Scout Team Players Mostly Go Unnoticed

When Alabama held its team football banquet last Sunday at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center, the only time Buddy Pell’s name was mentioned was when he was announced – as were all players – as he marched into the ballroom. He did get a smattering of applause, no doubt because he hails from nearby Mountain Brook.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban waxed eloquently of Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims. Wide receiver Amari Cooper was announced as the team’s most valuable player. There were perhaps 40 individual awards presented.

But Buddy Pell and Daniel Geddes and Zach Houston and about 35 other members of the 2014 Crimson Tide were appreciated only by their fellow players and the Bama coaching staff for the work they do. They are members of the scout team who came in for recognition by the coaching staff during the season.

Saban speaks with admiration of the men who make up the scout team – the men who toil running the plays and schemes of the upcoming opponent. The better the job of the members of the scout squad, the better the team is prepared to win on Saturdays.

Each week Alabama releases the names of a handful of Tide players who were selected by the coaching staff as players of the week for the previous game on offense, defense, and special teams. Several times, Saban has revealed that the coaches also choose scout team players of the week, although those names are not part of the weekly news release.

At the team banquet, however, a program listed numerous award winners. And there towards the back of the program was a list of the Scout Team Players of the Week.

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Buddy Pell, a 6-0, 200-pound freshman running back from Mountain Brook High School, led the way during the regular season as he was selected to the scout player of the week squad seven times.

As Pell, many of the scout team players are non-scholarshipped. Some, though, are on scholarship, including quarterback Cooper Bateman (who holds for extra points and field goals), a six-time selection.

Those selected five times were wide receiver Derek Kief, linebacker Tyler Owens, and wide receiver Daniel Geddes.

Four-time honorees were defensive lineman Josh Frazier, linebacker Tim Williams, defensive back Bo Grant, defensive lineman Dee Liner, defensive back Zach Houston, defensive back Jerrod Bierbower, defensive back Marlon Humphrey, and linebacker Christian Miller.

Selected three times were linebacker Keith Holcombe and offensive lineman Brandon Moore,

Two-time picks were wide receiver-defensive back Ronnie  Clark, linebacker Rashaan Evans, tailback Altee Tenpenny, Cedric Powell, offensive lineman Will Davis, offensive lineman-center J.C. Hassenauer, defensive back Levi Wallace, and tight end Truett Harris.

And named a scout team player of the week once were offensive lineman-center Josh Casher, Thomas Woods, tight end David D’Amico, offensive lineman Paul Waldrop, defensive lineman Bernel Jones, tailback Tyren Jones, defensive lineman Darren Lake, offensive lineman Chris Poss, linebacker Josh Dickerson, punter Adrian Lamothe, offensive lineman Austin Peavler, offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher, wide receiver Kyle Kazakevicius, defensive lineman Anthony Orr, and tight end Corey McCarron.

Three of the scout team players of the week are sons of former Alabama players – Truett Harris son of former safety Jim Bob Harris, Keith Holcombe son of former center Danny Holcombe, and Marlon Humphrey, son of former tailback Bobby Humphrey.

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