Statement from Nick Saban on Former SEC Commissioner Mike Slive

8-25-16 MFB Saban Press Conference Nick Saban's first press conference of the 2016 season Photo by Robert Sutton 8-25-16 MFB Saban Press Conference Nick Saban's first press conference of the 2016 season Photo by Robert Sutton

“Commissioner Slive was truly one of the great leaders college athletics has ever seen and an even better person. He was a wonderful friend to me and someone who I respected tremendously. Mike changed the landscape of the Southeastern Conference and helped build our league into what you see today. He was instrumental in growing college football and in the creation of the College Football Playoff. The professionalism he displayed throughout his career was second to none. He was an advocate for all of our Universities and placed the upmost importance on the well-being of student-athletes. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.”

 

Alabama Football Finishes with a Record 12 Players Selected in 2018 NFL Draft

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Alabama defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (9)
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Hand, Averett, Scott, Hamilton, Bozeman, Scarbrough and Frazier selected on Saturday 

ARLINGTON, Texas – University of Alabama defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand, defensive back Anthony Averett, punter JK Scott, linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, center Bradley Bozeman, running back Bo Scarbrough and defensive lineman Joshua Frazier were selected on the final day of the 2018 National Football League Draft Saturday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The seven selections on Saturday gives the Crimson Tide a school- and Southeastern Conference-record 12 players chosen in this year’s draft. The total is also the most for any school in the 2018 draft.

Hand was selected with the 14th pick (114th overall) in the fourth round by the Detroit Lions, Averett went four picks later with the 18th pick (118th overall) in the round to the Baltimore Ravens. Scott was chosen by the Green Bay Packers with the 35th pick (172nd overall) in the fifth round. Hamilton was the 23rd pick (197 overall) in the sixth round by the Washington Redskins. Bozeman went 41st (215th overall) in the sixth round to the Ravens. Scarbrough went off the board at No. 18 (236th overall) in the seventh round to the Dallas Cowboys, followed by Frazier at No. 28 (246th overall) to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The seven players chosen Saturday join teammates Minkah Fitzpatrick (Round 1, Miami), Da’Ron Payne (Round 1, Washington), Rashaan Evans (Round 1, Tennessee), Calvin Ridley (Round 1, Atlanta) and Ronnie Harrison (Round 4, Jacksonville) in Alabama’s 2018 NFL Draft class.

The 12 selections is a record under Nick Saban and the most in school history, surpassing the 10 selected in 2017 and in the 32-round draft in 1945. The total is also the most for an SEC school in NFL Draft history.

Alabama’s 77 draftees over the last 10 years is the most by any program in college football in that span. LSU is second with 72, followed by USC at 66.

Alabama has now had 22 players selected in the last two NFL Drafts, including six on offense, 15 on defense and one specialist. The defensive draftee total from the last two drafts includes all 11 of Alabama’s 2016 season-opening defensive starters.

A powerful lineman who worked on the inside and outside for the Crimson Tide in his final season at the Capstone, Hand earned Second Team All-SEC honors from the conference coaches. The Woodbridge, Va., native saw time in 11 games with nine starts in 2017, collecting 27 stops with 3.5 tackles for loss (-25 yards) and three sacks (-23 yards) and a fumble recovery.

Averett earned a starting corner spot during his senior year and collected 48 tackles, including four for a loss (-23 yards) in 2017. The Woodbury, N.J., native tied for second on the team with eight pass breakups and added one interception with a return of 30 yards to his totals He registered 32 of his tackles against the pass to lead the Tide.

Scott was a four-year starter at punter for the Crimson Tide and finished his career as the UA career record holder for career punting yards (11,074), attempts (243)  and punting average (45.6 ypp). The Denver, Colo., native earned Second Team All-America honors from the AFCA in 2017 and was selected as a First Team All-SEC honoree from the coaches while being named to the conference’s second team by the Associated Press. Scott had only five punts returned against him as a senior for 36 yards with two of the five returns going for no gain. He dropped 27 of his 54 boots inside the 20-yard line, with only four touchbacks as a senior and forced 27 fair catches on his punts for a 50.0 fair-catch percentage.

Hamilton was voted a permanent team captain for the 2017 season. He tied for second on the Crimson Tide in total tackles (40) while ranking third on the team in tackles for loss with 5.5 (-22 yards) despite playing just nine games in his senior season due to a season-ending injury. Twenty-nine of his stops came against the run, a total that was fourth on the team at the time of his exit. The Montgomery, Ala., native added 2.5 sacks (-17 yards), two quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and one forced fumble to his senior numbers.

