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Tide Will Play Bowl Game With 13 Graduates


Tuesday, December 14, 2004

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Bo Freelend

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- The Alabama Crimson Tide football team will play in the 2004 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl on Dec. 31 with 13 players who have earned their undergraduate degrees.

A total of six players are scheduled to receive their degrees on Saturday, Dec. 18, while seven others played the 2004 season after earning their degrees prior to the start of the season.

On track to graduate Saturday at 9 a.m. are Alex Fox (Criminal Justice), Bo Freelend (Human Environmental Sciences), Matt Grice (Healthcare Management), Charlie Peprah (Marketing), Matt Ragland (Finance) and Josh Smith (Mechanical Engineering).

"It is certainly gratifying to have this many graduates playing in the bowl game," said Tide coach Mike Shula.  "These players have worked hard to earn their degree and it is only fitting that they can close their collegiate careers in a bowl game."

Alabama will begin on-the-field preparations for the bowl game with a 3:30 p.m. practice on Friday.

There were seven other players who earned their undergraduate degrees prior to the 2004 season.  That list includes Carlos Andrews (Management), All-SEC kicker Brian Bostick (Electrical Engineering); All-America and All-SEC tackle Wesley Britt (Management), Antonio Carter (Human Environmental Sciences), Danny Martz (Criminal Justice), All-SEC guard Evan Mathis (Management) and All-SEC linebacker Cornelius Wortham (Human Environmental Sciences).

In addition, graduate assistant coaches Paul Hogan and Danny Kimble are scheduled to receive their master's degrees as well during Saturday's ceremonies.