Local talent can bring fans to ASU basketball

Brew Tech senior Steve Rogers has committed to play for Alabama State (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser).

Brew Tech senior Steve Rogers has committed to play for Alabama State (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser).

Steve Rogers joined the list of local talent to play for Alabama State.

The Brew Tech scoring machine tweeted that he’s going to play for the Hornets. Averaging 32.1 points a game, Rogers can flat out put the ball in the basket.

Needs to get bigger because he’s rail thin, but Rogers, whose dad, Steve, Sr., is an assistant at ASU, can play.

Alabama State already has freshmen Tony Armstrong of G.W. Carver, Princeton Davis of Evangel Christian and Terrance LeFlore of Wetumpka on its roster, but Rogers has ties not only with ASU, but he’s one of more exciting players to come out of Montgomery.

If Brew Tech’s Captain America can become a major contributor at Alabama State within the next two years, Rogers will bring in fans.

Who’s leading Alabama State’s offense?

Quinteris Toppings has a chance to become Alabama State's leader on offense this season. (Montgomery Advertiser)

Quinteris Toppings has a chance to become Alabama State’s leader on offense. (Montgomery Advertiser)

Daniel Duhart?

Malcolm Cyrus?

De’Mario Bell?

An offensive lineman?

Alabama State went through an entire spring practice and still don’t have an offensive leader.

“A lot of people try to step up and be the voice of the team, but everybody can’t be the voice of the team,” Hornets senior offensive tackle Demechery Hickingbottom said. “It’s like a clutter. That’s the problem. Nobody knows who the leaders are.”

Duhart is the returning starter at the leadership position on offense — quarterback. However, he was injured throughout spring practice and missed the spring game.

Alabama State coach Reggie Barlow said the sky is the limit for his back up quarterback –Quinteris Toppings — but Toppings didn’t take charge of the offense in the spring game.

So who will emerge as Alabama State’s leader on offense? Looks like the Hornets will have to wait until fall camp to find out.

AJ McCarron, Dee Dee Bonner, Katherine Webb

McCarron, future wife doing reality show?

Former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron will apparently bring his talents – and famous fiancée – to reality TV.

USA TODAY Sports and NFL.com are reporting that Katherine Webb’s sister, Laurie, told the Auburn student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, that McCarron and Webb have been filmed for a possible reality show.

Katherine Webb is an Auburn graduate.

According to multiple media reports, the reality show is focused on the planning and actual wedding, which is scheduled for July 11th. No network has been chosen to air it.

Webb’s sister said McCarron’s engagement proposal to her last month was filmed.

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Tide’s Henry ready for breakout year

“He’s 6-4, 240 and runs like a 5-10 guy. People are scared to tackle him.” — Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland

After a breakout game in the Sugar Bowl, Alabama sophomore tailback Derrick Henry is ready for a breakout year (AP).

After a breakout game in the Sugar Bowl, Alabama sophomore Derrick Henry is ready for a breakout year (AP).

After receiving limited action last season, tailback Derrick Henry got his chance to shine in the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma — and he was ultra bright.

Henry rushed for 100 yards on just eight carries, scored twice with the second score coming on a 61-yard reception, and is looking to see more action this season for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Alabama already has T.J. Yeldon, who has had 1,000-yard seasons in each of his first two years, and Kenyan Drake, a speedster and game changer who averaged 7.5 yards a carry last season.

However, Henry, a national player of the year coming out of high school in Yulee, Fla., is too good to collect cobwebs on the sidelines a second straight season. He carried the ball just 36 times last season for 382 yards and three scores in 2013.

How many more carries, yards and scores will he have this season?

Much more if given more opportunities.

Tuskegee’s Douglas earns coaching honors

Leon Douglas (right) and Bobby Champagne share a moment Sunday after Tuskegee defeated North Alabama. (Times Daily).

Leon Douglas (right) and Bobby Champagne share a moment Sunday after Tuskegee defeated North Alabama. (Times Daily).

After leading Tuskegee to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the first time in school history, Leon Douglas received the Clarence “Big House” Gaines college basketball coach of the year award.

The award is given to the top minority coach in Division I and Division II. Delaware coach Monte Ross received the honor for Division I coaches. Gaines, a Hall of Famer, won 828 games in his illustrious coaching career at Winston Salem State and won an NCAA Division II national title in 1967.

Douglas, a former All-American at Alabama, has led Tuskegee to two of its three NCAA tournament bids in his eight seasons there. The Golden Tigers reached the NCAA tournament in 2010 under Douglas.

Boxtorow, a nationally syndicated radio show, also named Douglas the NCAA Division II national co-coach of the year along with Livingstone’s coach James Stinson III, who led his team to the Atlantic Regional after winning the CIAA tournament title for the first time in school history.

Tuskegee’s leading scorer Richard Dixon was named first-team All-American by Boxtorow. Averaging 17.3 points a game, the senior was the SIAC tournament’s most outstanding player.

Boxtorow places a priority on covering black college sports. Hosted by Donal Ware, the show is based out of North Carolina.

Kliff Kingsbury

Recruits’ moms flirting with Texas Tech coach

Wonder if they flirt with Nick Saban and Gus Malzahn, too?

In a recent radio interview with Dan LeBatard, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury admitted that the moms of recruits flirt with him.

“You’ve got to play to your strengths,” he said. “So I kind of encourage that a little bit. It’s part of the deal.”

So Kingsbury’s coaching strengths are as follows: Knows offense, can motivate and has a killer smile that makes a mother weak in the knees like SWV. .

You know the recruits notice the interaction between mom and coach. Wonder what the dads are doing when this is going on? They’re probably in the bathroom.

I can see this happening. Kingsbury is just 34 years old, single and still looks like he could play the game of football. He kind of looks like actors Ryan Gosling or Hugh Jackman — minus the claws.

Wonder who else exchanges pleasant smiles with those moms? Which coaches would a woman find attractive?

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Amari Cooper TD

Cooper flourishing in Kiffin’s offense

TUSCALOOSA — Amari Cooper has never lacked confidence.

Asked after Monday’s practice if he feels as if he can get open on anybody, Cooper said, “I’ve felt that way for a long time.”

And then broke out laughing.

Cooper had his way with his his defensive teammates Saturday as he caught 10 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in a scrimmage. Cooper seems to be flourishing in the offense new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is installing.

“Sometimes I think some coaches and some quarterbacks, they can over analyze things,” said Cooper, who indicated he likes the ‘simplicity’ of Kiffin’s offense. “Sometimes it can be just pitch and catch. Let playmakers make plays.”

Here’s more from Cooper’s interview Monday.

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