Morning Kickoff: Crimson Tide News 11/1

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Sims has offense clicking for season’s last stretch

"Blake Sims gains confidence each week.In turn, his teammates believe in him even more.The senior quarterback’s quick development this season has been one of the main reasons the third-ranked Crimson Tide are in contention for the College Football Playoff.Sims started strong against lesser competition, hit a lull against quality SEC teams and learned from his mistakes.Now he has the offense playing at a high level with four regular season games left after this week’s bye week."

Sims looked much better against Tennessee than in previous games on the road. A big road game in Baton Rouge awaits next weekend though. Let’s hope it continues.

Alabama’s JK Scott among large group of candidates for Ray Guy Award

"JK Scott made the initial pool of candidates to win the Ray Guy Award, and there’s a good chance he’ll be around when the herd is thinned in the coming weeks.The Alabama punter was one of 80 candidates named to the award’s list of potential winners. Twelve of the SEC’s 14 punters made the list, but few have put up the numbers Scott has through the first nine weeks of the season."

There is still a ways to go but Scott has to be near the top after his performance so far this year.

Gus Malzahn, Nick Saban on watch list for Dodd Trophy

"Alabama and Auburn could be on a collision course for the SEC championship, and so too are their coaches for individual end-of-the-year awards.Nick Saban and Gus Malzahn were included on the list of 13 candidates for the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award released Friday.The watch list includes four coaches from the SEC: Malzahn, Saban, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen and Georgia’s Mark Richt."

Should be no surprise to see these SEC coaches at the top of the list for coaching awards. Some of the country’s best reside here in SEC country.

More from Bama Hammer

Volleyball Defeats No. 23 Texas A&M, 3-2, in Halloween Thriller

"Alabama Volleyball gave the Foster Auditorium crowd a thriller on Halloween night, fighting back from a 2-1 match deficit to beat No. 23 Texas A&M in five sets, earning the team’s first ranked win since 2007.The win snaps a 34-match losing streak against ranked teams and is Alabama’s (19-5, 7-3 SEC) first win over a ranked opponent since Sept. 7, 2007 when the Crimson Tide defeated No. 13 Ohio, 3-2. It is also Alabama’s first ranked win over an SEC opponent since defeating No. 18 Tennessee, 3-1, on Oct. 15, 2006."

Women’s Tennis Collects 20 Wins on Day One of the Roberta Alison Fall Classic

"The women’s tennis team enjoyed a solid start to the 27th installment of the Roberta Alison Fall Classic on Friday, winning a combined 20 matches. Eighteen of the Crimson Tide’s wins came in singles, while the other two victories were earned in doubles action.Match play began in the morning with doubles where Alabama recorded two wins, including the Tide pairings of Maya Jansen and Luicelena Perez as well as the doubles team of Carmen Blanco and Bennett Dunn."

Cross Country Teams Post Impressive Finishes at SEC Cross Country Championships

"The University of Alabama women’s team finished third at the 2014 SEC Cross Country Championships Friday in Tuscaloosa, marking a three-spot leap for the women in the standings from last year’s championship. The Crimson Tide men’s squad finished sixth, an improvement of five places from the squad’s 11th place standing last year."

Swimming and Diving Hosts SEC Opponents Auburn and LSU Saturday

"The Alabama swimming and diving teams return home to host Southeastern Conference foes Auburn and LSU this Saturday. The meet begins at 11 a.m. at the Alabama Aquatic Center and admission is free.“We’re looking forward to a great competition,” UA head coach Dennis Pursley said. “We’ve gotten off to a good start to the season and we want to keep that rolling. It’s always challenging when competing in the SEC, but that doesn’t change our focus, which is to be at our best when the post season comes along.”"