Stuart McNair

Alabama Coach Nick Saban emphasizes importance of graduation

Alabama’s 21 grads in bowl participation among best in nation

Alabama Coach Nick Saban puts a lot of stock in having his football players earn their degrees. That has gone to exceptional success with the Crimson Tide ranking at or near the top in graduates, and particularly in those who play in bowl games and who already have earned degrees.

This year Saban said the Crimson Tide’s 21 graduates give Alabama third most in the nation among teams playing in bowl games. There are 40 bowl games with 80 teams participating.

Bama’s 21 is tied with Arkansas for most in the Southeastern Conference. The SEC has 12 teams with a total of 157 graduates playing in bowl games.

Players on SEC teams who have earned degrees are eligible to wear the SEC Graduation Patch in post-season bowl games. The SEC introduced the patch this season for student-athletes in all sports who have already earned their degrees, but have not exhausted their eligibility.  The SEC logo patch on their uniforms is being replaced with a special patch with the word “Graduate” underneath the conference logo. The patch is similar in design for all conference schools, but it is school-specific in color.

Alabama players who are on the squad for the Peach Bowl and who have already earned degrees are:

Jonathan Allen, Ryan Anderson, Anthony Averett, Dakota Ball, Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell, Gehrig Dieter, Raheem Falkins, Reuben Foster, Brandon Greene, Adam Griffith, Truett Harris, O.J. Howard, Eddie Jackson, Korren Kirven, Jake Long, Cole Mazza, Brandon Moore, Josh Palet, Alphonse Taylor, and Dalvin Tomlinson.

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