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AJ McCarron says Alabama needs ‘true leaders’

  • 2:33 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

AJ McCarron has plenty to say about Alabama now that he’s no longer with the program.

McCarron, who was a part of three national championship teams and is now a rookie QB with the Cincinnati Bengals, had a few suggestions for Nick Saban’s team on a radio show on Tide 99.1-FM in Tuscaloosa, as reported by AL.com.

We all know Nick Saban’s team is coming off its first loss of the season, a 23-17 loss at Ole Miss.

Here are what McCarron suggests to help Alabama from here on out.

Distribute the ball more evenly

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Alabama offense in Fast Lane with Lane Kiffin

  • 1:56 pm Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Lane Kiffin has cut a controversial path through college football, and whether you love him or loathe him, Alabama’s offense has never been more potent.

Ponder this.

In the 1,208 football games in Alabama’s remarkable history, the Tide had never had a 400-yard passer, a 200-yard receiver and a 100-yard rusher in the same game.

That happened on Saturday, in Alabama’s 42-21 domination of Florida.

Blake Sims, who some folks think still shouldn’t start ahead of Jake Coker, threw for 445 yards, the second most ever by an Alabama QB.

Amari Cooper caught 10 passes for 201 yards, and, BTW, had three TD grabs.

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SEC Power Rankings: Week 4

  • 6:30 am Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Is this the year that Mississippi State makes a move? The Bulldogs sure looked like a contender, not a pretender, in their upset of LSU. Dak Prescott is beginning to receive some Heisman talk, but I’m not ready to put him among the leaders just yet.

Alabama (No. 2 last week) – Alabama moves ahead of Texas A&M because it put the “Roll” in “Roll Tide” with 645 yards of offense against Florida. Lane Kiffin is proving that he was a strong hire.

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Former Volunteers: Good riddance to Lane Kiffin, Derek ‘Doolittle’

  • 10:24 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Several former Tennessee players got together in Chattanooga over the weekend to help at one of their former teammate’s football camps. The group included Al Wilson, Eric Westmoreland, Troy Fleming, Gerald Riggs Jr., DeAngelo Lloyd, Jabari Davis, Steven Marsh, Corey Larkins and Keyon Whiteside, who played for former coach Phillip Fulmer.

As expected, they had a lot of great things to say about Fulmer in this article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, not so much for the two guys — Lane Kiffin (2009) and Derek Dooley (2010-12) — who followed him.

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Lane Kiffin offers high praise for Yeldon, Drake and Henry

  • 4:26 pm Monday, June 2nd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Alabama has turned out some pretty good tailbacks recently.

You know the names: Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy.

It didn’t take new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin long to proclaim that this year’s backfield is … let’s just say he thinks it’s pretty good.

“As you guys know extremely well, I think the offense is led by the tailbacks. … There probably aren’t three more talented tailbacks in the NFL on a roster than we’re fortunate to be able to work with at Alabama,” Kiffin said at a speaking engagement over the weekend.

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