At long last, we have reached the end of the first round in our quest to crown the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time. One more matchup and the second round can begin. Today we put a legend from the earliest days of the Bryant era with a player from the Curry tenure.
Bryant Division – Quarterbacks vs. Special Teams
Phillip Doyle (1987-1990)
Kicker – Birmingham, AL
6’1″, 190 lb
Career Statistics: 245 points scored, 97.3% PA, 85.3% FG
Phillip Doyle was one of the most efficient place kickers to ever come through the Capstone. He was recruited by Alabama, Florida State and Auburn after setting the national high school record, at the time, for field goals in a game with 22. After commiting to the Tide in 1987, he started all four years as ‘Bama’s place kicker.
Doyle set many Alabama records, including points in a game (19), which included six field goals. His senior, he was named to the College Football All-American team with a unanimous selection. Phillip was an astounding 107-110 from extra point range (97.3%), and, was 81 for 95 in his career for field goals (85.3%). His longest field goal was a 53 yarder during the 1988 season.
Doyle set records at Alabama for points scored in a season by scoring 97 and 100 points in consecutive seasons. These records would later be broken by Leigh Tiffin. Doyle went undrafted but was signed by the New York Giants for a brief stint, then by the Birmingham Fire. Phillip Doyle’s accuracy and distance puts him up with the best kickers in the history of Alabama football.
Pat Trammel (1959-1961)
Quarterback – Scottsboro, AL
6’0″, 200 lb
Career Statistics: 1,631 Passing Yards, 9 TDs, 1,119 Rushing Yards, 15 TDs
Pat Trammel’s legacy at the University of Alabama is second to none. He was the first star player for Paul Bryant, as he signed with the Tide the same year Bryant returned to Alabama. He led the Crimson Tide to the 1961 national championship along with names like Billy Neighbors and Mal Moore.
Trammel set several records at the time for Alabama his senior season, including 1,314 total yards of offense, as well as 1,035 passing yards. Perhaps the most amazing statistic: Trammel only threw four interceptions in his entire three-year career. Trammel also set an Alabama record as the winningest quarterback all time, going 26-2-4 over his career (87.5%), a record that would eventually be broken by Jay Barker.
Trammel finished fifthin the Heisman voting in 1961. He was selected as an NCAA Academic All-American and was named the 1961 SEC Most Valuable Player. He also received first team All-SEC honors and an All-SEC Academic Selection. He was voted as the 1961 Collegiate Player of the year by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta. Pat Trammel is remembered fondly as one of the great quarterbacks and leaders in Crimson Tide history.
Which player advances to the next round?
- Pat Trammel (0%, 0 Votes)
- Phillip Doyle (100%, 0 Votes)
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