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Crimson Tide All-Americans
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AA Alexander
Shaun Alexander, RB
1999

AA Barker
Jay Barker, QB
1994

AA Bennett
Cornelius Bennett, LB
1984-85-86

AA Boyd
Thomas Boyd, LB
1980-81

AA Brown
Buddy Brown, OT
1973

AA Bunch
Jim Bunch, OT
1979

AA Cain
Johnny Cain, FB
1931-32

AA Castille
Jeremiah Castille, CB
1982

AA Cole
Richard Cole, DT
1966

AA Cook
Leroy Cook, DE
1974-75

AA Copeland
John Copeland, DE
1992

AA Cox
Carey Cox, C
1939

AA Crane
Paul Crane, C/LB
1965

AA Croom
Sylvester Croom, C
1974

AA Curry
Eric Curry, DE
1992

AA Domnanovich
Joe Domnanovich, C
1942

AA Dowdy
Cecil Dowdy, OT
1966

AA Doyle
Philip Doyle, PK
1990

AA Freeman
Wayne Freeman, OG
1964

AA Gellerstedt
Sam Gellerstedt, NG
1968

AA Gilmer
Harry Gilmer, HB
1945

 

 

 

All-American Bios


AA Alexander37 — Shaun Alexander
All-American: 1999
Career: 1996-99
6-1   220
Tailback
Florence, Ky.

The 1999 “SEC Player of the Year”, Alexander is holder of three SEC and 15 Alabama rushing records and earned All-America honors his senior season. That season, he was also a finalist for the Doak Walker Award and Football News Offensive Player of the Year honors. He was a consensus All-SEC choice and also earned Academic All-SEC honors. He finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy balloting.

BAMA STATS
Year   Rush   Yards   TD   Rec   Yards   TD
1996     77     589    6     7      53    0
1997     90     415    3     4      37    0
1998    258    1178   13    26     385    4
1999    302    1383   19    25     323    4
Totals  727    3565   41    62     779    8


AA Barker7 — Jay Barker
All-American: 1994
Career: 1991-94
6-4  215
Quarterback
Trussville, Ala.

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner in 1994, Barker finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy balloting that season. He finished his career as the winningest quarterback in Alabama history, compiling a 34-2-1 record as the Tide’s starting quarterback. He earned All-America and consensus All-SEC honors his senior season. He was also the Birmingham News’ Offensive Player of the Year in the SEC and was a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, presented each year to the outstanding college quarterback.

BAMA STATS
Year    Att    Comp   .Pct    Yds.  INT  TD

1991     66      33   .500    554     3   1
1992    243     132   .543   1614     9   7
1993    171      98   .573   1525     7   4
1994    226     139   .615   1996     5  14
Totals  706     402   .569   5689    24  26


AA Bennett97 — Cornelius Bennett
All-American: 1984-85-86
Career: 1983-86
6-4 215
Linebacker
Birmingham, Ala.

A three-time All-American, Bennett was a unanimous selection in 1986, the year he also won the Lombardi Trophy. He was selected as SEC Player of the Year in 1986 after earning All-America honors in 1984 and 1985. Cornelius was Defensive Player of the Game in the 1985 Aloha Bowl and the 1986 Sun Bowl and finished 7th in the Heisman Trophy balloting that year. He was selected to the Tide’s Team of the Century and as the Player of the Decade for the 1980s. He went on to a stellar career in the NFL, including four Super Bowl appearances with the Buffalo Bills and one with the Atlanta Falcons.

BAMA STATS
Year  Tackles   TBL-Yds  Sacks-Yds   FC  FR

1983       73     6-22       0-0      2   1
1984      102     4-39       1-7      1   1
1985       51     4-14       4-39     2   1
1986       61     9-27      10-78     1   0
Totals    287    23-10     215-124    6   3


AA Boyd90 — Thomas Boyd
All-American: 1980-81
Career: 1978-81
6-1 211
Linebacker
Huntsville, Ala.

A two-time All-America pick (1980-81), Thomas led the 1980 team with 120 tackles. His 334 career tackles are the most by any Tide player since statistics were kept on a regular basis in 1970. He played on three SEC championship teams and on back-to-back national championships in 1978 and 1979. During his three playing years, the Tide went 42-5-1.

BAMA STATS
Year  Tackles   TBL-Yds    INT-Yds   FC  FR

1978       26     0-0        0-0      0   0
1979       92     5-10       0-0      0   0
1980      120     4-25       0-0      0   2
1981       86     3-10       1-10     2   0
Totals    334    12-45       1-10     3   2


AA Brown65 — Buddy Brown
All-American: 1973
Career: 1971-73
6-1 243
Offensive Tackle
Tallahassee, Fla.

A consensus All-America and All-SEC pick in 1973, Buddy was also a member of the Tide’s team of the decade for the 1970s. Known as “Bearcat” by his teammates, Brown won the 1973 Jacobs Trophy given annually to the best blocker in the SEC. He played on teams that compiled a 32-4 record and won three SEC and one national championship.


AA Bunch63 — Jim Bunch
All-American: 1979
Career: 1976-79
6-1 240
Offensive Tackle
Mechanicsville, Va.

