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*Eddie Lacy heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 2/61 -- Eddie Lacy, RB, 5-11, 230, Alabama...Latest big-play back from 'Bama to arrive on the pro scene with much fanfare. Lacy stepped out of the shadows of predecessors Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson and rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns to help the Crimson Tide roll to the national title last season. Injury issues (including a recent hamstring ailment) may have allowed Lacy to slide to the Packers late in Round 2, but they'll take their chances on the punishing downhill runner (SEC career record of 6.8 yards per carry) in trying to fill a void at featured back. - The Sports Xchange
Leigh Tiffin heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: XP 46-47, FG 20-29, 40-49: 2-7, 50+ 2-3, Long 54, 2 TB-75 KO; Selected as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza National Place-Kicker Award … ranked tied second in the SEC and 22nd nationally in field goals per game at 1.443 … twice named the Lou Groza Award “Star of the Week” (Clemson and Mississippi State) … was the special teams player of the week by the Alabama coaching staff four times (Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee & Mississippi State) … named the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year … earned Academic All-SEC honors for the fall of 2008 … connected on a career-long 54-yarder against Clemson. 2007: XP 36-36, FG 25-34, 40-49: 8-13, 50+ 2-2, Long 51, 4 TB-70 KO; Second in the SEC and tied for seventh nationally with 1.92 made field goals per game … led the SEC with 10 field goals of over 40-yards on the season … Set the single-season UA record for points by a kicker with 111, made field goals with 25 … nailed all four field-goal attempts against MSU, including two over 50 yards to become the first kicker since his father, Van, to make two field goals of over 50-yards in a game; earned SEC Special Teams Co-Player of the Week honors… named UA Special Teams Co-Player of the Week against Arkansas and Mississippi State. 2006: XP 12-13, FG 8-13, 40-49: 2-3, 50+ 0-0, Long 47, 0 TB-3 KO; Tiffin served as the backup placekicker and played in five games .He replaced the injured Jamie Christensen in the first four games and also saw action late against Florida International. Was a perfect 2-for-2 on field goals against Vanderbilt with a career-long of 47 yards, which ended up being the game-winning kick; named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. Named Alabama's Special Teams Player of the Week in each of the first two games. Personal: Father, Van, was an All-American in 1986 at Alabama and holds the school record for the longest field goal (57 vs. Texas A&M in 1985) and the most career PAT’s (135-135).
Chance Warmack heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 1/10 - Chance Warmack, G, 6-2, 325, Alabama...The Titans had targeted Warmack for a while as a way to finishing fixing their offensive line, which was horrible last year. Warmack will step right in and start immediately at right guard. QUOTE TO NOTE: "It was like I was coming home. I feel like I'm coming to a super organization. It feels like family to me." - Titans first-round pick Chance Warmack on being drafted by Tennessee 10th overall. - The Sports Xchange
*Dee Milliner heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 1/9 - Dee Milliner, CB, 6-0, 201, Alabama...Milliner was one of the most decorated cornerbacks in the draft, as well as perhaps its most banged-up. He's already had five surgeries, including a recent shoulder operation to repair a torn labrum, but the Jets are confident in his medical records and believe he can perform in the NFL as he did at Alabama, where he led the nation with 21 pass breakups last year. Not drafted to replace Darrelle Revis, but will likely anchor the secondary for years to come. - The Sports Xchange
C.J. Mosley heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 1/17 - C.J. Mosley, ILB, 6-2, 234, Alabama...The Ravens loved Mosley's range, relentless style and athleticism. They expect him to be a three-down linebacker who can make an immediate impact. - The Sports Xchange
*Trent Richardson heading into Jr season: The Browns went into the draft with the mission of reshaping their offense and that is exactly what they did by taking running back Trent Richardson third, quarterback Brandon Weeden 22nd, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz 37th and wide receiver Travis Benjamin 100th overall with their fifth pick of the draft. Coach Pat Shurmur will be disappointed if the first three picks don't start. The Browns needed a cornerback but didn't get one until the 245th pick. Instead they drafted two linebackers plus two more defensive linemen after signing two linemen in free agency. BEST PICK: Running back Trent Richardson: When Mike Holmgren took the Seahawks to the Super Bowl in the 2005 season, Shaun Alexander rushed for 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns. Richardson could be that guy for the Browns. He knocks would-be tacklers over and can catch out of the backfield. He is an excellent pass blocker. - The Sports Xchange
