December 24, 2006
The Round Table MVP: Defense
BamaOnLine.com recently polled the members of its premium message board --the Round Table-- in an effort to identify the Alabama Crimson Tide's most valuable players on offense for the 2006 football season. The Round Table has spoken, and today we'll spotlight the player it tabbed as the Tide's top player on defense.
Simeon Castille was named the Round Table Defensive MVP after leading the Tide in 2006 with five interceptions, six pass breakups and three fumble recoveries. Castille also finished fourth on the team with 65 total tackles, including a team-high 43 solo tackles.
In a landslide victory, the junior from Birmingham was the choice of 248 of the 349 members (71 percent) who took part in the poll. Freshman linebacker Prince Hall was next with 72 votes, while junior defensive end Wallace Gilberry finished third.
Since earning his first career start against Vanderbilt, Hall racked up 71 tackles including 10.5 tackles for loss and two sacks during the 2006 season. Hall also earned Freshman All-American honors from Rivals.com for his spectacular debut season with the Tide.
Gilberry had another solid season starting at defensive end for the Tide putting up 10 tackles for loss, three sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. Gilberry led the defensive line with 39 tackles, including 21 solo tackles.
The following is a sampling of comments made by Round Table members who participated in the poll:
Jabbo C: Anytime Simeon forces a turnover he gets the ball and runs over to Coach Kines full speed and places the ball in his hands.... that's great!
next_hero_07: Even though he got burned a few times, Simeon is the closest thing we have to a real playmaker, so he got my vote.
jmahalas: Simeon is a playmaker, and more so than anyone else can change the game with a single play.
winn001: Simeon.. led SEC in takeaways.. absolute playmaker.
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