From Tribune staff reports
TUSCALOOSA — The University of Alabama football team celebrated the season with an annual banquet on Sunday evening and two local players picked up significant honors during the festivities.
Hewitt-Trussville High School’s Malachi Moore was named permanent Alabama team captain along with teammates Dallas Turner and Jalen Milroe. The three player’s designation as captains will be memorialized with the footprint and handprint in concrete at Denny Chimes on the Quad.
Pinson Valley High School’s Kool-Aid McKinstry joined Turner in being selected as the Defensive Players of the Year. The former Indian has been a star for the Crimson Tide since his arrival in Tuscaloosa following a high school state championship.
In addition to being named team captain, Moore won the Trammel Award and President’s Award.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban addressed an audience that included members of the team, coaching staff, administration and support staff following the awards session in which he recapped the 2023 season so far. Saban also discussed the team’s berth in the College Football Playoff and the upcoming Semifinal matchup with top-ranked Michigan, according to RollTide.com.
Here is the complete list of awards.
Unsung Hero Award
To the player who has made significant contributions to the success of the team and received the least recognition for it
Trey Amos, Malik Benson, CJ Dippre, Jah-Marien Latham, Trezmen Marshall, Kobe Prentice, Kristian Story
Commitment to Academic Excellence Award
To the player who has demonstrated the greatest commitment and achievement in his academic endeavors during the previous year
James Brockermeyer, Kool-Aid McKinstry, Jalen Milroe, Shawn Murphy, DeVonta Smith
Iron Man Award
To the player(s) who have shown the most dedication to the individual and team goals of the Crimson Tide’s year-round strength and conditioning program
Caleb Downs, Tim Keenan III, Jam Miller, Jaeden Roberts
Most Inspiring Player
To the player who affects the whole team by his attitude as well as his performance (voted on by the players)
Pat Trammell Award
To a senior player whose character and contributions to the Alabama Football Team most personify the All-American youth of today and has reflected qualities of Integrity, Character, Importance of Academics and Inspirational Leadership during their time at Alabama
Justin Eboigbe, Malachi Moore, Roydell Williams
Jefferson County Distinguished Alumnus Award
A former player who has exemplified the principles, values, character and attitude that make a person successful either during a particular life experience or over a period of time
Most Valuable Player Award
To the overall most valuable player on the team (voted on by the players)
Alabama will face Michigan in the college football playoffs.