Tide's Seniors Honored at Awards Ceremony

Birmingham, Ala. - The University of Alabama senior football players were honored tonight at the 2006 Annual Football Banquet hosted by the Jefferson County Alumni Association. The banquet, held at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center, presented various awards to 24 senior football players, including 13 who have already graduated from the University.

Matt Miller, a senior flanker from Rainbow City, Ala., received the Pat Trammell Award. The Trammell Award is given annually to recognize a Tide football player who has demonstrated high academic standards and integrity throughout their football career.

Miller, who earned his degree in management in August 2005, has been very valuable to the Crimson Tide during his final season. Along with his consistency on special teams, Miller also came up with two key catches that helped the Tide to a 13-10 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Cotton Bowl.

Other seniors that were recognized at the banquet included the Tide's Co-Captains, DeMeco Ryans and Brodie Croyle. Ryans, a 2005 First Team All-American, led the Tide on defense, racking up a total of 76 tackles during the season. Ryan also became the second Alabama football player to be named a consensus All-American since former Tide OT Chris Samuels. Ryans was named the 2006 Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP.

Croyle finished his career with the Tide, breaking all of the current records held by former Alabama quarterbacks. He completed 488 of 869 yards for 6,382 yards and 41 touchdowns during his Tide tenure. Croyle was also named the 2006 Cotton Bowl Offensive MVP, completing 19 of 31 passes for 275 yards and one touchdown. He graduated from the University in December 2005 with a degree in human environmental sciences.

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