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It's a very nice day here at Bryant-Denny. Sunny and 70 degrees, dropping to about 61 at kickoff.
The first thing we'll be looking for when players come out is if Steen and Foster suit up. My guess is yes on Foster, no on Steen -- although he is listed on the depth chart handed out in the press box.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
FYI, McCarron has been added to the Manning Award watch list (best quarterback, awarded after the bowl games).
So the Alabama rundown is as follows:
Here’s the rundown:
Heisman Trophy: Finalists announced Dec. 5.
Maxwell Award (outstanding player): Trent Richardson named to watch list. Semifinalists announced Oct. 31.
Walter Camp Award (Player of the year): Trent Richardson named to watch list. Semifinalists announced Nov. 15.
Bednarik Award (defensive player): Mark Barron, Dont’a Hightower, Dre Kirkpatrick, Robert Lester and Courtney Upshaw named to watch list. Semifinalists announced Oct. 31.
Fred Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver): Duron Carter, Darius Hanks and Marquis Maze named to watch list. Semifinalists announced Nov. 14.
Burlsworth Trophy (walk-on): TBA.
Butkus Award (linebacker): Nico Johnson, Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw named to watch list. Semifinalists announced Oct. 24.
Paul Hornung Award (most versatile): Trent Richardson and Marquis Maze named to watch list. Finalists named in early December.
Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman): Dont’a Hightower, Barrett Jones, Courtney Upshaw and William Vlachos named to watch list. Semifinalists announced Oct. 27.
Lott Trophy (defensive impact player): Mark Barron and Dont’a Hightower named to watch list. Quarterfinalists named in October.
Manning Award (quarterback, includes bowls): A.J. McCarron added to watch list.
Bronko Nagurski Award (defensive player): Mark Barron, Dont'a Hightower, Dre Kirkpatrick, Robert Lester and Courtney Upshaw named to watch list. Finalists announced Nov. 17.
Outland Trophy (interior lineman): Barrett Jones and William Vlachos named to watch list. Finalists announced Nov. 21.
Rimington Trophy (center): William Vlachos named to watch list. Finalists Dec. 5.
Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back): Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick and Robert Lester named to watch list. Semifinalists announced Oct. 31.
Doak Walker Award (running back): Trent Richardson named to watch list. Semifinalists announced Nov. 11.
Wuerffel Trophy (community service with outstanding achievement): Finalists announced in November.
Discover Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage Award: Carson Tinker nominated.
Awards Alabama is not up for
Lou Groza Award (kicker)
Ray Guy Award (punter)
John Mackey Award (tight end): No one on midseason watch list. Michael Williams was on the initial watch list.
Davey O'Brien Award (quarterback).
Unitas Golden Arm (senior quarterback).
Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end).
William Campbell Trophy (scholar-athlete, formerly known as the Draddy Trophy).
Saban walking the field, dark gray suit for those of you who keep track of those things.
He waves to the students section, which is almost full already. Rest of the stadium is pretty much empty.
Anyway, Alabama's here.
Tennessee has arrived - players are checking out the field and do a prayer at the 30-yard line before heading into the locker room.
"Character" is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.
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