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Sugar Bowl Not So Sweet For Alabama

postgame-links-150x1501Oklahoma 45 – Alabama 31

1. Alabama ends the season with two consecutive losses for the first time since 2008.  Nick Saban: ”You’ve got to give Oklahoma’s team a lot of credit. they were fired up and ready to play, like most teams we play.”

2. Kevin Scarbinsky: “For all of its talent, for all of its accomplishments, this wasn’t a championship Alabama team.”

3. “Alabama was repeatedly pushed around, run by and slammed to the ground against an Oklahoma team that struggled to find its identity until late in the season.”

4. Berry Tramel on Oklahoma: “It pulled the veil not from the SEC’s soft middle, but from its epic program.”

5. AJ McCarron’s 387 passing yards were the most of his career, but he also had two turnovers.  ”I had two turnovers, ended up scoring 14 points, and we lost by 14.”

6. Lars Anderson: “The story of the Sugar Bowl was these two quarterbacks—one at the start of his college career, the other at the end.”

7. Four turnovers on the night for Alabama including an “exceptionally costly T.J. Yeldon fumble.”

8. Alabama’s season – 121 points allowed in three games against OU, Auburn and Texas A&M; allowed 60 points combined to everyone else.

9. Alabama running back Kenyan Drake puts transfer rumors to rest.

10. Oklahoma players give the ESPN crew a scare after the game.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines – 10/11/11

1. Tennessee is the leader for Orlando, Fla., wide receiver Alton Howard.

2. Tight end Kent Taylor will announce his college choice on Oct. 27.

3. Florida State commit Dante Fowler is still looking at visiting other schools.

4. Georgia hasn’t given up on the top linebackers in the state who are committed elsewhere.

5. Alabama RB commit Kenyan Drake had a big game against Georgia’s top team.

6. Here’s a look at what ESPN’s recruiting analysts learned last weekend.

7. YouTube has become an important recruiting tool for prospects.

8. Auburn will receive a visit from Georgia Tech commit Francis Kallon.

9. Kentucky basketball has its Big Blue Madness Guest List set for next week.

10. Here’s an update on two targets for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

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Alabama Lands Two Prospects For 2012

Alabama received its 8th commitment for the 2012 class when running back Kenyan Drake from Powder Springs, Ga., and athlete Tyler Hayes from Thomasville, Ala., gave their pledges to the Crimson Tide.

In my eyes, you can’t get a better offer than Alabama,” Drake told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “They offer you top-tier academics and top-tier athletics. It’s just, like, what else can you get from a college? I decided, why wait when I already have a great feeling about Alabama?”

Drake has also received offers from Georgia, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Purdue. He could be the top running back prospect from the state of Georgia and recently included in the “Tentative Top 10” list from Chip Towers of the AJC.

Hayes chose Alabama over an offer from Auburn.

“I just wanted to get it over with,” Hayes told the Huntsville Times. “I wanted to do what I could to control t so I just went ahead and did it.”

Alabama is off to an impressive start with its 2012 recruiting class. The Crimson Tide already has seven members on the ESPNU watch list for next February’s class.

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