Jalston Fowler heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Titans' nine picks: Round 4/108 -- Jalston Fowler, FB, 5-11, 254, Alabama...A curious pick, given that the fullback position has been phased into the background in the NFL these days. But Fowler can carry the football as a big back if need be, and also can line up as a tight end and catch the football. With versatility being a buzzword, Fowler has a role, but it's still surprising that he went in round four. - The Sports Xchange
*Mark Ingram heading into Jr season: 2010: Ingram missed the first two games of 2010 with a knee injury and rushed for 875 yards and 13 touchdowns. His 42 career rushing touchdowns is the most in Alabama history...2009: Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner ... set Alabama's single-season rushing record with 1,658 yards while catching 32 passes for 334 yards ... produced the second-most all-purpose yards in a single season at Alabama with 1,992 ... a unanimous first-team All-America (AFCA, FWAA, AP, Sporting News and Walter Camp) ... was named the Sporting News National Player of the Year ... finalist the Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year ... the Associated Press SEC Offensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection by the AP and coaches ... finished with 20 total touchdowns - 17 rushing and three receiving ... ranked 11th nationally in rushing yards per game (118.43) ... played his best against the Tide's best competition with a rushing average of 156.8 yards per game against UA's six top-25 opponents and 188.8 rushing and receiving yards in those games ... averaging 149.3 yards per game against seven defenses that ranked in the nation's top 30 for total defense (Virginia Tech, South Carolina, LSU, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Texas) ... finished with 1,075 yards after contact, 54 percent of his 1,992 yards rushing and receiving ...2008: Ingram was a freshman All-SEC selection by league coaches during his rookie campaign ... one of 16 true freshmen who saw playing time ... rushed for 728 yards on 143 carries with a team-best 12 touchdowns and a two-point conversion ... ranked eighth in the Southeastern Conference with 52.0 yards per game and 13th in scoring at 5.29 points per contest.
*Marcell Dareus heading into Jr season: 2010: Named to the preliminary 2010 Lombardi Award Watch List ... played in 22 career games, making three starts ... has 37 career tackles, making nine tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks...All-SEC Football First Team in 2010, Dareus required double teams on almost every play from opposing offenses and finished the season with 34 tackles, 11 for a loss, and 4 1/2 sacks...2009: Produced the two biggest plays of his Alabama career to date in the 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game to earn Defensive MVP honors and vault the Crimson Tide to their 13th national championship ... played in 14 games and made four starts while serving as the Tide's top pass rusher ... finished eighth in the Southeastern Conference and ranked tied for 90th nationally with 6.5 sacks (-44) or .46 per game ... had 33 total tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss (-49), seven quarterback hurries, an interception and two pass breakups...2008: Dareus was one of 16 true freshmen to see the field in 2008 for Alabama, making his debut in the Crimson Tide's season opener against Clemson ... saw playing time at nose guard in third down situations during his campaign ... made four tackles on the season while recording three quarterback hurries ... played in eight games.
*Rolando McClain heading into Jr season: 2008: 14 GP; 14 GS; 48 Sol-95 TT, 12 TFL, 3 SK, 1 INT, 6 PBU, 2 QBH, 2 FR; McClain not only established himself as one of the leaders on Alabama’s defense as a sophomore, but as one of the best linebackers in the SEC and the country ... the heady mike linebacker had a firm grasp of what the Crimson Tide was trying to accomplish in its complex 3-4 defensive scheme ... a finalist for the 2008 Butkus Award, which is given to the nation’s top linebacker ... third-team All-American by the Associated Press … a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press, Sporting News, league coaches and Phil Steele ... has 23 career starts in his 27-game career and started all 14 games in 2008 ... made a team-high 95 tackles while being the focal point of opponent’s blocking schemes ... ranked 12th in the SEC at 6.8 tackles per game ... recorded 12 tackles for loss (-45) that ranked seventh in the league and 3.0 sack (-22) ... had six pass breakups, an interception and two fumble recoveries ... was on the Lombardi Award watch list ... earned the Alabama Coaches’ Defensive Player of the Week Award nine times in 14 games. 2007: 13 GP; 9 GS; 38 Sol-74 TT, 5 TFL, 1 SK, 2 INT, 4 PBU, 1 QBH; Played in all 13 games with eight starts, including starting in each of the first five games of the season ... was fourth on the team with 75 tackles on the season ... also had 5.0 tackles-for-loss, a sack, four pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and two interceptions to his credit ... had his best game at Auburn in the regular-season finale ... recorded a career-high 15 tackles to lead the team against the Tigers ... also made his first career interception and returned it 23 yards to the Auburn 19-yard line in the second quarter of the Iron Bowl game.
