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Alabama coach Nick Saban one of 16 semifinalists for George Munger Award

Alabama's Nick Saban is one of 16 semifinalist for George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year: Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

TUSCALOOSA—After seeing multiple players named to national awards, Alabama football’s head man has decided to crash the party. Coach Nick Saban was one of 16 candidates named a semifinalist for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award on Friday, per Ron Jaworski—Maxwell Football Club president.

Saban has coached Alabama to 10 wins in nine of the 10 years he’s been at the helm.

Defensively, he’s mentored the nation’s top rush defense (68.8 ypg), while having its second-best scoring defense (12.2 ppg) and total defense (259.9 ypg). On offense, the Crimson Tide is first in the Southeastern Conference in scoring (41.2 ppg) and 11th nationally in rush offense (255.2 ypg).

Saban has guided Alabama to six SEC West titles (since 2008) and it will play in its third straight conference championship game. Voting for semifinalists will begin on Friday, Nov. 18 and end on Sunday, Dec. 11.

The top three coaches will begin the final round of voting, which starts from Dec. 12 through Dec. 27.

The winner of will be announced on Dec. 29.

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

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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