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ESPN College GameDay to Broadcast in Fort Worth for the AdvoCare Classic between Alabama and Wisconsin

Crimson Tide and Badgers scheduled to kick off 2015 season at 7 p.m. CT inside AT&T Stadium

 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – ESPN College GameDay will begin the season from Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas, in advance of the AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. This year’s contest features third-ranked Alabama against No. 18 Wisconsin with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on ABC.

Alabama will be making its 32nd (20-12 record) appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay when college football’s longest running and most celebrated pregame show broadcasts prior to the 2015 season opener. It will also mark the Crimson Tide’s 24th appearance under head coach Nick Saban (17-6), five more than Oregon for the most GameDay appearances since the 2007 season.

Entering a new era on College GameDay, Rece Davis takes over full-time hosting duties from long-time host Chris Fowler when the crew takes to the road opening weekend. Davis will be joined by familiar faces in analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski. Fowler and Herbstreit will anchor the booth along with reporter Heather Cox on the sidelines for the contest between the Crimson Tide and Badgers.

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

More on ‘Bama’s preseason No. 3 ranking…


Thursday, July 30, 2015


Alabama Football Tabbed Preseason No. 3 in Amway Coaches Poll

The Crimson Tide enters the season in the top-3 for the sixth consecutive time

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – USA Today Sports released its annual Amway Preseason Coaches Poll for college football on Thursday and named Alabama the preseason No. 3 team. The ranking marks the sixth consecutive year the Crimson Tide is amongst the top-3 teams in the nation heading into the new season.

Alabama returns 12 starters from last season’s squad that finished 12-2 and reached the Allstate Sugar Bowl in the semifinal round of college football’s first ever playoff. The Tide has claimed three of the last six national championships and owns an 84-11 record across the last seven seasons under head coach Nick Saban.

Ohio State claimed the top spot in the poll while TCU enters the 2015 season as the No. 2 overall team. The SEC placed eight teams in the top 25 with five of those squads ranking in the top-15.

The Crimson Tide will face seven teams ranked in the top-25 poll, including Auburn (7), Georgia (9), LSU (13), Ole Miss (15), Wisconsin (18), Arkansas (20) and Tennessee (25).  Alabama opens its 2015 season on Sept. 5 in Arlington, Texas, as the Tide squares off with the 18th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers in the annual AdvoCare Classic inside AT&T Stadium. The matchup is scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT start on ABC.

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

DeSherrius Flowers will Not Be Cleared for Enrollment This Fall

Head_DFlowersTUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Due to a recently discovered initial eligibility issue, DeSherrius Flowers will not be cleared for enrollment at Alabama this fall. Flowers arrived at UA in January and participated in spring practice.

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban also announced Wednesday that Jonathan Cook is “no longer a member of the team.” Cook played in three games last fall as a redshirt freshman.

Football Tickets for Selected Home Games to go on Sale Tuesday

Tickets available for Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas and Charleston-Southern

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The public sale of football tickets for select 2015 football home games will begin on Tuesday, June 2, at 8 a.m. CT.  A limited amount of tickets are available for games against Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 12), Ole Miss (Sept 19) limit of 2 each, Louisiana-Monroe (Sept. 26), Arkansas (Oct. 10) limit of 2 each, and Charleston-Southern (Nov. 21). Tickets were made available from unsold allotments returned by visiting teams.

For a select time, tickets purchased through RollTide.com for Middle Tennessee State ($55), Louisiana Monroe ($55) and Charleston Southern ($50) will include a $10 value that can be used at designated concessions and merchandise stands inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Group pricing is also available for each of the three games noted above for groups of 15 or more.

Also available are limited number of individual seats located in the South End Zone Field Suite area for the, Middle Tennessee State (Sept 12), Louisiana Monroe (Sept 26), and Charleston Southern (Nov. 21) games. The Field Suite is an upscale area of the stadium, which includes a food amenity and close proximity to the action.

Fans may order tickets online at RollTide.com and may take advantage of the “Print at Home” delivery method. Tickets may also be ordered by calling (205) 348-BAMA (2262) or toll free at 1-877-TIDETIX (843-3849). The Alabama Athletics TIDE PRIDE/Ticket Office in Coleman Coliseum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours for phone orders are through 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Alabama Athletics Once Again Earns Exemplary NCAA APR Report

10 Crimson Tide teams posted scores a dozen or more points above the national average in their respective sports

INDIANAPOLIS – All 21 University of Alabama varsity athletic teams continue to score well above the national cutoff standard in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) the NCAA announced Wednesday. Figures released cover the four-year period extending from the 2010-11 through 2013-14 school years.