*Ha Ha Clinton-Dix heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 1/21 - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, 6-1, 208, Alabama...General manager Ted Thompson, long an advocate of taking the best player available especially when picking late in the first round on an almost annual basis, was moved to address a huge need while still getting a prized player. Clinton-Dix is penciled in to line up next to Morgan Burnett, an instant upgrade over the abysmal starter-by-committee the Packers endured last season. Expectations are high for the athletic and rangy newcomer with the fun name and the jersey number (21) previously worn by standout Charles Woodson. - The Sports Xchange
Mark Barron heading into Sr season: The last time Greg Schiano was in the NFL as a defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears in 1998, he wasn't allowed entry into the war room. That obviously wasn't the case as the first-year head coach of the Buccaneers and his handprint were all over the players the team selected in the NFL draft. Schiano obviously looked for common traits: tough-minded team captains, highly productive players from mostly winning programs and guys who love football so much, you have to kick them out of the facility. The Bucs went into the draft with many needs, especially on a defense that allowed a franchise-record 494 points last season, ranked last against the run and allowed 30 touchdown passes. It was no surprise four of the Bucs' first five picks were defensive players, starting with Alabama safety Mark Barron. The Bucs moved down two spots with the Jaguars to take Barron at No. 7 overall, picking up a fourth-round choice in the process. That extra pick became the currency that the Bucs used to trade back up into the first round to take Boise St. running back Doug Martin 31st overall. BEST PICK: Safety Mark Barron: May be one of the most solid players in the NFL draft. He's a two-time captain of the two-time national champion Crimson Tide. He is a physical, no-nonsense film junkie who will provide toughness to a defense that was 32nd against the run and allowed 30 touchdown passes. - The Sports Xchange
*Landon Collins heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Giants' six picks: Round 2/33 -- Landon Collins, S, 6-0, 228, Alabama...The Giants traded up seven spots to grab the best safety on the board, thus filling a glaring hole on the roster. While Collins, like incumbents Nat Berhe and Cooper Taylor, lacks NFL starting experience, he is projected to be in the lead for one of the two openings at the position in the starting lineup. - The Sports Xchange
*Amari Cooper heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Raiders' 10 picks: Round 1/4 - Amari Cooper, WR, 6-1, 2011, Alabama...The highest drafted receiver in franchise history, Cooper should step immediately into the starting lineup and provide second-year quarterback Derek Carr with a primary target for years to come. - The Sports Xchange
*Dont'a Hightower heading into rJr season: Their last few drafts have been failures littered with too many mediocre third- and fourth-round selections. Only time will tell whether or not they made the right selections. The only curious move was trading their 62nd pick for a third- and fifth-rounder. They say less is more, and while this year's draft might be lighter in quantity, the Patriots might leave this weekend with more quality than they've had in recent years. BEST PICK: Inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower -- Chandler Jones is the more celebrated of the Patriots' two first-round picks, but Hightower is arguably more versatile based on his ability to stop the run and rush the passer. These are the kind of players that seem to fit the mold best in New England, and Hightower could build a solid career as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end. - The Sports Xchange
Rashad Johnson heading into rSr season: 2008 Preseason: Arrested in February 2008 for disorderly conduct, pushed a bar security guard at a Tuscaloosa bar. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 57 Sol-94 TT, 5.5 TFL, 1 SK, 6 INT, 8 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FF; Named 2007 Team Captain and earned UA's Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors … 2007 Coaches First-Team All-SEC selection … Starter in all 13 games ... led the team with 81 tackles and six interceptions ... tied for the SEC lead with six interceptions and tied for 10th nationally ... tied for 10th nationally with 0.50 interceptions per game ... also had eight pass breakups, good for second on the team, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, a sack, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble on the season. 2006: 10 GP; 0 GS; KR: 4-68-17-0; 22 Sol-33 TT, 1.5 TFL, 2 FF; Made his first career start against Hawai'i, recording six tackles. He also started at safety against Tennessee, Florida International and Mississippi State. He finished the season with 33 tackles, including 22 solo stops, 1.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles. He had at least one tackle in all 11 of the games he played in. Johnson also returned four kickoffs for 68 yards. He missed the final two games of the regular season due to an ankle injury but returned for the PetroSun Independence Bowl against Oklahoma State and posted a career-high seven tackles. 2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; 5 Sol-8 TT, 1 FF; Johnson played in all 12 games, all on special teams. Johnson played a total of 196 snaps on the season on the Crimson Tide's punt, punt coverage and kickoff coverage units. 2004: Redshirted.
