Sometimes the media vote for two top players in Alabama’s spring A-Day Game comes before the issue is settled, and some may think that means the decision is wrong. This year two players for the White squad were the media honorees, but the Crimson team won the game, 27-24, on the final play of the game.
Nevertheless, not many would question the choices of the reporters, who voted early in the fourth quartrer.
Freshman wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, an early enrollee from Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Deerfield Beach HS) caught five passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns (26.8-yard average) to lead the White offense that accumulated 358 passing yards and 419 yards overall. Jeudy's performance earned him the Dixie Howell Memorial Award given to the most valuable player of the Crimson Tide's spring game while defensive lineman Raekwon Davis, who had a team-leading seven tackles with one quarterback sack to lead the White team's defense, earned the Dwight Stephenson Award given to the most valuable lineman of the spring game.
In addition to the honorees selected for their play in the A-Day Game, Alabama coaches make several award presentations based on performance and improvement throughout the spring. Those presentations made by Alabama Coach Nick Saban following Saturday’s spring game are:
Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter Award – Rashaan Evans, Hale Hentges
Jerry Duncan “I Like to Practice” Award – Keith Holcombe, Jamar King, Irv Smith
Billy Neighbors Defensive Lineman Award – Johnny Dwight, Da’Ron Payne
Paul Crane Offensive Lineman Award – Ross Pierschbacher, Jonah Williams
Bobby Johns Defensive Back Award – Anthony Averett, Ronnie Harrison
Johnny Musso Offensive Back Award – Josh Jacobs
Ray Perkins Receiver Award – Calvin Ridley
Woodrow Lowe Linebacker Award – Anfernee Jennings
Derrick Thomas Community Service Award – Josh Casher, Miller Forristall, JK Scott
Bear Bryant Outstanding Non-Scholarship Award – Bo Grant, Austin Johnson, Donnie Lee, Zavier Mapp, Jacob Parker, Daniel Powell
Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award – Raekwon Davis, Trevon Diggs, Terrell Hall, Najee Harris, Dylan Moses, Brian Robinson, Tua Tagovailoa
Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award – Tony Brown, Lester Cotton, Robert Foster, Xavian Marks, TJ Simmons, Quinnen Williams, Matt Womack
Mal Moore Leadership Award – Shaun Dion Hamilton, Jalen Hurts, Bo Scarbrough
Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award – Bradley Bozeman, Minkah Fitzpatrick
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