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Crimson Tide Summaries

Discussion in 'The Trifecta' started by Dru50, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

    Sep 13, 2009
    Crimson Tide Summaries

    Alabama opens season with easy win vs Memphis

    Memphis - 14
    Alabama - 55

    The Alabama faithful are looking forward to a national title run from Coach Dru, after being spurned when Nick Saban left the Tide to coach the CFL's Ottowa Roughriders.

    In a surprise move, Coach Dru elected to give the starting QB position to redshirt freshman Star Jackson, who looked anything but a star in the opening Bama drive, when he threw a late pass over the middle of the field, which was intercepted for a Tiger TD. This was the final points scored against the Bama starters by either the Tiger offense or defense.

    The game was about defense and running the ball, with big plays in the passing game mixed in to keep the opposing defense on their toes.

    The play of the game came on a sack by C. Reamer, leading to a fumble recovery TD by big Mount Cody.

    Star Jackson - 261.1 rating, 8-12, 223 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
    Mark Ingram - 19 carries, 102 yards, 3 TD
    Terry Grant - 13 carries, 104 yards
    Marquis Maze - 4 catches, 131 yards 1 TD
    Julio Jones - 3 catches, 55 yards

    Cory Reamer - 6 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack

    Special Teams
    Javier Arenas - 102 yard kick return TD, average 11.2 yards on 4 punt returns
    Leigh Tiffin - 2-2 FG, long of 51 yards
  2. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

    Sep 13, 2009
    Alabama 2009 Recruiting Class

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5
    Name Pos Rank Stars Stats
    Jarrod Concepcion SS #1 :5stars: B+ speed/jump, B tackle/zone cov, A- hit power
    Thomas Lee CB #5 :5stars: B+ speed, B man cov, B+ jump/accel
    Ben Guillory CB #8 :5stars: B+ speed/agility, B man/zone cov, A accel
    Alexander Bowser G #4 :5stars: B strength, B- pass block
    Thomas Cooper T #1 :5stars: B strength/run block
    John Walker CB #11 :4stars: A- speed, man/zone coverage, B agility, B+ acceleration
    Casey Pierce TE #1 :4stars: B- speed/catching/catch in traffic
    Danny Marquardt CB #27 :4stars: A speed/accel, B man cov, B- zone cov, C+ press, B- agility
    Quinton Jones MLB #3 :4stars: B- speed/pursuit, B tackle, B hit power, C+ strength
    JT Spence DE #6 :4stars: B- speed/tackle/power move/block shed, B+ pursuit, B finesse move
    Dwight Clark WR #6 :4stars: B+ speed, B- route running, C+ catch in traffic/spec catch
    Ryan McKinney CB #80 :3stars: B+ speed, C+ man cov/press, B- zone cov, B agility, A- accel
    Anthony Cooper OLB #20 :3stars: C+ speed/tackle, B- block shed

    Coach Dru's take:
    - J. Concepcion - The star of the class so far for the Tide. Great size and speed for a SS and he hits like a truck. He will have a shot at starting next year.
    - A. Bowser - He definitely has the size you like in a road grading guard (6'5" 333lbs), but he'll need to get in the weight room to develop his strength. He has good footwork in run blocking and pass protection and with a year or two in the program could be a stud.
    - T. Lee - He is a bit small for a CB (5'9" 170lbs), but he has tremendous measurables and fills a huge need this offseason for the Tide, as we are losing 3 senior corners.
    - B. Guillory - Ideal corner for the style of defense Bama will move to in the coming years, as he can play man or zone equally well. He needs to get with the jugs machine to work on his hands however (catching D-).
    - T. Cooper - Good size for a tackle (6'4" 300lbs) and has good ability in the run game. He also has suprisingly good feet for a big man (C- speed) which should help his pass blocking development.
    - J. Walker - Great size for a CB (6'1" 185lbs) and he has speed to burn. He is also equally good at man or zone coverage. The coaches would like to see him get better at press coverage.
    - C. Pierce - The #1 TE in the class is a great option down the field with his speed and height (6'7"). He also has very good hands and the ability to catch in the wash of the LB's over the middle. The coaches will have him focus on his blocking for next season.
    - Danny Marquardt - A true man up cover corner, has speed to burn and catch up acceleration to match up in man to man. He will need to get in the weight room to improve his strength and press skills but could see the field in 2010.
    - Quinton Jones - Good size for a mike LB (6'2" 249 lbs) but doesn't quite have the strength at the point he needs in order to compete in the SEC. His awareness and ability to shed blocks also needs work, so he will likely redshirt in 2010.
    - JT Spence - He may be a little small to play end in the 3-4 (6'1" 252 lbs), but he has definite pass rush ability. Depending on how he shapes out, there is a chance he could move to OLB.
    - Dwight Clark - Some things just make sense, a big (6'5"), white WR from CA named Dwight Clark. Sounds familiar? He looks like a great candidate for some big PT after a year of redshirting and learning from Julio. Bama won a hotly contested battle with USF for this guy, and we're glad to pull him to Tuscaloosa.
    Ryan McKinney - The last of the what will be known in Bama as the great CB class of 2009. He is a bit more of a developmental project than the other 4 recruits at the position, but at 5'11" 199 lbs with solid speed and acceleration, he should develop into a keeper in a year or two.
    - A. Grant - Anthony has the size we like in the 3-4 (6'4" 230lbs) for an OLB, and he has good well rounded ability. He'll likely redshirt year one, play some special teams in year 2 and be in the two deep as a redshirt sophomore.
  3. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

