Greatest Player of the Saban Era: Round #1, Match #7 - Rolando McClain vs. Terrence Cody

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Who was the greatest player to wear the Crimson and White while Coach Saban has roamed the sidelines at Bryant-Denny? Let's Check:

Who is the Greatest of the Greatest? Who is the Champion among Champions? There can be only one. We have seeded our 16-player field into a single elimination bracket, and it's up to you, the commentariat, to decide who advances to the next round. So cast your vote, then get down in the comments and explain why you are right, and those who voted for the other guy are clearly misinformed.

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Round #1, Match #7

Stats gathered from 2012 Alabama Football Record Book, www.cfbstats.com and www.sports-reference.com. (I understand that some of these records will have changed after the 2012 season.)

[Author's Note: I understand that it can be as difficult to compare across positions as it is to compare across generations - if not more so. Please bear in mind that some positions, particularly offensive linemen, simply aren't going to generate measurable statistics - not positive ones, at any rate.]

Rolando McClain, LB

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Official Alabama Profile.

Stats

274 tackles (139 solo)

31.5 tackles for a loss

8.0 sacks

5 interceptions, returned for 73 yards (14.60 yards per return)

1 fumble recovery, returned 4 yards (4.00 yards per return) for a touchdown

1 forced fumble

21 passes defended

- http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/rolando-mcclain-1.html

Alabama Records

#13 (tie) in terms of tackles in a season (105; 2009 - will be #14 in next year's book, since C.J. Mosley had 107 in 2012)

#10 in terms of tackles in a career (275)

Awards

Butkus Award (2009)

Lambert Award (2009)

Unanimous 1st Team All-American (2009)

1st Team All-SEC (2008, 2009)

SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2009)

#8 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolando_McClain

Terrence Cody, DL

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Official Alabama Profile.

Stats

52 tackles (19 solo)

10.5 tackles for a loss

0.5 sacks

1 pass defended

1 forced fumble

- http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/terrence-cody-1.html

Alabama Records

#1 (4-way tie) in terms of blocked kicks per game (2; vs. Tennessee in 2009)

Awards

Consensus 1st Team All-American (2009 - AP, FWAA, WCFF, CBS, CFN, Scout)

Consensus 1st Team All-American (2008 - AFCA, AP, FWAA, TSN, CBS, Rivals, SI)

1st Team All-SEC (2008, 2009)

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrence_Cody#College_awards_and_honors

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