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Head coach Nick Saban and Alabama is set to speak at SEC Media Days on Wednesday. Reggie Ragland, Ryan Kelly and A’Shawn Robinson were named to the Lombardi Award watch list, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

The award is given to the top down offensive or defensive lineman.

The list will cut down to 12 semifinalist, until a winner is chosen on Dec. 10, 2015.

Ragland, a senior, was named to the Butkus Award watch for 2015. He accounted for 95 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2014. Ragland will play at inside linebacker this season.

Kelly, a fifth-year senior, was named to the Outland Award and Remington Trophy watch lists. He enters his third season as Alabama’s starting center, after logging 14 games in 2014 with 12 starts. Kelly anchored an offensive line that blocked for 484.5 yards per game last season. He guided the Crimson Tide’s running backs to 206.6 rushing yards per game.

Robinson, a junior, has been named to multiple award watch lists, including Chuck Bednarik, Bronko Nagurski and Outland Trophy. He totaled 49 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked kick last season.


Stephen M. Smith is a staff writer and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine, Pick Six Previews and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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