New Strength Coach on Campus

Alabama's new head strength and conditioning coach Rocky Colburn was on campus in Tuscaloosa Thursday, athletic department officials said. In October, reported Kent Johnston's planned departure from the Alabama staff and the Atlanta Journal Constitution said Thursday that Colburn resigned from the Atlanta Falcons staff to take over at Alabama.

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:

Tyrone Prothro's fantastic catch around the body of a defender against Southern Miss to set up a touchdown at the end of the first half that sparked an Alabama comeback win.

Keith Brown's touchdown reception on a receiver screen against South Carolina for an early touchdown in the blowout win.

Alabama's first offensive play against Florida, an 80-yard post from Brodie Croyle to Prothro that opened the floodgates in the win over fifth-ranked Florida.

Roman Harper's hit on Tennessee fullback Cory Anderson as he lumbered toward the end zone for a would-be go-ahead touchdown in the final minutes of the game.

Jimmy Johns' caused fumble and Matt Miller's return for touchdown against Mississippi State for Alabama's first of two non-defense touchdowns in the win.

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.

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