Brad Smelley heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Browns' drafts: Round 7/247 - Brad Smelley, TE, 6-2, 233, Alabama...Smelley caught 34 passes for the Tide. He is reunited with Trent Richardson. - The Sports Xchange
Courtney Upshaw heading into Sr season: The Baltimore Ravens obtained some reinforcements for their roster, executing a solid meat and potatoes draft. Despite trading out of the first round, they landed All-American pass rusher Courtney Upshaw in the second round. Upshaw will compete with Paul Kruger for a starting outside linebacker job. The Ravens obtained 6-5, 333-pound Iowa State offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele with their next second-round pick. He'll compete with Jah Reid for the starting left guard job. The Ravens traded up in the third round to get a backup to Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice: ultra-productive, rugged Temple running back Bernard Pierce. In the fourth round, the Ravens hope they found their eventual replacement for center Matt Birk by drafting Delaware All-American Gino Gradkowski. Later in the fourth round, Baltimore got speedy South Carolina State free safety Christian Thompson. Thompson has been mentored by Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed throughout the draft process. BEST PICK: Linebacker Courtney Upshaw: He fell in the draft because of his sluggish workouts, but he's much different when it's actual football. He relentlessly chases down quarterbacks and stuffs the run with sound leverage. - The Sports Xchange
*Julio Jones heading into Jr season: 2010: Started 40 games in his three-year career and was able to leave his mark on the Alabama record books as well, exiting with the single-season record for yards (1,133) and receptions (78). He finished second in career (2,653) yards and receptions (179)...2009: Started 12 games while battling to overcome injuries in the first half of the season and become Alabama's go-to wide receiver down the stretch ... had a team-best 43 catches for 596 yards and four touchdowns ... over the final seven games, Jones caught 30 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns ... 26 of his 43 receptions went for first downs or touchdowns and eight came on third down ... averaged 13.9 yards per catch while drawing double coverage on almost every snap ...2008: Named the SEC Freshman of the Year by The Associated Press and Sporting News ... first-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of American and Sporting News ... the Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club Freshman of the Year ... a second-team All-SEC selection by The Associated Press, Sporting News, league coaches and Phil Steele ... three-time SEC Freshman of the Week (Western Kentucky, Tennessee and LSU) ... a Rivals.com Midseason Freshman All-American ... recorded a team-high 58 receptions for 924 yards and four touchdowns ... set Alabama freshman records for receptions (58), receiving yards (924) and receiving touchdowns (4) ... passed Ozzie Newsome for the receiving yards record (374) and A.C. Carter for receptions and touchdowns ... fourth in the SEC and 59th nationally in receiving yards per game (66.0) and seventh in receptions (4.14) ... had 18 catches of 20 yards or more ... returned one kickoff for 21 yards and two punts for a 5.5 yards per return average ... 44 of his 58 receptions went for first downs or a touchdown with 11 coming on third down.
Barrett Jones heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 4/113 - Barrett Jones, C/G, 6-4, 306, Alabama...Everything you want in an offensive lineman. Physical and tough, plays through injuries and is so smart, he often helped with the game plan analyzing defenses with the coaches. Started 50 games at three different positions. - The Sports Xchange
*Dre Kirkpatrick heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 1/17 - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, 6-2, 186, Alabama...The Bengals needed to grab a young, shutdown corner in the first round and they ended up getting the last one on the board. - The Sports Xchange
*Andre Smith heading into Jr season: 2008: Consensus All-American first-team selection and recipient of the Outland Trophy, given annually to the nation's best down lineman...All-Southeastern Conference first-team pick and shared the league's Jacobs Blocking Trophy with Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs...Chosen SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week at Arkansas and was selected his team's Offensive Player of the Year...Also captured the offensive line's Up-Front Award for his outstanding blocking...Started 12 games at left offensive tackle and was chosen for the team's Paul Crane Offensive Lineman Award...Sat out the Tulane contest with a right knee sprain; left the season opener vs. Clemson in the third quarter with a left knee sprain and was sidelined for several series vs. Kentucky with an elbow strain...Did not play in the Sugar Bowl vs. Utah after he was declared ineligible due to a team rules violation...Saw action in 710 of the team's 902 offensive plays, but still led the squad with 103 key blocks/ knockdowns and added seven blocks downfield...His 18 touchdown-resulting blocks led the SEC's down linemen...Was penalized twice, as he allowed just one QB sack and six pressures on 334 pass plays...Helped the team rank 30th in the nation and third in the conference in rushing, averaging 184.64 yards per game...That unit also averaged 171.14 yards passing, 30.14 points and 355.79 yards in total offense per game...2007: Was a co-winner of the SEC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy along with Arkansas' Jonathan Luigs ... 2007 Coaches First-Team All-SEC selection ... Started every game at the left tackle position, one of two players to start every game on the offensive line (Mike Jo...2006: A 13-game starter, Smith led all Alabama players with 831 snaps. He was one of five players with 800 snaps. He played at least 65 snaps in 10 of the 13 games and played more than 70 plays five times. Smith led all offensive linemen with 62 knockdown block. He is the cousin of Dominic Lee, a defensive lineman for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Mike Johnson heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: Started 12 games at left guard and two games (Tulane and Utah) at left tackle in place of an injured Andre Smith … earned first-team All-America honors from Pro Football Weekly … a second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press, Sporting News, and SEC coaches … twice named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (Clemson & Mississippi) … won the team's Up-Front Award for his play along the offensive line … started against Tulane in the second game of the year at left tackle in place of Andre Smith; earned offensive player of the week accolades from the Alabama coaching staff for his play. Sugar Bowl vs. Utah: He started the game at left tackle, but played only a handful of snaps before spraining a knee and not returning. 2007: One of two players on the offensive line (Andre Smith) to start in all 13 games … started at right tackle 10 times and at right guard against Mississippi State, Louisiana Monroe and Auburn … started at right guard against Mississippi State after injuries and suspensions forced some shuffling on the offensive line … named UA Offensive Co-Player of the Week against Georgia. 2006: Johnson played a total of 132 snaps in 13 games. He finished with four knockdowns against Louisiana Monroe. He recorded a season-high 37 snaps against Oklahoma State in the PetroSun Independence Bowl. 2005: Redshirted.
