Alabama Crimson Tide: SEC football

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ESPN Watch List defensive back Nick Watkins (Dallas/Bishop Dunne) understands that the SEC has some of the most talented defensive backs in the country. Of his 23 offers, eight come from the conference that has won every BCS national championship game since 2007.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Nick Saban took to the SEC's weekly teleconference Wednesday morning to talk about how his team is coping with its first loss of the season. He touched on Texas A&M's Heisman hopeful at quarterback, his team's focus moving forward and whether a one-loss SEC team should make it to the national championship game.

1. How they got here: Saban started out his turn on the teleconference by repeating what he has said since Saturday night. "We haven't played as well the last couple of games," he explained, again bringing the narrow LSU win back into the discussion.

Alabama played sloppily in the past two weeks because of a lack of effort and focus on both sides of the football. The offense bottomed out in the third quarter of both games and let the momentum gained heading into halftime slip away. Meanwhile the defense struggled to come up with big plays when they were needed, missing tackles and failing to finish plays.

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HOOVER, Ala. -- Eddie Lacy missed the entirety of spring practice due to an injury, but don't expect that to slow his ascension to No. 1 on the running backs depth chart. Alabama coach Nick Saban said Lacy's recovery from offseason surgery has gone well, and the coach expects him to be ready when fall camp begins in August.

Saban added that Lacy and the rest of the formerly injured players would be "cleared for practice if we started practice today."

Lacy's absence during spring practice had a positive effect, though. It left room for fellow running backs Jalston Fowler, Dee Hart and freshman T.J. Yeldon to make their case for extended playing time in backup roles. Given that Alabama has used two running backs since Saban arrived, the competition for the lead backup has been heated.

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July, 18, 2012
Walker Jones' recruitment is drawing to a close.

The inside linebacker from Germantown (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian told ESPN on Wednesday that he plans to announce his college decision Monday or Tuesday. He said he is primarily considering Alabama, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi State.

There are strong ties to Alabama. His older two brothers, Barrett and Harrison Jones, are on the Crimson Tide's roster. Barrett is a senior offensive tackle. Harrison is a sophomore tight end.

However, the Jones family has long said Walker is the most independent of the trio. He has maintained that he will make a decision on his own and not based on where his brothers are playing.

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