Here is the latest Alabama sports news from The Associated Press
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says the top-ranked Fighting Irish are focusing on themselves, not their opponent in the BCS championship game Jan. 7. Practices begin again Friday and Saturday. Kelly says the early practices will focus on younger players and fundamentals and will focus more on Alabama as the game draws closer.
ATLANTA (AP) — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the unanimous choice for Associated Press Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year after a dynamic debut season. The redshirt freshman known as "Johnny Football" passed for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns and guided Texas A&M to a 10-2 mark in its first SEC season, including an upset of Alabama.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Suriya McGuire scored a career-high 13 points and Stefanie Yderstrom added 10 to help Miami rally and pull away from Alcorn State 68-53 Monday night in a nonconference game. Alcorn State raced out to an early 16-7 lead but Miami cut the deficit to 31-28 with 3:45 left in the first half.
BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — Kansas State's Collin Klein has won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the nation's top upperclassman quarterback. The other finalists were Southern California's Matt Barkley, West Virginia's Geno Smith, Florida State's EJ Manuel and Alabama's AJ McCarron.