The leader of Alabama’s elite defense got his due on Wednesday.
Senior linebacker Reggie Ragland was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year, a win that wasn’t as much of a sure thing as teammate Derrick Henry’s offensive honor.
While he might not have been the odds-on favorite to take the trophy home, Ragland has built an impressive resumé in 2015. He has 90 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and six passes defensed through 13 games, all while being the unquestioned leader of a Tide unit that ranks No. 2 in yards allowed.
Saturday, Ragland was part of a suffocating front that held the Florida Gators to one total yard between the second and third quarters of the SEC championship game.
Teammates voted him “Defensive Player of the Year” alongside Jarran Reed and A’Shawn Robinson the next day.