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Crimson Tide honored for top freshman, offensive lineman, scholar-athlete and offensive player of the year
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama football’s Tua Tagovailoa, Jaylen Waddle, Hale Hentges and Jonah Williams took home four of the seven individual league awards announced by the Southeastern Conference on Wednesday.
Tagovailoa was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year while Waddle was selected as the SEC Freshman of the Year. Hentges was tabbed the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Jonah Williams rounded out the quartet, receiving the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is presented to the league’s top offensive lineman. The honors were voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.
Tagovailoa has thrown for 3,353 yards and a school-record 37 touchdowns with just four interceptions on 199-of-294 passing (67.7 percent) this season. The sophomore is tied for second on the UA career touchdown pass list with 48 and has thrown for 300 or more yards an Alabama-record five times this season. His 42 combined passing and rushing touchdowns are also a UA single-season record. His six total touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) against Auburn on Nov. 24 is also a school single-game record.
A dynamic athlete who is a threat every time he touches the ball, Waddle established himself as at receiver and on special teams in his debut campaign with the Tide. He led all SEC freshmen in scoring (48 points on eight touchdowns), receptions per game (3.2) and receiving yards per game (61.8). The Houston, Texas native caught 41 passes for 803 yards to average 19.6 yards per catch with seven touchdown receptions. He added 15 punt returns for 226 yards and one score with his 15.1 yards per return average ranking second in the SEC.
Hentges has been a steady performer on and off the field for the Crimson Tide. He has already earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for efforts in the classroom this season and is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. The Jefferson City, Mo., native was also a semifinalist William V. Campbell Trophy. On the field, Hentges has caught three passes for 33 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season while also serving as a proficient blocker for the Crimson Tide’s record-setting offense.
A veteran presence on the Crimson Tide offensive line, Jonah Williams has started all 42 games during his UA career and blocked for 20 100-yard rushing performances over his three standout seasons at the Capstone. The junior anchors an Alabama offensive front that is one of three finalists for the Joe Moore Award. He helps clear the way for a Tide offense that leads the SEC and is second nationally in scoring at 47.9 points per game. UA also leads the league and ranks No. 7 in the country in total offense, averaging 527.6 yards per game, which is on pace to shatter the school record. Alabama is seventh in the country in passing offense at 325.5 yards per contest and ranks 10th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in sacks allowed at just 1.0 per game. Williams is also a finalist for the Outland Trophy and was the Outland National Player of the Month in September.
The SEC All-Freshman Team will be announced Thursday.
Renowned list of coaches recognized for success on the field, as well as the classroom and community.
ATLANTA (December 5, 2018) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl have announced the finalists for the 2018 Dodd Trophy. Finalists include seven of the nation’s top coaches in college football who embody the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, both on and off the field.
This year’s finalists represent four conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC), along with Notre Dame, and have combined for a 2018 record of 75-9 during the regular season. Overall, the seven coaches have a combined 88 years of head coaching experience, seven national championships and 781 career wins among them.
Two former winners of The Dodd Trophy were included in the 2018 list with Nick Saban (2014) and Dabo Swinney (2011) being named finalists. Additionally, three of the coaches were finalists for last year’s award, including Pat Fitzgerald, Kirby Smart and Dabo Swinney.
Winners of the award from the previous two years and first-year coaches at an institution are not eligible to be finalists.
The 2018 Dodd Trophy Finalists:
|Coach||School||CFP Ranking||APR Score|
|Dino Babers||Syracuse||No. 20||967|
|Pat Fitzgerald||Northwestern||No. 22||997|
|Brian Kelly||Notre Dame||No. 3||966|
|Lincoln Riley||Oklahoma||No. 4||956|
|Nick Saban||Alabama||No. 1||984|
|Kirby Smart||Georgia||No. 5||963|
|Dabo Swinney||Clemson||No. 2||987|
“All of these finalists truly exemplify the type of leadership that Bobby Dodd valued and are noteworthy candidates to join the esteemed group of former Dodd Trophy recipients,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “We’re honored to have such a renowned list of finalists who truly embody Coach Dodd’s spirit, both on and off the field.”
“This college football season was highlighted by outstanding coaching performances that greatly impacted the course of the season,” said Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & president. “These seven coaches have distinguished themselves as finalists for this prestigious award, not only for having successful football seasons, but also for their efforts within their communities and commitment to empower their student athletes to succeed in the classroom as well.”
Finalists were selected by a panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member.
The winner of the 2018 Dodd Trophy will be selected from the list of finalists by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, and will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.
