Alabama's Bearden Was One Tough Guy

Earlier this year, 'BAMA Magazine continued a long tradition of having its readers select the Alabama Team of the Decade. The honor squad was previously announced and we are revisiting and taking a deeper look at those selected. Following defense and offense, we now reach the specialists.

Readers of 'BAMA Magazine had the opportunity to select one punter when they chose the Alabama Football Team of the Decade for the first ten years of the the New Millennium (2000-2009). The winner was Lane Bearden of Pelham, who played for the Crimson Tide 1999-2002.

A tight end in high school and teammate of Tyler Watts (one of the candidates for quarterback on Alabama's Team of the Decade), Bearden started his Alabama career in 1998 with a redshirt and was a kickoff man in his first year of competition in 1999.

In 2000 he became the Alabama punter and kicked 60 punts for a 40.7-yard average with a long of 62. As a junior, he kicked 50 times and averaged 39.6 yards with a long of 58. In his senior season, Bearden punted 50 times for a 41.5 average with a long of 55.

Bearden was able to perform despite suffering a serious knee injury.

He also earned fame as Alabama's kickoff man by making 11 tackles. When a South Carolina assassin tried to take him down, Bearden turned the tables, dumping the Gamecock at midfield, which made for good television and great Alabama fan support.

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

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