Alabama head coach Nick Saban has been named to the 2019 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Preseason Watch List announced today by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Saban is among 23 coaches and one of six former Dodd Trophy winners on this year’s list. Entering his 13th season in Tuscaloosa, Saban’s uncompromising dedication to excellence in every phase of the program has resulted in five national championships since 2009. An eight-time National Coach of the Year, Saban has achieved resounding success as a head coach and has earned a reputation as an outstanding tactician, leader, organizer and motivator. After the victory over Georgia in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Saban joined Paul “Bear” Bryant as the only two coaches to win six national titles in the poll era of college football.

The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision head football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character. The winner of the 2019 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.

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