Bozeman was voted a permanent team captain by his teammates in 2017. He was the signal-caller for the Alabama offensive front over his 31 career starts. The Roanoke, Ala., native earned unanimous Second Team All-American honors from all five major outlets while also earning second-team honors from Sports Illustrated. He was tabbed to the All-SEC first team by the Associated Press while garnering second-team recognition from the conference coaches.  Bozeman graded out at an average of 86.2 percent as a senior with 19 knockdown blocks and just eight missed assignments and six mental errors in 866 snaps (98.4 success rate). He allowed just two sacks and just four pressures in 2017.

Scarbourgh rushed for 596 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017 on 124 carries to rank as the Tide’s No. 2 rusher. A force in short-yardage situations, 37 of the Northport, Ala., native’s rushes went for a first down or a touchdown in 2017. His 17 receptions ranked No. 2 on the team last season. As a sophomore, Scarbrough rushed for 364 yards and six touchdowns in the Tide’s three postseason games in 2016 against Florida (SEC Championship Game), Washington (Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl) and Clemson (CFP National Championship Game) before exiting the CFP Championship Game with a leg injury early in the third quarter.

Frazier provided veteran depth along the Tide defensive front, playing in every game during his senior season  and recorded 15 tackles with 2.5 for loss (-7 yards), added a forced fumble, one quarterback hurry and three pass breakups to his totals. He finished his career with 28 total tackles, 4.5 for a loss (-23), one quarterback hurry, two sacks, one forced fumble and three pass breakups.

 

Alabama Draft Recap        
Player Pos. Rd. Pick Team
Minkah Fitzpatrick DB 1 11 Miami Dolphins
Da’Ron Payne DL 1 13 Washington Redskins
Rashaan Evans LB 1 22 Tennessee Titans
Calvin Ridley WR 1 26 Atlanta Falcons
Ronnie Harrison DB 3 93 Jacksonville Jaguars
Da’Shawn Hand DL 4 114 Detroit Lions
Anthony Averett DB 4 118 Baltimore Ravens
JK Scott P 5 172 Green Bay Packers
Shaun Dion Hamilton LB 6 197 Washington Redskins
Bradley Bozeman C 6 215 Baltimore Ravens
Bo Scarbrough RB 7 236 Dallas Cowboys
Joshua Frazier DL 7 246 Pittsburgh Steelers

 

 

Alabama Football Receives National Championship Rings at Annual Steak and Beans Dinner Monday

4/23/18 MFB SteakBeanandRings Photo by Kent Gidley 4/23/18 MFB SteakBeanandRings Photo by Kent Gidley

 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama football student-athletes and coaches received their national championship rings Monday evening following the team’s annual Steak and Beans Dinner at the Mal Moore Athletics Facility.

As the winner of the annual A-Day game on Saturday, the Crimson Team players and coaches were treated to a steak dinner while the White Team dined on beans and franks prior to receiving their championship rings.

Alabama Football Concludes Spring Season with Crimson Defeating White in Golden Flake A-Day Game, 24-12

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Redshirt freshmen Mac Jones and Joseph Bulovas each shared the Dixie Howell Memorial Award (MVP of the A-Day Game)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team concluded its spring season with the annual Golden Flake A-Day Game Saturday afternoon in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson team came out on top, 24-12, in front of 74,732 fans – the ninth-highest attended A-Day Game in program history.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Mac Jones and redshirt freshman placekicker Joseph Bulovas each shared the Dixie Howell Memorial Award (MVP of the A-Day Game). Jones finished the game connecting on 23-of-35 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Meanwhile, Bulovas, who was the kicker for both the Crimson and White teams, finished the day connecting on 5-of-7 field goals, including netting 48- and 49-yard attempts.

Senior defensive lineman Raekwon Davis received the Dwight Stephenson Award (Most Valuable Lineman of the A-Day Game), after ending the contest with eight tackles and two sacks.

Sophomore Najee Harris led the rushing attack with 41 yards on 14 carries, while sophomore Devonta Smith was tops for the Tide in receiving, catching five passes for a game-high 87 yards.

 

On defense, sophomore Dylan Moses led both teams with a game-high 10 tackles, while sophomore LaBryan Ray had a game-best four tackles for loss, including two sacks.

 

The Crimson side got on the scoreboard first with a seven play, 63-yard drive, capped off by sophomore Brian Robinson Jr. reaching the end zone from one yard out. The Tide used a heavy dose of the ground game, running six straight times before taking the 7-0 lead with 5:51 left in the first quarter.

