Personally speaking...

For the rabid Tide fans out there, here are some interesting facts and figures about members of the 2002 Alabama Crimson Tide.

Personal Football Notebook

  • Junior strong guard Dennis Alexander is the cousin of former Alabama defensive back Kermit Kendrick (1985-88).
  • Sophomore strong safety Carlos Andrews' brother, Dennis, was a fullback at Florida State University.
  • Senior strong safety Waine Bacon's mother, Esther, is a United States Marshall and her office is in the Pentagon in Washington DC.
  • Senior punter Lane Bearden was a high school teammate of quarterback Tyler Watts at Pelham High School. Bearden was one of Watts favorite targets on offense and caught 50 passes for more than 400 yards during his senior season.
  • Junior Anthony Bryant is a first cousin of former Alabama defensive back Sam Shade, who currently stars for the NFLs Washington Redskins.
  • Senior receiver Antonio Carter has two older brothers and both played college football. Sam Carter, Jr., played football for Idaho State and Tim Carter played at Tulane.
  • Senior receiver Sam Collins played on back-to-back Class 4A state championship teams (1997-98) at Fayette County High School.
  • Sophomore fullback Nathan Cox was inducted into the Gamma Beta Phi National honorary. His father, Allen, was a fullback for coach Paul "Bear" Bryant in 1972.
  • Redshirt freshman quarterback Brodie Croyle is the third member of his family to suit up for the Crimson Tide. His father, John, was a defensive end for Coach Paul Bryant (1971-73). Brodie's sister, Reagan, who played basketball at Alabama for coach Rick Moody, is married to former Alabama quarterback John David Phillips (1994-98). Reagan, was elected Alabama's Homecoming Queen in 2000.
  • Croyle was also an outstanding high school baseball player and holds the Alabama state record for highest batting average with a .672 (43-for-64) average as a sophomore in 1999.
  • Redshirt sophomore tight end David Cavan is the son of former Crimson Tide halfback Pete Cavan (1975-77). David's uncle, Mike Cavan, is now an assistant coach at Georgia and is the former head coach at SMU.
  • Junior rover Brooks Daniels is one of six children born to Willie and Mary Ann Daniels. Brooks has four brothers and one sister.
  • Senior defensive back Gerald Dixon was born in Jamaica. In addition, "Smoke" scored a touchdown the first time he touched the football at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Md.
  • Junior flanker Brandon Greer holds the Alabama state high school record with 30 TD receptions as a senior in 1999. He broke the previous record of 23 TDs held by Ozzie Newsome in 1973. Newsome was an All-American at Alabama and is now the General Manager and Director of Player Personnel for the NFLs Baltimore Ravens.
  • Freshman free safety Roman Harper is one of five children born to Ronald and Princess Harper.
  • Sophomore Ray Hudson ran for 2,029 yards as senior at Holmes HS in Bonifay, Fla. He was also a standout baseball player, where he batted .405 with six home runs as a senior. He was drafted in the 19th round by Montreal Expos in the June 1999 Major League Baseball Draft.
  • Redshirt sophomore Chris James is a cousin of former Auburn tailback Lionel "Little Train" James. CJ's parents were also college athletes. His father, Dan, played baseball at Alabama State University and his mother, Elaine, ran track at Albany State.
  • Redshirt freshman linebacker Juke King's real name is Tersheikiya King. He received the nickname "Juke" from a cousin because of the 1980s song "Jukebox Hero".
  • Junior receiver Triandos Luke is related to former Alabama greats and fellow Phenix City natives Billy Jackson (HB, 1978-80), Eddie Lowe (LB, 1980-82) and Jeremiah Castille (DB, 1979-82).
  • Redshirt sophomore guard Danny Martz's grandfather, John D. O'Brien, played football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
  • Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Evan Mathis is the the nephew of former Alabama great and Miami Dolphins superstar, Bob Baumhower. Baumhower was a defensive tackle at Alabama from 1974-76 before his successful career with the Dolphins.
  • Redshirt freshman cornerback Charlie Peprah's grandfather, General I.G. Achampong, was the President of Ghana, West Africa in the 1970s.
  • Junior snapper Nick Ridings comes from a football family. His father, Jeff, played football at Florida State University. His uncle, Ken Avery, played at Southern Miss and with the NFLs Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Junior split end Lance Taylor's father, Jimmy (1973-75), was a three-year letterman under Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant in the early 1970s. He played on three SEC Championship teams. The elder Taylor was also a part of a record night in Alabama football history. He was one of four backs to rush for over100 yards as the Crimson Tide set the UA standard with 748 rushing yards in a 77-6 rout of Virginia Tech in 1973.
  • Senior quarterback Tyler Watts was inducted into the Anderson Society this past spring. Watts also received his B.S degree in Marketing from the Capstone this past May.
  • Junior Thurman Ward moved from free safety to wide receiver. Ward came to Alabama as a highly-touted run-and-gun quarterback at Starkville (Miss.) High School. A two-way starter, Ward threw for 1,173 yards and 14 TDs and ran for 1,079 yards and 13 TDs as a senior (1999). Ward succeeded former Crimson Tider Freddie Milons as QB at Starkville HS.

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