Playing football in college is the big goal for many young athletes. For 12 guys from around the Tennessee Valley, that dream became a reality when they were recruited by the University of Alabama. Now, this year they get to say they were part of the Tide's College Football Playoff game against No. 4 Oklahoma in Miami.
WAAY 31 had the chance to catch up with a few of the players Thursday at Alabama's Media Day. Check out the video above to hear from the student-athletes who call the Tennessee Valley home.
Alabama Players from North Alabama:
- P Mike Bernier - Senior - Bob Jones
- DL Labryan Ray - Sophomore - James Clemens
- WR John Parker - Junior - Westminster Christian
- TE Michael Parker - Freshman - Westminster Christian
- OL Deonte Brown - Redshirt Sophomore - Austin
- OL Jackson Roby - Freshman - Huntsville
- OL Kendall Randolph - Redshirt Freshman - Bob Jones
- LB William Cooper - Sophomore - Huntsville
- SN Ryan Parris - Senior - James Clemens
- DB Keaton Anderson - Redshirt Junior - Florence
- DB Kyriq McDonald - Redshirt Freshman - James Clemens
- WR Chadarius Townsend - Redshirt Freshman - Tanner