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Grant: Tide needs ‘hunger’ and ‘passion’

Alabama’s four-game losing streak ties for the longest of the three-year Anthony Grant era. Not since his first season in Tuscaloosa has the Tide struggled this much.

Arkansas (15-5, 3-2 SEC) comes to Coleman Coliseum at 12:30 Saturday afternoon with an unfortunate streak of its own.

The Razorbacks haven’t won a road game all season. That doesn’t matter much, Grant said.

“For us to be successful, we have to play with a passion and a hunger. I think that’s true for any team in our league and any team across college basketball. This is an emotional game. So you have to be able to bring that enthusiasm every time you take the court. We just have to learn how to do that for 40 minutes.”

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Hightower: Alabama didn’t get proper respect

Dont'a Hightower makes one of his game-high nine tackles in Saturday's win. (Copyright photo by Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily)

For three weeks or  so, Alabama was the Rodney Dangerfield of college football. At least that’s what Crimson Tide linebacker Dont’a Hightower said.

He said third-ranked Alabama was treated unfairly by those outside the program in the battle for early-season respect.

“In a sense I do. One reason for that is we played Penn State this year. A lot of people were arguing we weren’t as good as everybody thought we were. But playing teams like Kent State and North Texas and beating a really good team like Penn State.

“Teams still didn’t feel like they could respect us. I feel like after the Arkansas game, I feel like we set the tone and let everybody know we are for real.”

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A rare moment from Saturday’s game

It was getting late in Saturday’s win over Arkansas when Alabama’s Barrett Jones dug his hand in the dirt, looked to his side and saw a friendly face.

One or two pair of brothers on the team lined up next to each other toward the end of the game. Tight end Harrison Jones flanked big brother Barrett, who had shifted from left to right tackle in the closing moments.

They were neighbors on the line a few times in high school, but never at Alabama.

Barrett Jones said he saw his redshirt freshman brother in the huddle Saturday, but didn’t think too much of it when trotting to the line.

“And I turned and was like, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ ” Barrett Jones said. “And he was like, ‘What’s up?’ Then he was like, ‘Who do I block?’ And I was like, ‘Get that guy over there.’ ”

The memories of their brief moment together will certainly last.

“I’m hoping somebody got a picture of it,” Barrett Jones said. “I haven’t seen one yet.”

Read a few more notes like this one in today’s paper and every other one this week.

Update: The mistake in the second paragraph was corrected. I’m not sure how I forgot the other pair of brothers — Arie and Cyrus Kouandjio.


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Updating injuries to Mosley, Lacy, others

There was an express lane between the Alabama sideline and the locker room Saturday afternoon in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Injuries reared their head for the first significant time this season. Here’s a quick rundown of the status for the afflicted by Monday.

  • Linebacker C.J. Mosley’s elbow injury is obviously the issue taking top priority this week. Nick Saban said he would need a couple of days before practicing this week. The versatile sophomore is “questionable” for Saturday’s trip to Gainesville.
  • Running back Eddie Lacy “will not do much today” after injuring his toe injury suffered Saturday. The sophomore returned to the game after hurting it in the first half, though.
  • Linebacker Dont’a Hightower didn’t say exactly what the injury was that kept him on the turf for a few extra moments against Arkansas, but assured it was nothing major. “Just a bang,” he said.
  • Fellow linebacker Chris Jordan hasn’t seen the field yet this season. He practiced some early last week, but Saban said they had to shut him down by midweek.

Much more to come later today. Stay tuned.


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Video of pregame sights, sounds at pre-Arkansas tailgating

This is the final multimedia look at the wild Saturday in Tuscaloosa. It starts all over again tomorrow as Alabama prepares for what could be a very interesting trip to Florida on Saturday. Keep it here for all the updates along the way.

 


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A few extra photos to remember Saturday

Before you completely forget about Saturday’s Alabama game with Arkansas and move onto Florida, here are a few extra snap shots to remember the afternoon in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The season album below was updated with Week 4 in Crimson Tide football.

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Kirkpatrick responds to Saban getting ‘crumped up’

Dre Kirkpatrick is plent crunked up Saturday against Arkansas (Decatur Daily photo by Jeronimo Nisa)

Dre Kirkpatrick started the week of “crunk” in Tuscaloosa a week ago Saturday. That how he described Nick Saban’s anticipated energy level heading into the Arkansas game.

