No Alabama defender ever prowled the neutral zone with more tenacity than defensive tackle Randy Edwards (1980-83). A native of Marietta, Ga., the cerebral Edwards was a fierce competitor who played a leading role on some Crimson Tide defenses that were dominant and others that were short-handed and riddled with inexperience. One of his proudest moments came during a big victory over Penn State in 1981, when Alabama stopped Joe Paterno’s Nittany Lions with a memorable goalline stand, helping secure Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s record-tying 314th career victory. As a senior during Ray Perkins’ first season as head coach in 1983, Edwards became the undisputed leader of an undermanned unit, and was eventually recognized by his teammates as a permanent co-captain.
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