Antoine Caldwell heading into rSr season: 2008: All-American first-team selection by the American Football Coaches Association and The Sporting News, adding third-team accolades from The NFL Draft Report...Consensus All-Southeastern Conference first-team pick...Recipient of the team's Mal Moore Leadership Award...Named the team's Most Inspirational Player, Caldwell was a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages those leaders to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact on their circle of influence...Named ESPN/SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. Georgia and Tennessee and was selected team Player of the Game vs. Western Kentucky (also earned SEC Outstanding Player Performance honors vs. WKU), Louisiana State and Auburn...In 14 games as the starting center, Caldwell delivered a career-high 92 knockdowns/ key blocks and 14 touchdown-resulting blocks, adding 10 more blocks down field...Allowed no QB sacks and just three pressures on 334 pass plays...Only once was a defender able to penetrate his territory to make a tackle in the Tide backfield...Helped the team average 184.64 yards rushing, 171.14 yards passing, 355.79 yards in total offense and 30.14 points per game...2007: Caldwell served a four-game suspension in the fall of 2007 for his part in the Alabama textbook scandal. Named permanent team co-captain for the 2007 season … 2007 Coaches Second-Team All-SEC selection … Started in the first seven games of the season and in the last two games, including the PetroSun Independence Bowl victory over Colorado ... was the starter at center for the first five games before starting at left guard against Houston and at right guard at Ole Miss after injuries and family health situations forced some shuffling in the offensive line. 2006: Second team All-SEC in '06. Extended his consecutive starts streak to 25 games, starting at center in each of the 13 outings in 2006. Second on the squad with 58 knockdowns during the regular season. He led the team in knockdowns in four games. 2005: A 12-game starter, Antoine played 772 snaps during the season and earned Rivals.com First-Team Freshman All-America honors. After starting the regular season at guard, he moved to the starting spot at center for the Tide's 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl game with Texas Tech. 2004: A broken foot sustained early in fall camp forced Caldwell into a redshirt season.
*D.J. Fluker heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 1/11 - D. J. Fluker, T, 6-5, 334, Alabama...With Philip Rivers getting sacked 49 times last year, it was clear the Chargers had to beef up their line. When unable to get one of the top three left tackles, they turned their attention to this road grader who was part of three national title teams. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I never limit my abilities. I can play anywhere - right tackle, right guard, left guard, left tackle. It don't matter. The sky is the limit." - Right tackle D.J. Fluker, the Chargers' first pick, on where he will fit in with the Chargers. - The Sports Xchange
*Cyrus Kouandjio heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Bills picks: Round 2/44 -- Cyrus Kouandjio, T, 6-7, 322, Alabama...The native of Cameroon came to America when he was 4, played soccer into middle school, and then switched to football in high school. He and his brother, Arie, both played for Nick Saban at Alabama. He played as a freshman in 2011 but suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee and missed the final third of the season. Came back to start the final 26 games of his career, and the Bills were told he never missed a practice either. Was a consensus first-team All-America in 2013, but his knee issue gave some teams pause. Dr. James Andrews ultimately wrote a letter to explain that the knee was fine and would not hinder Kouandjio. Has very long arms which make pass rushers take a wider arc to get around him. He should compete immediately for the starting right tackle job with Erik Pears. - The Sports Xchange
*Kareem Jackson heading into Jr season: 2008: 14 GP; 14 GS; PR: 1-8-8-0; 28 Sol-44 TT, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 10 PBU, 1 FR, 1 BLK; Jackson provided the Crimson Tide with an experienced cornerback as a sophomore ... the shutdown cornerback from Macon, Ga., was eighth on the team in tackles with 44, including 28 solo stops ... registered 10 pass breakups on the year with one interception ... ranked just outside of the top 10 in the SEC with 11 passes defended. 2007: 13 GP; 12 GS; 48 Sol-66 TT, 4 TFL, 3 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FF, 1 BLK; Starter in 12 of 13 games, including each of the last 10 ... second on the team with three interceptions on the season and was fourth with four pass breakups ... had 66 tackles on the season, good for fifth-best on the team.