 

The scored stayed that way until early in the second quarter when the Crimson team struck again after redshirt freshman receiver Chadarius Townsend caught the ball across the middle of the field before breaking a tackle and rumbling 65 yards for the touchdown. Following Bulovas’ extra point, Crimson led 14-0 with 11:39 to go before halftime. The White team responded before the half by netting two field goals to cut the deficit to 14-6 at the break.

 

In the third quarter, the White side continued to trim the Crimson lead after Bulovas hit another field goal to make it 14-9 heading into the fourth.

 

With 12:29 remaining, Bulovas drilled his fourth field goal of the day to make it 14-12. The Crimson team put the game out of reach with 1:15 to go when Bulovas converted a 48-yard field goal and 40 seconds later, Jones found sophomore receiver Xavian Marks for a 46-yard touchdown strike to result in the final score.

Alabama Football Makes Final A-Day Preparations on Thursday

4/19/18 MFB Practice Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) Photo by Kristen Taylor 4/19/18 MFB Practice Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) Photo by Kristen Taylor
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Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban
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The Crimson Tide holds last practice prior to Saturday’s annual Golden Flake A-Day Game.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team wrapped up its 14th practice of the spring on Thursday afternoon with a two-hour session in shorts and helmets on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

Thursday’s practice was the 14th of 15 spring practice sessions that included two closed scrimmages along with upcoming Golden Flake A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 21, and will air live on ESPN with Adnan Virk, Joey Galloway, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe on the call.

The Tide returns a total of 10 starters, including seven on offense and three on defense. The UA offense welcomes back junior quarterback Jalen Hurts, senior running back Damien Harris, four offensive linemen, including Jonah Williams, Ross Pierschbacher, Lester Cotton Sr. and Matt Womack along with junior tight end Hale Hentges. Senior Isaiah Buggs and junior Raekwon Davis return to anchor the defensive line, while redshirt junior Anfernee Jennings will lead the linebackers.

Golden Flake A-Day Game Activities and Experiences

The Mercedes-Benz Fan Fest gets the day started at 8 a.m. followed by the Alumni Flag Football Game and a home run derby with former Crimson Tide athletes at halftime 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama Golden Flake A-Day Game, scheduled for a 1 p.m. (CT) kick on April 21 at Bryant-Denny Stadium, will include a full day of activities and experiences, including the opportunity for fans to take the field at the conclusion of the game. The A-Day game will serve as the 15th and final practice of the spring. Gates open at 10 a.m. and admission will once again be free to the public.

It will be the program’s 12th A-Day Game under the direction of six-time national championship coach Nick Saban. A myriad of activities punctuate the 2018 Golden Flake A-Day Game that will be televised on ESPN with Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Adnan Virk and Holly Rowe calling the game from field level.

Game day will get started with the Mercedes-Benz Fan Fest, which will open at 8 a.m. adjacent to Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Fan Fest will feature free giveaways, sampling events, the Coca-Cola Kids Zone, live radio remotes, vehicle displays, the annual UA athletic apparel/game program sale and other fun fan activities open to the general public. Numerous food vendors will also be open on the Walk of Champions Plaza starting at 8 a.m.

Alabama’s 2017 Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff national championship trophies will be on display at the Mercedes-Benz Fan Fest. Free photo opportunities with the trophies will begin at 8 a.m., while former Alabama football players will also be in attendance signing free autographs at Fan Fest. Check RollTide.com and UA Athletic Facebook pages for updated appearance confirmations and times.

 

A limited number of unique experience upgrades remain available for sale. Fans may purchase the opportunity to take their picture on the sideline during the game, secure VIP access to the alumni flag football game, guarantee seats in the shade, and more. Two special national championship items – commemorative season ticket sheets and College Football Playoff banners displayed in Atlanta – have also been released for sale. Visit RollTide.com/Experience to browse all available experience upgrades and commemorative items.

Winn-Dixie rewards card holders can pick up reserved tickets in the special Winn-Dixie Family Section by signing up or showing their new Plenti rewards card at the Winn-Dixie display in the Fan Fest. The Winn-Dixie Family Section will be located in Section A of Bryant-Denny Stadium. Approximately 1,000 Family Section tickets will be available prior to the game while supplies last.

