That Other School We Dislike

Posted by | Jul 13, 2011 | -

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

Are Alabama Fans Forgetting Tennessee?

By Larry Burton, Bleacher Report
Few people realize that Alabama has played Tennessee more than any other team in their history. Seventeen more times than Auburn, 18 more than LSU and 35 times more than Ole Miss. The rivalry was once known by its date alone, “The Third Saturday in October.” It was the first game that had true rivalry for Alabama. It has seen stretches where wins went back and forth, stretches that went into long streaks by one and then by the other. The fans may be taking the Tennessee rivalry for granted now. While Fulmer was there, they wanted to crush the Orange because of Fulmer’s work in getting the Tide placed on probation. Then they simply wanted to shut Lane Kiffin up, now with Dooley, a former Saban student at the helm and the Vols in disarray; it’s easy for the fans to overlook the Tennessee rivalry. With Tennessee possibly years away from getting back on an even playing field with Alabama talent wise, fans may get complacent, but players won’t. [More]

NCAA Football 12 With Mark Ingram On The Cover

By Izzy Gould,
Jay Duncan gripped a video game controller as his eyes locked on a television screen where he guided Alabama against Stanford. The stunning graphics of NCAA Football 12, a college football video game produced by EA Sports, were hypnotic and a challenge to ignore in a town so addicted to football and starving for some pigskin. What makes this year’s edition of the game a little more special locally is the image of 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram on the cover. Now preparing for the NFL after he was a first-round draft pick by the New Orleans Saints, Ingram won a voting competition to become the cover boy. Images of Ingram’s cover were visible throughout the store. “Last year, the line wrapped around the building,” Duncan said of those waiting to obtain their copy of the game. “Today is going to be kind of interesting. It’s supposed to rain tonight. I’ll still be here with my raincoat and my umbrella.” [More]

Tide Players On Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List

By Andy Bitter, Ledger-Enquirer
Six players from Alabama and Georgia were selected to the watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation’s top college football lineman. The Crimson Tide’s four selections are linebacker Dont’a Hightower, defensive end/linebacker Courtney Upshaw, guard Barrett Jones and center William Vlachos. Guard/tackle Cordy Glenn and center Ben Jones made it for the Bulldogs. Hightower, who was already on the Nagurski and Bednarik watch lists as a candidate for top defensive player, was a second-team All-SEC pick last year after making 69 tackles. Upshaw, also a Bednarik choice, led the Crimson Tide with seven sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss. Barrett Jones and Vlachos, both on the Outland watch list (best interior lineman), were second-team All-SEC selections last season. Jones has 24 career starts, while Vlachos has 27. [More]

How Strong Is Kenyan Drake’s Commitment

By Michael Carvell, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
How strong is the commitment of one of Georgia’s top running backs to Alabama? So strong that he’s wearing proof of it on his head. Hillgrove High School’s Kenyan Drake recently had the Crimson Tide’s “A” logo shaved into the side of his head. Is that loyalty or what? “I went to the barber and gave him my Alabama hat,” Drake explained to the AJC. “He looked at it, and used it as the inspiration to draw it on my head. It really turned out great.” Drake was like a walking billboard for Alabama recruiting. “If someone didn’t know my name, they would say ‘Hey, Alabama’ to get my attention.” The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Drake surprised many by committing so early, picking Alabama last February among his six offers. Is Drake 100-percent committed to Alabama? “I’m 110 percent,” he said. “I’m sold on everything that Alabama has to offer. I’m comfortable with the situation. I really like the coaches, the football tradition and the overall atmosphere. That’s my school.” [More]

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