Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Morning Six Pack: April 17, 2013

Back with six cool, clear and refreshing college football stories from around the country.

Alabama notebook: Tide's thin roster just got thinner

True freshman tailback Derrick Henry was the latest casualty of the spring, suffering a broken leg in Saturday's scrimmage that will sideline him from the annual A-Day Game.

On College Football: N.C.A.A.’s Case Against Oregon Moves Slowly

The University of Oregon agreed that violations occurred in its football program, but the N.C.A.A.’s unwieldy enforcement process offers little disincentive for any school to cheat.

Where will Shaun Dion Hamilton commit: Alabama, Auburn or Tennessee?

Carver-Montgomery linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton is set to announce his college decision at his school at 11:30 on Wednesday, choosing between his three finalists of Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee.

Nathan Peterman holding own in Tennessee QB work

The spring-practice portion of Tennessee's quarterback competition is nearing its end, and Nathan Peterman is looking to make the most of the final week.

Cincinnati punter transferring to Miami, already tops depth chart

Yes, it’s a punter, but still… In somewhat of a surprising move, Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville confirmed Tuesday that punter Pat O’Donnell has decided to leave the Bearcats for a transfer to Miami.

Quotable:

"I remember the first scrimmage AJ was in, we made him play with the threes," Saban said with a grin. "He was hot behind the collar and fussing out on the field and stormed up to my office when the scrimmage was over and said, 'How come you made me play with the threes? I thought I was going to be with the twos.' I said, 'We're only evaluating your leadership today and you failed.'"

It was a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek story about a quarterback who has since led two Alabama teams to BCS national championships, but Saban said it also shows how far the former St. Paul's star has come in his development as a leader.

"He has come a long way," Saban said of McCarron. "Now he is the best leader on our team, and has been, and is one of the best quarterbacks in the country. We're certainly pleased and proud to have him being our quarterback."

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