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Shula Announces Captains for Iron Bowl



TUSCALOOSA, Ala.-University of Alabama football head coach Mike Shula announced on Thursday that Le'Ron McClain, Juwan Simpson and Terrence Jones will be the three captains for the Crimson Tide's final game of the regular season against instate rival Auburn.

All three players have been captains in previous games this season. McClain has been a captain on either offense or special teams in five of the 11 games this year. He was an offensive captain against Arkansas and Tennessee and a captain on special teams against Hawai'i, Florida International and LSU. Simpson and Jones will both be a captain for the third time this season. Simpson led the defense in back-to-back games against Ole Miss and Tennessee while Jones was the defensive captain against Mississippi State and a special teams captain against Vanderbilt.

McClain, a senior fullback from Northport, will lead the offense against Auburn. He has recorded 53 rushing yards on 10 carries and is tied for fourth 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 four tackles on special teams.    

Simpson, a senior linebacker from Decatur, will lead the defense against the Tigers. He leads the team with 70 tackles on the season. He is third on the team with five tackles for a loss to go along with one interception and two forced fumbles in 10 starts. He has recorded five or more tackles in nine of the 10 games and has recorded seven or more tackles seven times. He had a season-high 11 tackles at Tennessee.   

Jones, a senior linebacker from Fosters, will guide the special teams versus Auburn. He has tallied 45 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, two pass breakups and one forced fumble in 10 games this season. He has recorded five or more tackles five times this season, including a career-high nine last week at LSU. He now has 95 tackles in his career with five tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and a caused fumble.

The Crimson Tide concluded its week of practice on Thursday with a one hour 30 minute workout in sweats and helmets.

"That finishes up our week of practice," said Shula. "We have a walk-through tomorrow and will talk to our guys about spending some time on their own to get ready for this game. It will be here before we know it. Guys have done a nice job this week in preparation. They are anxious to get going."

Prior to this weekend's game, there will be a pep rally sponsored by the Tuscaloosa County Alumni Association tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. on the steps of the library on the QUAD. The Million Dollar Band, cheerleaders and Big Al will all be present with Eddie Conyers as the MC.

Saturday's game at Bryant-Denny Stadium will be televised by CBS at 2:34 p.m. (CT). Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter) will call the game for CBS.