Crimson Tide Football Gives Out Team Awards


John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

At Alabama’s team banquet this weekend seniors AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley and Kevin Norwood were voted the 2013 permanent team captains. The seniors will be forever enshrined in concrete with their handprints and footprints at Denny-Chimes, along with all of the other captains in Alabama’s history. The ceremony will take place before A-Day as it does every year.

Also, AJ McCarron and T.J. Yeldon were named the Offensive MVPs for this year’s team and Mosley and HaHa Clinton-Dix were named the Defensive MVPs.

Several other awards were given out as is usual this time of year for the Crimson Tide. The “Unsung Hero Award” which goes to the “player(s) who made significant contributions to the success of the team and received the least recognition for it” went to running back Kenyan Drake, receiver Kenny Bell and offensive linemen Arie Kouandjio and Chad Lindsay.

The “Outstanding Senior Scholar” (senior with the highest GPA) went to Kevin Norwood and Cade Foster. The “Commitment to Academic Excellence Award” (“the player(s) who have demonstrated the greatest commitment and acheivement in his academic endeavors during the previous year) went to center Ryan Kelly, tight ends O.J. Howard and Brian Vogler, cornerback Deion Belue, safety Geno Smith and receiver DeAndrew White.

The “Iron Man Award” (“the player(s) who have shown the most dedication to the individual and team goals of the team’s year-round strength and conditioning program”) went to freshman defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson, running back/h-back Jalston Fowler, cornerback John Fulton and linebacker Xzavier Dickson. The “Most Inspiring Player” (“the player who affects the whole team by his attitude as well as his performance”) which is voted on by the players was captain C.J. Mosley.

This year the “Pat Trammel Award” (the senior player whose character and contributions to the Alabama football team most personify the All-American youth of today and has reflected qualities of integrity, character, importance of academics, and inspirational leadership during their time at Alabama) went to cornerback Deion Belue and offensive lineman Kellen Williams.

Linebackers Mosley and Trey Depriest were named the “Outstanding Defensive Performers,” while defensive end Ed Stinson, safety Landon Collins, linebacker Denzel Devall and safety Jarrick Williams were awarded the “Defensive Achievement Award” (the player(s) who have played a critical role in the effectiveness of the defense).

The “Offensive Achievement Award” (the player(s) who have played a critical role in the effectiveness to the offense) was given to tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, receiver Kevin Norwood, guard Anthony Steen and tight end Brian Vogler. The “Up Front Award” (the outstanding linemen on both offense and defense) went to offensive tackle Austin Shepherd, center Ryan Kelly, defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan and nose tackle Brandon Ivory.

Linebacker Adrian Hubbard, safety Vinnie Sunseri and receivers Christion Jones and Amari Cooper received the “President’s Awards” (player(s) from offense and defense who have shown perseverance in making outstanding contributions to the team’s success).

Former Alabama player Kermit Kendrick was awarded the Jefferson County Distinguished Alumnus Award (a former player who has exemplified the principles, values, characters and attitude that make a person successful either during a particular life experience or over a period of time).

The “Special Teams Player of the Year Award” went to DeAndrew White, Cody Mandell, Landon Collins and Tana Patrick.

Finally, the team’s overall MVP, which is voted on by the players, was senior linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Both McCarron and Mosley are still up for several awards this post season nationally and Mosley has already been awarded the Butkus Award. Mosley and McCarron will also likely be up for conference honors as well.