TUSCALOOSA – Junior college players commonly are looking for a second chance with a major program.And for some, a first chance.The top-ranked Alabama football team doesn’t usually recruit many junior college transfers, but it brought in two for this season.And both made major impacts.Defensive linemen D.J. Pettway and Jarran Reed have been in the thick of the rotation and helped the Crimson Tide rank 11th in total defense and fourth in scoring in the nation.“D.J. has done a really good job for us all year long,” coach Nick Saban said. “He’s a hard worker, he’s certainly been productive for us in the games, he’s provided a lot of depth for us, he’s been a starter at times, he gives us something in pass rush that we don’t have enough guys who can do that with some of the bigger guys we have to play with. On run downs he comes in and plays a real critical role for us.”Pettway, a five-star recruit out of Pensacola, Fla., was with the Crimson Tide in 2011-12 before before getting into trouble with the law. He suspended after an arrest for his connection to a second-degree robbery incident.Reed wanted his opportunity coming out of Goldsboro, N.C., but had to a few detours. Both found their way at East Mississippi Community College.Problems occurred for Reed after joining Alabama. He was arrested for a DUI in July and missed the early portion of training camp due to a suspension.“Jarran Reed has a very explosive personality and I mean that in a positive way,” defensive lineman Jonathan Allen said. “He’s always on the upbeat. He’s always bringing guys who are down, up. He’s a great, positive guy to have in the locker room.”Saban was criticized for bringing Pettway back last January, but stood firm about second chances. His involvement in the incident was limited and was in good standing with the team beforehand.After doing well on and off the field at junior college, the University of Alabama allowed Pettway back in school, so Saban brought him back to the team.“There’s always a lot of criticism out there when somebody does something wrong, everybody wants to know how are you going to punish the guy,” Saban said. “Guy makes a mistake. Where do you want them to be? Want them to be in the street? Or do you want them to be here, graduating.”Pettway made the most of his opportunity this season as he came off the bench.He registered 22 tackles, five quarterback hurries, a sack and three passes batted down at the line.“D.J. is a great player,” senior safety Nick Perry said. “He’s one of those guys who has seen the good side and the bad side of playing football, so he plays every game like it’s his last. He had a second opportunity and he’s taken full advantage of it.”Saban appreciates his role players when they embrace the situation. He compares them to middle relievers or closers in baseball.Pettway came back to Alabama to settle in with the team, graduate this December and has one more season of eligibility.“D.J. has done a really good job with that and he’s contributed and done everything we’ve asked him to every way we’ve asked him to do it and never been anything but positive about doing it,” Saban said. “It was really, really good for me, and I also think for some of our administrators around here when they graduate (after) we give somebody a second chance and they do well and graduate from school.”Reed’s second chance was given while part of the team. He had a strong spring and was in line to start, but the summer suspension forced a slow start to camp.He slipped into a part-time role to rotate with starter A’Shawn Robinson. Reed accepted the situation and played well.Reed is fifth on the team in tackles with 33 and 6.5 tackles for a loss. He has five passes batted down and one sack.He’s more of the bulk in the middle to control the inside running game.“He’s meant a lot to the defensive line,” Allen said. “We feel like him and A’Shawn have been the rock-solid core for our defensive line. Those two guys have been very important to our defensive line as a whole this year.”Reed took some time reach Alabama. After graduation from Goldsboro High he needed to attended Hargrave Military Academy as a prep school for college and then go the junior college route.His experience helped shape him to be an important part of the team. He has an intensity and focus that translates well on the football field.“I wouldn’t say in your face,” Allen said. “I would say outgoing would probably be a better term. He’s very outgoing. I feel like that’s something we need on the D-line. We need guys to step up and speak and challenge guys. I feel like he’s done a great job this year leading us.”Contact Cliff Kirkpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @cokirkpatrick.
