Selma Quarterback Club nears Sept. 14 kickoff

Published 12:11 am Tuesday, August 25, 2009

SELMA — The 2009 season of the Selma Quarterback Club will kick off Sept. 14 when former quarterbacks Tyler Watts of Alabama and Ben Leard of Auburn open the seven-week series.

Beau Boyd, the club’s captain, said he was pleased with the list of speakers this year.

“It’s getting tough to get people we can afford, with the economy,” Boyd said. “I think this year’s speakers, however, will have something that everyone will want to hear.”

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Watts is now a color analyst on CSS after being a Crimson Tide captain for two years (2001-2002) and four-time Academic All-SEC.

Leard was a three-year starter at Auburn from 1997-2000, where he ranks fifth on the school’s career-record list with 359 completions in 592 passing attempts for 28 touchdowns. His completion percentage is second only to Jeff Burger.

The annual dues in the Quarterback Club are $175. Make checks payable to the Selma Quarterback Club and send to Beau Boyd, P.O. Box 1663, Selma, Ala. 36702-1288.

Anyone who registers before Sept. 4 will receive an “Early Bird” prize of a guest ticket for one meeting.

The remaining speakers are:

Sept. 21 — Scott Moore, host of weekday radio show “Southern Sports Tonight.”

Sept. 28 — Lance Taylor and Frank Sanders. Taylor is the host of the Roundtable on WJOX in Birmingham. Sanders, who is a former Auburn wide receiver who played in nine NFL seasons from 1995-2003, is co-host..

Oct. 12 — Max Howell, who worked as an administrator and a coach in several Division-I football programs around the South (Florida State, Ole Miss, and Troy University) after playing at Auburn and Troy.

Oct. 19 — Hank Nichols, retired NCAA overseer of men’s basketball officials.

Nov. 2 — Rob Pate, who was a four-year football starter at Auburn and won the Pat Dye Leadership Award.

Nov. 16 — R.C. Slocum, the winningest coach in Texas A&M history who coached 30 of his 31 years at College Station.