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Krauss Joins Crimson Tide Broadcast Team; Watts Takes On Larger Role



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? Former University of Alabama All-American linebacker Barry Krauss will join the Crimson Tide Sports Network broadcast team for the 2007 football season, CTSN general manager Michael Alford announced today.

Krauss, a three year letterman (1976-78) for the Tide, will replace Tom Roberts as the network's sideline reporter, while Roberts will serve as the host of the network's game-day broadcast.

Former quarterback Tyler Watts will take on a larger role with CTSN this season as well. He will join Chris Stewart for the network's pregame and postgame shows and will also work with Stewart as the color analyst for CTSN's delayed telecasts of Alabama games. 

The voice of the Crimson Tide, Eli Gold, enters his 20th season as Alabama's play-by-play announcer and will once again be joined by former All-American quarterback Ken Stabler, who returns for his tenth season as the network's color analyst.

In addition to his new role with CTSN, Krauss will also join the Indianapolis Colts broadcast team as host of its radio pregame show for the 2007 season.

Krauss is remembered by most Tide fans for stopping Penn State running back Mike Guman on fourth-and-one in the 1979 Sugar Bowl, the play simply as the “Goal Line Stand.” Krauss was named the Most Valuable Player of that game, the only time in Sugar Bowl history that a lineman has received that honor.

In 1976 he was voted the Liberty Bowl’s Outstanding Defensive Player and game MVP. He led Alabama in tackles in 1977, with 91 and was second on the team in 1978, with 112.  He was a member of the Alabama All-Century team, a 1978 All-American and two-time All-SEC selection (1977 and ??78.) Krauss was the sixth overall pick by the Baltimore Colts in the 1979 NFL Draft. Over his 11-year NFL career he was the Colts’ team MVP (1984), Dolphins’ team MVP (1989) and accumulated more than 1,000 tackles.