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Alabama at the ESPYs

The Crimson Tide isn’t nominated with the numbers of last year, but a few recently departed football players are on hand at tonight’s ESPY Awards in Los Angles.

Check out this picture of Mark Ingram and Greg McElroy playing video games before the show that started at 8 p.m. According to Twitter, Julio Jones is also in the house.

Alabama did find itself listed on the nominations.

It’s not celebrating, though.

The Iron Bowl loss to Auburn is up for game of the year after the Tigers came from 24 down to win 28-27. I’m sure you already knew that part.

We’re still waiting for the ESPYs to live up to the high-water mark set in 1998 when Norm McDonald hosted and roasted athletes. It was priceless. Click here to watch that.


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Reports: Duron Carter headed to Bama

The son of NFL legend Cris Carter will apparently be wearing crimson and white this fall. Several reports (including this and this) indicate former Ohio State receiver Duron Carter will enroll this summer and play this fall.

Academics were an issue in Columbus, so the younger Carter went the junior college route last season. He had 13 catches and 176 yards as a Buckeye freshman is 2009.

His addition could be a major addition to the Alabama receivers who lost Julio Jones’ big body and bigger skills to the NFL. Carter stands 6-foot-5 or one inch taller than Jones. We’ll see if he can match the skill set this fall, I guess.

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Check out Julio Jones’ Under Armour commercial

This ad with Julio Jones an a little bit ago on the NFL Network’s coverage of the scouting combine. Watch it here now.

Mark Barron to make an announcement tomorrow

Still trying to find out what he’ll be saying, but Alabama’s All-American safety Mark Barron will make some sort of announcement on Saturday.

Presumably, it will be about his NFL future. Will he stay or go remains to be answered. No leaks just yet.

Saturday is the deadline for juniors to announce their intentions for the draft. They have a few days to change their minds before the Jan. 18 cutoff to withdraw their names.

Mark Ingram, Julio Jones and Marcell Dareus already announced they’d enter the draft instead of playing a final season in Tuscaloosa.

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Three go pro, one stays, others on fence

There are several ways of attacking the news that came out of the announcement made less than an hour ago. The last posting was done on my phone so there wasn’t much time or ability to write much more. Here are the bullet points.

  • Mark Ingram, Julio Jones and Marcell Dareus are heading to the NFL.
  • Dont’a Hightower is sticking around for at least one more year. He has two seasons of eligibility left after receiving a medical redshirt in 2009.
  • Nick Saban referenced it and some of the players did to. This might not be over. Saban said there were still juniors weighing options. Hightower said Mark Barron is still making up his mind.
  • The player who left who struggled the most with his decision was Jones. He said the decision wasn’t made until last night.
  • Ingram said he told Saban his decision on Monday.
  • Dareus said he made up his mind a few weeks ago.

News conference scheduled for Friday in Tuscaloosa

Pardon me if you don’t like reading between the lines, but it appears as if some answers will be given tomorrow about the future of a few key Alabama football players.

UA media relations just announced a “media availability” at noon involving “Alabama head coach Nick Saban and select members of the Crimson Tide football team.”

Which members remains the mystery. For now.

Juniors Mark Ingram, Julio Jones, Marcell Dareus, Dont’a Hightower and Mark Barron have all been listed as potential first-round NFL picks.

If you’re asking for a prediction, the first three on the list are much more likely to take the leap than the next two.

VIDEO: Alabama’s Capital One Bowl pep rally

Four from Alabama named AP All-American

The next round of All-Americans was released this morning and Alabama had four members on the Associated Press team.

Julio Jones and Mark Barron made the second teams while Barrett Jones and Marcell Dareus were on the third teams.

Click to continue and see the complete listing of AP All-Americans

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Julio named MVP, captains chosen

There is still a bowl to play, but the Alabama football program held its 2010 banquet Saturday night. The following awards were handed out: captains

Iron Man Award:
Dee Milliner, Josh Chapman, Courtney Upshaw, and Michael Williams
Commitment to Academic Excellence Award:
Mark Ingram, Barrett Jones, Brad Smelley, Trent Richardson, Cade Foster, and Julio Jones
Outstanding Senior Scholar:
Greg McElroy and Drew Bullard
Unsung Hero Award:
Dre Kirkpatrick, Earl Alexander, Chavis Williams, and Dequan Menzie
Outstanding Defensive Performer Award:
Mark Barron and Donta Hightower
Up-Front Award:
Marcell Dareus and Courtney Upshaw; and from the offense Barrett Jones and William Vlachos
Most Inspiring Player:
Mark Barron
Defensive Achievement Award:
Robert Lester, C.J. Mosley, and Josh Chapman
Offensive Achievement Award:
Chance Warmack, Marquise Maze, and Trent Richardson
President’s Award:
Nick Gentry, Luther Davis, Darius Hanks and James Carpenter
Special Teams Award:
Brandon Gibson, Will Lowery, and Trent Richardson
Defensive Player of the Year:
Dont’a Hightower and Mark Barron
Offensive Player of the Year:
Greg McElroy and Mark Ingram
Pat Trammell Award:
Preston Dial and David Ross
Jefferson County Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award:
Jeremiah Castille
Most Valuable Player:
Julio Jones
Captain Awards:
Mark Barron, Dont’a Hightower, and Greg McElroy

Alabama injury update

There were more than a few injuries for the Tide today. Here’s a quick rundown.

