The Druid’s Five: Second Edition

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.

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The Druid’s Five: First Edition

As an Alabama fan, I will always cheer for every single player that puts on a crimson uniform. But, there were five players that really stood out this year for all of the right reasons. For the purposes of this blog (trying to boost my ego) I’ll label my group of endeared players as “The Druid’s Five”. Today, we start with one player that will be grabbing attention for years to come: # 25 Rolando McClain.

This guy was everywhere this season. He first grabbed our attention when he took over the middle linebacker position from Prince Hall, the “QB of the Defense” position as some have called it. What makes this so amazing is the fact that McClain is a true freshman in every sense of the word.

While he and Hall ended up trading the spot a little bit, McClain gave us a great effort throughout the season. He’s a hard worker, an instant leader, and a big body that will hopefully help to plug up our defense for years to come. His latest performance in the Independence Bowl really inspired me as he got an interception and a good number of tackles. The guy also separated his shoulder and broke his thumb…. all in a days work for this future star. I just hope he keeps the injuries down as he continues his career for the Crimson Tide.

Welcome to The Druid’s Five, Rolando. I’ll soon be sending you the financial prize associated with my list. What might it be you ask? $500 cash….. in totally just kidding fake money. Look, I’m not a bank, ok? Besides, we all know what happened the last time a football player got money from a crazy fan. Just keep up the good work big guy.