A-Day posters featuring the 2018 schedule will be given away at the gates to the first 10,000 fans. A-Day programs will also be available at a cost of $5. University of Alabama students are encouraged to enter through Gate 31 and swipe their ACT card for a chance to win one of several prizes that will be given out throughout the game

The Alumni Flag Football Game begins at 10:30 a.m. inside Bryant-Denny Stadium and will feature former Alabama standouts. The game is slated for two 20-minute halves and should wrap up around 11:15 a.m

One of the great traditions at The University of Alabama, which is always open to the public, is the annual Walk of Fame Ceremony at Denny Chimes. At approximately 11:15 a.m. on A-Day, head coach Nick Saban and 2017 captains Bradley Bozeman, Rashaan Evans, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Shaun Dion Hamilton will address the crowd. The captains will then leave prints of their hands and cleats in the concrete as they join a long list of Crimson Tide greats at Denny Chimes.

The Crimson Tide will then hold its Walk of Champions, scheduled for 11:50 a.m., when the team arrives at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This year’s halftime entertainment will feature a home run derby as former Crimson Tide football, baseball and softball players square off in an entertaining competition.

Coach Saban will present the spring awards to the team at midfield at the conclusion of the game. Once the team has cleared the field, for the fifth straight year at A-Day, all fans will have postgame field access. Fans may enter through any of the four corner gates.

Alabama leads the nation in spring game attendance over the last 11 years with a total of 884,070 fans for an average of 80,970 fans per game during that period. The largest A-Day crowd in school history came in 2011 (92,310). In head coach Nick Saban‘s first year of 2007, the stadium was at full capacity prior to expansion (92,138).

The Crimson Tide softball team hosts Tennessee at 4:30 p.m. in game one of their three-game series at Rhoads Stadium. The day concludes when the Alabama baseball team takes on Auburn at 7 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide will also host the Tigers on Friday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets for Alabama baseball and softball games can be purchased at RollTide.com.

Public parking for A-Day is free and first-come/first-serve with Crimson Ride shuttles beginning their game day routes at 7:00 a.m. Tuscaloosa Transit will begin running from the downtown Intermodal Facility at 10 a.m. and will conclude one hour after the end of the game. For more parking, traffic and A-Day information go to UAGameday.com.

Once again, Alabama’s clear bag policy (PDF) will be in effect during the 2018 season beginning with the A-Day Game. The clear bag policy is in the best interest of public safety and significantly expedites entry into Bryant-Denny Stadium. The policy limits the size and types of bags that may be brought into the stadium by fans.

Alabama Football Begins Final Week of Spring Practice

4/17/18 MFB Practice Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban Photo by Robert Sutton 4/17/18 MFB Practice Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban Photo by Robert Sutton
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Alabama linebacker Christian Miller (47)
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The Crimson Tide continue preparations on Tuesday for annual Golden Fake A-Day Game on April 21

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team wrapped up its 13th practice of the spring on Tuesday afternoon with a two-hour session in full pads on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

Tuesday’s practice was the 13th of 15 spring practice sessions that will include two closed scrimmages and the annual Golden Flake A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 21 at 1 p.m. CT. The game will air live on ESPN with Adnan Virk, Joey Galloway, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe on the call.

The Tide returns a total of 10 starters, including seven on offense and three on defense. The UA offense welcomes back junior quarterback Jalen Hurts, senior running back Damien Harris, four offensive linemen, including Jonah Williams, Ross Pierschbacher, Lester Cotton Sr. and Matt Womack along with junior tight end Hale Hentges. Senior Isaiah Buggs and junior Raekwon Davis return to anchor the defensive line, while redshirt junior Anfernee Jennings will lead the linebackers.

Alabama will hold return to the practice field Thursday, April 19, to make their final preparations for Saturdays annual Golden Flake A-Day Game.

Alabama Athletics Honors Excellence with Crimson Choice Awards

4/16/18 SAAC CCA Tua Tagovailoa Photo by Kristen Taylor 4/16/18 SAAC CCA Tua Tagovailoa Photo by Kristen Taylor

ESPN’s Laura Rutledge served as the event’s emcee for the event hosted by the Crimson Tide’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama Athletics Department’s annual Crimson Choice Awards, presented by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), was held Monday evening at the Bryant Conference Center.

Senior soccer player Maddie Anzelc, the SAAC president, opened the celebration of Crimson Tide excellence by welcoming the gathered student-athletes, coaches, staff and administration, while ESPN’s Laura Rutledge served as the event’s master of ceremonies.

Senior NCAA Champion, All-American and Academic All-American Luke Kaliszak and senior All-American and Scholastic All-American gymnast Kiana Winston were named the winners of the Paul W. Bryant Award given annually to the top male and female student-athlete. The Paul W. Bryant Student-Athlete Award was created by the Tuscaloosa County Chapter of the University of Alabama Alumni Association in 1985.

