Morning Kickoff: Crimson Tide News 11/20


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Watch video of real-life ‘Lone Survivor’ Marcus Luttrell talking to Alabama football team

"There was real emotion in the Alabama team auditorium when Marcus Luttrell spoke Friday.Players described a fired-up scene when the retired Navy SEAL and inspiration of the film “Lone Survivor” met the Crimson Tide.“I was sitting on the edge of my seat,” tight end Brian Vogler said. “Any time you can talk to somebody like that, you’re completely locked in to everything that’s going on, every word that’s coming out of his mouth. And honestly, once he got done talking, I wanted to run through a brick wall.”"

If this video is still available, be sure to check it out. Great message behind it, no matter if it’s football or life. I wish I could have sat in on this one.

Report: Alabama’s Nick Saban tops college football coaches salaries list

"Alabama’s Nick Saban is the highest-paid coach in college football, according to a database compiled by USA TODAY Sports.Saban’s total pay of $7,160,187 represents an approximately $1.6 million increase over last season and is more than $1.5 million more than the second-highest paid coach, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio ($5,636,145)."

It only makes sense that the best college football coach makes the most money. Here is hoping he decides to keep making for a few more years.

Alabama Crimson Tide: The Best Team in College Football

"Why the Alabama Crimson Tide is the best team in college footballAlabama is coming off a 25-20 win over previously top-ranked Mississippi State and has the best resume over the top 10 schools following last week’s games.The Crimson Tide had previously beaten 15th-ranked LSU 20-13 in overtime on the road and 21st-ranked Texas A&M in a 59-0 beat down. Alabama also owns a neutral-site win over West Virginia, who is a top-30 team and beat Baylor earlier this season. Their lone loss of the season came 23-17 against Ole Miss who would be ranked as high as 3rd this season. That loss came down to the final possession where Blake Sims threw an interception to cost Alabama a chance to win."

We got the number one ranking beside the name but we got a few more games to go. I’ll feel better in January to read these headlines.

NFL Draft Projections for Alabama’s 2015 Prospects

"The Alabama Crimson Tide are enjoying another standout season in 2014. Good teams produce good players, and Nick Saban’s squad is loaded with NFL talent.Stephen Nelson was joined by College Football Analyst Michael Felder and Bleacher Report College Football Lead NFL Draft Analyst Matt Miller to discuss which Crimson Tide players are bound to play on Sundays."

It’s about time for draft projections to start coming out regularly. Here is a video from the guys at Bleacher Report breaking down the Tide’s 2015 prospects.

Baseball Signees Cobie Vance and Dylan Duarte

"Last week, Alabama baseball inked 11 recruits to add to the 2015-16 roster. Throughout the week all 11 players from this year’s recruiting class will be featured on Today’s featured signees are infielder Cobie Vance from Fayetteville, N.C., and left-handed pitcher Dylan Duarte from Corpus Christi, Texas."

Volleyball Inks Three During Early Signing Period

"Alabama has signed three national letters of intent during the early signing period, as Tabitha Brown, Quincey Gary and Shannon Mikesky are set to join Alabama Volleyball during the 2015 season.“I think we added another quality group of student-athletes with this class,” said Head Coach Ed Allen. “They will help push this program forward culturally, academically and athletically. I am pleased with their level of athleticism and they should challenge for playing time right away.”"

Landon Collins Named Lott IMPACT Trophy Star of the Week; Begin Prep for WCU

"The Alabama football team worked out for two hours in full pads inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility on a chilly Tuesday afternoon as they begin preparations for Western Carolina.Junior safety Landon Collins garnered national honors on Tuesday following his performance against then-No. 1 Mississippi State as the Lott IMPACT Trophy Star of the Week."