Jesse Williams heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 5/137 - Jesse Williams, DT, 6-3, 325, Alabama...Projected to go in the first two rounds, Williams surprisingly fell to the fifth round. He will be used as a run stuffer inside on early downs. - The Sports Xchange
Nico Johnson heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 4/99 - Nico Johnson, ILB, 6-2, 249, Alabama...One of the leaders of the Crimson Tide's defense in their back-to-back national championships, Johnson will have the opportunity to see a lot of playing time in the Chiefs' base defense next to Pro Bowler Derrick Johnson. - The Sports Xchange
James Carpenter heading into Sr season: 2010: Carpenter started all 13 games of the 2010 season and 27 straight games at left tackle during his two-year career at the Capstone ... first-team All-SEC selection by the league coaches and second team pick by the AP ... on the watch list for the Outland Trophy ... one of the top left tackles in the Southeastern Conference ... named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following his performance in week eight at Tennessee ... helped the Crimson Tide rank 22nd nationally in total offense, racking up 444.08 yards per game ... the Tide also rank 29th nationally running the ball at 182.92 yards per game and 27th passing at 261.5 ypg ... anchor of an offensive line that has provided time for the nation's No. 4 quarterback in passing efficiency ... blocked for five 100-yard rushers this season and 16 during his UA career...2009: Started all nine games at left tackle in his first season at Alabama ... one of three new starters on the offensive line that has cranked out 414.67 yards of total offense per game, which ranks 31st nationally and 213.0 yards on the ground - 14th in the nation ... helped the Tide achieve impressive balance with 213 yards per game on the ground and almost 202 yards per game in the air ... leader of an offensive line that is allowing just one sack per game to rank 12th nationally and first in the SEC as a unit…JUCO: He played for two seasons at Coffeyeville [Kan.] Community College (2007-2008) ... was named to the first-team Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) All-League team … coached by Darian Dulin at Coffeyville CC.
Terrence Cody heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 12 GP; 12 GS; 7 Sol-24 TT, 4.5 TFL, 0.5 SK, 2 QBH, 2 FR, 1 FF; Consensus first-team All-American while consistently taking up two or three blockers inside … a Chuck Bednarik Award semifinalist … a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press and league coaches … anchored the No. 2 rush defense (74.1 ypg) and the No. 3 total defense (263.5 ypg) in the country … missed the Tennessee and Arkansas State games with a sprained right MCL … Manhandled the interior of Clemson's offensive front and was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts; registered four tackles with two solo stops and one tackle for loss … sprained his right MCL early in the second half against Ole Miss … played his first snap of the season on the offensive side of the football, serving as a blocking back on Mark Ingram’s two-yard touchdown runs. JC: A Scout.Com four-star recruit … earned a three-star rating by Rivals.com and was listed as the No. 47 junior college player in the country … the No. 45 junior college player in the nation according to SuperPrep Magazine … starred at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and recorded 31 tackles and 3.5 sacks in helping lead his team to an 11-0 regular season record.
*Vinnie Sunseri heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Saints' picks: Round 5/167 -- Vinnie Sunseri, SS, 5-11, 210, Alabama...Even though he's coming off a torn ACL, he could be a help on special teams and add depth at one of the safety spots in a crowded secondary. - The Sports Xchange
Preston Dial heading into rSr season: 2010: Dial was been a prime target of quarterback Greg McElroy in the 2010 season ... the senior has caught 25 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns ... averaged 10.6 yards per catch and 20.3 yards per game ... the 25 catches are 13 more than his career total entering the season and the three scores are the first of his career ... has also been a force in the running game as a crushing lead blocker for the Tide's talented tailback duo...2009: Pplayed in all 14 games and made seven starts as a junior in 2009 ... finished with three catches for 25 yards ... a key blocker for the Tide at the point of attack ... a regular on the Tide’s kickoff return team...2008: Dial was a regular on Alabama's field goal and extra point teams and a reserve tight end ... played in 12 games, making one start at tight end at then-No. 15 LSU ... caught one pass for eight yards vs. Western Kentucky ... a part of the Crimson Tide's short-yardage package...2007: Played in 10 games, including one start ... recorded his first career catch against Louisiana Monroe, a 21-yard reception...2006: Redshirted.
