Crimson Tide work in shorts and helmets and welcome nine newcomers to the practice field
C.J. Mosley named Most Valuable Player; Damion Square, Chance Warmack and Barrett Jones named captains
Alabama amassed 512 total yards, including 181 rushing yards by game MVP Eddie Lacy
Two division champions to meet in the Georgia Dome
Alabama plays Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
2012 (SOPHOMORE): Has played significant time at rush-end "jack" linebacker, appearing in all 13 games with six starts ... has totled 33 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Michigan: Did not start as the No. 8 Wolverines employed a spread attack that caused Alabama to play more nickel and dime coverage (5- or 6-DBs). Western Kentucky: Made his first career start at rush-end linebacker ... recorded a sack and forced a fumble that thwarted a Hilltoppers drive in Alabama territory ... also recorded a quarterback hurry. Arkansas: Assisted on four tackles, including one for a loss ... also registered a quarterback hurry. Florida Atlantic: Made two tackles (one solo) as the Tide's starting unit allowed only 35 yards of offense by the Owls in three quarters of action. Mississippi: Assisted on three tackles and was credited with two quarterback hurries in win against the Rebels. Tennessee: Collected four tackles and broke up a pass in start against the Volunteers. Mississippi State: Assisted on a tackle for loss in start against the Bulldogs. LSU: Named one of the defensive players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... started for the fourth consecutive game ... made five tackles (one solo) in the key win against the Tigers. Texas A&M: Had six tackles, with two solo stops and a shared two-yard sack. Auburn: Made two tackles (one solo) in Iron Bowl start. Georgia: Registered a career-best two sacks, taking down of Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray ... had five total tackles, with three solo stops and two sacks for loss of seven yards.
2011 (FRESHMAN): Dickson saw action in seven games (Kent State, North Texas, Florida, Vanderbilt, Mississippi, Tennessee & LSU [BCS]) ... finished with three tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss (-7 yards). North Texas: Saw significant action as a reserve on the defensive front ... made one solo tackle, which resulted in a loss of two yards. Mississippi: Tallied half a sack for a loss of five yards. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Came off the bench in the fourth quarter to make one solo tackle in the Tide's 21-0 win.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Xzavier Dickson gave the Crimson Tide a talented defensive end prospect who can play the run and rush the passer with equal prowess ... No. 22 in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 48 in the Rivals 100 ... ESPNU and Rivals.com ranks Dickson as the No. 4 defensive end prospect in the 2011 recruiting class ... a consensus four-star prospect ... Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 10 player in the state of Georgia ... No. 8 defensive end nationally by Tom Lemming and the No. 86 player nationally ... SuperPrep Magazine All-American and the publication's No. 12 player in the state of Georgia ... ranks 80th in the Scout 100 ... 2009 and 2010 first-team AAAA All-State selection ... No. 33 in the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... made six tackles and 1.5 sacks in the Under Armour All-American Game ... as a senior in 2010, Dickson recorded 19 sacks and 25 total tackles for loss ... had 20 quarterback hurries while fighting off double teams most of the season ... earned defensive All-Area Player of the Year honors ... finished his junior season in 2009 with 94 tackles, 14 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown ... had 10 receptions for 200 yards on offense ... chose Alabama over Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina and Notre Dame.