Richardson Tide's Most Valuable
Alabama 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 2011 season and stated the goals for the upcoming bowl game.
That bowl game will be the BCS National Championship Game to be played against LSU in the Superdome in New Orleans on January 9. Alabama is 11-1 and LSU 13-0. The Tigers defeated Bama, 9-6 in overtime, on November 5.
Awards presented Sunday night are:
Iron Man Award:
Chris Underwood, Jalston Fowler, Nico Johnson and Quinton Dial
Commitment to Academic Excellence Award:
D.J. Fluker, Carson Tinker, Mark Baron, Cyrus Kouandjio, Trent Richardson and Barrett Jones
Outstanding Senior Scholar Award:
Brandon Gibson and Brad Smelley
Unsung Hero Award:
Hardie Buck, Will Lowery, Eddie Lacy and Jerrell Harris
Outstanding Defensive Performer Award:
Mark Barron, Dont'a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw
Defense: Josh Chapman and Jesse Williams. Offense: Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker
Most Inspiring Player:
Mark Barron and Dont'a Hightower
Defensive Achievement Award:
DeQuan Menzie, Dre Kirkpatrick, Damion Square and Nick Gentry
Offensive Achievement Award:
William Vlachos, Darius Hanks, Kenny Bell and Brad Smelley
Defense: C.J. Mosley and Robert Lester. Offense: Barrett Jones and Michael Williams
Special Teams Award:
Brandon Gibson, Dee Milliner and Vinnie Sunseri
Defensive Player of the Year:
Dont'a Hightower, Mark Barron and Courtney Upshaw
Offensive Player of the Year:
A.J. McCarron and Marquis Maze
Pat Trammell Award:
Alex Watkins and Alfred McCullough
Jefferson County Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award:
Most Valuable Player:
Mark Barron, Dont'a Hightower and Trent Richardson
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