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A trio of Alabama players bring home SEC awards

Cedric Mason- Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Alabama made a splash this week as running back Derrick Henry, linebacker Reggie Ragland and offensive center Ryan Kelly all collected awards, via the Southeastern Conference.

Henry, who is a Heisman finalistwon SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year. He leads the conference in rushing with 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns on 339 attempts. His mark in rushing yards and touchdowns rank first all-time in Alabama’s single season record books. Henry’s 1,986 yards surpass Georgia legend Herschel Walker for most by an SEC player in a season. He averages 152.77 rushing yards per game.

Henry is also a finalist for the Maxwell, Doak Walker and Walter Camp national awards.

Ragland, a senior, won SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year.

He anchored an Alabama front seven that is second nationally in total defense (258 ypg), first in rush defense (74.0 ypg), fourth in scoring defense (14.4 ppg) and first in sacks with 46.

Ragland led the team in tackles (90), while totaling 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, six pass breakups, six quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. Alabama becomes the first school to have players win both offensive and defensive player of the year, since the award started in 2003. Ragland remains a finalist for Dick Butkus, Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurki awards, while being projected as a first round draft pick.

Kelly, a senior, took home multiple accolades.

He was named the SEC’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy. Kelly is a finalist for the Rimington Award, an honor given to the nation’s top center.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.


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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