There will be 28 graduates on the Crimson Tide's roster when Alabama plays Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans, including 17 that earned degrees this semester
All-American and former team captain Jarryd Botha enters his first season as undergraduate assistant coach of the men's tennis team after playing for the Crimson Tide from 2010-13.
Throughout his four years, Botha collected 71 singles wins and 68 doubles victories and was ranked nationally in both categories. As a junior and senior, he advanced to the NCAA Doubles Championship, earning All-America honors with a top-eight seed in 2013. In addition, he represented Alabama in the NCAA Singles Championship as a senior, advancing to the round of 32.
Botha claimed All-SEC honors in 2013, nearly tripling his singles win total from the previous year. He knocked off three top-10 opponents in singles, including Ole Miss' Nik Scholtz, to clinch the Tide's 4-3 victory over the Rebels in the SEC Championship tournament in Oxford.
Botha, a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, plans on graduating in December with a degree in finance, specializing in investment management.