A consensus All-America selection in 1979, Jim was a mainstay on the Tide’s undefeated, untied national championship team that season. He earned All-SEC honors in 1977-78-79 and played on two national championship and three SEC title teams. He played on teams that went 43-5 during his playing career and won three Sugar Bowls and one Liberty Bowl. He is a member of the 1970s team of the decade and was named the nation’s best sophomore offensive lineman by The Football News in 1977.


AA Cain57 — Johnny Cain
All-American: 1931-32
Career: 1930-32
5-10 183
Fullback
Montgomery, Ala.

An All-America selection in 1931 and 1932, “Hurri” Cain was one of the great all-around players in Alabama football history. Considered by many experts to be the best punter ever at the Capstone, he was equally gifted running the football. He scored 26 touchdowns in just 24 varsity games. Cain had nine TDs in the first four games of the 1932 season when he suffered an injury which kept him out of three games. His 81-yard TD run against St. Mary’s is considered one of the great individual efforts in Alabama history. Against Tennessee in 1932, he punted 19 times and averaged 48 yards per kick. He was voted a member of the all-time Alabama team in 1943 and then to the Team of the Century as a punter in 1992.


AA Castille19 — Jeremiah Castille
All-American: 1982
Career: 1979-82
5-11 171
Cornerback
Phenix City, Ala.

An All-America selection in 1982, Castille was also selected a member of the Tide’s Team of the Century and the team of the decade of the 1980s. He had 16 career interceptions, which at the time, was the most in school history. He had three interceptions to win the MVP trophy in Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s final game, a 21-15 win over Illinois in the Liberty Bowl. He went on to a stellar career in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Bucs and Denver Broncos.

BAMA STATS
Year  Tackles   Int.   Yds    PBU

1979       13     1     15      2
1980       42     3     10      6
1981       43     5    101     10
1982       58     7     60     12
Totals    156    16    186     30


AA Cole79 — Richard Cole
All-American: 1966
Career: 1964-66
6-0 200
Defensive Tackle
Crossville, Ala.

An All-America pick in 1966, Cole played on teams that were 30-2-1 and won two national championships. He served as defensive captain of the 1966 undefeated SEC title team. He had eight tackles and keyed the pressure attack on Auburn in the 1965 game when the Tide intercepted seven passes. He also had six solo tackles in the Tide’s 31-7 win over LSU in 1965.


AA Cook98 — Leroy Cook
All-American: 1974-75
Career: 1972-75
6-4 220
Defensive End
Abbeville, Ala

A two-time All-American, Leroy earned unanimous honors in 1975. He was Defensive MVP of the 1975 Orange Bowl. In 1975, Cook was named SEC Player of the Year by the Atlanta Touchdown Club. He also served as team defensive captain that season. He was National Defensive Player of the Week following the Tennessee game in 1975, a 30-7 Tide win. During the 1974 season, Cook blocked three kicks. He was selected to the Tide’s Team of the Decade of the 1970s.

BAMA STATS
Year  Tackles   TBL-Yds  Sacks-Yds   FC

1972       16     3-12       0-0      2
1973       18     1-3        0-0      2
1974       81     4-22       6-36     2
1975       85     5-17       9-70     4
Totals    200    13-54      15-106   10


AA Copeland94 — John Copeland
All-American: 1992
Career: 1991-92
6-3 261
Defensive End
Lanett, Ala.

A consensus All-America choice in 1992, Copeland teamed with Eric Curry to form the bookends that helped the Tide to a national title in 1992. He was also a first-team All-SEC pick that season. In 1992, Bama opponents averaged just 1.67 yards per rush during the season. He finished his career with 17.5 sacks and 19 stops behind the line. He played on teams that went 24-1. He won Defensive Player of the Week honors after getting four tackles, two sacks, one stop behind the line and one caused fumble in the Tide’s 17-10 win over Tennessee.

BAMA STATS
Year  Tackles   TBL-Yds  Sacks-YDs   QBP

1991       65     8-29       7-43     14
1992       65    11-25    10.5-45     22
Totals    130    19-54    17.5-88     36


AA Cox23 — Carey Cox
All-American: 1939
Career: 1937-39
6-0 196
Center
Bainbridge, Ga.

An All-America selection in 1939, Cox served as captain of the 1939 squad. He was a two-way starter and starred in Alabama’s undefeated regular season of 1937. He was a significant contributor to the 14-7 Tide win over Tennessee when he intercepted a pass to stop a Vol drive. He is also a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.


AA Crane54 — Paul Crane
All-American: 1965
Career: 1963-65
6-2  185
Center/Linebacker
Prichard, Ala.

Crane played both center and linebacker and won unanimous All-America accolades in 1965 at the center position. He earned SEC Lineman of the Year honors in 1964, but he was a dominating linebacker as well. He was a captain on the 1965 national championship team. Alabama was 28-4-1 during his career. He starred in the NFL with the New York Jets and was a teammate of Joe Namath on the 1969 Super Bowl Championship team.


AA Croom59 — Sylvester Croom
All-American: 1974
Career: 1972-74
6-0 229
Center
Tuscaloosa, Ala.

