The All-Iron Bowl team since Nick Saban arrived at Alabama

Auburn QB Cam Newton and Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley are two of the best players at their respective positions to compete in the Iron Bowl during coach Nick Saban's run at Alabama. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Alabama and Auburn have had some great games over the years, and if anything, the rivalry has gone to another level since Nick Saban took over at Alabama in 2007. There have been high stakes, epic finishes and some elite talent to come through the Iron Bowl since then.

We decided to look back at the best players in this game since 2007, making our decisions based on their college career and also how they performed each year against their biggest rival.


Cam Newton, Auburn: In what is arguably the best single season in college football history, Newton threw for 2,853 yards and 30 touchdowns and ran for 1,473 yards and 20 scores on his way to a national championship and a Heisman Trophy.

Runner-up: AJ McCarron, Alabama


Tre Mason, Auburn: This was a close call, but in the end Mason had more rushing yards (1,816) and rushing touchdowns (23) in 2013 than Alabama's Trent Richardson had in 2011.

Runner-up: Richardson, Alabama


Amari Cooper, Alabama: Cooper obliterated Alabama records with 124 catches and 16 touchdowns in 2014, earning himself a third-place finish in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Runner-up: Sammie Coates, Auburn

Julio Jones, Alabama: From his freshman year on, Jones was unstoppable. At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, he dominated opposing cornerbacks, averaging 60 catches, 884 yards and five touchdowns over his three seasons in Tuscaloosa.

Runner-up: Darvin Adams, Auburn


Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn: His career was more than one single catch, but who can forget his touchdown late in the 2010 Iron Bowl and the celebratory dance/shuffle that followed?

Runner-up: Jay Prosch, Auburn


Greg Robinson, Auburn: The Tigers’ vaunted rushing attack in 2013 wouldn’t have been nearly as successful if Nick Marshall and Mason didn’t have a future first-round pick in Robinson to run behind.

Runner-up: Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

Andre Smith, Alabama: The definition of physical at 6-foot-4 and 330 pounds, Smith was a unanimous All-American and Outland Trophy winner in 2008.

Runner-up: Lee Ziemba, Auburn

Chance Warmack, Alabama: You want to see a big man move? Go back and watch Warmack pull from the guard position and mow down defenders in 2013. It’s a thing of beauty.

Runner-up: Mike Johnson, Alabama

Barrett Jones, Alabama: A two-time SEC champion, three-time national champion, two-time consensus All-American, Outland Trophy and Remington Trophy winner. Jones left no stone unturned, including playing tackle, guard and center at Alabama.

Runner-up: Anthony Steen, Alabama

Reese Dismukes, Auburn: You can’t draw up a better career from start to finish than Dismukes, who was a four-year starter, an SEC Coaches' All-Freshman Team selection, a Rimington Trophy finalist and an SEC champion.

Runner-up: Ryan Pugh, Auburn


Dee Ford, Auburn: One of the best pure pass-rushers we’ve seen in this Iron Bowl rivalry over the past decade. Ford racked up 14.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks his senior season despite missing two games.

Runner-up: Antonio Coleman, Auburn

Marcell Dareus, Alabama: When he got to Alabama, Darius was 6-foot-3, 280 pounds. When he left, he was up 319 pounds -- stronger than ever, but still had the quickness that made him so special.

Runner-up: A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama

Nick Fairley, Auburn: For only spending two years on the Plains, Fairley certainly left his mark. In 2010, the year Auburn won it all, he had 60 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.

Runner-up: Corey Lemonier, Auburn:

Terrence Cody, Alabama: Nicknamed "Mount Cody" for a reason, the 6-foot-5, 365-pound nose tackle was a perfect fit in the Crimson Tide’s defense, and a big part of why they won the national championship in 2009.

Runner-up: Gabe Wright, Auburn:


C.J. Mosley, Alabama: This was one of the harder decisions both as Mosley and Dont'a Hightower were first-team All-Americans, but Mosley had more than 100 tackles his last two years at Alabama and earned co-SEC defensive player of the year honors as a senior.

Runner-up: Hightower, Alabama

Rolando McClain, Alabama: Was there a more important get in Saban’s first recruiting class? McClain took the reins of the defense as a freshman and never looked back. As a junior, he was named college football’s best linebacker and led the Tide to a national championship.

Runner-up: Josh Bynes, Auburn

Courtney Upshaw, Alabama: Because of Newton's comeback, people forget just how dominant Upshaw was in the 2010 Iron Bowl. The guy finished with 10 tackles, three tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

Runner-up: Reggie Ragland, Alabama


Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama: The former five-star recruit turned into a shutdown cornerback during his three-year stint at Alabama. By the time he was a junior, nobody would throw his way. Yet, he still finished with nine passes broken up.

Runner-up: Jerraud Powers, Auburn

Dee Milliner, Alabama: He didn’t truly break out until his junior year when Kirkpatrick left early for the NFL, but he returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown in the 2011 Iron Bowl (his sophomore year) to put Auburn away.

Runner-up: Javier Arenas


Mark Barron, Alabama: Don’t let his struggles in the NFL fool you. Barron was dominant while at Alabama. Over his last three seasons, he averaged 73 tackles, four tackles for loss and four interceptions per year.

Runner-up: Zac Etheridge, Auburn

Landon Collins, Alabama: This was another tough one. It was so close, in fact, that we went with who performed better in the Iron Bowl over the years. In 2013, Collins had nine tackles, one tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Runner-up: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama