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ALABAMA NOTES Crimson Tide nose tackle Cody is a finalist for Nagurski Award

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Terrence Cody’s list of potential postseason awards continues to grow. The Tide nose tackle landed on the list of finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award released Thursday.

He’s one of five still in the running for the honor presented to the nation’s top defensive player. Other finalists include Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer, Tennessee strong safety Eric Berry, TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes and Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain was also considered as the Tide’s leading tackler (77) was named defensive player of the week by the award committee following a 12-tackle game at Kentucky.

Cody has 20 total tackles including five for lost yardage and two quarterback hurries. His season will be remembered most for his two blocked field goals in the fourth quarter of the Oct. 24 Tennessee win.

The 354-pound anchor of the Alabama defensive line is also a finalist for the Lombardi Trophy and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award.

Fluker virtual redshirt lock

D.J. Fluker was one of the top recruits in Alabama’s incoming freshman class. He’s yet to see the field, though, and is a virtual lock for a redshirt.

Coach Nick Saban said he’s improved quite a bit in spite of his spectator status on game day.

“Fluker has done a lot, lost a lot of weight, gotten in a lot better shape, does a good job every day against the first team defense,” Saban told reporters Wednesday. “But so do the other three offensive linemen over there on that field.”

Saban did not offer an updated weight for the offensive lineman from product who is listed at 6-6, 340 pounds on the current roster 10 pounds lighter than the weight listed in the preseason media guide. Rivals.com named him the No. 3 recruit in the nation and was a member of multiple All-American teams.

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