Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Alabama up for ESPY for 'Best Team'
By Edward Aschoff
Alabama's 2011 team has a chance for some more recognition before the 2012 season begins.
The ESPYS are just around the corner and Wednesday marked the first day of voting. While the SEC has some representatives spread throughout the 32 categories, SEC football is only represented by Alabama, as the Crimson Tide is up for the ESPYS' biggest award -- Best Team of the Year.
After being downed at home by only a field goal against LSU on Nov. 5, Alabama won out and eventually faced the Tigers again in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game. Things went very differently for both teams, as Alabama dismantled LSU 21-0 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Alabama possessed arguably the nation's most dominating defense in 2011, putting up historic numbers. The Crimson Tide finished the season No. 1 nationally in a handful of defensive categories, including total defense (183.6 yards per game), rushing defense (72.2), pass defense (111.5), pass efficiency defense (83.7) and scoring defense (8.2 points per game).
That certainly isn't hard to believe, considering Alabama's defense had three players drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. It probably should have been four, with linebacker Courtney Upshaw being drafted early in the second round.
While Alabama's defense garnered most of the attention, running back Trent Richardson, who won the Doak Walker Award, as the nation's best running back, was a Heisman Trophy finalist. Alabama's offense averaged 429.6 yards per game, good enough for second in the SEC, and outscored opponents by almost 27 points per game.
All ESPYS voting categories, with the exception of the award for Best Team, will end July 11, the night of the ESPYS.
In addition to voting on ESPN.com, fans can vote for this award on Twitter by using the hash tag #BestTeam and casting their vote with a nominee's name.
The winner of Best Team will then be revealed at the end of the show.