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Captains Announced for LSU Game



TUSCALOOSA, Ala.-University of Alabama football head coach Mike Shula announced on Thursday that Antoine Caldwell, Ramzee Robinson and Le'Ron McClain will be the three captains for the Crimson Tide's final road game of the season at LSU.

All three players have been captains in previous games this season. McClain has been a captain on either offense or special teams in four of the 10 games this year. He was an offensive captain against Arkansas and Tennessee and a captain on special teams against Hawai'i and Florida International. Caldwell and Robinson will both be a captain for the second time this season. Caldwell led the offense against Louisiana Monroe and Robinson was the defensive captain in the season opener against Hawai'i.

Caldwell, a sophomore center from Montgomery, will be the offensive captain. He has been a mainstay in the starting rotation in his two years at the Capstone. He has started all 22 games in his career matching Kenneth Darby, Chris Capps and Wallace Gilberry as the Alabama players with the most consecutive starts. Caldwell is on the 2006 Rimington Award watch list, an award given to the nation's top center. This season he has played 619 snaps with 60 or more plays in seven games.   

Robinson, a senior defensive back from Huntsville, will captain the defense. He has recorded 29 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, five pass breakups and one forced fumble in 10 starts this season. He has now started in 20 straight games. Earlier this season he returned an interception 34 yards against Florida International for his first collegiate touchdown. In his career he has 129 tackles and four interceptions. 

McClain, a senior fullback from Northport, will lead the special teams against LSU. He has recorded 42 rushing yards on eight carries and is third on the team with 16 receptions for 142 yards and three touchdowns. He has caught touchdown passes against Louisiana Monroe, Ole Miss and Florida International this season. His two-yard touchdown against the Rebels came in overtime, giving Alabama a 26-23 victory. He also has three tackles on special teams.    

Saturday's game at Tiger Stadium will be televised by ESPN at 6:45 p.m. CT, the first time Alabama has been on ESPN since the last time they visited LSU in 2004. Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (color) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) will call the action.