    Sep 13, 2009
    Bama outlasts Ole Miss on the road, 45-35

    Another week, another 30+ points given up by the Bama defense. I just can't figure out how to get stops with these guys. The upside is it looks like the switch at QB was a good idea, as McElroy was able to keep up pace with Ole Miss. This was a pure offensive shootout, see the stats below:

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    Bama Ole Miss
    Score 45 35
    First Downs 27 18
    Total Offense 575 533
    Rushes-Yards-TD 38-195-4 26-158-1
    Comp-Att-TD 20-29-2 21-39-3
    Passing Yards 380 375
    3rd down Conv 6-8 10-15
    TO's 2 1

    Up next - A home game vs SEC foe South Carolina
  4. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

    Sep 13, 2009
    Alabama cruises past South Carolina, 52-13

    The Bama defense shows up for the first time since week 1, holding the Gamecocks to 201 yards and 10 first downs. McElroy continued his strong play at QB, with 243 yards and 4 TD's, although he did throw 2 INT's. All 4 TD's went to Julio Jones, who had 6 catches for 159 yards. Ingram had 122 yards on 18 carries, and Terry Grant came in during the 2nd half to add 60 yards on the ground.

    Player of the Game - Julio Jones

    Up next - Tennessee comes to visit Tuscaloosa
  5. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

    Sep 13, 2009
    Alabama fights off a game Volunteer team, 38-26

    A great game in this storied rivalry saw Tennessee play very tough on the road against what many saw as a superior team. Both teams offenses moved seemingly at will during the game, with the difference in the game being a 3rd down stop in the first half by Bama and a 3rd quarter INT that pushed the lead to 3 scores.

    The offense for Bama was largely McElroy moving the team downfield in the passing game (18-23 for 317 yards and a TD) with Ingram banging the ball into the end zone once inside the red zone (28 runs, 122 yards, 4 TD).

    Great game Recchem! Look forward to the rematch next year.
  6. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

    Sep 13, 2009
    Bama wins grudge match vs LSU, 42-24

    This was a game of two halves. First half, LSU dominated on offense, as Bama gave up 24 points and only got one stop all half, on an opening drive pick 6. Bama went into the half down 21-24 but getting the ball.

    The second half was all Tide on defense, as the team suddenly started making stops, not giving up any points. Bama was able to churn out the final 4 minutes of the game with a solid drive running the ball.

    Player of the game - J. Jones, 5 catches, 102 yards and a beautiful 33 yard TD catch.
  7. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

    Sep 13, 2009
    Bama tames the Tigers of Miss St, 69-10

    This rivalry game was a blowout from the start. The Tide starters put up 41 points in the first half through a combination of good red zone running, accurate passing by McElroy and big plays from the defense. The backups on offense and defense played the entire second half and put up another 28 points, highlighted by a 86 yard kickoff return TD by Terry Grant to open the 2nd half.

    Bama put up 590 yards of offense and 27 first downs, 235 yards rushing and 355 yards passing. Greg McElroy continued his strong play, going 16-20 for 279 yards and 2 TD, and M. Ingram added 67 yards rushing and 3 more TD's.

    The Bama defense was led by C. Reamer, who recorded 2 sacks.

    Player of the game - Julio Jones, 7 catches, 144 yards, 1 TD

    Up next - A bye week before the Iron Bowl at #21 Auburn.

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