Other finalists for the Bryant Award included: Lakareber Abe (women’s golf); Hunter Alexander (baseball), Maddy Anzelc (soccer), Rachel Bobo (softball), Joshua Casher (football), Andie Daniell (women’s tennis), Jonathan Hardee (men’s golf), Vincent Kiprop (men’s track & field), Nicole Lane (rowing), Leah Lawrence (volleyball), Riley Norris (men’s basketball), Edson Ortiz (men’s tennis), Bailey Scott (women’s swimming & diving), Britainy Smith (women’s track & field) and Ashley Williams (women’s basketball).

Gymnastics and the men’s tennis were honored as the teams with the highest grade point averages. Gymnastics earned the honor with a 3.79 team GPA while the tennis team earned the distinction with a 3.65.

The Athletics Department’s community outreach efforts were also recognized during the event. Crimson Tide student-athletes gave almost 3,000 hours toward community service this year. Tennis was the women’s squad with the most community outreach hours while football earned the honor for the men.

Other Crimson Choice Awards handed out Monday night included:
Team of the Year – Football and Gymnastics
Coach of the Year Award – Nick Saban, Football and Dana Duckworth, Gymnastics

Comeback Athlete of the Year – Bailey Scott, Women’s Swimming and Diving
Competitive Excellence Award – Tua Tagovailoa, Football

A-Club Athlete of the Year – Minkah Fitzpatrick, Football and Lakan Taylor, Women’s Track and Field
Rookie of the Year – Jereem Richards, Men’s Track and Field and Kristen Gillman, Women’s Golf

Faculty Member of the Year – Kathy Morris, Instructor of Computer Science
Supporting Role Award – Sports Medicine

Heart of Service Award – Mac Hereford, Football and Virginia Dodenhoff, Rowing

Alabama Football Holds Final Practice of the Week on Friday

4/10118 MFB Practice Detail Photo by Robert Sutton 4/10118 MFB Practice Detail Photo by Robert Sutton

The Crimson Tide wraps up preparations for Saturday’s scrimmage

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team wrapped up its 11th practice of the spring on Friday afternoon with a two-hour session in shells on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

Wednesday’s practice was the 11th of 15 spring practice sessions that will include two closed scrimmages and the annual Golden Flake A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 21 at 1 p.m. CT. The game will air live on ESPN with Adnan Virk, Joey Galloway, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe on the call.

The Tide returns a total of 10 starters, including seven on offense and three on defense. The UA offense welcomes back junior quarterback Jalen Hurts, senior running back Damien Harris, four offensive linemen, including Jonah Williams, Ross Pierschbacher, Lester Cotton Sr. and Matt Womack along with junior tight end Hale Hentges. Senior Isaiah Buggs and junior Raekwon Davis return to anchor the defensive line, while redshirt junior Anfernee Jennings will lead the linebackers.

Alabama will hold its second closed scrimmage of the spring on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

 

Alabama Football Prepares for Second Spring Scrimmage

4/10118 MFB Practice Alabama wide receiver Chadarius Townsend (12) Photo by Robert Sutton 4/10118 MFB Practice Alabama wide receiver Chadarius Townsend (12) Photo by Robert Sutton
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Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban
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The Crimson Tide holds second of three practices this week on Wednesday 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team wrapped up its 10th practice of the spring on Wednesday afternoon with a two-hour session in full pads on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

Wednesday’s practice was the 10th of 15 spring practice sessions that will include two closed scrimmages and the annual Golden Flake A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 21 at 1 p.m. CT. The game will air live on ESPN with Adnan Virk, Joey Galloway, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe on the call.

The Tide returns a total of 10 starters, including seven on offense and three on defense. The UA offense welcomes back junior quarterback Jalen Hurts, senior running back Damien Harris, four offensive linemen, including Jonah Williams, Ross Pierschbacher, Lester Cotton Sr. and Matt Womack along with junior tight end Hale Hentges. Senior Isaiah Buggs and junior Raekwon Davis return to anchor the defensive line, while redshirt junior Anfernee Jennings will lead the linebackers.

The team will return to the practice field Friday to finalize preparations for Saturday’s scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Alabama and head coach Nick Saban will host the 2018 Clinic of Champions this week from April 12-14. This year’s clinic features Super Bowl-winning head coaches Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles and Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers along with West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, Dr. Kevin Elko, Temple head coach Geoff Collins, Troy head coach Neal Brown and former Florida and Illinois head coach and Green Bay Packers special teams coordinator Ron Zook.