Well, not much is happening right now, other than our Special Teams coach heading to Durham. Still, I think it is time to break out another edition of The Druid’s Five. Today, we feature one receiver who never set the record books on fire, but gave his all every single game.We’re talking about the one and only Matt Caddell.
Playing behind the likes of D.J. Hall and Keith Brown, Caddell really hasn’t seen a majority of the passes during his 4 year tenure in Tuscaloosa. But, that never stopped this guy from giving us his all whenever he was in a position to make a play.
Caddell’s time to shine this season came against Arkansas during the 3rd game of the season. Alabama had taken a quick 21-0 lead in the 1st quarter, only to watch Arkansas bounce back to take a late 38-34 lead. D.J. Hall was the leading receiver that day, but Caddell was quietly having himself a pretty good game as well. But, the Tide was still down as the offense walked onto the field, hoping our 2 minute offense would respond in the form of a touchdown. Well, the offense did its part, traveling inside the redzone in Arkansas territory with 0:08 left on the clock. What happened next would leave Matt Caddell as a part of Alabama history.
That touchdown catch is now up for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year. I doubt we’ll beat the smaller schools, but it is still worth voting for. Caddell finished that game with 91 yards and a TD.
Matt Caddell would end his career in impressive fashion as well in the Independence Bowl against Colorado. Caddell caught a Touchdown, racked up 88 total yards, and blocked a punt with an incredibly gusty effort. I know people will talk about how much we’ll need Hall, and we do, but I will really miss seeing Caddell’s effort on the field. Welcome to the Five Mr. Caddell.