Freddie Roach Had Great Start

Earlier this year, 'BAMA Magazine continued a long tradition of having its readers select the Alabama Team of the Decade. The team was previously announced, but this summer we are revisiting and taking a deeper look at those selected. Linebacker Rolando McClain was the Player of the Decade.

Readers of 'BAMA Magazine had the opportunity to select four linebackers when they chose the Alabama football Team of the Decade for the first ten years of the New Millennium (2000-2009). One of those selected was Freddie Roach of Killen, who played for the Crimson Tide 2002-05.

After being redshirted in 2001, Freddie Roach became a regular starter for the Crimson Tide as a freshman and sophomore. He split starting time as a junior and then had an all-star senior season playing middle linebacker. He played in 50 games in his Bama career.

Roach started his career in a big way. In his first game, against MTSU, he intercepted a pass and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown.

He finished his career ranked in the top 10 all-time in tackles for Alabama.

He finished his Alabama career with 269 tackles, including 24 tackles for losses totaling 72 yards. He had four sacks for 18 yards, caused six fumbles, and recovered three.

He was first team Freshman All-SEC in 2002.

Editor's Note: This is one in a series on members of the Alabama Team of the Decade.

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