John Parker Wilson heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 81-104-1.3-5; Pass: 462-255-55.2-2846-18-12; 2 Sol-2 TT; The starting quarterback in all 13 games … completed 255-of-462 passes (55.2 percent) for 2,846 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions … averaged 218.9 passing yards and 226.9 yards of total offense per game, fourth-best in the SEC in both categories … broke his own single-season school records in total plays, pass attempts, completions, passing yards and touchdown passes … had a streak of 132 consecutive pass attempts without an interception during the season, the fourth-best streak in school history … had 2,846 yards of total offense, ranking second on the single-season charts and making him one of only three UA quarterbacks with two or more 2,000-yard seasons (with Brodie Croyle and Walter Lewis). 2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 82-83-1-0; Pass: 379-216-57-2707-17-10; Started all 13 games for the Crimson Tide. He finished the season with a passing efficiency of 126.51, completing 216-of-379 passes for 2,707 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He threw for over 200 yards in the first seven games of the season, setting a new school record, and finished with a school record nine 200-yard games. He had six games with two or more touchdown passes and threw at least one touchdown pass in 10 contests. Wilson also recorded 82 carries for 83 yards with a long of 27. He set school records for passing yards, pass attempts, touchdown passes and pass completions. 2005: 5 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 3-(-6)-(-2)-1; Pass: 11-7-63.6-98-2-0; Wilson saw action in four games, completing a pass in each appearance. He threw his first career touchdown pass on a 36-yard strike to Keith Brown in Alabama's 35-14 win at South Carolina.
A.J. McCarron heading into rSr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: CINCINNATI BENGALS: Round 5/164 -- AJ McCarron, quarterback, 6-3, 220, Alabama...The Bengals got their developmental quarterback behind Andy Dalton. McCarron is a proven winner, and it wouldn't be insane to see him competing to start next season should problems arise with Dalton. - The Sports Xchange
Arie Kouandjio heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Redskins' 10 picks: Round 4/112 -- Arie Kouandjio, G, 6-5, 310, Alabama...Started the past two seasons for the powerhouse Crimson Tide after undergoing multiple knee surgeries early in his college career. Kouandjio's older brother, Cyrus, is a tackle for Buffalo. Veteran Redskins guards Shawn Lauvao and Chris Chester struggled in 2014. Backups Josh LeRibeus and Spencer Long have very little experience. - The Sports Xchange
*T.J. Yeldon heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Jaguars' eight picks: Round 2/36 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, 6-1, 226, Alabama...Yeldon was the third best running back on the Jaguars' draft board and once Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon were gone in the first round, Yeldon became a must-get at the top of the second round. The Jaguars feel he can be the foundation to their running game. He has the skills to be a three-down back, has solid pass-catching talents and at 226 is capable of protecting quarterback Blake Bortles when needed. He has the speed (4.61 in the 40) and durability (rushed 576 times for 3,322 yards and 37 TDs in 39 career games) at Alabama. With an upgrade on the offensive line, Yeldon's addition is a significant boost to the Jaguars' running game. - The Sports Xchange
*Glen Coffee heading into rJr season: 2007: Entered the season as the No. 2 running back and played in nine games, earning three starts … was second on the team with 129 carries and 545 yards on the ground and was third on the team with four rushing touchdowns … also had 18 catches for 142 yards...2006: Missed the 2006 after suffering an injury in fall camp...2005: Appeared in all 13 games ... had 179 rushing yards on 48 carries … was the third-leading rusher on the team … also had eight receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown.
P.J. Fitzgerald heading into rSr season: 2008: P 59-2427-41.1, 4 TB, 16 FC, 15 in 20, 0 blocked; Fitzgerald tuned in his best season as the Crimson Tide’s starting punter with a career-best 41.14 yards per punt ... ranked seventh in the Southeastern Conference and 41st nationally ... had four 50-plus yard punts and 15 inside the 20-yard line ... averaged 41.6 yards per punt during SEC play with 12 kicks inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, including 10 in the final four SEC games ... earned the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year Award … earned Academic All-SEC honors for the fall of 2008...2007: P 64-2475-38.7, 8 TB, 13 FC, 20 in 20, 1 blocked; The starting punter in all 13 games ... had 64 punts on the season, averaging 38.7 yards per kick ... 20 punts downed inside to opponents' 20-yard line ... also had eight touchbacks to his credit ...2006: P 57-2176-38.2, 1 TB, 14 FC, 19 in 20, 0 blocked; Fitzgerald was the punter for the Crimson Tide in all 13 games.He punted 57 times for 2,176 yards, an average of 38.2 yards per punt. He had 19 punts downed inside the 20-yard line...2005: Redshirted.