About the Dodd Trophy
The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) head football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, as did Coach Dodd’s teams during his 22 years as head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coach Dodd remains one of college football’s legendary figures, both as a coach and a player. Coach Dodd was a native of Galax, Virginia, and played his college ball at the University of Tennessee where his team had 27 wins, one loss and two ties during the three years he played. Coach Dodd was selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame both as a coach and as a player. Additional information about the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation can be found at www.TheDoddTrophy.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @DoddTrophy or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DoddTrophy.
About the Peach Bowl, Inc.
Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, one of the New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. Last year, the Peach Bowl celebrated its Golden Season, including its 50-year history of traditions and successes as the nation’s ninth-oldest bowl organization. The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 54 percent of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $240.5 million in team payouts over its 50-year history. Peach Bowl, Inc. also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $31.8 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament, manages The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award and led the relocation and financial foundation of the College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CFAPeachBowl.
The Crimson Tide offensive coordinator is honored as the nation’s top assistant coach
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama offensive coordinator Michael Locksley has been named the winner of 2018 Broyles Award. Locksley received the honor at the Broyles Award Luncheon in Little Rock, Ark., Monday.
In his first season as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Locksley is overseeing a Crimson Tide attack that is averaging 47.9 points and 527.6 yards per game in 2018. The Tide has already set school records for points scored (623), total offense (6,859), offensive touchdowns (77) and passing yards (4,231) in a season. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has thrown for 3,353 yards and a school-record 37 touchdowns in 2018. He is just the fourth quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in a season at UA.
Locksley is in his second season on the Crimson Tide on-field coaching staff. He served as the Tide’s co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2017. Locksley originally joined the program as an offensive analyst in 2016.
The Broyles Award has been presented annually since 1996 to the outstanding assistant coach in college football. Locksley joins former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart (2009) as the second UA coach to receive the honor
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Dec. 4, 2018)—–Ten Southeastern Conference institutions placed a member on the 2018 All-Southeastern Conference Coaches’ Football First Team, as the first and second teams were announced Tuesday. Alabama led the way with 12 representatives, while Georgia had seven selections, and Missouri and South Carolina each had five.
Twelve schools were represented on the first and second teams, while 11 institutions had at least two All-SEC selections.
The 2018 list includes 11 student-athletes who have made multiple appearances on the All-SEC Team. Florida’s Martez Ivey was voted All-SEC for the third time, while Alabama’s Jonah Williams, Georgia’s Deandre Baker, Kentucky’s Benny Snell, LSU’s Devin White and Greedy Williams, Ole Miss’ Greg Little and A.J. Brown, Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons and Montez Sweat and Missouri’s Drew Lock were named to the All-SEC Team for the second time.
Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.
The SEC individual award winners will be released Wednesday and the All-Freshman Team will be announced Thursday.
2018 All-SEC Coaches’ Team
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
Jonah Williams, Alabama
Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Greg Little, Ole Miss
Bunchy Stallings, Kentucky
Lamont Gaillard, Georgia
A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Benny Snell, Kentucky
Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
Jachai Polite, Florida
Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
Josh Allen, Kentucky
Devin White, LSU
Deshaun Davis, Auburn
Deandre Baker, Georgia
Grant Delpit, LSU
Greedy Williams, LSU
Deionte Thompson, Alabama
Cole Tracy, LSU
Braden Mann, Texas A&M
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
Martez Ivey, Florida
Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
Deion Calhoun, Mississippi State
Zack Bailey, South Carolina
Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Emanuel Hall, Missouri
Drew Lock, Missouri
D’Andre Swift, Georgia
Damien Harris, Alabama
Lynn Bowden, Kentucky
Isaiah Buggs, Alabama
Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia
Terry Beckner, Missouri
Derrick Brown, Auburn
Dylan Moses, Alabama
Cale Garrett, Missouri
Mack Wilson, Alabama
CJ Henderson, Florida
Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State
Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt
DeMarkus Acy, Missouri
Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia
Joseph Charlton, South Carolina
Mecole Hardman, Georgia
Sophomore one of three candidates for college football’s most prestigious award
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been named one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, the Heisman Trust announced Monday.
Tagovailoa has thrown for 3,353 yards and a school-record 37 touchdowns with just four interceptions on 199-of-294 passing (67.7 percent) this season. The sophomore is tied for second on the UA career touchdown pass list with 48 and has thrown for 300 or more yards an Alabama-record five times this season. His 42 combined passing and rushing touchdowns are also a UA season record.
