Data Scout Notes: 2014: PWCamp/PThorpe/PNagurski/PBednarik/PLott/P1stM/DS#1PSTeamProspect-RRang...2013: NAC/2ndM...2012: NA
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12/03/14 - Alabama takes over No. 1 spot in AP poll...Alabama took over the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press poll after beating rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl, replacing Florida State. The Crimson Tide (11-1) received 25 of 59 first-place votes. No. 2 Florida State (12-0) got 29 first-place votes. Alabama is No. 1 for the first time since losing to Auburn last year. However, the Tide's 55-44 win on Saturday propelled them to No. 1 for the 72nd time in their history. Florida State beat unranked Florida 24-19 to remain undefeated but fell out of the top spot. Oregon, which stayed at No. 3, received the remaining five first-place votes. TCU and Baylor rounded out the top five. - The Sports Xchange
10/11/14 - Arkansas played the Alabama Crimson Tide 51 points better than the Razorbacks did in 2012 and 2013. That left the Razorbacks one point short. By a blocked extra point, the seventh-ranked Crimson Tide escaped Arkansas, 14-13, on a rainy Saturday night before a 72,337 sellout at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Winning the SEC West game advanced coach Nick Saban's Tide to 5-1 (2-1) heading into next Saturday's SEC West game against Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Second-year coach Bret Bielema's Razorbacks, so close to breaking Arkansas' now 15-game SEC losing streak dating back to 2012, fell to 3-3 (0-3) and host Georgia of the SEC East next Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Arkansas led 13-7 with 4:43 in the third quarter on quarterback Brandon Allen's 54-yard touchdown pass to tight end AJ Derby followed by John Henson's PAT. Alabama, with Bielema unnoticed by officials as he bolted from the sideline onto the field trying to get a timeout, went ahead to stay on quarterback Blake Sims' 6-yard touchdown pass and Griffith's PAT at 12:36. "I might try a cartwheel next time," Bielema said. "I was trying to get the officials' attention but obviously it didn't happen." Griffith made both PATs, having kicked one after Alabama took a 7-0 lead on Sims' 22-yard pass to running back T.J Yeldon at 8:40 of the second quarter. - The Sports Xchange
08/13/14 - Alabama's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. S Landon Collins, Junior...Collins' inexperience (and inconsistency at cornerback) led to some uncharacteristic lapses in coverage for the Tide last season. The team missed Sunseri's instincts but Collins' athleticism and big hitting make him a better NFL prospect. Collins is a well built athlete with light feet and fluid hips to change direction quickly. He's a forceful and reliable open-field tackler, who often rips at the ball aggressively as he's taking opponents to the ground. He has seen action at both strong and free safety and projects as a first-round pick in large part because he should be able to handle either role at the next level. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/13/14 - Alabama's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. S Landon Collins, Junior...Like many of the prospects on this list, Collins signed with Saban amid great fanfare, earning consensus five-star grades and the top spot among all prep safeties for most recruiting sites. Collins didn't earn a start as a freshman but made an impact nonetheless, tying for the team lead with 10 special teams tackles and operating as a key reserve in the deep patrol.
Collins was pressed into duty last year with returning starter Vinnie Sunseri suffering a torn ACL and responded by finishing second to only star CJ Mosley in tackles, recording 70 stops, including four for a loss. Collins also showed off his playmaking ability, forcing two fumbles, recovering two others and intercepting two passes, one of which he returned for a score. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/08/14 - NCAA grants power conferences autonomy...The NCAA approved an historic change on Thursday to allow the 65 schools in the five power conferences to write many of their own rules. The 16-2 vote by the Division I Board of Directors took place at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. The autonomy measures ruling is subject to a 60-day veto period before the new structure is official. The NCAA Board made one significant change to the proposal introduced last month. For legislation to be considered, only one of the five conferences is required to submit it -- not three. "I am immensely proud of the work done by the membership," NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. "The new governance model represents a compromise on all sides that will better serve our members and, most importantly, our student-athletes.
These changes will help all our schools better support the young people who come to college to play sports while earning a degree." The five power leagues -- the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12 -- could begin submitting their own legislation by Oct. 1 and have it enacted at the January 2015 NCAA convention in Washington, D.C. According to ESPN.com, key early issues are expected to include full cost-of-attendance stipends worth up to $5,000 per player; four-year scholarship guarantees; loosened rules involving contact between players and agents as well as outside career pursuits for players; and travel allowances for players' families to attend postseason games.
ESPN reported that a new 80-member voting panel, which will include 15 current players, will determine policies for the five leagues. Areas that will not fall under the autonomy umbrella include postseason tournaments, transfer policies, scholarship limits, signing day and rules governing on-field play. - The Sports Xchange