Alabama had four different players attempt a pass and seven total guys take a snap as a defacto quarterback during the 2009 season. Thankfully, though, there was never a quarterback controversy. As far as this position is concerned, it was all Greg McElroy.
After Saturday's historic Heisman Trophy presentation, it looked as though the wave of honors for the Alabama football team might calm a bit before picking back up in early January.
Instead the 2009 Alabama football team has set a school and NCAA record by having six members named first team AP All-American.
It's been a year of historical accomplishment for the Tide. How historical? (I believe I heard someone ask) That's an interesting question...
It's taken 75 years and 96 first team all-americans for Alabama to have one player recognized as the most outstanding player in college football. Mark Ingram is Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner!
Head on over to ESPN.com to view the announcement video, including Mark's acceptance speech.
An incredibly classy young man has made his entire family, and the entire Alabama family very proud.
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After Alabama stopped Florida on third down, I was making a T with my hands and screaming "timeout" with 2:01 left in the first half. Instead, Alabama let Florida run the clock down 40 seconds before kicking a field goal, and then ran the clock out on the first half with dive plays, giving Florida the chance to get the ball to start the second half and then drive down the field to take the lead.
The more I thought about that, the madder and madder I got. I got so mad I didn't really pay any attention to the second half. How bad did they beat us, anyway?
But seriously, folks . . . . Let's talk about the game.
The trophy room in the Mal Moore building is going to have get a little bigger.
After seeing four players named first team All-American last week (Mark Ingram, Mike Johnson, Rolando McClain, Terrence Cody), the #1 ranked Alabama football team has had another big week for honors and awards.
The folks at our Bloguin brothers the Blue Workhorse have asked us to submit a ballot for the Sports Blog Heisman trophy... and we're glad to oblige. When talking about postseason awards, the Heisman is clearly the grandaddy of all the awards. And, it's the one that has eluded Alabama throughout its storied history. Alabama's highest finish in Heisman balloting was in 1993, when David Palmer finished third. Alabama and Tennessee are the only schools in the top 10 in all time victories to never recieve the trophy.
This year, Alabama has the best shot in many years with tailback Mark Ingram among the finalists for the award. What would my ballot look like?
If there was a script for the 2009 Alabama football season, it would have been titled "Unfinished Business." After going 12-0 in 2008, Bama dropped its final two games of the season, and headed to Atlanta on this past Friday trying to avoid that same fate.
A 32-13 whipping of Florida gave Alabama its 22nd SEC Championship. Enjoy it. Celebrate it. But also understand that the business is still unfinished.
At Alabama we play for more than just state titles. At Alabama we play for more than just division titles. At Alabama we play for more than conference titles. At Alabama we play for the national title.
And on January 7th, Bama will play for its 13th National Championship.
Some things to ponder:
Over the last couple of days, we've compared Alabama's 2009 stats to its 2008 stats, and Florida's 2009 stats to its 2008 stats. We concluded that Alabama is clearly better than it was in 2008, while Florida is at best about the same. However, we cautioned against drawing the conclusion that Alabama should therefore win because they played Florida nearly straight-up in the SECCG last year.
Now we'll take some of those numbers we've already looked at, the 2009 stats for each team, and compare them to each other. Once again, we need to set a context by discussing the schedules the two teams have played.
While it wasn't against a marquee opponent like the Tide's last two wins, the Alabama basketball team wrapped another win in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday night, beating North Florida 73-51.
After a poor stretch in the first half culminated in North Florida leading 31-30 at the half, Bama dominated the entire second half by a score of 43-20.
The Alabama football team held its final practice of the week with a media viewing period this afternoon. The full pads practice was held inside the Hank Crisp Indoor facility due to Saturday's game being inside the Georgia Dome.
Here's what you need to know: