It All Starts In The Trenches

Posted by | Jul 3, 2011 | -

Below are some of the top Tide football stories for today published by various organizations:

Lindy’s Ranks Alabama As Having The Top Offensive Line

From Lindy’s Sports
Alabama, with a solid blend of power and experience up front, headlines Lindy’s Top 10 O-lines, but Oklahoma State is a close second. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland could have stayed at Miami for new coach Al Golden, but he traded his promising, young Hurricane line for an even better Tide front that could pave the way to a national championship. (Plus, a raise never hurts.) Stoutland introduced some new blocking schemes in the spring and did some tinkering in the A-Day game, moving all-star guard Barrett Jones to left tackle (where he would replace first-rounder James Carpenter). Jones is one of four returning starters, which include star senior center William Vlachos and sophomore right tackle D.J. Fluker, a former five-star recruit who is growing into the hype. [More]

McCarron Reveals Tattoo On His Back

By John Pennington, Mr. SEC
Will AJ McCarron be the star quarterback that Alabama fans hope? For that answer we’ll have to wait til Fall… to see if he even beats out Phillip Sims. A better question — that everyone can answer for themselves now — is whether or not he’s got the slickest back tattoo among SEC signal-callers. McCarron’s tattoo (at left) features an image of Jesus, the words “Ma” and “Pops,” what appears to be an image of a dove of peace, and the words “Bama Boy.” Among other things. Impressive. [More]

Top Schools For National Recruiting

By Doug Segrest, The Birmingham News
SEC recruiting heavyweights Alabama, Auburn and Florida are in the mix on the national scene. An other league up-and-comer gets kudos again as a surprise. And an old reliable has let down its wall and allowed other programs access to prime instate talent. Say it isn’t so, Mark Richt. Florida, Auburn, Alabama and others have come into the Peach State and gotten early commitments from prospects that the Bulldogs offered and wanted. With a good season on the field to quiet some of the rumblings about coach Mark Richt’s future, I think UGA could close as strong as anyone, but right now, the exodus of in-state talent has to be of some concern.” [More]

Another Predication, Same outcome

By Jimmy Boyd, Bleacher Report
Coach Nick Saban improved to 134-53-1 in his career and 43-11 since taking the job at Alabama, with last season’s 10-3 record. He wasn’t able to lead the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national titles, but he did lead them to another strong campaign that was punctuated with a 49-7 win over Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl. With loads of talent returning, including 14 starters, Saban has Alabama knocking on the door of another BCS championship. South Carolina and Georgia have been left off the schedule, and SEC West contenders Arkansas and LSU must come to Tuscaloosa. This favorable slate should help the Tide capture an SEC title and maybe even a second national championship in three years. [More]

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