Coach: Nick Saban
Alabama Players to watch:
Senior SS Jared Mayden (6-0/200)
Jared Mayden and Shyheim Carter were both recipients of the Pat Trammel Award. The award to given to the senior player, or players, 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.
Mayden will be headed to the Senior Bowl, a little more than three-weeks after the Citrus Bowl. The strong safety has 53 tackles, four interceptions and three passed defended on the season.
Senior STAR Shyheim Carter (6-0/195)
In 2018, Carter put up his most impressive stats, which was the first year he took significant snaps for the Crimson Tide. He logged in two interceptions, one forced fumble and 44 tackles. This year, he has 40 tackles, seven passed defended, and one forced fumble. While Alabama is stocked with bigger names, take a look at Carter, he’s sure to hear his name called on draft day.
Senior DE Raekwon Davis (6-7/309)
“He has been very good,” Nick Saban recently said. “Has worked hard. Certainly tried to set a good example for some of the young guys that are playing around him. I’ve been pleased with his effort.”
Davis, Alabama’s veteran leader along the defensive front, has been credited with 45 tackles, including three tackles for loss and half a sack, along with four quarterback hurries this season. He has two games left in his college career, the Citrus Bowl and the Senior Bowl; then he’ll head off to the NFL.
**Sophomore CB Patrick Surtain II (6-2/203)
Son of NFL Pro Bowl corner Patrick Surtain, Alabama CB Patrick Surtain II graduated from the same American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.,) high school as Michigan DL Mike Morris and TE Nick Eubanks.
Surtain, Jr., totaled 35 tackles to go with three forced fumbles, added seven pass breakups, two interceptions (24 yards), a fumble recovery and one quarterback pressure in 2019.
*Junior WR Henry Ruggs III (6-0/190)
A speedy wideout in the Crimson Tide’s deep wide receiver corps. Ruggs ranks third on Alabama’s career touchdown receptions list with 24, just one behind Jerry Jeudy. He owns the team-long rush (75 yards on a jet sweep) and the second-longest reception (81 yards) this season. Always dangerous with the ball in his hands, Ruggs recorded 38 receptions for 719 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.
*Junior OC Landon Dickerson (6-6/308)
A graduate transfer from Florida State who arrived before the start of fall camp and earned a starting job on the interior of the offensive line. Dickerson was named an All-SEC second-team honoree at center by the league coaches and selected to the All-SEC second team at guard by the Associated Press. He started all 12 games this season, four at right guard and eight at center where he appears to have settled in.
Senior OL Matt Womack (6-7/325)
The redshirt senior from Hernando, Miss., played in ten contest this season. Unfortunately, Womack missed some of the 2018 season due to injury but came back into the mix this season. With forty-one career games, Womack is a versatile player who has seen plenty of action at right tackle and right guard.
Coach: Jim Harbaugh
Michigan Players to watch:
Senior SS Josh Metellus (6-0/204)
Metellus led Michigan defensive backs, and listed tied-third overall, with 63 stops. He made two interceptions among seven total pass breakups and added 3.5 tackles for loss with one fumble recovery. Metellus is tied-16th all-time with 21 career pass breakups. He has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.
Senior OT Jon Runyan (6-5/310)
As a group, this year’s Big Blue OL allowed only 1.83 sacks per game. Michigan’s offense operated at an 81 percent clip in the red zone, scoring on 46 of 57 trips with 35 touchdowns. The U-M offensive line allowed 22 sacks and 57 tackles-for-loss one year after allowing 23 sacks and 59 tackles for loss in 2018. Runyan, a first team All-Big Ten selection, was a key component is the line’s success.
*Junior OC Cesar Ruiz (6-4/316)
Ruiz handled all checks and calls for an offense that generated 5.8 yards per play with a balanced ledger of 24 passing touchdowns and 26 rushing touchdowns. He also was the core of Michigan’s interior offensive line (guard-center-guard) which was the only FBS group to not allow a sack all season.
Senior DE Josh Uche (6-3/253)
Michigan’s sacks leader over the last two seasons is turning pro. Linebacker Josh Uche, who says he had one year of eligibility remaining, announced Wednesday plans to forego his final season at Michigan and enter the 2020 NFL draft. Uche, a Miami, Fla., native said he plans on playing in the Citrus Bowl.
Senior DE Mike Danna (6-2/255)
Danna is a grad-transfer, defensive end, from Central Michigan. As a Chippewa, Danna was one of the most overlooked ends in the country. In his senior-year at Central Michigan, Danna posted 66 tackles, including 15 tackles-for-loss, and 9 1/2 sacks, earning him first-team all-MAC honors. He could have left for the NFL. However, when Jim Harbaugh came knocking on his door, Danna jumped at the chance to play for the Maize and Blue.
Danna didn’t shine out like he had hoped. He only had 35 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, and three sacks to go along with a forced fumble. Still, his freakish athleticism will get him plenty of looks from NFL Scouts – and there will be a lot of them checking out this blue-chip game.
Senior TE Sean McKeon (6-5/248)
McKeon missed several games due to injury but managed two touchdowns and 235 yards on 13 receptions, including a career-long 41-yard catch-and-run against Ohio State. His 18.1 yards per catch are second best on the Michigan roster.
Senior LB Khaleke Hudson (6-0/220)
An assistant captain on defense, Hudson was Michigan’s leading tackler in 2019 with a career-best 97 stops, including 3.5 for loss with two sacks. He added three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and one blocked kick. Uche lists 10th on the team in tackles with a career-high 34, including 23 solo stops. His 11.5 tackles for loss are second on the team, and he leads the way with 8.5 sacks.
Alabama 35, Michigan 16
Camping World Stadium
Jan 1, 2020 | 1 p.m. | ABC
2019 VRBO Citrus Bowl
Kentucky 27, Penn State 24