29 January 2010
Chris Rogers – DB –
The thing that you need to know about Chris that most appropriately tells of his commitment to the team deals with a jersey number. When Julio Jones became the secondary return man for kickoffs and subbed for an injured Javier Arenas on punt returns, it created a bit of problem. Jones and Chris Rogers shared the #8, and both guys could not be on the field at the same time. The simple solution was for one of the guys to change numbers. And Chris, a senior, changed the number he had been wearing for four and half years, without complaint.
That might not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but it sends of a very clear signal to his team mates that the team’s needs are greater than his personal ones. There have actually been recent cases in recruiting where a player has made his decision based on whether or not his preferred jersey number is available. Yet Chris changed his number without even so much as a peep of discontent, in his 43rd game played.
He’s not a guy that will be remembered by many people, simply because he didn’t play that many snaps in his career. He was, simply put, a career backup. His biggest career highlight was returning a blocked punt for a touchdown against Tulane. He was a stalwart on Bama’s kick and punt coverage teams for all four years in his career, and those guys don’t typically get a lot of headlines. But he averaged nearly a tackle per game played in his career, which should tell you how active he was on special teams.
He was three times selected to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and he has his degree from the
Career Stats – 43 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumbles recovered, 1 interception, 1 pass broken up
Ali Sharrief – DB – Stevenson,
Ali started his career at Alabama has a running back before he made the move to defense prior to his sophomore season – the first at Alabama for Nick Saban. While most fans didn’t see the potential in Sharrief as a defensive back, the
In his junior and senior seasons he saw the bulk of his time in
He also spent a great deal of time on special teams, working on Bama’s kick and punt coverage teams. The consummate role player, Sharrief was a guy who quietly went about his business, acting as a leader, both on and off of the field. After the 2009 spring practice session he was given the Derrick Thomas Community Service Award.
Career Stats – 6 rushing attempts for 38 yards, 73 tackles, 3 ½ for a loss of 8 yards, 6 passes broken up, 7 quarterback hurries
Leigh Tiffin – K – Red Bay, AL
It’s tough being the son of a legend, especially when you play the same position. That becomes even more difficult when your first big exposure to
For some Bama fans Leigh never recovered from that day in
He holds the school record for field goals made and points scored. He also holds the two highest single season records in each of those categories. He also earned a first team All-American honor during the 2009 season.
Kickers typically suffer through a love/hate relationship with the fans, so Leigh’s career was really no different than most. As Bama looks to find a new kicker for the 2010 season, after three solid years with Leigh, I think Tide fans will likely begin to appreciate what they had.
During his senior season Leigh missed two of the 26 field goals he attempted inside of 40 yards. In fact, his field goal percentage of 85.7% (30-35) is the highest in school history with more than 20 made kicks.
There have been 21 made field goals in
Basically, he was way better than most people ever gave him credit for. And he will be among the toughest of these seniors to replace.
Career Stats – 83 of 111 on FGs (74.8%), 386 career points
Tyrone King – DB –
It seemed appropriate to me that the final defensive play of 2009 season for
He would have been a star at Grambling, but settled for being a role player at
Career Stats – 38 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 pass broken up, 1 ½ sacks for a loss of 10 yards, 1 quarterback hurry, and 1 interception that iced the National Championship.
The final seniors – Roy Upchurch, Lorenzo Washington, Justin Woodall
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