“I am very pleased with our continuing success when it comes to APR scores,” UA Director of Athletics Bill Battle said. “I feel they serve as a great indicator of the success we are enjoying here at The University of Alabama in terms of our primary mission to recruit and develop student-athletes to compete at the highest levels in intercollegiate athletics, to educate and prepare our student-athletes to compete at the highest levels in life after graduation and to accomplish all this with honor and integrity.”

Overall, 15 Crimson Tide teams posted scores that were above the national average in their respective sports, including 10 that bettered the national average in their sport by more than 10 points. Alabama football scored a 978, which bettered the national average for Football Bowl Series (FBS) teams by more than 18 points.

Alabama ranked second among Southeastern Conference schools with five teams receiving public recognition from the NCAA for their APR scores figuring in the top-10 percentile nationally among teams in those sports, including the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Champion men’s golf team, the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Champion gymnastics team, the 2012 NCAA Champion women’s golf team, the 2014 SEC Champion women’s tennis team and the men’s cross country team.

In addition to national recognition, nine Crimson Tide teams ranked among the top three in their respective sports in the SEC. Gymnastics, men’s and women’s golf, men’s cross country and women’s tennis were all ranked No. 1, football, baseball and men’s outdoor track and field were ranked No. 2 while the Tide was third among the league’s softball teams.

Alabama either matched or exceeded its APR from the year before in 16 sports, including six teams – men’s cross country, men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, gymnastics, women’s indoor track and field and women’s outdoor track and field – that bettered their previous score by at least five points.

The men’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics and women’s tennis teams all scored a perfect 1,000 for their four-year score. Those five teams were joined by the 2012 NCAA champion softball team (993), women’s cross country (995) and women’s swimming and diving teams (991) among the eight UA programs with scores above 990.

The Alabama baseball (984), men’s tennis (984), men’s indoor track and field (982), men’s outdoor track and field (984) and soccer (988) teams were also among the 13 UA teams that posted scores of 980 or better.

“Our APR numbers continue to represent our efforts in the classroom very well,” UA Associate Athletic Director for Student Services Jon Dever said. “Five of our sports earned NCAA recognition with perfect four-year scores of 1,000 and 13 teams scored 980 or better. We also saw 14 of our teams better the national average for their sport by five points or more, including 10 – football, men’s basketball, men’s indoor and outdoor track and field, men’s cross country, baseball, women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, women’s tennis and softball – that bettered the national average by a dozen points or more.”

Listed below are the latest APR Scores for all 21 University of Alabama Athletic Teams:

Baseball 984 Basketball 973
Basketball 974 Cross Country 995
Cross Country 1,000 Golf 1,000
Football 978 Gymnastics 1,000
Golf 1,000 Rowing 973
Swimming & Diving 978 Soccer 988
Tennis 985 Softball 993
Indoor Track 982 Swimming & Diving 991
Outdoor Track 984 Tennis 1,000
Indoor Track 977
Outdoor Track 977
Volleyball 975


Now in its 12th year, the Academic Progress Rate measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. It also serves as a predictor of graduation success. The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors set cut scores of 930 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical sanctions. An APR of 930 translates to approximately a 50 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR).

Amari Cooper Selected No. 4 Overall by the Oakland Raiders

cooper1Amari Cooper is the 17th Alabama player selected in the first round in the Nick Saban era

CHICAGO – The University of Alabama’s wide receiver Amari Cooper was selected with the No. 4 overall pick in the first round of the 2015 National Football League Draft Thursday evening at the Auditorium Theater by the Oakland Raiders.

“I came to Alabama to win, but I also wanted a chance to play in the NFL and that dream was realized tonight,” Cooper said. “This is a special night and just the start of the next chapter of my football career. I want to thank all of my teammates and coaches at Alabama for an amazing experience. I also want to express my excitement to the Raiders’ organization and all of their fans, and let them know I’m ready to go to work.”

The first-round selection gives Alabama 14 first round picks in the last five drafts. In 2011, Marcell Dareus, Julio Jones, James Carpenter and Mark Ingram all went in round one while Trent Richardson, Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick and Dont’a Hightower were taken in 2012. Dee Milliner, Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker were taken in 2013 while C.J. Mosley and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix went in 2014. UA has now had 17 first-round picks during head coach Nick Saban’s tenure at Alabama.

Cooper, who was the 2014 Biletnikoff Award winner and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, caught a school- and SEC-record 124 passes for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns while leading Alabama to the first College Football Playoff. The Miami native ranked second nationally in receiving yards (1,727), touchdowns (16) and receptions per game (8.9) while ranking third receiving yards per game (123.4).

The second and third round of the NFL Draft continues on Friday evening from the Auditorium Theater in Chicago with rounds 4-7 wrapping up the draft on Saturday

Georgia Tech Stings Alabama on Fourth Playoff Hole to Win 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge

Alabama-GolfAlabama, NC State, South Carolina and Georgia Tech Qualify for Four-Team Playoff After Regulation

Greensboro, Ga. (April 28, 2015) – Team Georgia Tech outlasted Team Alabama on the fourth and final playoff hole to take a one-stroke victory in the 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament today at Reynolds Plantation outside Atlanta.

The Yellow Jackets’ victory is their second straight and fourth in the last five years. Head Coach Paul Johnson and former hoops star Jon Barry took home $100,000 in charity and scholarship with their win.

“Well, I rode Jon pretty hard today, but in the end, we were able to grind it out,” Johnson said after the round. “I didn’t think we had much of a chance after the front nine, but Jon hit some really good shots and we found a way.”

Georgia Tech, Alabama, South Carolina and NC State all finished the 18 holes at -9 before the four met in the playoff. NC State was eliminated on the first playoff hole with a bogey, South Carolina on the second playoff hole with a bogey. Alabama and Georgia Tech both carded a par on the third playoff hole before the Crimson Tide bowed out with a bogey on the final hole.

“We battled them, but they played well. It was great to be in the final competition,” Saban said of his round with Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. “You have to be a long hitter and Mark hit some great shots out there. It was a lot of fun.”

Johnson and Barry closed with an eagle on 17 and a birdy on 18 to get to -9 and join the playoff.

After the first nine, old nemeses Saban and Spurrier led the field at (-6) with their teammates Mark Ingram and Sterling Sharpe, respectively. Saban led the Alabama team to an eagle on the par-4, hole number three, while Spurrier and Sharpe eagled the par-4 second, to finish strong at the top of the leaderboard as they headed into the Club House at Oconee.

White Defeats Crimson 27-14 in Golden Flake A-Day Game

4.18A-DAY02The White team defeated the Crimson team, 27-14, in the 2015 Golden Flake A-Day Game before a crowd of 65,175 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Two wide receivers for the White team, Robert Foster and ArDarius Stewart, shared the Dixie Howell Award given to the game’s most valuable player. Foster had 125 yards on 6 catches on the day (20.8 yards per catch) while Stewart had 118 yards on 8 catches (14.8 ypc) and 2 touchdowns. Center Ryan Kelly of the White team was voted the winner of the Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the Game Award given to the game’s most valuable lineman.



                                                1             2             3             4             —             Total

White                                   10           7             3             7             —             27

Crimson                              0             0             7             7             —             14



White – Adam Griffith 49-yard field goal, 12:20 left. Drive: 38 yards, 5 plays, 2:50 elapsed. Score: White 3, Crimson 0.

White – ArDarius Stewart 40-yard pass from Jacob Coker (Gunnar Raborn kick), 1:07 left. Drive: 70 yards, 9 plays, 5:03 elapsed. Score: White 10, Crimson 0.


White – Derrick Henry 1-yard run (Raborn kick), 0:20 left. Drive: 59 yards, 10 plays, 2:28 elapsed. Score: White 17, Crimson 0.


Crimson – Maurice Smith 51-yard interception return (Adam Griffith kick), 10:22 left. Score: White 17, Crimson 7.

White – Griffith 28-yard field goal, 0:17 left. Drive: 47 yards, 11 plays, 6:10 elapsed. Score: White 20, Crimson 7.


Crimson – Parker Barrineau 9-yard pass from David Cornwell (Griffith kick), 1:59 left. Drive: 45 yards, 5 plays, 1:09 elapsed. Score: White 20, Crimson 14.

White – ArDarius Stewart 29-yard pass from Blake Barnett (Rabork kick), 0:49 left. Drive: 29 yards, 1 play, 0:06 elapsed. Score: White 27, Crimson 14.

ATTENDANCE – 65,175 (capacity: 101,821)



Team captains for the Golden Flake A-Day Game were for the Crimson Team linebacker Reggie Ragland, defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson and offensive lineman Brandon Greene; for the White Team center Ryan Kelly, running back Kenyan Drake, tight end O.J. Howard and running back Derrick Henry.



The official estimated attendance at today’s game was 65,175 at Bryant-Denny Stadium (capacity: 101,821), the ninth-largest attendance mark for an A-Day football game.



The top attendance totals for Alabama’s A-Day Game.

Year………….. Attendance

2011………………. 92,310*

2007………………. 92,138

2010………………. 91,312

2009………………. 84,050

2012………………. 78,526

2013………………. 78,315

2008………………. 78,200

2014………………. 73,506

2015………….. 65,175

1988………………. 51,117

1994………………. 46,700

2006………………. 40,000

1995………………. 37,323

2002………………. 37,000

2004………………. 35,000

2001………………. 35,000

*A-Day Record.



The following Alabama football players were honored for the performance throughout Spring Football Practice with the following awards bestowed by the Crimson Tide coaching staff:


Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter Award – Dominick Jackson, Reuben Foster

Jerry Duncan “I Like to Practice” Award – Maurice Smith, Bradley Sylve, Chris Black, Bradley Bozeman

Billy Neighbors Defensive Lineman Award – Jarran Reed and D.J. Pettway

Paul Crane Offensive Lineman Award – Ryan Kelly

Bobby Johns Defensive Back Award – Tony Brown and Geno Smith

Johnny Musso Offensive Back Award – Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry

Ray Perkins Receiver Award – Robert Foster

Woodrow Lowe Linebacker Award – Reggie Ragland

Derrick Thomas Community Service Award – Keith Holcombe and Josh Casher

Bear Bryant Outstanding Non-Scholarship Award – Michael Nysewander, Jamey Mosley, Parker Barrineau, Levi Wallace, Lawrence Erekosima

Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award – Ronnie Harrison, Rashaan Evans, Ross Pierschbacher, Blake Barnett, J.C. Hassenauer, David Cornwell, DaShawn Hand, Anthony Averett, Christian Miller, Bo Scarborough

Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award – Eddie Jackson, Ty Flournoy-Smith, Dalvin Tomlinson, ArDarius Stewart, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Brandon Greene

Mal Moore Leadership Award – A’Shawn Robinson and O.J. Howard

Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award – Cam Robinson and Dillon Lee

Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the A-Day Game Award – Ryan Kelly

Dixie Howell Memorial Most Valuable Player of the A-Day Game Award – Robert Foster and ArDarius Stewart



The University of Alabama football team and head coach Nick Saban wrapped up spring practice today with the 2015 Golden Flake A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Alabama opened spring practice on Friday, March 13, and held 14 practices through Thursday, April 16, leading up to today’s A-Day game. The Crimson Tide also held two scrimmages here in Bryant-Denny Stadium this spring (April 3 and April 11) in preparation for today’s game.



Three of the four permanent team captains from the 2014 season – receiver Amari Cooper, fullback Jalston Fowler and quarterback Blake Sims – were recognized at the annual Walk of Fame ceremony that took place Saturday at 11:15 a.m. at Denny Chimes. The fourth 2014 permanent team captain – safety Landon Collins – was unable to get to Tuscaloosa in time for the morning ceremony due to commitments in Indianapolis. Collins was honored separately in a halftime ceremony. Per Alabama tradition, all four captains had their hand prints and foot prints placed in cement at the base of Denny Chimes in recognition of the leadership, commitment and excellence in representing the Crimson Tide.



The format for the A-Day game was much like a normal game, with a few minor variations primarily regarding the game clock. The game consisted of four 15-minute quarters with a running clock. The clock stopped only following scoring plays, penalties, and changes of possession. Regular clock rules were used during the final minutes of the second quarter and the fourth quarter. Halftime was 12 minutes in duration. Players wearing black jerseys (quarterbacks and injured players) were considered “tag-off” and were not treated as live players. The kickoffs and kick returns were “tag-off” plays as well, with the ball spotted at the 30-yard line.

Crimson Tide Moves Inside for Final A-Day Preparations

4.16Practice27Alabama worked in shells inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility on Thursday

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team held its final practice of the 2015 spring season Thursday in shells for roughly two hours inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility.

Alabama’s 2015 Golden Flake A-Day Game will be played Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. (CDT) inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The A-Day Game is once again free to the public and will be broadcast on SEC Network + with Joe Tessitore calling the action, Greg McElroy as the analyst and Shannon Spake reporting from the sidelines.

The game will have a similar format to years past, with the first-team offense and second-team defense being on one team, and the first-team defense and second-team offense on the other.

The format for Saturday’s game is much like a normal game, with a few minor variations primarily regarding the game clock. The game will consist of four 15-minute quarters with a running clock. The clock will be stopped only following scoring plays, penalties, and changes of possession. Regular clock rules will be used during the final four minutes of the second quarter and the fourth quarter.

Crimson Tide Begins Final Week of Spring Practice

4.14Practice05Alabama in full pads for final time before the Golden Flake A-Day Game Saturday

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team practiced for two hours in full pads Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

It was the Crimson Tide’s 13th practice of spring drills with one more workout scheduled Thursday. Alabama spent Tuesday’s practice fixing mistakes for this past Saturday’s second scrimmage of the spring and fine tuning things before A-Day.

Alabama’s 2015 Golden Flake A-Day Game will be played Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. (CDT) inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The A-Day Game is once again free to the public and will be broadcast on SEC Network + with Joe Tessitore calling the action, Greg McElroy as the analyst and Shannon Spake reporting from the sidelines.