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Nick Saban’s former Alabama defensive players are starting to have a rough go of it in the NFL. Courtney Upshaw is battling weight and dedication issues.
Rolando McClain retired this off-season after not living up to his lofty draft status. Another former Crimson Tide stalwart is having his share of NFL problems.
Marcell Dareus was supposed to give the Bills a ferocious presence on the inside at defensive tackle. Instead, Dareus’ breakout second season was derailed after his young brother was brutally murdered a week before the season started.
Dareus is now fighting for the reputation of Alabama defensive players, and most importantly for his starting job in Buffalo according to the Bills official website.
“It’s really tough to come back and think about work when every time you turn around you lose someone that’s close to you,” Dareus said, via the team’s official website. “And you really don’t have a mother or father to fall back on and talk to. It took a toll on me last year. I just had to be a man and finish the season hard and suck it all up.”
Dareus is currently battling with fringe type players for snaps with the first team. It will interesting to see if he can finally have his breakout season.
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Marcell Dareus was forced to deal with a horrible family happening.
Dareus’s brother Simon Gilmore was shot to death shortly after the Bills started the regular season. Dareus said it was very hard to focus on football.
“It’s really tough to come back and think about work when every time you turn around you lose someone that’s close to you,” said Dareus. ”And you really...
For a second, I was positive he could read my thoughts. My world went silent and moved in slow motion. My life flashed before my eyes with the image of a gravestone that read, “Here lays Victoria Sheehan, last living student-journalist who looked Nick Saban in the eyes.”
It was the last practice before the Crimson Tide left for the 2009 SEC Championship and Nick Saban had just...
It was one year ago that Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus was a man ready to be a star.
Instead, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 draft hasn’t made the jump and now is struggling to earn a starting job on the team’s defensive line.
Dareus' younger brother was tragically murdered a week before the start of the NFL season, and he was unable to focus on football...
Alabama has cinched a commitment who can help a part of the Crimson Tide’s offense that will need reassurance in the future: The front line.
Last week, Minnesota native, JC Hassenauer rose to the top of the prospect pool as a top performer at Nike’s prospect camp, “The Opening”. After quickly accepting Alabama’s scholarship offer, the 6’2″ 290 pound center could finally...
Gregg Rosenthal from NFL.com published a story yesterday about Buffalo Bills defensive linemen Marcell Dareus that said the former top draft pick was “behind Alex Carrington” in 3 man fronts and “battling with Jay Ross” in 4 man fronts. Silver Alex Carrington linings playbook aside, it goes without saying that this is not great news for the Bills or theirs fans.
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Stewart Mandel names Ohio State head football coach the second best coach in college football (right behind Alabama's Nick Saban, of course.) (SI.com)
And now the bad news for the Big Ten...
Mandel names Illinois' Tim Beckman and...