Greg McElroy heading into rSr season: 2010: 2010 SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR...A finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship ... named the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year and a first-team Academic All-American ... winner of a NCAA Top VII Award and a finalist for the Wooden Citizenship Cup ... ranked fourth nationally in passing efficiency entering the bowl game and finished with a efficiency rating of 168.98 ... set the single-season passing record with 2,987 yards and a school-record 20 touchdowns while throwing just five interceptions in 313 attempts ... completed 70.9 percent (222 for 313) of his passes with 66 throws of 15-yards or more on 222 completions ... averaged 229.8 yards per game through the air ... did not throw an interception in his final 116 career attempts ... a member of the watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award and the Manning Award ... was a finalist for the Unitas Golden Arm Award ... finished his Alabama career with has name littered throughout the Crimson Tide record book ... finished seventh in career attempts (658), fourth in career completions (436), first in career completion percentage (66.3), fourth in passing yards (5,691) and third in passing touchdowns (39)...2009: McElroy has quickly established himself as the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback and leader on offense ... The junior has been outstanding with 1,721 yards passing, 11 touchdowns and just four interceptions in 2009, while completing 59.3 percent of his passes in his first nine career starts ... Had his string of 141 pass attempts without an interception, which was the third-longest streak in school history, broke on the first pass of the South Carolina game ... Ranks 50th nationally in passing efficiency at 132.57 ... Has 31 passes of 16 or more yards this season ... Also has one rushing touchdown…2008: Saw action in six games during his sophomore campaign ... Threw for 123 yards on 8-of-11 passing with one touchdown vs. Auburn and one interception ... Completed 72.7 percent of his passes for a 178.47 quarterback rating …2007: He saw time in wins over Western Carolina and Tennessee ... Completed 8-of-9 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown, all against WCU ...2006: Redshirted.
Josh Chapman heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Colts picks: 5/136 - Josh Chapman, NT, 6-1, 316, Alabama...Chapman suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee on Oct. 1. An outstanding talent who will push for a starting job if healthy. - The Sports Xchange
Xzavier Dickson heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Patriots' 11 picks: Round 7/253 - Xzavier Dickson, LB, 6-3, 260, Alabama...Dickson is an edge tweener out of Nick Saban's familiar scheme with the versatility to play the run and the pass, but lacking the talent to be elite in either area. With three picks of a similar build, Dickson will be battling for a role in a crowded depth chart on the edge of the defense. - The Sports Xchange
Javier Arenas heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 14 GP; 14 GS; PR: 41-650-15.9-3 KR: 26-614-23.6-0; 44 Sol-63 TT, 3.5 TFL, 2 SK, 1 INT, 7 PBU, 4 QBH; Second-team All-SEC honoree at both cornerback and return specialist (SEC Coaches) by the Associated Press, SEC coaches, The Sporting News and Phil Steele … Arenas registered 63 tackles on the season at corner to rank fifth on the team … finished sixth nationally in average yards per punt return and second in the SEC … his 650 punt return yards led the nation and set an Alabama single-season record … his 41 punt returns were also the most nationally … had 87-, 80-yard and 73-yard punt returns for a touchdowns in 2008, which gave him the school record of six in his UA career … two-time SEC Special Teams Player of the Week and a four-time (two defense/two special teams) honoree by the Crimson Tide coaching staff … captured the President’s Award as a player who has shown perseverance in making outstanding contributions to the team’s success … also earned the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year Award. 2007: 12 GP; 1 GS; PR: 19-326-17.2-1 KR: 27-657-24.3-0; 13 Sol-20 TT, 2 TFL, 1 PBU; Starting return man and a back-up defensive back who saw action in 12 games, missing the Auburn game with an ankle injury … had 27 kickoff returns for 657 yards this season to rank second in the Tide single-season return charts in both categories … averaged 15.4 yards per punt return, also the second-best single-season mark in UA history … ranked second in the SEC and 12th nationally in average punt return yardage (15.4) … named SEC Special Teams Co-Player of the Week for his efforts against Ole Miss and LSU and named Alabama Special Teams Co-Player of the Week against Western Carolina, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee and LSU. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; PR: 31-286-9.2-2 KR: 18-344-19.1-0; In the PetroSun Independence Bowl against Oklahoma State, he returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown to break the record for the longest return in Alabama bowl history and Independence Bowl history. Played a total of 107 snaps on the season with a season-high 12 plays against Oklahoma State. Tabbed the Alabama Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a punt 65 yards against Florida International. Personal: cousin Gilbert Arenas, plays in the NBA with the Washington Wizards.
Ed Stinson heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 5/160 - Ed Stinson, DL, 6-4, 287, Alabama...A productive player in college, he was nagged by a groin injury his entire senior season. It kept him from playing in the Senior Bowl and working out at the combine. He's known as a solid run defender who can play both nose tackle and end. - The Sports Xchange
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