Running backs Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015) were Alabama’s first two Heisman winners. Tagovailoa joins Ingram, Henry, Amari Cooper (2014), AJ McCarron (2013) and Trent Richardson (2011) as the sixth player to be named a finalist for the award under head coach Nick Saban.
Tagovailoa is joined as a finalist by fellow quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State and Kyler Murray of Oklahoma.
The winner of the 2018 Heisman Trophy will be announced live on ESPN at 7p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 8 from the PlayStation Theater in New York.
The selection is the fifth national finalist honor for Tagovailoa. He was previously announced as a finalist for the Davey O’Brien, Manning, Maxwell and Walter Camp Player of the Year awards.
Tua Tagovailoa named SEC Offensive Player of the Year
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama Crimson Tide football team landed a league-high eight players on the 2018 Associated Press All-SEC Team, including five first-teamers, the media outlet announced Monday. Tide sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was a unanimous selection and was also voted SEC Offensive Player of the Year.
Joining Tagovailoa on the first team are sophomore wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, junior offensive lineman Jonah Williams, redshirt senior center Ross Pierschbacher and redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.
Senior defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs, junior defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and redshirt junior Deionte Thompson were second-team picks on defense.
All five of the Tide’s first-team selections are also finalists for postseason national awards that will be announced later this month. Tagovailoa is a finalist for the Manning, Maxwell and O’Brien Awards, Jeudy is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, Pierschbacher is a finalist for the Rimington Award, Quinnen Williams is a finalist for the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy and both Quinnen and Jonah Williams are finalists for the Outland Trophy.
The redshirt senior is one of three candidates for national center of the year honors
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama center Ross Pierschbacher has been named one of three finalists for the Rimington Trophy, the Rimington Trophy Committee announced Monday.
After making 42 career starts at left guard in his first three years at UA, Pierschbacher transitioned to center and has started all 13 games, helping pave the way for a Tide offense that is second in the country in scoring and seventh in total offense. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native earned Midseason All-America honors from the Associated Press and The Athletic and was on the Outland Trophy and Rimington Trophy watch lists. He earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week accolades for his play at Arkansas. On Sunday, Pierschbacher was named one of UA’s four permanent captains for this season.
Pierschbacher is joined as a finalist by North Carolina State’s Garrett Bradbury and Notre Dame’s Sam Mustipher.
The Rimington Trophy has been presented annually since 2000 to the outstanding center in NCAA Division I football. Barrett Jones (2012) and Ryan Kelly (2015) previously won the award for the Crimson Tide. The winner of the 2018 Rimington Trophy will be announced during the ESPNU Red Carpet Show on Thursday, Dec. 6 prior to the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Atlanta, Ga.
Harris, Hentges, Miller and Pierschbacher named permanent captains for 2018
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Alabama football team held its annual awards banquet Sunday evening at the Birmingham Sheraton.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban addressed an audience that included members of the team, coaching staff, administration and support staff following the awards session in which he recapped the 2018 season and stated the goals for the upcoming College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital Orange Bowl on Dec. 29.
The Crimson Tide named four captains on Sunday with seniors Damien Harris, Hale Hentges, Christian Miller and Ross Pierschbacher chosen as the representatives for the 2018 team.
The complete list of award winners is as follows.
Unsung Hero Award
To the player who has made significant contributions to the success of the team and received the least recognition for it
Deionte Brown, Lester Cotton Sr., Najee Harris, Derek Kief, Saivion Smith
Outstanding Senior Scholar
To the senior with the highest GPA
Keaton Anderson, Hale Hentges
Commitment to Academic Excellence Award
To the player who has demonstrated the greatest commitment and achievement in his academic endeavors during the previous year
Shyheim Carte,r Miller Forristall, Jalen Hurts, Alex Leatherwood, LaBryan Ray, Jedrick Wills Jr.
Iron Man Award
To the player(s) who have shown the most dedication to the individual and team goals of the Crimson Tide’s year-round strength and conditioning program
Ronnie Clark, Johnny Dwight, Phidarian Mathis, LaBryan Ray
Most Inspiring Player
To the player who affects the whole team by his attitude as well as his performance (voted on by the players)
Pat Trammel Award
To a senior player whose character and contributions to the Alabama Football Team most personify the All-American youth of today and has reflected qualities of Integrity, Character, Importance of Academics and Inspirational Leadership during their time at Alabama
Joshua Casher, Jamey Mosley
Outstanding Defensive Performer
To the player with the most tackles/points
Anfernee Jennings, Christian Miller, Deionte Thompson, Quinnen Williams
To the outstanding lineman from each unit
Isaiah Buggs, Raekwon Davis, Alex Leatherwood, Jedrick Wills Jr.
