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2014 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Alabama Crimson Tide logo
SEC champion
SEC Western Division champion
Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal),
L 35–42 vs. Ohio State
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
2014 record12–2 (7–1 SEC)
Head coachNick Saban (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorLane Kiffin (1st season)
Offensive schemeWest Coast, pro-style
Defensive coordinatorKirby Smart (8th season)
Base defense3–4
MVPAmari Cooper
CaptainLandon Collins
Amari Cooper
Jalston Fowler
Blake Sims
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 101,821)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →

Template:2014 SEC football standings The 2014 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It marked the Crimson Tide's 120th overall season, 81st as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 23rd within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Nick Saban, in his eighth year, and played its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The Alabama Crimson Tide were 12–2 overall and 7–1 in SEC regular season. The Crimson Tide won the SEC Western Division title for the tenth time, advancing to their ninth SEC Championship Game, where they defeated Missouri 42–13. The Crimson Tide played in the inaugural College Football Playoff as the #1 seed, netting a berth in the CFP semifinal 2015 Sugar Bowl, where they were defeated by the #4 seed Ohio State Buckeyes 42–35.

Before the seasonEdit

Previous seasonEdit

In 2013, Alabama came into the season ranked as the number one team in the nation and as two-time, defending national champions. The Crimson Tide opened the season with eleven consecutive victories that included one over Virginia Tech at a neutral site, against Texas A&M in a game that saw many team records broken, and a victory over Louisiana State University (LSU) at Bryant–Denny Stadium. In their last regular-season game, Alabama was upset by Auburn. The Crimson Tide loss resulted in them not making an appearance in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama accepted an invitation to play in the Sugar Bowl, lost to Oklahoma 45–31 and finished the season ranked seventh in the AP poll.[1]

Fall campEdit

At the start of fall camp on August 1, coach Saban announced Jarran Reed, Brandon Ivory and Tim Williams were suspended indefinitely for violations of team rules.[2] Reed and Ivory returned from suspension on August 4 and Williams returned on August 20.[3][4] The camp featured several positional battles with incoming freshmen competing for starting spots. Of note were true freshmen Cameron Robinson who landed the starting spot at left tackle over Dominick Jackson and both Tony Brown and Marlon Humphrey who secured back-up roles at defensive back.[5] The most anticipated positional battle of camp was for quarterback. Both Blake Sims and Jacob Coker played themselves into position to be named starter through the end of camp when Sims was selected as the starter for the opening game against West Virginia.[6][7]

By mid-August, Alabama had a combined 26 players on 12 different preseason award watch lists.[8] Landon Collins, Trey DePriest and A'Shawn Robinson for the Chuck Bednarik Award; Amari Cooper for the Fred Biletnikoff Award; Collins, DePriest and Robinson for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy; DePriest and Reggie Ragland for the Butkus Award; Collins, Cooper and T. J. Yeldon for the Walter Camp Award; Arie Kouandjio and Robinson for the Lombardi Award; O. J. Howard for the John Mackey Award; Jacob Coker, Cooper, Derrick Henry and Yeldon for the Maxwell Award; Ryan Kelly, Kouandjio and Robinson for the Outland Trophy; Kelly for the Rimington Trophy; Collins for the Jim Thorpe Award; and Henry and Yeldon for the Doak Walker Award.[8]

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Alabama head coach Nick Saban entered his eighth year as the Crimson Tide's head coach for the 2014 season. During his previous seven years with Alabama, he led the Crimson Tide to an overall record of 74 wins and 15 losses (74–15) and the 2009, 2011 and 2012 national championships.[9] On January 10, 2014, former Oakland Raiders, Tennessee and USC head coach Lane Kiffin was hired as the replacement for Doug Nussmeier as offensive coordinator.[10] Nussmeier resigned from Alabama on January 9 to become offensive coordinator at Michigan.[11] Kiffin was working with Alabama in some capacity before the team's 2014 Sugar Bowl game and before taking the offensive coordinator position.[10]

On January 11, defensive line coach Chris Rumph resigned and took a position on the Texas staff under new head coach Charlie Strong to replace former defensive line coach Bo Davis.[12] At that time, Davis had accepted a job at USC. After Rumph left Alabama, Davis resigned as defensive line coach at USC after one week on the job to take Rumph's job at Alabama.[13] Davis previously coached defensive line at Alabama from 2007 to 2010.[13]

On February 12, Greg Brown resigned after only one season at Alabama to become the safeties coach at Louisville.[14] Two days later, Kevin Steele was promoted from Alabama's director of player personnel to inside linebackers coach.[15] Steele previously served as a defensive assistant for Saban at Alabama in 2007 and 2008.[15]

Name Position Consecutive season at
Alabama in current position
Nick Saban Head coach 8th
Burton Burns Associate head coach, running backs coach 8th
Lane Kiffin Offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach 1st
Kevin Steele Linebackers 1st
Bo Davis Defensive line coach 1st
Kirby Smart Defensive coordinator, Defensive backs 8th
Mario Cristobal Offensive line coach 2nd
Billy Napier Wide receivers 2nd
Lance Thompson Outside linebackers 5th
Bobby Williams Tight ends coach, special teams 7th
Scott Cochran Strength and conditioning 8th
Reference:[16]

2014 recruiting classEdit

Prior to National Signing Day on February 5, 2014, eight players enrolled for the spring semester in order to participate in spring practice and included six former high school seniors and two junior college transfers.[17][18] The early enrollments from high school included top-ranked offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, wide receiver Cameron Sims, safety Laurence "Hootie" Jones, cornerback Tony Brown, quarterback David Cornwell and linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton.[17][18] The junior college transfers enrolled early included defensive end D. J. Pettway and defensive tackle Jarran Reed.[17][18] All of the players will take part in Alabama's "fourth-quarter" strength and conditioning program in February before spring practice starts in March.[18]

On National Signing Day, Alabama signed 18 additional players out of high school that completed the 2014 recruiting class. The class was highlighted by 19 players from the "ESPN 300": No. 3 Cameron Robinson; No. 6 Da'Shawn Hand; No. 8 Tony Brown; No. 12 Bo Scarbrough; No. 15 Marlon Humphrey; No. 27 Laurence Jones; No. 48 Christian Miller; No. 49 Cameron Sims; No. 52 Rashaan Evans; No. 57 David Cornwell; No. 64 Ross Pierschbacher; No. 71 Ronnie Clark; No. 102 Shaun Dion Hamilton; No. 160 Joshua Frazier; No. 168 Josh Casher; No. 190 J. C. Hassenauer; No. 199 Derek Kief; No. 215 O. J. Smith; and No. 281 Keith Holcombe.[19] Alabama signed the No. 1 recruiting class according to Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com.[20][21] Of the 26 players signed only two failed to qualify to compete in 2014: Montel McBride and Bo Scarbrough.[22] McBride played for Iowa Western Community College in 2014 and Scarbrough is expected to enroll at Alabama in January 2015.[22]

In addition to those signed as part of the 2014 class, on January 26 Florida State quarterback Jacob Coker announced his intention to transfer to Alabama.[23] After he graduated in May 2014, Coker officially enrolled at Alabama on May 5.[24] Based on NCAA transfer rules for student athletes who graduate, Coker had two years of eligibility remaining to compete with the Crimson Tide.[23][24]


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