MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Alabama
Alabamam was selected number one in the USA Today preseason coaches' poll. The Crimson Tide was an overwhelming choice, receiving 58 of 62 first-place votes. Ohio State was second and received three of the remaining four, with number 6 - Texas A&M earning the last number one vote. Two local guys -- sophomore running back TJ Yeldon and senior linebacker CJ Mosley--- were both picked to the Sporting News All-America offensive and defensive teams. Yeldon rushed for a rookie-record one thousand, one hundred and eight yards. While Mosley led the team a year ago with 107 tackles. There were a total 12 SEC players on the 27 player first team.
Also reporting for the start of practice -- the Auburn Tigers. Today veteran players were interviewed by members of the media. Linebacker Jake Holland said the team is ready.
It's the first year the Jags are eligible for a Sun Belt Title. And today the team kicked its 2013 season with the first day of practice. Coach Jones says it's important to evaluate the players that are just getting started in his program.
A year ago today -- Daphne football coach Jacey Todd was in a tragic car accident. While driving on Alabama 181 - he was thrown from his vehicle and paralyzed from the chest down. Doctors told him he would never walk again -- or coach the games he loves.
However - Todd is defeating the odds and today at Kravers in Daphne, a group of friends, relatives and co-workers gathered to celebrate the coach's amazing recovery. He will be on the sidelines this season at Daphne -- but more importantly Coach Todd can stand on his own -- walk with the help of crutches -- and drive his truck. On this one year anniversary -- Coach Jacey Todd is thankful for all the people he has by his side.
"To see these people come together, and just to commemorate a day that's like a new chapter in my life, it's been pretty amazing to see these people here. Especially for all these people that have helped me so much. Today has been tougher than I thought it would be. It's been a time to reflect on the previous year, but it's kind of a turning of the page, it's kind of a … What do we do from here and I'm excited more than anything else," said Todd.
Mobile native and Cy Young award winner - Jake Peavy - speaking out today about being traded to the Red Sox. Here's some of what he had to say about his new life in Boston.
"I couldn't be anymore excited to be here, to be a part of this, to call this home. to join such franchise with a lot of history and huge expectations. I expect to go out, be a part, and to win and just to be the best teammate I can be," said Peavy.
The trial for Giuseppe Pino LoPorto continues today in Baldwin County. LoPorto, now 80-years-old, faces several sex abuse charges against a child dating back to the early 90s.
FOX10 News has learned William "Eddie" Patrick, captain of Mobile's First police precinct, has been demoted following an internal investigation.
A man who bought a bicycle three weeks ago finds out it was originally stolen, according to the original owner who reported it missing in October.
If you were in the Foley area Thursday, you may have seen a helicopter, police and K-9 units. That’s because a store in Foley was robbed this morning at gunpoint. Eventually, the search was called off. The suspect is still on the loose.
Pastor of Lifeway Community Church Mike McPherson says thieves stole presents that would have been given to needy children.
Skies are mostly clear and the breezy north wind is very noticeable this evening. Daytime highs were only in the mid 50’s today. We are expecting a light freeze tonight along and north of I-10. Lows will be near 32 degrees in Mobile. Upper 20’s are possible well inland.