On Saturday night, one of the games college football fans look forward to every season took place, as Alabama beat LSU 10-0 in a defensive slobberknocker in Baton Rouge. While all the attention following this game will be focused on Alabama and its push for another national title, or Ed Orgeron's quest to keep the LSU job, we also want to take some time to recognize a player from each team for their efforts off the field.
Ross Pierschbacher is a redshirt sophomore offensive lineman for the Crimson Tide. A marketing major with a 3.0 GPA, Pierschbacher was an SEC first-year academic honor roll member as a freshman. Alabama's starting left guard also spends time serving meals to the homeless at a local church, as well as doing work with military veterans. He also helped out with Alabama's efforts to help flood victims in Nick Saban's home state of West Virginia.
We also want to recognize LSU quarterback Danny Etling, who struggled a bit on the field against the Alabama defense -- who doesn't? -- but is killing it in the classroom. Etling has a 3.744 GPA while majoring in mass communication-public relations, as well as minoring in business administration. Etling was LSU's Student-Athlete of the month in February 2016, and is the school's football representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Etling is also an Eagle Scout and is fluent in sign language.