SEC: Cory Reamer

Lunchtime links: Obama's gift from the Tide

March, 9, 2010
Making the rounds in the SEC:

The best may be yet to come for Alabama

January, 5, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. –- While it might surprise some that Nick Saban is on the doorstep of a national championship in only his third year at Alabama, senior offensive guard Mike Johnson looks around on the practice field every day and isn’t the least bit shocked.

Even now, Johnson is floored by all the talent Saban has brought in, and he has a message for anybody thinking the talent level is going to drop off next season.

Think again.

“The talent that we’ve brought in for the last two years is incredible,” Johnson said. “You look around, and it’s at all positions.”

Johnson says many of the guys who didn’t play huge roles this season, or maybe even redshirted, would be starting at a lot of other SEC schools.

“We’re losing three senior defensive linemen, and I really don’t think we’re dropping off too bad,” Johnson said. “We lose (Terrence) Cody, but go straight to Josh Chapman. We lose Lorenzo (Washington), but go to Marcell (Dareus). Then we’ve got guys who were injured like (Dont’a) Hightower and Damion Square who will be back. There’s just incredible depth on this team.”

And that’s not even counting some of the younger players fans haven’t had the chance to see in games yet that Johnson has seen every day in practice.

He thinks the Tide Nation will be pleased with what’s coming down the road.

“There are a lot of guys under the radar who really are going to blossom the next few years in this program,” Johnson said.

One of those guys is freshman quarterback A.J. McCarron, who’s been impressive enough in practice the second half of this season that he could be the one to go in Thursday if something were to happen to Greg McElroy.

Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain wouldn’t directly answer that question this week, but he made it clear how impressed he’s been with McCarron’s development.

And then there’s freshman running back Trent Richardson, who many in, and around, the program think has more pure ability and is more explosive than Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. Richardson rushed for 642 yards as Ingram’s backup this season.

“Every year, coach Saban and the staff are bringing in better players,” senior linebacker Cory Reamer said. “I look forward to seeing where it all ends.”

Staying the course

January, 4, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- You've got to hand it to Alabama's seniors, especially the ones who persevered and stayed the course.

There was nothing fun about the 2006 and 2007 seasons, but guys like Javier Arenas, Mike Johnson, Cory Reamer, Eryk Anders, Lorenzo Washington, Brandon Deaderick and several others bought into what Nick Saban was selling when he arrived.

And here the Crimson Tide are ... on the doorstep of a national championship.

Here's a link to a story I did on the Alabama seniors that's on the main college football page.

Reamer: Crimson Tide learned their lesson

December, 22, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The last time Alabama played in a bowl game it wasn’t a pleasant experience for anybody who was wearing crimson.

But it’s obvious it was a learning experience.

Senior linebacker Cory Reamer said Alabama was a splintered football team emotionally and mentally last season at the Sugar Bowl, and that was clear in how they played.

Utah whipped Alabama 31-17 in a result some of the players saw coming. Andre Smith’s suspension the week before the game for improper dealings with an agent was a time bomb that had been ticking inside the program, according to Reamer.

“We had a lot of guys who were potential first-round and second-round guys, and a lot of guys who were going to get drafted, so there were agents and (people) like that everywhere who really weren’t interested in what our best interests were,” Reamer said. “They were worried about themselves. But we have a plan set now where we can handle it as players and handle everything here, which I think helps a lot because we don’t have a lot of outside people influencing us on what their ideas should be.”

Reamer said the Crimson Tide learned the hard way how a few people getting “too caught up in what’s coming next” can soil an entire season.

He said nobody on this team ever plans to go through that again.

“You’ve got to know what your responsibility is, and know what your focus should be, and you should never get caught in those situations,” Reamer said. “You should never put yourself in a situation where you could be a distraction for the team. You focus on what you have to do to help this team win this game and not worry about what’s coming after that.”

Lunchtime links: Gossip for the Gators

October, 16, 2009

Posted by's Chris Low

Taking a look at what all's out there in the SEC:

Saban looking at different linebacker combos

October, 6, 2009

Posted by's Chris Low

One thing Alabama coach Nick Saban has always done is find a way to get his best talent on the field.

That said, don’t be surprised if the Crimson Tide’s linebacker combination takes on a little different look this Saturday against Ole Miss. Saban suggested earlier this week that some of the younger players may get a chance to play more.

And at linebacker, that would be true freshmen Nico Johnson and Tana Patrick. Both are candidates to play inside at the “Will” linebacker spot, which was manned by Dont’a Hightower before he suffered a season-ending knee injury.

The Crimson Tide clearly missed Hightower last week in the 38-20 win over Kentucky. The Wildcats rushed for 133 yards, the first time anybody had rushed for more than 64 yards against the Tide this season.

Senior Cory Reamer was back at outside linebacker for the first part of practice earlier this week after starting at Hightower’s “Will” spot against the Wildcats, paving the way for either Johnson or Patrick to possibly play an expanded role against the Rebels.

"I do think we need to get more players involved on defense," Saban said. "I think we need to coach more players. We've got to get some young players ready to play, because they may get the opportunity to play. We're going to see a different type of team. This team is a two-back running team that does a lot of different things relative to formations and personnel utilization.

"We're going to have to play very physical and probably need to get our most physical players out there to play. I'm not sure what the best way to do that is right now. It's something that we'll evaluate this week."