Blake Sims will start Saturday afternoon when Alabama’s offense handles the ball for the first time look for number six to trot out onto the field. His first play will probably be a short pass. After all of the hype of the off-season it has come down to experience.
Alabama is 95-21-3 (81.1 per cent) in season-opening games and has a 12-year winning streak in season-openers . . . Bama Magazine
Will Trickett, listed at 6-2, 186 pounds, stay upright against a Crimson Tide defense led by stud lineman A'Shawn Robinson? . . . Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
Attack Alabama on your terms, not Saban's. Spread the field, use tempo to your advantage, create isolations in open space then hold on for dear life . . . WVUSports.com
Alabama won't need to rely too heavily on Sims or Coker in its pro-style offense, as the Tide feature three talented backs of their own in T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake . . . The Daily Athenaeum
Consistency on offense, especially at quarterback, should help the Mountaineers in 2014 . . . Bleacher Report
The plan is for Jake Coker to back up Sims and see some playing time, the website reported, citing a source . . . ESPN
If the goal is a national championship – and at Alabama, the goal is always the national championship – the Tide's quarterback competition becomes way more important . . . USA Today
Kirkpatrick's fine stems from a hit the former Alabama standout put on Arizona Cardinals punt returner Ted Ginn Jr . . . Huntsville Times
It should not be surprising that the SEC leads the conference power rankings after finishing at the top of these rankings in all four years of their existence . . . ESPN
"You are going to see things in there you have never seen before, that you can't see anywhere else in the world," Hall of Fame President and CEO John Stephenson told the crowd at Saturday's grand opening . . . Huntsville Times
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