Alabama Football Award Winners

The University of Alabama football team, who accepted a bid for its NCAA record 55th bowl appearance, held its 2007 team banquet in the Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa on Sunday. Here are highlights:



The team handed out a variety of awards at the event, which was emceed by the Voice of the Crimson Tide, Eli Gold. Former Alabama All-America defensive back Jeremiah Castille opened and closed the event with a blessing and Coach Nick Saban addressed the crowd of team members, coaching staff, administration and support staff following the awards session.

Saban recapped the 2007 regular season and outlined his team's goals for the upcoming PetroSun Independence Bowl game against Colorado.

Alabama also named its permanent team captains for the 2007 season. The Tide voted senior Darren Mustin and juniors Rashad Johnson and Antoine Caldwell as its team captains.

The complete list of award winners:

Unsung Hero Award

Winners: Forress Rayford and Mike Johnson

Outstanding Senior Scholar Award

Winner: Matt Collins

Academic Excellence Award

Winners: Javier Arenas, Terry Grant, Rolando McClain and Evan Cardwell

Iron Man Award

Winners: Marcus Carter and Greg McElroy

Most Inspirational Player Award

Winner: Darren Mustin

Pat Trammell Award

Winners: Keith Saunders and Matt Caddell

Outstanding Defensive Performer

Winners: Wallace Gilberry and Darren Mustin

Up-Front Award

Winners: Wallace Gilberry and Andre Smith

Defensive Achievement Award

Winners: Ezekial Knight and Kareem Jackson

Offensive Achievement Award

Winners: Terry Grant and John Parker Wilson

President's Award

Winners: Simeon Castille, Justin Britt and Travis McCall

Special Teams Player of the Year

Winners: Javier Arenas and Jimmy Johns

Offensive Player of the Year

Winners: Andre Smith and D.J. Hall

Defensive Player of the Year

Winners: Rashad Johnson and Wallace Gilberry

Team Captains:

Antoine Caldwell, Rashad Johnson and Darren Mustin

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