Alabama players are named semifinalists for several awards. You’ll find the official releases below. Following the releases, find tons of links that I forgot to publish this week. Oops. On to the news:
Senior cornerback Javier Arenas was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award
TUSCALOOSA â€“ Alabama senior cornerback Javier Arenas was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award on Tuesday evening.
Arenas is one of three SEC players among the semifinalists. The finalists will be announced Nov. 23 and the winner will be named at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 10 in Orlando, Fla.
â€œThe credit really goes to my teammates on defense as well as our coaches,â€ said Arenas. â€œCoach Saban and Coach Smart are the best defensive coaches in the country and put is in a position to be successful as a defense. I appreciate the Thorpe Award recognizing me and itâ€™s an honor to be named along with the other great players on that list, but our main goal is to be successful as a team. If you are, all of the other stuff takes care of itself.â€
Ingram Named Semifinalist for Maxwell Award; McClain and Cody Named Semifinalists for Bednarik Award
A trio of Alabama football players â€“ Mark Ingram, Rolando McClain and Terrence Cody â€“ were named semifinalists for three national college football awards, it was announced on Wednesday.
Ingram, a sophomore running back from Flint, Mich., was named one of 16 semifinalists for the 73rd Maxwell Award, given annually to the best player in college football. Ingram and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow are the only two SEC players to be named semifinalists for the Maxwell Award.
McClain, a junior linebacker from Decatur, Ala., and Cody, a senior nose guard from Ft. Myers, Fla., were among the 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the best defensive player in college football. McClain and Cody were among six SEC players named to the Bednarik Award list.
â€œWeâ€™re happy to see that some of our players are getting considered and making some of the semifinalists list for national awards,â€ Alabama head coach Nick Saban following Wednesdayâ€™s practice. â€œI think these are all function of successful teams. Most people that win these awards are guys that play on good teams and get a lot of recognition because of their teamâ€™s success. Most of the time when you have good team success thereâ€™s a lot of positive accolades for everyone involved and we are certainly proud that we have some players being considered on the national level.â€
Ingram leads the SEC and ranks fifth nationally with 125.5 rushing yards per game this season. In eight games, he has amassed 1,004 yards and eight rushing touchdowns. He joins former UA running back Shaun Alexander (1999) as the fastest Alabama player to reach 1,000 rushing yards in a season as both achieved the milestone in the eighth game of the season. He has been twice named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week after performances against No. 7 Virginia Tech (Sept. 7) and No. 22 South Carolina (Oct. 17), where he rushed for a Bryant-Denny Stadium record 246 yards in the 20-6 win.
In three games against top 25 teams, Ingram has 78 rushing attempts for 568 yards and three touchdowns in wins over Virginia Tech, Mississippi and South Carolina. He is averaging 7.3 yards per carry and 189.3 yards per game against ranked teams this season. In five SEC games, he averages 141.4 yards per game and has scored five touchdowns.
McClain is also a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and Lombardi Trophy this season. He has anchored an Alabama defense that leads the nation in rushing defense (64.88) and ranks second nationally in total defense (236.63), scoring defense (11.0) and pass efficiency defense (88.43 rating) this season.
In eight games, McClain leads the Tide with 57 tackles and ranks second on the team with seven tackles for loss (-28 yards). He has added seven quarterback pressures, two sacks (-21), two interceptions, one pass breakup and one recovered fumble. He was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after his 12-tackle performance at Kentucky on Oct. 3. He was also responsible for three of the Tideâ€™s four takeaways in the 38-20 win. McClain was also named National Defensive Player of the Week twice this season against Kentucky and South Carolina (Oct. 27).
Cody is coming off one of his best games at Alabama, where he blocked two field goals in the Crimson Tideâ€™s 12-10 win over Tennessee at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Oct. 24. Cody blocked a Tennessee field goal with 10:33 left in the game and then sealed the Crimson Tideâ€™s win when he blocked a potential game-winning field goal on the final play of the game. The two blocked kicks tied the UA single-game record.
Cody has anchored an Alabama defensive front that leads the nation in rushing defense, yielding 64.88 yards per game. Cody has 17 tackles, five tackles for loss (-10), two quarterback pressures and one pass breakup in eight games this season.