Tuesday, November 26, 2002
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama head football coach Dennis Franchione announced after practice Tuesday that six senior football players have been elected permanent captains for the 2002 football season.
The list includes senior punter Lane Bearden (Helena, Ala.), senior tailback Ahmaad Galloway (Millington, Tenn.), senior defensive tackle Jarret Johnson (Chiefland, Fla.), senior nose tackle Kenny King (Daphne, Ala.), senior defensive end Kindal Moorehead (Memphis, Tenn.) and senior quarterback Tyler Watts (Pelham, Ala.).
"The selection of permanent team captain at The University of Alabama is very serious to me," Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione said. "To be elected captain by your teammates is the highest honor a football player can receive, and they know that. There were a lot of votes for a lot of different people and that is a tribute to this senior class."
The six captains are the most in school history, eclipsing the previous total of five permanent captains in 1998, 1999 and 2001.
"This was a very unique year with a special group of seniors," Franchione added. "This is the most I have ever had and they were all very strong leaders on this football team. I am very proud of all of these guys."
The six permanent captains will take their place in Alabama football history this spring prior to the A-Day game (April, 2002) when their hands and footprints will be cemented alongside all the former Crimson Tide permanent captains since 1948 at the base of Denny Chimes, located across from the UA President's Mansion on the UA quadrangle.
The Alabama Walk-of-Fame began with the 1948 Senior Class and every permanent team captain as been recognized with their hand and footprints in cement at the base of Denny Chimes for the last 54 years.
Watts and Johnson were named permanent captains for the second consecutive year, becoming the only two players in Alabama history to have the hand and footprints at the base of Denny Chimes twice in their careers.
Johnson, Saleem Rasheed and Watts were the first juniors in the history of Alabama football to have their hand and footprints cemented at Denny Chimes last year. All of the permanent captains from 1948-2000 were seniors. There were no permanent captains named in 1944-46 as game captains were recognized for those three seasons.
In addition, Johnson and Watts are just the fifth and sixth players in Alabama history to be named permanent captain more than once, joining S.B. Slone (1894 and 1896), W..E. Drennen (1900 and 1901), W.S. Wyatt (1903 and 1904) and Al Clemens (1921 and 1923).