Some of the most important aspects of Nate Oats' style  of play are good defense, rebounding, and hustle. To reward players for putting their body’s on the line game in and game out, coach Oats implemented the Hard Hat award (bringing it over from Buffalo), which is given to the player who earns the most "Blue-Collar points."

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After the Tide's 65-55 win over the South Alabama Jaguars on Tuesday night, Nate Oats and his staff awarded rising freshman star Noah Clowney with the award. Clowney helped lead Alabama to another night dominating the glass, hauling in 15 rebounds, leading all players in the game. Adding to his domination on the glass, the South Carolina native caused devastation on the defensive side of the ball, recording three blocks and a steal.

The 6-foot-10 forward garnered much offseason hype after an impressive showing during the Tide's foreign tour in Europe, but not many people believed that he would be this good this soon.

Clowney has been a part of a freshman class that has started the season looking like arguably the best class in the nation with all four recruits contributing at high levels. Clowney and his fellow freshman have brought many skill sets to the Tide that the team has desperately needed.

Coach Oats and his staff will look to get everyone a chance to wear the hard hat after every game this season, as its schedule will only get harder from here. Hopefully, Clowney continues to be a dominant force on both sides of the ball.

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