In the closest voting yet, Jeremiah Castille barely squeaked by David Palmer in our tournament to crown the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time. Every single vote counts, folks. Today’s matchup pits two more fan favorites against each other, and you have to vote to let your voice be heard.
Bryant Division – Quarterbacks vs. Special Teams
Jay Barker (1991-1994)
Quarterback – Birmingham, AL
6’3″, 205 lb
Career Statistics: 5,689 Passing Yards, 28 Total TDs, 130.0 QB rating
Jay Barker’s four-year career at Alabama can be summarized to three words: he’s a winner. Barker finished his career at Alabama with a 34-2-1 record as a starter and became the most winning quarterback in Alabama history. Barker added an SEC championship and a national championship to his resume in 1992. He finished the year with a 54 percent completion rate while only throwing seven touchdowns compared to his nine interceptions. However, Barker did enough to bring Alabama their first national championship since 1979 and only got better as his career continued.
In 1994, he had the best season of his career, finishing with All-American honors, while being named a unanimous All-SEC selection. Barker was one of the three finalists for the Davey O’Brien award and finished fifth in Heisman voting in his senior season. He finished the season with a 62 percent completion rate with 14 touchdowns and a 151.7 QB rating.
Jeremy Shelley (2009-2012)
Kicker – Raleigh, North Carolina
5’10”, 185 lb
Career Statistics: 172-175 PATs, 44-55 FGs, 304 points, Long of 44 yards
Jeremy Shelley was the latest kicker to come through Tuscaloosa. He endured everything at Alabama, from being hated by the fans to being the hero of a championship game. Throughout his career, Shelley was used as the short yardage kicker. He only missed three extra points in his career while making 80 percent of his field goal attempts. Shelley’s key game came in the 2012 BCS National Championship game against LSU. He connected on five of his seven field goals, setting a record for most field goals in a BCS title game. Shelley hit from 23, 34, 41, 35 and a career long of 44 yards.
Shelley finished his career as a three-time national champion and holder of the most extra points made (172) in Alabama history. He ranks fourth all-time among Alabama kickers for most career points, and his 2011 campaign finished with the second most points in a season with 115. In 2012, he was the only kicker in the nation to not miss a kick, going 11-11 on field goals and 69-69 on extra points.
Which player advances to the next round?
- Jeremy Shelley (22%, 18 Votes)
- Jay Barker (78%, 64 Votes)
Total Voters: 82