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Colin Peek Named to John Mackey Award Watch List



Oct. 19, 2009

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama senior tight end Colin Peek is one of 22 players named to the 2009 John Mackey Award Watch List, the Nassau County Sports Commission announced Monday afternoon. The Mackey Award is given annually to best collegiate tight end and the winner will be announced on Dec. 10.
Peek has started all seven games for the top-ranked Crimson Tide and has caught a team-high 19 passes for 213 yards (11.2 per catch) and one touchdown this season.  Peek’s blocking skills have paved the way for sophomore running back Mark Ingram’s SEC-leading 129.29 rushing yards per game this season, and eight touchdowns. In addition, the Crimson Tide offense churns out 259.83 rushing yards per game to rank third in the SEC and sixth nationally.
Peek is one of five SEC tight ends named to the Mackey Award watch list.
MONDAY PRACTICE: Alabama practiced for a little over an hour in shells Monday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility as game-week preparation begins for this Saturday’s SEC showdown with Tennessee.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban said at his Monday press conference that Tennessee had an excellent running game and one of the SEC’s top defensive players in strong safety Eric Berry.
“I think this is probably the best team running the football that we have played and the strength of their team is probably their backs, as well as their offensive line,” Saban said. “(Montario) Hardesty and Bryce Brown are both really good, physical, down-hill, hard runners.  They both play with a lot of toughness.
“Their defense is very, very good, one of the top-ranked defenses in the country.  Eric Berry is maybe the best player in our conference, defensive player, in terms of his play-making ability and all the things he does. He is an absolutely phenomenal football player.  He is one of the best. “
The Alabama-Tennessee game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. (CST) from Bryant-Denny Stadium, with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson describing the action. The game can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Barry Krauss.  The game can be heard locally on WFNN-FM (95.3) in Tuscaloosa.