'Big talent' in a small package

As a fourth-year junior, Brandon Brooks came to his key role on Bama's special teams relatively late. But now that he's getting a chance, the kick-return specialist is determined to make the most of it. <br><br>"I always knew it was in me," Brooks said. "I think I've got a lot of good games left in me."
March 3, 2004

Kicking game should improve

Last season special teams for Alabama were very much a mixed bag. For every positive play by one unit, there seemed to be a breakdown by another. Probably more than any other position coach on the staff, Dave Ungerer is thrilled that spring practice has finally arrived.
February 20, 2004

Patience pays off for punt returner

Alabama used its off week to make a few changes in personnel, most notably inserting Brandon Brooks into the lineup to return punts. <br><br>It's been three years since the redshirt sophomore handled the job, but it all came back to him quickly.
November 11, 2003

Opening the football notebook

Passing along some items from the post-fall-camp football notebook. <br><br>Topics covered include: Who'll return kicks? Kicking specialists, Bama football's fastest man, and Jersey number clues.
August 25, 2003

Special teams status report

Personnel-wise, Alabama has reason to be confident about its offensive and defensive units. But frankly the Tide has been sub-par in the kicking game the past few years, meaning Special Teams Coordinator Dave Ungerer has had his work cut out for him during fall camp.
August 20, 2003

Motivation not a problem at Alabama

Alabama may be facing some serious problems getting ready for the 2003 season, but finding something to play for is not one of them. <br><br>Coaching the storied Crimson Tide program, Head Coach Mike Shula can use past success to remind his players what they're working toward.
August 14, 2003