Colburn lettered at Alabama from 1982-84, and had been with the Falcons as assistant strength coach under Dan Reeves. He was the assistant strength coach to Al Miller, a 20-year veteran of the NFL and another former Crimson Tide strength coach.
Internet-savvy Alabama fans can take pride in doing their part in helping the University of Alabama general scholarship foundation pick up $125,000 in donations this year, courtesy the Pontiac Game-Changing performance, a regular feature each week throughout the college football season.
Web voters were allowed to nominate and vote on plays throughout the season that were considered "game-changing" plays or performances. Alabama plays got the nod for the award five times during the regular season, netting the scholarship fund $5,000 for each selection, a total of $25,000.
The five Alabama plays voted as game-changing were:
Fans were also encouraged to vote on the game-changing performance of the year, for which the winning school would receive a $100,000 donation. Nominations were culled from the weekly award winners.
And while Alabama received over $100,000 thanks to Prothro's play, junior DeMeco Ryans character and field performance also kicked in $25,000 to the general scholarship fund.
The Crimson Tide football team has been responsible for $150,000 worth of donations to the University's general scholarship fund this season, a source of pride for University president Dr. Robert E. Witt.
"Growth in our scholarship fund has helped propel The University of Alabama forward as we are increasingly able to attract some of the nation's top high school students to The Capstone," Witt said. "Congratulations to our student athletes for this national recognition and thank you to Pontiac and other sponsors who generously support athletic and academic accomplishment."
The Cotton Bowl is trying to work out a date with the University to travel to Tuscaloosa to present the Cotton Bowl trophy, along with the offensive and defensive MVP trophies awarded to Brodie Croyle and DeMeco Ryans, to the football team at a men's home basketball game.
An Alabama official said four dates were being primarily discussed, January 18th (Alabama vs. Arkansas), February 4th (Alabama vs. LSU), February 8th (Alabama vs. Vanderbilt) and February 18th (Alabama vs. Tennessee). School and bowl officials are trying to schedule around the January 28th home game against Mississippi State, when Ryans and Croyle will be participating in the Senior Bowl in Mobile.