OUTLOOK: Preston Dial should play a prominent role for the Crimson Tide offense again in 2010 ... the senior has played in 38 career games with nine starts - including seven starts as a tight end/H-back in 2009 ... should also be a key contributor for Alabama on special teams again in 2010 ... has five career receptions for 54 yards ... an excellent blocker with good hands and versatility ... won the 2010 Jerry Duncan "I Like to Practice" Award.
2010 (SENIOR): Dial was been a prime target of quarterback Greg McElroy in the 2010 season ... the senior has caught 25 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns ... averaged 10.6 yards per catch and 20.3 yards per game ... the 25 catches are 13 more than his career total entering the season and the three scores are the first of his career ... has also been a force in the running game as a crushing lead blocker for the Tide's talented tailback duo. San Jose State: Registered one catch for 19 yards early in the game to convert an Alabama first down. Penn State: Hauled in the first touchdown reception of his Crimson Tide career with a perfectly thrown 14-yard strike just beyond the finger tips of the Nittany Lions' defender ... finished with two receptions for 18 yards. Duke: Turned in another strong performance in a 62-13 rout of the Blue Devils ... caught three passes for a career-best 39 yards and his second touchdown of the season. Arkansas: Continued to perform in the passing game, catching two passes for 18 yards with a long reception of 12 yards ... helped block for Mark Ingram who racked up 157 yards and two touchdowns ... selected as an Offensive Player of the Week following the Arkansas game. Florida: Did not record a catch but helped provide the blocks to enable the Tide to rush for 170 yards. South Carolina: Hauled in a career-best five receptions with a long of eight yards ... accounted for 29 receiving yards. Tennessee: Hauled in one pass for 11 yards ... helped provide the blocks for Trent Richardson to rush for 119 yards. LSU: Hauled in two passes for 35 yards, including a long reception of 19 yards. Mississippi State: Earned the start at H-back ... did not record a catch for just the second time this season ... helped pave the way for the Tide to rush for 175 yards and nearly five yards per rush. Georgia State: Once again earned the start at H-back ... hauled in one catch for seven yards ... helped provide the blocks for the Tide to rush for 262 yards. Auburn: Hauled in three passes for 26 yards with a long of 13 yards. Michigan State: Made four receptions for a career-high 55 yards ... had a career-long of 24 and converted to three downs ... helped block for 275 rushing yards.
2009 (JUNIOR): He played in all 14 games and made seven starts as a junior in 2009 ... finished with three catches for 25 yards ... a key blocker for the Tide at the point of attack ... a regular on the Tide's kickoff return team. Virginia Tech: Played but did not record any statistics. Florida International: Started for the first time in 2009 ... tallied one catch for 19 yards ... the catch came in the second quarter for a first down. North Texas: Notched his second start at H-back but did not record any statistics. Arkansas: Tallied one catch for two yards. Kentucky: Earned his third start of the year, but did not record any statistics. Mississippi: Played but did not have a catch ... his blocking helped clear the way for 200 rushing yards. South Carolina: Started at H-back but did not record a catch ... helped pave the way for Alabama to rush for 302 yards, including a 246-yard effort by Mark Ingram. Tennessee: Came off the bench and caught one pass for four yards. LSU: Played as a reserve and on special teams and provided blocking on the outside for Mark Ingram to rush for 144 yards. Mississippi State: He came off the bench at tight end but did not record any statistics ... helped block for a rushing attack that amassed 252 yards, including 149 by Mark Ingram. Chattanooga: Started at H-back but did not record any statistics ... helped provide running room for the Tide to amass 313 yards on the ground. Auburn: Started his second straight game at H-back as the Tide knocked off the Tigers, 26-21. Florida: Started once again at H-back and was a key piece to the Tide's rushing attack that amassed 251 yards ... helped provide blocking for Mark Ingram to scamper for 113 yards and three touchdowns. Texas: He played but did not record any statistics ... blocked well as the Tide saw both Mark Ingram (116) and Trent Richardson (109) rush for 100 yards.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Dial was a regular on Alabama's field goal and extra-point teams and as a reserve tight end ... played in 12 games, making one start at tight end at then-No. 15 LSU ... caught one pass for eight yards vs. Western Kentucky ... missed the Georgia and Kentucky games after arthroscopic knee surgery, but quickly returned to the field for the Tide ... saw action against Clemson, Tulane, Western Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida and Utah in the Allstate Sugar Bowl ... a part of the Crimson Tide's short-yardage package.
2007 (FRESHMAN): He played in 10 games, including one start ... first career start came in the win at Vanderbilt when the Tide opened up in a three tight end set ... also saw action against Western Carolina, Arkansas, Florida State, Houston, Mississippi, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Louisiana-Monroe and Auburn ... recorded his first career catch against Louisiana-Monroe, a 21-yard reception.
2006 (REDSHIRT): Dial redshirted during his initial season at UA.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: He was a four-year letterman at UMS-Wright under head coach Terry Curtis ... caught 42 passes for 810 yards and eight touchdowns in his final two years as a prep ... helped his team win Class 4A titles in 2002 and 2005 ... earned Class 4A Lineman of the Year honors as a senior ... caught 22 passes for 455 yards and four touchdowns as a senior ... had one catch in the state championship game ... rated as the No. 1 tight end prospect in Alabama and was a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com ... played in the Alabama North-South All-Star game in Mobile as a senior ... hauled in 25 catches for 375 yards and four touchdowns as a junior en route to honorable mention All-State honors ... also member of the track team at UMS-Wright that won Alabama Class 4A state titles in 2004 and 2005.