Alabama football notes: Crimson Tide loses to Indiana in verbal commitment from Gunner Kiel, the consensus No. 1 quarterback in 2012 recruiting class

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerJuly 28, 2011 

Indiana University has yet to meet Alabama on the football field.

Unofficially, though, the Hoosier took a 1-0 series lead of the Crimson Tide thanks to an upset on the recruiting trail.

Gunner Kiel, the consensus No. 1 quarterback in the class of 2012, reportedly committed to Indiana coach Kevin Wilson on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4 strong-armed passer lives just down the road from the Bloomington campus in Columbus, Ind. He considered Alabama, Oklahoma, Cincinnati and several SEC schools, according to recruiting services.

“It came down to gut feel and where he felt most comfortable,” Kiel’s father Kip Kiel told The Indianapolis Star. “With Alabama there’s obviously a lot of tradition. But coach Wilson has done a great job and there’s a lot of excitement in Bloomington right now. I think Gunner felt that.”

Kiel threw for 2,645 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior at Columbus East High School.

His commitment to the home-state Hoosiers was considered a huge upset win for Indiana. ESPN.com’s Big Ten writer Brian Bennett even reminded readers it was not April Fool’s Day when reporting the news Wednesday afternoon.

Iron Bowl documentary coming

ESPN announced its lineup of fall documentaries Wednesday including one with Alabama interest.

“Roll Tide/War Eagle” by filmmaker Martin Khodabakhshian is scheduled to air Nov. 8 – just weeks before the Tide travels to Auburn for the Nov. 26 version of the Iron Bowl. ESPN Films produced the popular “30 for 30” series that ran last year on the networks.

The network offered a brief summer of the documentary in a news release.

“With two Heisman trophies, two national championships and one crazed fan, the biggest rivalry in college sports, Auburn vs. Alabama, has reached new heights in the last two years. This is the story of the history between the two programs, the bad blood between its fans and how this intense rivalry came to a pinnacle, just when they ended up needing each other most,” the release read.

Tickets available

UA announced Wednesday that individual game tickets for four football games will be sold starting at 8 a.m., Aug. 1.

Tickets for games with Kent State (Sept. 3), North Texas (Sept. 17), Vanderbilt (homecoming, Oct. 8) and Georgia Southern (Nov. 19) will be available. They will be sold at the Coleman Coliseum box office, online at rolltide.com or by phone at (205) 348-2262.

The tickets are available since the opponents returned a portion of their allotments.

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