Greg McElroy: Concussion.
Julio Jones: Bruised knee
Mark Barron: Torn pectoral
Darius Hanks: Bruised ribs.

Updating statistical leaders through 9 games

It just dawned on me that we never really update you on the season statistics for Alabama football players. It got lost in the shuffle until now. Here is an update through the LSU game in a feature that will be added to the pages in the top menu. Click here to find its permanent home.

Rushing
Mark Ingram 106-641, 6.0, 9 TD
Trent Richardson 92-634, 6.9, 5 TD
Eddie Lacy 30-204, 6.8, 3 TD

Passing
Greg McElroy 158-228-4, 2,004 yds, 69.3 pct, 13 TD
AJ McCarron 15-24, 231 yds, 62.5 pct, 2 TD

Receiving
Julio Jones 55-758, 13.8 avg, 13 TD
Marquis Maze 25-349, 14.0, 1 TD
Darius Hanks 22-349, 15.4, 2 TD
Trent Richardson 19-245, 12., 4 TD
Preston Dial 17-176, 10.4, 3 TD

Tackles
Mark Barron 59
Dont’a Hightower 52
C.J. Mosley 46
Dre Kirkpatrick 44
Robert Lester 38

Interceptions
Robert Lester 5
Dre Kirkpatrick 4
Mark Barron 3

Live tiger vs. Julio: Who is faster?

Mike the Tiger (top obviously) and Julio Jones

You’ll be able to read more about Mike the Tiger’s impact on Alabama players in Saturday’s Gameday preview section, but not everything made the story that you’ll read in a few days.

That includes Julio Jones’ answer when asked who would win in a foot race with a living, breathing tiger from the wild.

“I don’t know,” he said smiling. “Does he get a head start?”

You tell us, Julio.

“If my leg is broke,” he said.

For his sake, let’s hope Mike IV is not an avid reader of The Daily Bama Blog.

A sneak preview of Wednesday’s story

A former politician himself (sort of) it’s only appropriate to write about Julio Jones and his marquee matchup with LSU’s star cornerback Patrick Peterson on election day.

The two have shared many a battle and this Saturday’s game in Baton Rouge should be no different. It goes without saying that both parties have no shortage of motivation heading into the latest showdown.

Here are a few videos to remind you of the rivalry they share.

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Rehashing, evaluating 10 keys to season

Before the season, I put together a genius list of the 10 keys to Alabama’s football season. Now that we’re at the bye week eight games into the season, let’s see where they stand.

1. Forget the past. It’s hard to evaluate this one since it is more abstract and less tangible.
2. Waste no time. The Tide did a good job of starting fast by navigating the first portion of the schedule without a loss until going to South Carolina.
3. Keep Julio healthy. Alabama was half successful on this one, but it didn’t seem to matter much when Jones broke his hand and then hauled in a school-record 221 receiving yards two weeks later.
4. Stay out of trouble. No issues there. Nobody’s been arrested or suspended so far.
5. A wildcard must emerge. There hasn’t been one as prominent as Mark Ingram was last year, but safeties Robert Lester and Will Lowery came out of obscurity to make an impact in the secondary. C.J. Mosley has also played a big part in the defense as a freshman linebacker.
6. Kick it long, straight. They’ve kicked it longer and straighter than I may have expected in August. The young kickers/punter have done a fairly good job of not playing the Tide out of any wins while maturing along the way.
7. Beware of the traps. Not so good on this one. In the preseason preview, I warned of the danger lurking in Columbia. Turns out, I was right.
8. Embrace the media. Hmm….
9. Fast-tracked maturation. Another hard one to evaluate, but it hasn’t been a disaster.
10. Be innovative.The offense hasn’t always stepped out of the box, but it did an excellent job using the “Wildcat” to set up the pass from Marquis Maze to Michael Williams in the Florida win.

Stay tuned to see how the Tide will navigate the final four games of the regular season and how it relates to this master list.

Julio (not) SEC player of the week

The offensive honor went to Auburn QB Cam Newton instead who ran for 217 yards against LSU. Julio Jones was the runner up for the SEC offensive player of the week for piling up a school-record 221 receiving yards against Tennessee on Saturday.

Alabama left tackle James Carpenter picked up SEC offensive lineman of the week after receiving the top grading on the O-line.

Other than that, there’s not a whole lot going on this Monday of the bye week. There is no Monday news conference so that update will not be coming later in the day.

If news breaks, though, you know where to find it.