Take a quick look at my GameDay section story for this, the final Alabama home game of the 2011 season:
TUSCALOOSA — The seeds were planted back in February 2008.
All indications pointed to success for head coach Nick Saban’s first full recruiting class after taking the job a year earlier.
Those 32 high school seniors made up a consensus No. 1 group in the country, loaded with top names.
Today, the 14 remaining members of that heralded class will take the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium one final time against Georgia Southern. They’ll be joined by eight of the sometimes forgotten 2007 signing class that includes the last of Mike Shula’s recruits.
Together, these veterans played a major role in pushing the program up from mediocrity and back to national prominence.
A win today would give the seniors 46 wins, surpassing the graduating class of 1994 for most in school history. This is in addition to the undefeated SEC and national championship 2009 team fueled by many of those departing this fall.
“There’s no doubt that group was sort of the group that turned the program around, bought in, did the things that we all wanted to do to make it better,” Saban said. “They set the example and have certainly made a more significant contribution than anybody would realize.”
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