Nick Saban against using Twitter

Anniston StarOctober 29, 2013 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- If there was ever any doubt, Alabama coach Nick Saban put to rest any potential of him ever joining Twitter.

"I've never considered joining Twitter, nor do I know why anybody would," Saban said. "There's a lot of people that do and I guess that I'm one of the ones in the minority."

While he may not personally be a fan, Saban says he nor the team bans players from having Twitter or other forms of social media, but it is monitored.

"We do monitor those players that have Twitter, because we have a rule that you're really not supposed to put any information out about our team, things that are internal to our family," Saban said. "And we don't want any guy here not to create positive value in himself and his image with anything he might put on social media."

But Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley isn't sold on Saban not having a Twitter account, possibly under another name.

"He claims he don't have one, but he probably does," Mosley said, jokingly.

AJ McCarron recognition

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron may finally be getting the national recognition fans feel he deserves.

McCarron was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the collegiate player of the year. McCarron was also a semifinalist last season when Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o won the award.

McCarron has completed 145 of 209 (69.4 percent) passes for 1,862 yards and 16 touchdowns to just three interceptions.

"He's always represented the program externally in a first class way whether it's community service, whether it's helping other people, whether it's his image and how he's reflected the principles and values of the organization, I think have been stellar," Saban said.

C.J. Mosley award finalist

Add another honor to Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley's resume.

After being named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award on Monday, Mosley was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, which goes to the nation's most outstanding defensive player.

Mosley leads the team with 59 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss.

"He does a great job of taking the responsibility of making all the calls on defense, setting the defense for us," Saban said. "His production and his performance has been phenomenal, actually. You can't find a better person. He's a great student. You couldn't ask for a better representative of the team, the university, his family. Just a great person all the way around."

Practice notes

Tide cornerback Deion Belue has battled nagging hamstring and toe injuries since spring practice. Belue's toe continues to bother him and he was limited during Tuesday's practice.

"Deion Belue was in a black jersey today, didn't do much in practice," Saban said. "That's really by our choice. This injury that he's had to his toe has been lingering. Maybe an extra day or two's rest might help him heal up a little bit and maybe he can sustain a little bit better when we come back."

Saban said running back Jalston Fowler (concussion) and nose tackle Brandon Ivory (medical issues) are both fine.

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