Defensive Achievement Award
To the player who has played a critical role in the effectiveness of this unit
Shyheim Carter, Dylan Moses Patrick Surtain II, Mack Wilson
Offensive Achievement Award
To the player who has played a critical role in the effectiveness of this unit
Damien Harris, Josh Jacobs, Henry Ruggs, III, Irv Smith Jr.
To a player from each unit who has shown perseverance in making outstanding contributions to the team’s success
Hale Hentges, Jalen Hurts, DeVonta Smith, Jonah Williams
Jefferson County Distinguished Alumnus Award
A former player who has exemplified the principles, values, character and attitude that make a person successful either during a particular life experience or over a period of time
Special Teams Player of the Year Award
To the most valuable special teams player
Keaton Anderson, Josh Jacobs, Ale Kaho, Jayle Waddle
Offensive Player of the Year Award
To the most valuable offensive player
Jerry Jeudy, Ross Pierschbacher, Tua Tagovailoa
Defensive Player of the Year Award
To the most valuable defensive player
Isaiah Buggs, Xavier McKinney, Quinnen Williams
Most Valuable Player Award
To the overall most valuable player on the team (voted on by the players)
To the players elected by their teammates as permanent team captains (voted on by the players)
Damien Harris, Hale Hentges, Christian Miller, Ross Pierschbacher
BIRMNGHAM, Alabama (December 2, 2018) – Eleven Southeastern Conference football teams learned their post-season bowl destinations on Sunday, including No. 1-ranked Alabama which will play No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on December 29 in a semifinal game for the College Football Playoff.
On Sunday, the College Football Playoff committee first selected teams for the national semifinal games, the Capital One Orange Bowl and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. The committee later announced the participants in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
Georgia will play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on January 1 against Texas. In the contracted New Year’s Day game between the SEC and Big 12, the SEC places its conference champion in the Sugar Bowl, or the SEC team that is highest ranked in the CFP standings who is not otherwise selected for the CFP Semifinals.
In other CFP New Year’s Six Games as determined by the CFP Selection Committee, Florida will play Michigan in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and LSU will face Central Florida in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
Next, the VRBO Citrus Bowl selected Kentucky from the SEC to play Penn State.
This marks the fifth year the conference has assigned league schools to an “SEC Bowl Pool” that includes the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl in Houston, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville and the Outback Bowl in Tampa.
Vanderbilt will play a Big 12 opponent in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, Auburn will play a Big Ten opponent in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, South Carolina will play an ACC opponent in the Belk Bowl, Missouri will play a Big 12 opponent in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Texas A&M will play an ACC opponent in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and Mississippi State will play a Big Ten opponent in the Outback Bowl.
“The SEC Bowl Pool participants are determined after conversations with bowl partners and discussions with school personnel in order to create a lineup of compelling bowl games for our teams and their fans,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “This process, as approved by the institutions of the SEC, provides an opportunity to create intriguing matchups and varying assignments to help prevent repetitive postseason destinations.”
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF BOWLS
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Atlanta) – Florida vs. Michigan – Dec. 29 – Noon ET / 11 am CT – ESPN
Capital One Orange Bowl (Miami) – Alabama vs. Oklahoma – Dec. 29 – 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT – ESPN
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Phoenix) – LSU vs. Central Florida – Jan. 1 – 1 pm ET / Noon CT – ESPN
Allstate Sugar Bowl (New Orleans) – Georgia vs. Texas – Jan. 1 – 8:45 pm ET / 7:45 pm CT – ESPN
VRBO Citrus Bowl (Orlando) – Kentucky vs. Penn State – Jan. 1 – 1 pm ET / Noon CT – ABC
SEC Bowl Pool:
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston) – Vanderbilt vs. Big 12 – Dec. 27 – 9 pm ET / 8 pm CT – ESPN
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville) – Auburn vs. Big Ten – Dec. 28 – 1:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm CT – ESPN
Belk Bowl (Charlotte) – South Carolina vs. ACC – Dec. 29 – Noon ET / 11 am CT – ABC
AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Memphis) – Missouri vs. Big 12 – Dec. 31 – 3:45 pm ET / 2:45 pm CT – ESPN
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (Jacksonville) – Texas A&M vs. ACC – Dec. 31 – 7:30 pm ET / 6:30 pm CT – ESPN
Outback Bowl (Tampa) – Mississippi State vs. Big Ten – Jan. 1 – Noon ET / 11 am CT – ESPN2