What’s up, Alabama fans? Happy Monday. Your favorite Crimson Tide players, both current and former, had a big week. Let’s catch up.
Here are nine things to know:
- Alabama is the favorite to beat Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl. One sports writer thinks the game is not even going to be remotely close.
- It’s been a big year for ‘Bama running back Derrick Henry. Fittingly, Henry is now on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
- On Sunday, Henry took a moment for reflection, wishing a former teammate who died in a car accident, a happy birthday.
- Former Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron made his first career start for the Bengals on Sunday, snapping a 28-year-old record among Alabama quarterbacks in the process. Finally, the Crimson Tide don’t have to think about the skid.
- But McCarron wasn’t the only former Alabama player with a big day in the pros. Former wide receiver standout Amari Cooper set a new Oakland Raiders record.
- Alabama offered an LSU wide receiver commit, but Da’Monte Coxie still seems firmly sold on the Tigers.
- It’s almost bowl time. Here are eight players to keep an eye on in the next few weeks.
- Georgia’s No. 1 prospect advises you to ignore the rumor mill. He’ll make his collegiate choice clear on National Signing Day.
- The nation’s top tight end has decided which schools are in his top 3. Two of the three are SEC schools.
Other Alabama news from around the Internet
- Get Sunday’s full practice report from AL.com’s Michael Casagrande.
- The Detroit Free Press’ Jeff Seidel took a look at the legacies of Alabama’s two biggest names: Bear Bryant and Nick Saban.
- Michigan State defensive tackle Joel Heath indicated that Michigan State isn’t where it needs to be in terms of preparing for Alabama yet, MLive.com’s Mike Griffith wrote.
- Alabama’s top-notch defense hasn’t won any awards this season, but Reggie Ragland still found a way to keep it light in a press conference Friday.
The best stories around the SEC
- Former LSU standout Odell Beckham Jr. couldn’t keep his emotions in check Sunday against the Panthers.
- Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche made national headlines when he fell out of a hotel room last week. He was then suspended from the Sugar Bowl and is now declaring for the NFL Draft.
- Florida has dismissed redshirt junior defensive end Alex McCalister from the team.
- It’s over: Florida quarterback Will Grier is transferring.
- Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has accepted the fact that this year’s team doesn’t stack up to last year’s.