Alabama notebook: Sylve's status uncertain for Saturday
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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Arkansas wide receiver D'Arthur Cowan dives for the ball ahead of the defense by Alabama defensive back Bradley Sylve (16). (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Arkansas wide receiver D'Arthur Cowan dives for the ball ahead of the defense by Alabama defensive back Bradley Sylve (16). (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama cornerback Bradley Sylve’s status for the Crimson Tide’s game at Mississippi State on Saturday is still up in the air.

Tide coach Nick Saban said Sylve is “not 100 percent, but is getting better.”

“He’s probably about the same as he was last week. He tweaked it last week in practice,” Saban said during his Wednesday news conference. “We did not think this was that serious a thing. We thought he could be over it more quickly. When you play his position, you can't be not a 100 percent. You have to be able to run.

“We’re still encouraged by what he is able to do, and hopefully he’ll be ready to play in this game, but I think it’s too early to make that call right now.”

If Sylve isn’t able to go, Cyrus Jones will make his third straight start at cornerback opposite Deion Belue.

MORE AWARDS FOR AJ, C.J.: The honors continues to roll in for Alabama's two best players.

Quarterback AJ McCarron and linebacker C.J. Mosley were both named semifinalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Mosley also was tabbed by the Lott IMPACT trophy as a semifinalist.

McCarron has thrown for 2,041 yards and 19 touchdowns with just three interceptions. McCarron is Alabama's career leader in passing yards (7,997), touchdowns (68), completion percentage (67.4) and winning percentage (.944).

Mosley leads the team with 71 tackles, including 7.0 tackles for loss. He also has five pass breakups and four quarterback hurries.

McCarron is finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and a semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award and the Maxwell Award.

Mosley is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, the Bednarik Award and the Lombardi Award.
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