An All-America and All-SEC selection in 1974, Croom earned the Jacobs Trophy, given annually to the SEC’s best blocker in 1974. He was a two-year starter for the Tide and played on teams that went 32-4. Alabama won the SEC championship all three of his playing years and won a national championship in 1973. The Tide went to the Cotton, Sugar and Orange bowls during his playing career.


AA Curry80 — Eric Curry
All-American: 1992
Career: 1990-92
6-6 265
Defensive End
Thomasville, Ga.

A unanimous All-America selection in 1992, Curry was also tabbed Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year, UPI Lineman of the Year and the Pigskin Club of Washington Lineman of the Year. Curry also finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy balloting that year. He had four quarterback sacks against Southern Miss in 1992 and finished his career with 114 tackles, 18 stops behind the line and 22.5 quarterback sacks. He earned consensus All-SEC honors and was a Lombardi Award finalist. He started 15 games for the Tide.

BAMA STATS
Year  Tackles   TBL-Yds  Sacks-Yds   QBP

1990       28     4-20       8-65      4
1991       46     7-17       4-37     20
1992       40     7-24    10.5-59     27
Totals    114    18-61    22.5-161    51


AA Domnanovich45— Joe Domnanovich
All-American: 1942
Career: 1940-42
6-1 200
Center
South Bend, Ind.

A consensus All-America pick in 1942, Domnanovich was selected as a member on the all-time Alabama team picked in 1943 for the first 50 years of Alabama football. He was also selected as a member of the all-time Orange Bowl team after recording a safety in the come-from-behind win over Boston College in 1943 Orange Bowl. He also served as team captain for the 1942 season.


AA Dowdy70 — Cecil Dowdy
All-American:1966
Career:1964-66
6-0 202
Offensive Tackle
Centre, Ala.

Dowdy was a consensus All-America pick in 1966 as an offensive lineman. He was also a member of the team of the decade for the 1960s. In 1966, he won the Jacobs Trophy, symbolic of the SEC’s best blocker. He played on teams that went 30-2-1 and claimed a pair of national championships. He gained national recognition in the 39-28 Orange Bowl win over Nebraska on New Year’s Day 1966 when he dominated Nebraska All-American lineman Wally Barnes.


AA Doyle17 — Philip Doyle
All-American: 1990
Career: 1987-90
6-1 190
Placekicker
Birmingham, Ala.

A unanimous All-America pick in 1990, Doyle holds the Tide’s kick scoring records for a single game, season and career. He was a two-time NCAA individual champion in field goals with 22 in 1989 and 24 in 1990. In 1990, he kicked a school-record six field goals against Southwestern Louisiana. His 47-yarder on the final play of the 1990 Tennessee game gave the Tide an unforgettable 9-6 win. He scored 345 points during his Tide career, including 78 field goals.

BAMA STATS
Year     PAT      FG   Long  Points
 
1987    18-20   13-20    52      57
1988    28-28   19-31    53      91
1989    34-35   22-25    44     100 
1990    24-24   24-29    47      97
Totals 104-107  78-105   53     345


AA Freeman71 — Wayne Freeman
All-American: 1964
Career: 1962-64
6-0 192
Offensive Guard
Fort Payne, Ala.

An All-America and All-SEC pick in 1964, coach Paul Bryant said “he’s the finest guard I’ve ever coached.” He played both on offense and defense and during his career, but started on offense during the Tide’s National Championship season in 1964. He competed on teams that played in two Orange Bowls and one Sugar Bowl and compiled a 29-4 record.


AA Gellerstedt61 — Sam Gellerstedt
All-American: 1968
Career: 1968
5-8 196
Nose Guard
Montgomery, Ala.

Gellerstedt earned first-team All-America honors from The Football News in 1968 and was also an All-SEC selection. Although defensive statistics were not kept during that era, he was awarded UPI Lineman of the Week honors after the Mississippi State game. He was also awarded “Defender of the Week” honors following the Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and LSU games by the Tide coaching staff.


AA Gilmer52 — Harry Gilmer
All-American: 1945
Career: 1944-47
5-11 165
Halfback
Birmingham, Ala.

A halfback/quarterback, Gilmer was a do-it-all player who earned All-America and SEC Player of the Year honors in 1945. He was also voted MVP after leading Bama to a 34-14 win over Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl. He scored 50 total touchdowns during his career, 19 rushing, 30 passing and one punt return. He suffered just 22 career interceptions in 413 attempts. In 1946, he led the Tide in passing, rushing, interceptions, punt returns and kickoff returns. He was selected to the Tide’s Team of the Century, as a defensive back. His best game was against Kentucky when he rushed six times for 216 yards and was two-of-two passing for 50 more. Gilmer finished 5th in the Heisman Trophy balloting in both 1945 and 1947.

BAMA STATS
Year   Rush  Yards  TD  Att  Comp  Yards  Int   TD

1944     72    405   6   72    40    418    3    6
1945     79    552   8   88    57    905    3   13
1946    133    497   3  160    69    930   10    5
1947     61    167   2   93    57    610    6    6
Totals  345   1621  19  413   223   2863   22   30