Fulham have confirmed that they have taken up their option to extend Mahamadou Diarra’s contract to the end of next season.The former Real Madrid midfielder joined the Whites in January on an initial short-term deal.Manager Martin Jol had made it clear he intended to keep Diarra, who has made 11 appearances for Fulham since his move to London.AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Fulham struggling to create chances, Jokanovic admits Wigan 0 Fulham 0Fulham maintained their 10-year unbeaten record against Wigan but had to be satisfied with a point after a dour game.In a game of few chances, the visitors came closest to breaking the deadlock through an acrobatic second-half effort that flew wide from Chris Martin following a deep cross from Neeskens Kebano.AdChoices广告Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic made one change from the side that drew with Burton in midweek, recalling Spaniard Jozabed to the starting line-up in place of Sone Aluko as his side looked for a first win in three matches.Will Grigg gave the visitors an early scare when he fired into the side-netting from a tight angle after finding space in the box.And Michael Jacobs almost broke the deadlock in the 70th minute for the Latics but his close-range effort flew just wide. Fulham: Button, Odoi, Kalas, Sigurdsson, Sessegnon. Parker. McDonald. Cairney (Tunnicliffe 84), Jozabed (Smith 65), Kebano, Martin. (Woodrow 65)Subs not used: Bettinelli, Malone, Woodrow, Piazon.
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Sebastian Polter has been included in the QPR squad for their trip to face Huddersfield, while Massimo Luongo could also return.Striker Polter, who has been nursing a gluteal muscle problem, was substituted at half-time against Blackburn at the weekend and did not feature in Tuesday’s 6-0 hammering by Newcastle.AdChoices广告But the German has returned to full training and is available for Saturday’s match against the Championship leaders.Luongo, meanwhile, missed the Blackburn and Newcastle games because of illness but now appears to have recovered.Rangers will be without James Perch at Huddersfield after he was stretchered off with a knee injury in midweek.Perch is due to undergo a scan on Friday afternoon and is expected to face a long spell on the sidelines. See also:QPR v Newcastle player ratingsFerdinand dismisses reports Pulis could take over at QPRQPR’s Perch to undergo knee scanQPR to open Chery contract talks
See also:Brentford’s derby triumph: as it happenedBees beat woeful QPR in derby clash’Pressure’ will not help QPR – HasselbainkSmith savours historic Bees win but fears for MacleodQPR v Brentford player ratingsOur west London Championship team of the week Embed from Getty Images Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says QPR’s home defeat against Brentford felt worse than the 6-0 hammering by Newcastle.Weeks after the Magpies ran riot at Loftus Road, Brentford won there for the first time in 52 years.And Rangers manager Hasselbaink said: “It hurts more than Newcastle. AdChoices广告“Local rival, yes, and the way that we have lost – I didn’t expect that. “I especially didn’t expect it after Bristol City, which was a really good performance. “I expected to at least have a performance. It’s the performance that lets me down, not the result.”Hasselbaink faced criticism from fans even before Friday’s derby defeat.And there was inevitably an angry response from the home crowd following another abject showing by his team. Hasselbaink said: “They want us to win more games and we feel that we need to win more, so I do understand their frustration.“But frustration and pressure is not going to help the players. What we need to look at is why we win more games away from home than we do at home.”Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Brits Rush to Take out This £200k Life Insurance Policy from Just £10pm* x Easy Way to Generate Extra Income x 20 Heartbreaking Selfies Taken Right Before Tragedy. # 10 is Insane x Last Nights Episode Left Viewers Speechless! x £190 Investment To A Second Salary Every Month! x This New Air Conditioner Under £70 with No Installation Necessary is Selling out x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway says Kazenga LuaLua must be more flexible if he is to establish himself as a permanent fixture in the QPR team.LuaLua, on loan from Brighton, is on standby to play on the right-hand side against Hull on Saturday if Pawel Wszolek fails a fitness test on a back problem.And Holloway has warned the 26-year-old, who is more often deployed on the left, that he may have to shift out of his comfort zone to meet the needs of the team.AdChoices广告“We need to make sure that players can come in and fit into the new system, seamlessly,” boss Holloway told QPR’s website.“Obviously Kazenga LuaLua is a different type of player to Pawel, but he is an attacking option for us.“He is more comfortable on the left but we will need him to learn to play down the right side as well because he is going to want to get into the new team wherever he can, wherever he is needed.“And that’s needed from players now more than ever because we are no longer allowed loans after the transfer window closes. That is going to have a huge impact on football.” See also:Linfield chairman insists valuation of Smyth must be met
