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September 1, 2014
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"The two specialists were guys that did a really, really good job . . .
Huntsville Times

The biggest separation between the Tide and Tigers comes at quarterback . . .
Birmingham News

FAU first-year head coach Charlie Partridge said that Johnson and starting cornerback D'Joun Smith won't practice on Tuesday because of shoulder injuries and that they're "day-to-day," but he's hopeful they'll be ready for Saturday's 11 a.m. game at Alabama . . .
Huntsville Times

Senior offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio said it was different to have the offensive coordinator on the sidelines but didn't think it made much of a difference toward the ultimate outcome . . .
Mobile Press-Register

Watch Alabama head coach Nick Saban and players Kouandjio, Fowler and Jones speak to the media on Monday as the Crimson Tide get ready for Florida Atlantic . . .
Tuscaloosa News

After playing all game Saturday, Alabama defensive back Jarrick Williams had a sore foot . . .
Huntsville Times

Alabama learned a lot from its season-opening win over West Virginia on Saturday, but it came at a cost as the Crimson Tide lost a pair of veteran starters for a significant amount of time . . .
ESPN

Saban said Monday that Drake will probably be used more in "special situations," which didn't present themselves much against the Mountaineers . . .
Birmingham News

Chizik has Florida State as a top seed followed by Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama . . .
Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama's run game was also as good as ever, totaling 288 yards with both T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry topping 110 yards and combining for three TDs . . .
Bleacher Report

"Defensively, we didn't respond very well to not having the kind of leadership out there with two new guys that never started a game before playing linebacker," Saban said . . .
Montgomery Advertiser

Cooper was one of eight players named as Players of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff . . .
Huntsville Times

"When we did that, he sort of got it back together and then he was fine after that," Saban said. "That one little stretch in the second quarter where we got a little bit out of sync was the only time, but I thought Blake did a really good job . . .
Bleacher Report

Gene Chizk had a lot of love for Alabama in his SEC Network debut Sunday . . .
Birmingham News

T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry have to be the best tailback duo in college football . . .
Montgomery Advertiser

Nick Saban raved about Lane Kiffin's debut as Alabama's offensive coordinator . . .
Mobile Press-Register

Unveiling it late in the first half, Alabama ran a total of 82 plays more than any it had in 2013 when the Tide averaged 63.5 snaps . . .
Huntsville Times

"The disadvantage is you're playing a better team," Saban said. "If you don't play well, you might not get the outcome that you really hope for . . .
Birmingham News

Sure, it wasn't done with the efficiency as vintage McCarron no one expected that here but ultimately Sims did what McCarron did a lot: Keep his team steady and guide Alabama to a victory . . .
Tuscaloosa News

Derrick Henry is primed for a big sophomore season . . .
Bama Magazine

Cooper was the target on six of Sims' third-down passes and finished with a team-high 12 catches for 130 yards . . .
Huntsville Times

Nick Saban mentioned in his post game press conference that things should improve with the return of experienced linebackers in game two . . .
Mobile Press-Register

When it came down to it, all Sims had to do was hand the ball off to the 1-2 punch of T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry . . .
The Sporting News

Alabama was bailed out on several occasions when West Virginia's receivers dropped passes . . .
Crimson White

He said he preferred the attempts from 40+ because "the longer, the better for me . . .
Mobile Press-Register

Alabama had six first-time starters on offense and defense and a true freshman punter and a first-time starting placekicker . . .
Bama Magazine

He wasn't perfect, but Sims showed promise, which is all anyone without an agenda could ask for . . .
Tuscaloosa News

No matter who plays quarterback for Alabama, he'll have a treasure trove of talent with which to work . . .
USA Today

Alabama won its season-opener on the strength of its running game and a smart passing game plan . . .
ESPN

So far, so good for new Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin . . .
Bleacher Report

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