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***Missed the opening day of UA spring football practice for the first time in ten years to attend a memorial service for my father's brother. Uncle Jack's favorite football team was the Miami Dolphins and, according to one of his friends who spoke during the service, he took out his frustration following a particularly tough Dolphins' loss by throwing a television set into the backyard. Good to know I came about my passion for the sport honestly.
***In the weeks leading up to spring practice, there were rumblings of multiple offensive skill players getting a look at corner, so it came as no surprise when Chris Walsh's practice report from opening day led off with word of wide receivers Christion Jones and Cyrus Jones and running back Dee Hart working in the defensive backfield. While I think Christion Jones offers the best all-around corner skills (hip flexibility, speed, ball skills and physicality) of the trio, taking the move from experiment to permanent would leave the Crimson Tide a little short in the slot. What the moves really say to me is that the offensive staff loves redshirt freshman Chris Black.
***Had the Alabama men's basketball team beaten Florida Saturday in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament, it would have had a decent beef with the NCAA Tournament selection committee had it still been left out of the Big Dance. Without a win over a current RPI top 50, though, it has no case to present to the committee. Bottom line: Alabama had chance after chance down the stretch to post a resume-bolstering win or two only to came up empty time after time.
*Xzavier Dickson's career path at Alabama is almost identical to the one senior defensive end Ed Stinson has followed. Like Stinson, Dickson opened his UA career sporting No. 47 while lined up at outside linebacker. And like Stinson, Dickson may be a full-time defensive end as he enters his third year in the program.
*Of its 12 losses this season, Anthony Grant's team lost second-half leads on eight different occasions. Got quality depth?
*Plenty can happen between the start of spring drills and Virginia Tech but in tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and guard Arie Kouandjio, the Alabama offensive line could start brothers against the Hokies. It almost happened with the Britts a decade ago, but Wes (2004), Taylor (2005) and Justin (2006) missed each other by a year.
*There will be a time to rundown the long list of accomplishments UA has achieved during Mal Moore's run as a player, coach and administrator. Right now, though, is a time for thoughts and prayers for a return to health for an "Alabama Man" if there has ever been one.
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by Travis Reier 13 months ago
One more: I'll believe UK is left out of the NCAA field when I don't see Big Blue in the bracket.
Don't forget that ArDarius Stewart mentioned that he would be playing some slot also. I like the move of Cy Jones to CB, he really looked good in the secondary at the UA game. He's quite a ballhawk and a hard hitter. He and Landon Collins terrorized receivers all game.
This post was edited by drewcifer32 13 months ago
I have to give you credit on XD. You said that would be his path. I thought it would be more Upshaw and you said Stinson. Good call.
If jai miller is #19, then what # is atchison
Do you also think the move means the coaching staff lacks confidence in Sylve and Washington to develope into first rate corners?
Perhaps some of that and it also doesn't help that Fulton is out. To make up a two-deep for their base and sub packages they really need six corners.
Atchison is not listed on the Administrative groupings. My guess is that he has moved on.
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