Embed from Getty ImagesFulham will again be without defender Michael Madl when they host Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.Madl has not featured in the last two matchday squads, and has been linked with a move to Legia Warsaw.Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic said Sone Aluko would be involved despite speculation over the striker’s future and the arrival of Rui Fonte.AdChoices广告 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Warnock confirms talks with Fulham over BennettFulham confirm loan signing of Liverpool’s OjoWoodrow completes Bristol City loan moveFulham complete Fonte signingFulham agree loan deal for Soares
QPR’s encouraging run continued with a 2-2 draw at Stoke City on Saturday. Here’s what Rangers manager Steve McClaren had to say after the game. On the performance“I thought we were excellent. This is a difficult place to come with the quality Stoke have got – the players and the bench.AdChoices广告“What pleased me most was the way we controlled the game. We started ever so well, played football and got a goal up.“Against the run of play we conceded. That rocked us a bit but in the second half but we showed the courage and the composure to play.“We dominated and went a goal down – again against the run of play – and the response of the team was tremendous.“We never stopped, we changed to a diamond and went for it, got the goal and then had to hold on towards the end.”On asking the referee to protect Ebere Eze“You saw a performance from Ebere Eze that showed his great potential. He was getting fouled too many times, so we just pointed that out.“Although we make a foul and get a yellow (card), Ebere gets fouled 20 or 30 times and nothing happens.“They’re small fouls but ones in which he’s away from people and attacking the goal. We wanted protection for him really.”On Angel Rangel’s future“We’ve got a stipulation where we can keep him. He’s got that option, Angel, it’s (about) whether he wants to stay with us or not.“I think he’s been nothing short of a revelation, not just on the field but what a great lad off the field.”On Rangel’s two goals“I’ve got to say I don’t know why he was in the box heading the ball in from there. We told him to stay on the halfway line but we pleased he didn’t.“And the second goal was a cracker – a great team goal. As long as we score, it doesn’t matter who gets them.”On improving since a terrible start“You come in and you learn, you make your mistakes, you try, you experiment looking for the right formula.“In the early weeks I made a lot of mistakes. But the key was that we learnt from them.“We got together a team with a consistency of performance and that what pleased me – whether we’d lost or drawn today, the performance and the recovery and the courage to play and spirit.“It’s about whether we can keep that week in week out – that’s the difficulty in the Championship.”On the team spirit“They’ve always had that from day one. There’s always been that spirit – good dressing room.“We’ve added to that with experience like Angel, Cameron, Hemed and Nahki Wells. It’s a good dressing room and I enjoy working with them every day.“That spirit is now showing in terms of results and performances.”On whether Geoff Cameron was missed“I thought Jordan Cousins came in and did a great job. Massimo Luongo had just landed on Wednesday from a trip to Australia and he got better as the game went on.“It’s a squad game and I’ve always said that. And the squad has played its part.”On Tomer Hemed building up his fitness“I think we saw that in the week for Israel and he’ll continue to do that. You’ve seen what a threat he can be.”On whether he is eyeing the play-off places“No. No. We’re just building a team and trying to build belief. We need a bit more of that but that’s natural and normal. No targets.“We’ve got Rotherham on Tuesday and I saw they should have beaten Sheffield United. That isn’t going to be an easy game.“It will be a different game and isn’t going to be easy for us. We get our feet on the ground and go again.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook