Alabama notebook: Players have little to say about Fluker allegations
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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TUSCALOOSA -- Unlike their coach, Nick Saban, Alabama players were calm when asked Wednesday about the allegations that former Crimson Tide offensive lineman D.J. Fluker received improper benefits as reported by Yahoo! Sports.

Wide receiver Christion Jones fielded the question first.

“I don’t really even get involved with that,” Jones said. “Our compliance (office) does a great job with teaching us about all those things and staying away from those agents and stuff like that. We can talk about Texas A&M and leave it at that.”

Linebacker C.J. Mosley said it is an unfortunate situation, but added he had no knowledge of any wrongdoings.

“No, sir, I didn’t,” Mosley said. “That’s upsetting to hear, but that was another day. That’s what happened in the past and the coaches do a great job of informing us and our parents about agents and things like that. So, I’m pretty sure that won’t be happening again.”

HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT: While Alabama’s offense may struggle with the crowd noise in Kyle Field, the Crimson Tide’s defense may actually benefit from the hostile environment.

The Tide’s defense will be able to make their calls without its home crowd screaming at the top of their lungs to distract the opposing team’s offense.

“For us it’s a big help, because when we’re home our fans are doing they can do to distract the offense,” linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “It’s not as calm, because they do up-tempo, but at the end of the day we still have to execute our game plan.”

Mosley said he doesn’t mind playing on the road.

“I like playing away, going to another team, their crowd, going into their atmosphere,” Mosley said. “Kind of getting a feel of how the game’s going to be, you know about the 12th Man and the hype for what Texas A&M is going to be like.”

MOSLEY TO SPY MANZIEL: Mosley said there is only one way to attack Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the open field. There’s no time to second guess or try to judge where Manziel may or may not go after a juke move.

“Come at him full speed, is basically what it is,” Mosley said. “He’s going to scramble, he’s going to run around. I can’t be pausing or shaking with him, just attack. The defense has to attack when we have a chance to hit him or when we get a chance to make a play.”

This presents an interesting challenge because Alabama doesn’t often face mobile quarterbacks.

“In the SEC, you don’t spy too many quarterbacks,” Mosley said. “It’s an honor to spy a Heisman Trophy winner, so I have to do my job and the defense as well. We just have to execute.”

Is Mosley the main spy?

“Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s me,” Mosley said.
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