MONTGOMERY – Alabama all-star squad made one roster change Tuesday as both teams went through two practice sessions in preparation for Saturday’s noon kickoff for the 28th annual Alabama-Mississippi Football All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl.
Central-Phenix City receiver Tra’veon Samuels was replaced by Spanish Fort’s Kevin Marion, a 6-foot-4, 223-pound end. Samuels had been rehabilitating a playoff injury and was not 100 percent. He plans to enroll at the University of Louisville in January.
Marion caught 23 passes for 287 yards and five touchdowns this season for Coach Mark Freeman’s Toros. He joins teammate Kristian Cotton, an original selection on the Alabama team. Cotton was impressive in both drills. He led Spanish Fort in receiving this past season, making 30 catches for 1,025 yards and 11 touchdowns through 13 games.
Alabama All-Star Coach Jamey DuBose was Samuels’ coach at Central.
Reporting late Monday night was Hoover linebacker Darrell Williams. Mississippi also had one reporting late as well -- receiver Jordan Wright, who was at practice Tuesday.
Alabama quarterbacks Jacob Carroll of Mountain Brook and Tyler Cameron of Foley each looked sharp during passing drills. Players and s The players for both teams toured the Rosa Parks Museum in downtown Montgomery Tuesday night.
Saturday’s all-star game is hosted by the AHSADCA in conjunction with the AHSAA and will be televised live by the Raycom Network over its affiliates in Mississippi and Alabama.
Alabama will practice twice at Huntingdon College Wednesday and Mississippi twice at Faulkner University.
Former University of Alabama and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle, who now works with his dad John Croyle at the Big Oak Ranch near Gadsden, will be the keynote speaker at a dinner for both teams Wednesday night at Wynlakes Country Club.
Alabama’s All-Stars have won the last six games, including a 21-17 victory last year at Cramton Bowl. Alabama has won all three games played at Cramton Bowl since 2011 and is 20-7 overall in the series that dates back to 1988. The series was played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 1988-2010 with one game played at Troy University.
This will be the fourth year that Cramton Bowl has been the host site.
Rosters for both teams can be found at: http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/Rosters.aspx
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are $10 each at the Cramton Bowl ticket booth with children 5-and-under admitted free. Tickets can also be ordered in advance through AHSAA ticket partner PREPTIX at the following link:
Special ticket programs have been set up for schools interested in bringing their teams to Montgomery for the game. Schools may call 334-263-6994 for more details.