Bama LB Terrell Lewis and DB Trevon Diggs Sitting Out Bowl Game

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Alabama’s defense wasn’t nearly as dominating this year as in previous seasons, and now two of their top defensive players are sitting out the Citrus Bowl against Michigan.

Head coach Nick Saban announced that junior linebacker Terrell Lewis and senior defensive back Trevon Diggs are skipping the game in order to prepare for the NFL Draft, and of course avoid an injury. It’s kind of a touchy subject for Saban, unless you are bona-fide high first round draft pick. Even though he respects a kid’s decision to skip a bowl game or turn pro, he has seen players burned in the past by not getting drafted as high as predicted.

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Said Saban:”Does the media pick guys? Do the guys who put the mock drafts up. Do you guys actually have a draft choice? You pick? The people who pick, I’m not sure we have any guy in that position. We have had guys that are going to get drafted in the first round. Got drafted in the 5th round. I don’t think all of that information is exactly accurate. I actually think the NFL teams try to steer the media away from who they are going to pick and who they like.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.