A-Day awards and game notes

Tide Head Coach Dennis Franchione has announced the football spring award winners, given each spring to players who make beyond normal contributions during spring practice.

Award winners

Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter: junior rover Brooks Daniels

Jerry Duncan "I Like to Practice" : junior offensive guard Dennis Alexander

Anthony Madison

Billy Neighbors Most Improved Defensive Lineman Award: junior tackle Anthony Bryant

Paul Crane Most Improved Offensive Lineman: senior offensive tackle Lannis Baxley

Ray Perkins Most Improved Receiver: junior Brandon Greer and junior Dre Fulgham

Johnny Musso Most Improved Offensive Back: junior A-back Shaud Williams

Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence: senior tailback Ahmaad Galloway and sophomore offensive guard Justin Smiley

Brandon Greer

Most Improved Defensive Back Award: freshman cornerback Anthony Madison

Woodrow Lowe Most Improved Linebacker: senior Marvin Brown

Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman: rover Mark Anderson and safety Roman Harper

Coach "Bear" Bryant Best Walk-On: senior Slot-back Joel Babb and junior long snapper Nick Ridings

Derrick Thomas Community Service Award: senior quarterback Tyler Watts

Nick Ridings

Two awards were voted on by the media, based on Saturday's game:

The Dixie Howell Memorial Award, given to the outstanding player of the A-Day game: senior tailback Ahmaad Galloway

The Dwight Stephenson Most Valuable Lineman of the A-Day Game: senior center Alonzo Ephraim

The Lifter of the Year Award will be given at a later date.

A-Day Replay

The 2002 A-Day game will be replayed at 8:30 pm on Monday on College Sports Southeast.

Jarret Johnson

Walk-of-Fame

The Walk-of-Fame ceremonies, previously held at noon on Friday of A-Day weekend, were instead part of pre-game ceremonies this afternoon. "This is such a prestigious event," said Tide Head Coach Dennis Franchione, "I wanted all of our players to experience the significance of the occasion."

Captains from the 2001 team, Jarret Johnson, Terry Jones, Jr., Saleem Rasheed, Tyler Watts, and Andrew Zow put their hand and shoe prints in wet cement. When dry, the blocks will be transferred to the base of Denny Chimes, where the hand and shoe prints from every Tide captain since 1948 are displayed.

Tyler Watts

Ten-year championship anniversary

Alabama's 1992 National Championship team were recognized at halftime of today's game. That team finished 13-0 and won the Tide's 12th national title.

Coach Gene Stallings was on hand to be honored along with most of the squad. Interestingly, Stallings may have something else in common with the legendary Paul Bryant. Prior to the ceremony, the Tuscaloosa skies opened up with a soaking rain that chased many of the spectators to cover. But by the time the '92 players walked onto Bryant-Denny's field, the grass was wet, but the rain had stopped.

Todd Bates

M*A*S*H report

Several injured players did not participate today, including Jarret Johnson, Todd Bates, Kindal Moorehead, Nautyn McKay-Loescher, Hirchel Bolden, Donnie Lowe, David Cavan and Micky O'Rear.

Sam Collins did not see action at wide receiver, but he did hold for his team on extra point attempts.

The staffs

Carl Torbush

The White team was coached by Carl Torbush, Chris Thurmond, Rick LaFavers, Kenith Pope, Mark Tommerdahl and Joe Dan Rogers.

The Crimson team's coaches were Les Koenning, Jr., Lee Fobbs, Jim Bob Helduser, Stan Eggen, Melvin Smith, Woodrow Lowe, Jr. and Paul Hogan.

Dennis Franchione spent the game in the Tide press-box booth, providing color commentary for the radio broadcast along with Kenny Stabler and announcer Eli Gold.


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