Since the season is a third of a way over, it seems like a decent time to take a look back. Check out this video I put together featuring the best of the previous videos of the season. Enjoy.
As promised, here are the videos of Marcell Dareus practicing Wednesday and taking a dirty block in the Arkansas game.
First, my video from practice yesterday.
Now, here’s the questionable block Dareus took from Arkansas lineman Wade Grayson (posted by someone else).
There was no sign of Marcell Dareus at Tuesday’s media viewing period at Alabama football practice. But he was back Wednesday and we have the video to prove it.
Coming off an ankle injury suffered at Arkansas on Saturday, Dareus was heavily taped and was limping in Monday’s practice. There was no tape and he seemed to be moving much better Wednesday.
Dareus is supposed to meet with reporters in a little bit. Hopefully, there will be an update.
One of the big issues leading into the Florida/Alabama game circles around the foot of Florida running back Jeff Demps. It was sprained Saturday against Kentucky and coach Urban Meyer said he expected him to play this week in Tuscaloosa.
Speaking on this morning’s SEC teleconference, Meyer updated the speedster’s status. Demps is no longer wearing the walking boot on the injured foot and expects him to practice on a limited basis Wednesday afternoon.
For Saturday, Demps is listed at “probable.”
From the looks of these numbers, my game story in Sunday morning’s paper wasn’t the first place most of you saw the final score of the Alabama/Arkansas game Saturday.
A story that just moved on the Associated Press wire says the television for the big game was the largest for any afternoon college football game in seven years. The Hogs and the Tide picked up a 5.2 rating and a 12 share on the CBS broadcast.
For those of you who aren’t Nielsen Ratings gurus, the rating represents the percentage of all homes with a television that tuned in and the share is the percentage of those watching television at that time who watched the game.
Dare I say, they saw a good one.
The media viewing period was briefer than normal on Tuesdays, so there is no video to post.
Just one item of note.
There wasn’t a Marcell Dareus sighting with the defensive ends. He was out there Monday, limping on a heavily taped ankle, but he was out there. No word on why he was not around for the eight minutes we spent inside the pearly gates. If I find out, you’ll be the first to know.
Although it goes against my usual policy that prohibits boring posts about players of the week awards, this one is a step above the same old team and conference awards.
Tide safety Robert Lester picked up a Bronko Nagurski Award national defensive player of the week award this afternoon. That goes with his SEC defensive player of the week from yesterday.
The two huge interceptions of Ryan Mallett certainly pushed Lester over the top for this one.
The weekly award automatically put Lester on the watch list for the Nagurski Award that goes to the nation’s best defensive player. See the complete list of award hopefuls from the Tide on the Bama Blog’s special page located here.
And while I have your attention and since it still has no link on The Decatur Daily homepage, I again encourage you to check out our awesome new high school blog called River City Rumblings. Just click here and bookmark it since it still gets no love on our main site.
Maybe it was just me or my computer, but I was unable to find the full-game replays of SEC games on the league website until this week. In the world of a beat writer, those are huge for doing homework on the next opponent.
So you can study along side the rest of us by checking out the full Florida vs. Kentucky game online. Just click here for the link.
For the full Alabama/Arkansas replay, click here.
Penn State at Alabama is located here and Alabama at Duke is here.
If you ever need a quick reference for these videos along with full game stories and notebooks, just go to the “2010 schedule” button in the menu above or just click here.
Both Marcell Dareus and Greg McElroy came out of the Arkansas game with a few bumps and bruises. Check out the following video of the two practicing Monday.
Dareus’ ankle appeared to limit him more than McElroy’s sore right foot. Watch for yourself.
And now, for my 1,001st trick, I present the most important news that came out of Monday afternoon’s weekly press gathering.
- There was plenty said about that budding rivalry with Florida and its renewal Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. That will be addressed in the near future.
- Tide quarterback Greg McElroy came out of the Arkansas game a little sore after taking a hit on the big third down sack that ended the 16-play fourth-quarter drive with a field goal. He said the right foot injury isn’t major, but it’s his plant foot, so he’ll be mindful of that in practice today.
- There was also plenty asked and answered about Florida’s two contrasting quarterbacks John Brantley and Trey Burton. Also expect more on this topic in the days to come.
- Tide safety Robert Lester was named SEC defensive player of the week after intercepting two passes against Arkansas.
- The game time for next Saturday’s visit to South Carolina won’t be determined until next Sunday. CBS optioned its right to wait a week to see how this Saturday’s games shake out before making a final call.
Though it’s not in the Bama Blog’s nature to toot its own horn, there are a few occasions when we break stride. This is one of those times.
You are now reading the 1,000th post in the illustrious history of this here site. That is reason to celebrate before looking forward to the next thousand. Thank you to all who read every day.
Now, enjoy the Arkansas weekend as seen from my perspective. Have a nice day and here’s to hoping air travel remains safe this Sunday.
Finally back in my hotel, it’s time to take a deep breath and reflect. The more I think about it, the more Alabama’s 24-20 win over Arkansas feels like the Tide’s 26-21 win over Auburn last November.
Both games were on the verge of getting ugly for Alabama, but both times they made the big plays on both sides of the ball and slipped out of hostile environments.
I promise to have the usual big Sunday video look-back at the weekend that was, but before bed time comes, here’s a quick taste. This is Mark Ingram’s game-winning touchdown from the sideline.
Good night for now. Tomorrow will be a historic day in Bama Blog history. You’ll know more about that Sunday.
I bet you already knew that. What a game. What an atmosphere.
I’ll tell you more later, but I have about a gillion stories to write before then. Have a nice evening.
Empty for now
The students gates just opened and those who’ve been there since Monday have their front-row seats.
An abbreviated version of the Alabama marching band just marched by the students chanting “roll tide.” In response, they got a quick “woooo pig sooie.”
It’s a little gray right now, but the temperature is amazing.
More to come.
The weather is perfect in Northwest Arkansas and this town is ready for a huge game. You can feel the difference between Durham last week and Fayetteville today.
Spending the evening with a few fellow writers downtown on Dickson Street gave us a good idea for how much this one means to the Hog fan base. There weren’t many Alabama fans on the strip, but they could have simply blended in since team colors and the script-A are common denominators between Hog and Tide supporters.
I also appreciate the $70 parking ticket I received for no good reason. The Fayetteville economy will certainly take a hit when this writer leaves town.
Either way, it’s almost time to clean up and head to the stadium. More to come from there.