It’s awards season, and as you’d likely expect from a unanimous #1 team, Alabama is cleaning up. Six Tide players were recognized as first team All-Americans, and a record was set.
Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris, tackle Alex Leatherwood and center Landon Dickerson are also first-team selections. No. 1 Alabama is the first team since 1980, when the AP All-America team began featuring two wide receivers and two running backs, to place a quarterback, running back and receiver on the first team.
Cornerback Patrick Surtain II gives the Crimson Tide six first-team selections, the most in the nation.
Having that triumvirate is impressive, and it’s especially nice to see Landon Dickerson recognized after his injury. Alex Leatherwood has just been quietly dominant all season. Dylan Moses and Christian Barmore made the third team.
Those great offensive players require coaching that puts them in position to succeed, and Steve Sarkisian was recognized as the best assistant in the nation.
All of these awards are well deserved.
Now on to the business of winning that ugly trophy.