Every season has its memorable moments and game-changing performances, so we’re counting down the 25 most important figures within or around the Crimson Tide program (or foes) who will determine whether Alabama’s upcoming season is a success.
No. 24: Chuck Karr
Wait, who’s Chuck Karr?
His name doesn’t appear on Alabama’s roster and he’s not a coach. Karr isn’t listed on Alabama’s football media guide or game programs. He’s authored three books, 44 journal articles and 90 conference papers.
So who is he?
Karr is the dean of Alabama’s engineering school and played a crucial part in landing one of the nation’s top recruits last fall. Da’Shawn Hand, a unanimous 5-star and among the best players in the nation chose the Tide over academic heavyweight Michigan and others.
During his televised news conference, Hand took a minute to thank the academic side of the equation.
“On top of that, Dean Karr, the engineering dean, he’s a football guy. I love that guy,” Hand said. “I love civil engineering and they have that major and a couple of players that actually play now are taking that major.”
Hand could very well make an impact this fall as one of the most athletic, speedy defensive linemen best suited for the new-age, fast-paced offenses. Credit Karr with the assist on a few future tackles.