After that, Saban used the slang term when answering a question in last Monday’s news conference.

It came up again on his Thursday radio show when he replaced a letter to say he was “crumped” up for this one.

After beating Arkansas 38-14 on Saturday, I asked Kirkpatrick if he heard Saban’s variation on the word.

“I heard about that,” Kirkpatrick said smiling. “It’s just something I’ve been messing with him about and he finally caught on to it. He’s gonna get it right. He’s gonna be crunked up up this week too.”


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Expanded video from the field after Tide beats Arkansas

We brought you the video of the Rammer Jammer after yesterday’s Alabama win over Arkansas last night. Now take a look at a little extra footage tacked on the end of Marquis Maze and Trent Richardson doing some on-field interviews. Video of the pregame scene coming later.


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Follow the action right here

Why bother with a cumbersome television or an old-fashioned radio this game day. The only medium you need is The Daily Bama Blog.

Click here to access the official Twitter feed that’ll have all the expert commentary you’d need for Alabama’s game with Arkansas.

But if you insist, the game will be televised live on CBS.


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Welcome inside Bryant-Denny Stadium

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It never gets old when the weather is this nice and the BBQ smells that good.

It’s game day in Tuscaloosa and this one could be a good one.

We’re still 73 minutes from kickoff inside the stadium. The student section is already packed and warmups should start any time now. Check back for updates all afternoon.


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Hanks: Alabama’s offense is better

All the talk about Arkansas’ domination is starting to bother Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks. He says watch this afternoon to see who is better in today’s print story that looks like this:

TUSCALOOSA — Keep talking about the Arkansas offense, Darius Hanks says.

The Alabama wide receiver hears it. He processes it. He uses it.

All the hype surrounding the high-octane Razorback offense only fuels their opponents in crimson today.

“The offense as a whole, we’ve got a chip on our shoulder,” the senior said. “They are supposed to be so high-ranked as an offense. I feel like our offense is even better.”

The statistics don’t necessarily indicate a major gap between Arkansas and Alabama entering the SEC football opener for both. Arkansas is 11th in the nation in total offense with 517 yards a game, followed by the Crimson Tide’s 476-yard average, which ranks 21st.

Both sides are breaking in first-year starting quarterbacks, but Tyler Wilson and AJ McCarron both have experienced players on the receiving end of their throws.

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Relive last season’s Arkansas game via video

The Alabama visit to Fayetteville a year ago had its fair share of excitement. The 24-20 Tide win was the final result of a crazy afternoon that included a two-touchdown deficit in the third quarter.

Take a trip back in time by watching the game-day experience video I put together a year ago this week.

 


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A game day traffic and parking refresher

If you’re headed to Tuscaloosa for tomorrow’s SEC opener with Arkansas, you’re gonna want to read on. There will be 101,000 of you entering a small, congested area.

So you’re going to want a plan to park, then escape the logjam that is the postgame.

Click here for the UA Gameday site run by the university with all the instructions you can handle. For parking specific info, click here or see the maps below.

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Then for the postgame exit…


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Who does Vegas like tomorrow?

The houses of gambling in Las Vegas may differ slightly on the final margin of tomorrow’s Arkansas at Alabama game, but they’re unanimous on the winner.

They like the Tide by at least a touchdown and a field goal. The photo below is the composite look at the different point spreads from the different sports books.

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If you’re looking for the real expert pick, you’ll have to wait for tomorrow before I release my predicted score. How good was I the first three weeks? Here’s the breakdown:

Opponent: prediction……actual
Kent State: 45-7 ……….. 48-7
Penn State: 24-10……..27-11
North Texas: 52-3……..41-0


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Top Arkansas defender to miss Alabama game

Arkansas will be without a difference-maker on the defensive line Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

According to reports, Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino said Thursday that Jake Bequette will not play against the Tide at 2:30 p.m. A hamstring injury suffered in the second game of the year kept him out of last week’s game with Troy as well.

Bequette, a senior, was compared to Alabama’s Dont’a Hightower by Nick Saban on Monday.

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