Yeldon Again Gets Dixie Howell Award

T.J. Yeldon

Does T.J. Yeldon get to retire the Dixie Howell Award? The junior tailback won the award for the third consecutive year as the most valuable player in the A-Day Game.



T.J. Yeldon led all Alabama runners in the game with 11 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown, and won the award selected by sportswriters covering the game in spite of playing on the losing team. Yeldon also had nine yards on one pass reception.

Also selected by sports reporters, linebacker D.J. Pettway of the White Team and defensive lineman Jonathan Allen of the Crimson Team were voted co-winners of the Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the Game Award given to the game's most valuable lineman. Pettway intercepted a pass and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown for the winning White team's first touchdown. Allen was in on six tackles, including four behind the line for 18 yards in losses.

Other awards were selected by the Alabama coaching staff based on the entire spring and presented to players following the game by Head Coach Nick Saban. They are:

Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter Award – Jalston Fowler, Reggie Ragland

Jerry Duncan "I Like to Practice" Award – Chris Black, DJ Pettway, Bradley Sylve, Nick Perry

Billy Neighbors Defensive Lineman Award – A'Shawn Robinson

Paul Crane Offensive Lineman Award – Austin Shepherd

Bobby Johns Defensive Back Award – Landon Collins, Jarrick Williams

Johnny Musso Offensive Back Award – T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry

Ray Perkins Receiver Award – Amari Cooper, Christion Jones

Woodrow Lowe Linebacker Award – Trey DePriest

Derrick Thomas Community Service Award – Arie Kouandjio, O.J. Howard

Bear Bryant Outstanding Non-Scholarship Award – Paul Waldrop, Tyler Owens, Parker Barrineau, Josh Dickerson

Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award – Cam Robinson, Tony Brown, Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams, Eddie Jackson, Robert Foster

Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award – Geno Smith, Xzavier Dickson, Leon Brown, Jarran Reed, Brandon Ivory, Grant Hill

Mal Moore Leadership Award – Brian Vogler, Denzel Devall Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award – Blake Sims, Ryan Kelly

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