Posted November 14, 2013 on AP on Fox
Even a team loaded with talent like No. 1 Alabama needs lesser-known players to step up big sometimes. Tana Patrick, Jalston Fowler and freshman tight end O.J. Howard delivered in a prime-time showdown with LSU, accounting for three touchdowns either prevented or scored in a victory decided by precisely that margin. Only Howard seems likely to become a star among that trio. Patrick, a senior reserve linebacker, came up with the biggest play of his Crimson Tide career when he stripped the ball from No. 18 LSU's fullback J.C. Copeland, who appeared headed for the end zone. It came when the game was still close and before Alabama (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference), which visits Mississippi State on Saturday, heated up in a 38-17 win. ''It made me feel really good, just to contribute to the team,'' Patrick said. ''And to give us the momentum after that.'' Sure, All-America linebacker C.J. Mosley had a huge performance in one of Alabama's bigg...

Top-ranked Alabama lands elite prospect: Da'Shawn Hand commits to Crimson Tide

His final decision came down to three storied college football programs: Florida, Michigan, and Alabama. While there may have hardly been a wrong choice, on Thursday the defensive end from Woodbridge, Va. decided the best school for him belonged in the Southeastern Conference. Five-star prospect Da'Shawn Hand has officially committed to Alabama. Yes, the country's top-ranked...

Photo: Texas A&M Commit DeShawn Washington Mocks Alabama For Sending Him Recruiting Mail

Texas A&M commit DeShawn Washington, a class of 2014 four-star defensive tackle from Texas, doesn’t seem to appreciate that Alabama continues to send him mail after he’s already chosen to play for the Aggies. He mocked the Crimson Tide on Twitter earlier Friday night – check this out: Nice try Bama — DeShawn Washington (@OMG_Waterfront) November...

Pee Wee team: Bring it on, Alabama!

It feels like everyone wants a piece of Alabama these days -- except for the teams that actually play the Crimson Tide. [See also: PHOTOS: College football's hottest cheerleaders ] First it was Oregon . Then it was Ball State . Now they're joined by a Pee Wee football team in Mobile, Ala., that captured the city's third- and fourth-grade age group championship. After...

Top Recruit Da’Shawn Hand Picks Alabama

Da’Shawn Hand, Rivals’ No. 1 overall football recruit for the Class of 2014, chose which school he would be playing college football at today…and the rich get richer. Hand chose Alabama over Florida and Michigan, meaning the defensive end will be receiving his leadership from Nick Saban over the next handful of years. That is, of course, assuming Saban doesn’t turn in his...

Mack Brown On Saban To Texas: “If I Do My Job Well, There’s No Job To Get”

One of the storylines that has been hanging around this college football season is the potential move of Nick Saban to Texas for 2014. Now, to be clear, Saban has vehemently denied these rumors and having any interest at all, and Texas still has a head football coach after all — Mack Brown has the Longhorns 6-0 in the Big 12, currently leading the conference. Despite the turnaround...

Mack Brown: Nick Saban Is Not Trying To Take My Job

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Even Pee-wee football teams are calling for Alabama now

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Alabama-LSU nabs another high rating for the SEC on CBS

Southeastern Conference football has always been of utmost importance to each school's fans and to the region itself, but the television ratings from the SEC on CBS brand are continuing to show a growing interest in the South's best sporting product. Last Saturday's primetime game between LSU and Alabama on CBS garnered an average national household rating/share of...

Nations Top DE Recruit Da’Shawn Hand Commits To Alabama

Alabama football is the gift that just keeps on giving. is reporting that Hand chose the Crimson Tide over Michigan and Florida during an announcement at his Woodbridge, Va. high school. Hand, a 6-foot-4, 254-pound prospect rated a unanimous five-star prospect by the major recruiting services.  I would have to assume that landing Hand had to come with a promise that Saban...

Tide Basketball Meets Texas Tech

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Releford Has 29 In Bama Victory

Trevor Releford dazzled with outside shooting and spectacular drives and an Alabama zone defense throttled Texas Tech as the Crimson Tide opened its home season in Coleman Coliseum Thursday night with a 76-64 win over the Red Raiders.
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