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Rob Ezell walks on for Tide

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com 340-2462

In the spring, former Athens High quarterback Rob Ezell was informed that he could walk-on at Alabama. And after the initial din of excitement wore down, he waited. He worked out, went to summer classes in Tuscaloosa and even went to former Alabama linebacker Conley Duncan’s speed camp a few days a week in Athens with some of his former high school teammates.

On Wednesday, Ezell finally got his chance to don a Crimson helmet — quarterbacks wear black jerseys — with the University of Alabama’s football team.

“He was excited about his first practice and being a part of it,” said Rob’s father, Garner. “It has been a lifelong dream of his to play Division-I football. Walking on is the tough way to go, but he is excited about.”

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Ezell won The Daily’s 4A-6A player of the year in 2005 and 2006.

In 2006, he passed 2,700 yards, 22 touchdowns and rushed for 843 yards and six scores. He finished the season as the state’s all-time leader in total offense. He was named most valuable player of the state’s Class 5A state championship game, which Athens won.

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