TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama will unveil the statue of coach Nick Saban before the spring game on April 16.
The statue has been in the works since the Crimson Tide won the 2009 national championship. Saban will join four other Alabama coaches who received statues at the Walk of Champions plaza outside Bryant-Denny Stadium after leading teams to national titles.
The others are Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Bear Bryant and Gene Stallings.
Athletic director Mal Moore said Friday the statue is “a fitting tribute to the accomplishments of our entire football program under his leadership.”
Plaques will honor players and staff members from each of the national title teams.
The ceremony will include Stallings and representatives of the Wade, Thomas and Bryant families.
LB Watkins has knee surgery
Linebacker Alex Watkins has undergone knee surgery and will miss the rest of spring practice.
Saban said Friday that Watkins hurt his knee Wednesday and had surgery a day later. Saban says he expects the senior backup to be recovered in time for fall camp.
Watkins had 16 tackles last season, along with 2½ quarterback sacks.
The Tide is nearly halfway through spring practices and scrimmages for the first time today at Bryant-Denny Stadium.