After an outstanding prep career in Elba, where he led the Tigers through a 24-game unbeaten streak while rushing for more than 2,800 yards during his final two seasons, Marlin “Scooter” Dyess arrived in Tuscaloosa during the dark days of the J.B. “Ears” Whitworth regime. In time, he became one of the leaders of Alabama’s resurgence under Paul “Bear” Bryant. As a senior halfback in 1959, as the Crimson Tide finished 7-2-2 and made the first of 25 consecutive bowl appearances, Dyess scored the winning touchdown in Bama’s 10-0 victory over Auburn. He was named a permanent co-captain and played in both the Senior Bowl and the Blue-Gray Game.
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