Tide Tidbits – February 27, 2010

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Former Alabama players go under the microscope
For the Alabama players who either graduated or left school early for a shot in the NFL, they have moved onto the next step and maybe the most grueling step before the draft, the NFL Scouting Combine. The average fan associates the combine with how fast a player runs the 40-yard dash or how many repetitions he can bench press or how high he can jump, but a lot more goes into the process than just the physical tests. Players go through a battery of tests which focuses on everything from their health to their intelligence level to their personality, and every test they go through can either help or hurt them depending on how they perform. “I woke up at 5 this morning and had to go through the drug testing, your height, your weight, you go through the meat market, the pageant competition of the combine,” Alabama tight end Colin Peek said. “Ever since then, it’s been non-stop physicians checking you, orthopedists checking you, every single thing you can think of, making sure you’re body’s right.” [More]

‘I’ve heard a lot about Andre Smith around this time,’ Tide’s Mike Johnson says at NFL Combine
A year ago, an Alabama All-American offensive lineman was the talk of the NFL Scouting Combine. Outland Trophy winner Andre Smith showed up, but he left before working out for pro coaches and executives. Worse, he didn’t tell anybody he was leaving. This year, an Alabama All-American offensive lineman seems to have been a model citizen for NFL people. “I’ve heard a lot about Andre Smith around this time,” said Mike Johnson, a senior guard on the Crimson Tide’s 2009 national championship team. Did Smith’s mistake get the attention of Johnson and teammates who are participating in the NFL Scouting Combine? “Maybe it did a little bit,” Johnson said. “Andre’s a good guy. What happened to him here was unfortunate, but I think everybody here can learn from it.” What exactly did Alabama players learn? “Show up. Show up on time. Do what they tell you,” said Colin Peek, one of 10 Alabama players who accepted Combine invitations. [More]

Recruiting: Carver-Columbus RB Isaiah Crowell bails on Georgia’s Junior Day
Isaiah Crowell is not going to make it to Athens after all. The Carver-Columbus running back, the No. 1 prospect in the AJC’s “Tentative Top 10,” abruptly canceled his plans to join three teammates at Georgia’s Junior Day on Saturday. Carver coach Dell McGee confirmed the news via text message Friday evening. Georgia’s status with Crowell seems to have changed dramatically over the last few weeks. Early in the year he indicated the Bulldogs were his favorite and said he would be comparing everybody else to them. But ever since visiting Alabama and getting an official offer from coach Nick Saban he has said the Crimson Tide is the team to beat. He reaffirmed them as leader to a national recruiting analyst on Friday. [More]

Recruiting: Chat with Saban leaves positive impression on Pettway
D.J. Pettway (Pensacola, Fla./Catholic) has Alabama as his leader, according to one ESPN affiliate website. It goes back to Feb. 15 when Pettway made a one-day visit to the Tuscaloosa campus. It turned out to be a worthwhile trip north. One of the highlights of the day for him was a face-to-face visit with Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who offered him a scholarship at that time. “He was very impressed with Coach Saban,” Catholic coach Greg Seibert told Friday afternoon. “D.J. told me they talked for 30 or 45 minutes and they talked about football maybe five minutes. The rest of the time Coach Saban talked to him about the type of player they want at Alabama and what a person needs to do to be successful in life.” [More]

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