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Alabama special teams coordinator wins award

Alabama’s special teams got some recognition Thursday.

Jeff Banks, in his first year as the Crimson Tide’s tight ends coach and special teams coordinator, has been named Football Scoop’s Special Teams Coordinator of the Year.

Under Banks, Alabama is ranked fifth nationally in punt return defense, ninth in punt return average and 25th in kick return average.

The Tide is one of 17 teams to have returned both a punt and a kick for a touchdown.

Previous winners of the award did the voting for the award. Banks will receive his award at the annual American Football Coaches Association Convention in January.

Banks winning means two of Football Scoop’s three Coordinators of the Year are from Alabama. Mike Locksley was announced as Football Scoop’s Offensive Coordinator of the Year earlier this week. Mississippi State’s Bob Shoop is Football Scoop’s Defensive Coordinator of the Year.

Matt Zenitz is an Alabama and Auburn reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mzenitz.

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