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Peek makes the most of transfer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Senior tight end Colin Peek, a first-team Academic All-American, is one of the brightest players on Alabama’s team.

He also has pretty good timing.

In his one and only season of playing for the Crimson Tide after transferring from Georgia Tech, he finds himself on an unbeaten SEC championship team that will be playing for the national championship on Jan. 7 against Texas in the Citi BCS National Championship Game.

“This is my only season here, so you only get one shot. I wanted to make the most of it,” said Peek, a key cog in Alabama’s offense with 26 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns, including the one in the SEC championship game that put a fork in Florida and landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Ironically enough, Peek narrowed it down to Alabama and Florida when he decided to leave Georgia Tech. He knew he wasn’t going to fit into Paul Johnson’s option offense.

His father, Eugene, was a receiver for the Gators in the 1960s and caught passes from Steve Spurrier, and Peek grew up going to the Swamp and watching the Gators play.

But it was Nick Saban that swayed him to Alabama.

“It’s kind of funny. I went home and had so many people come up to me and say, ‘I bet you’re glad you transferred now,’” Peek said. “But even if nothing worked out the way I thought it would, playing for this program and playing for Coach Saban … that was good enough in itself in that you learn so much from a man like that and being a part of this program and the tradition and the prestige that it has, you learn to love everything about Alabama and the Crimson Tide, which encapsulates the fans, the community. It’s such a wonderful environment.

“Just to be able to be a part of the team that could be considered the one that restored the legacy is something that will last with you for a lifetime.”