiate sports, in general.

Women’s Basketball Takes 62-48 Loss at Nebraska

  • The Alabama women’s basketball team hung with No. 17/12 Nebraska for the majority of the game, but a 16-4 run in the second half helped the Cornhuskers to a 62-48 win on Monday night in Pinnacle Bank Arena. With the loss, the Crimson Tide dips to 0-2, while the win brings the Huskers to 2-0.

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