Iron Bowl Saturday. Enjoy these six college football stories about the country’s most heated rivalry.
Four years ago, Nico Johnson sat in the stands at Alabama’s 36-0 Iron Bowl win, eager to put on a crimson jersey. A five-star prospect out of Andalusia High, he took his official visit to Alabama that weekend, even though he already had committed to the Crimson Tide almost three months earlier.
Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb averages 6.3 yards per carry. Stopping him will be one focus for the UA defense Saturday in the Iron Bowl.
Following the conclusion of the weekly post-game workout this past Sunday, senior Alabama defensive end Damion Square addressed his fellow teammates in a team meeting and counseled them about the week ahead.
A 32-point underdog, Auburn's coaches and players say they've been focused on preparation instead of predictions this week.
An Iron Bowl upset could springboard Auburn into next season, but Holland says that simply winning the game doesn't make up for the Tigers' 3-8 campaign and lack of bowl appearance this season.
"This is a special day for the 21 seniors we have on the team coming up on Saturday," Saban said. "I think there are nine scholarship guys and 12 walk-ons. A lot of the guys that were originally in this class are no longer here, because we've had quite a few draft picks and that type of thing.
"This class has done a fantastic job of representing the University of Alabama and representing our program. They've contributed to a large degree the leadership and success that we've had in this organization, and I think it's great to recognize them in our stadium for the last home game and have the community and everybody sort of thank them for the great job they've done in representing the University of Alabama."