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Tide Football Places 13 on SEC Academic Honor Roll



TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The Southeastern Conference announced the 2006 fall academic honor roll with 13 University of Alabama football players named to the list.

The group of Tide players selected to the honor roll includes eight seniors, two juniors and three sophomores. Four of the 13 players were named to the honor roll for the third straight year, while the other nine were first-time recipients. Matt Collins, a senior biology major, received his third consecutive selection along with Barrett Earnest (junior kinesiology major), Bryan Kilpatrick (senior finance major) and Kenneth Vandervoort (senior biology major).

Collins played in all 13 games in 2006 with 11 tackles and one sack. Kilpatrick was one of the leading players on special teams with 14 tackles and Vandervoort recorded one tackle against Florida International.

Seniors Tim Castille (telecommunications major) and Jamie Christensen (business major) were both named to the list for the first time. Castille led the team with six rushing touchdowns to go along with 129 yards rushing. Christensen made 13-of-17 field goal attempts, including a perfect 10-for-10 under 30 yards.

Other players receiving a spot on the honor roll for the first time were: Trent Dean (junior business major), Charles Hoke (sophomore finance major), Justin Johnson (senior general studies major), Cory Reamer (sophomore business major), Chris Rogers (sophomore consumer sciences major), Brian Selman (senior business major) and Luke Spaulding (senior psychology major). 

In all, Alabama had 35 student-athletes named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in football, soccer and volleyball.