Semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award
Semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award
2009 (SENIOR): One of the most dangerous return men in the country and a shutdown cornerback, Javier Arenas has started eight games and ranks third on the team in tackles with 52 ... a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive back ... specializes in the corner blitz, which has resulted in four sacks (-43) while making a team-best 10.5 tackles for loss (-74 yards), which ranks second in the SEC ... ranks ninth in the SEC in sacks (4) ... selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week following the LSU game ... ranks 15th nationally and third in the SEC in punt returns at 14.39 yards per return ... is just 106 yards from breaking the SEC career record (1,695 by Vanderbilt's Lee Nalley, 1947-49) for punt return yardage and just 172 yards from breaking Texas Tech Wes Welker's (2000-03) NCAA punt return yardage record of 1,761 ... has returned 13 kickoffs for a 27.4 yard average that ranks 24th nationally and third in the SEC ... ranked 15th in the SEC with 85.88 all-purpose yards per game ... missed the South Carolina game with bruised ribs. Virginia Tech: Recorded five total tackles with three solo stops also registered his first sack of the season ... returned three punts for 35 yards and three kickoffs for 55 yards. FIU: Was selected as the UA coaching staff's special teams player of the week ... returned one punt for 25 yards and had four kickoff returns for 101 yards, which included a season-long 46-yard return ... had four solo tackles and five stops in the Tide's 40-14 win over the Panthers. North Texas: Was nearly unstoppable in the return game, averaging 22.5 yards on four punts and returning one kickoff for 61 yards ... all four of his punt returns, including his long of 36 yards, set up touchdowns for the Tide, while his kickoff return setup a field goal ... made three total tackles on defense with two solo stops ... also tied for the team high with two pass breakups as Alabama held UNT to just 126 yards passing and 187 total yards. Arkansas: Was everywhere for the Tide's defense, recording five tackles - four solos - three tackles for loss (-25) and a career-best two sacks (-21) ... also returned four punts for 49 yards ... had two punt returns called back for illegal blocks to the back, including one that he had returned inside the 5-yard line. Kentucky: Arenas made a season-high eight tackles with five solo stops against the Wildcats, helping the Tide limit Kentucky to just 20 points in a commanding 38-20 win in Lexington ... was named the special teams player of the week by the Alabama coaching staff. Mississippi: Did a little bit of everything against the No. 22 Rebels with five tackles - four solos - his first interception of the season, two kickoff returns for 40 yards and two punt returns ... wrestled away his first pick of the season with an outstanding play that setup a Tide field goal in the first half ... helped limit UM to 197 total yards while forcing QB Jevan Snead into 11 for 34 passing (32.3 percent) and just 140 yards. South Carolina: Missed a start for the first time in two years due to bruised ribs suffered in practice. Tennessee: Produced one of the most impressive games for a defensive back in college football this season ... recorded a career-best 14 tackles with a sack and a career-high 4.5 tackles for loss ... made a tackle on the Tide's first blocked field goal in the fourth quarter ... dropped the UT quarterback for a loss of 12 yards ... returned two punts for 33 yards with a long of 24 yards ... notched his first quarterback hurry of the season. LSU: Was tabbed the SEC Defensive Player of the Week following the Crimson Tide's 24-15 win over the No. 9 Tigers ... made seven tackles, including four solo stops ... recorded two more tackles for loss (-eight yards) ... also had a hurry on LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson ... Excellent decision making in the return game helped UA in field position ... returned three kickoffs for 78 yards with a long of 40 yards.
2008 (JUNIOR): Arenas did a little bit of everything for the Crimson Tide in 2008 from starting at cornerback to returning kickoffs to returning punts ... second-team All-American punt returner by Phil Steele ... second-team All-SEC honoree at both cornerback and return specialist (SEC Coaches) by the Associated Press, SEC coaches, The Sporting News and Phil Steele ... Arenas registered 63 tackles on the season at corner to rank fifth on the team ... had 3.5 TFL (-24) and two sacks (-21) while averaging 15.9 yards on each punt return and 23.6 yards per kickoff return ... finished sixth nationally in average yards per punt return and second in the SEC ... his 650 punt return yards led the nation and set an Alabama single-season record ... his 41 punt returns were also the most nationally, while ranking third in the school annals ... had 87-yard, 80-yard and 73-yard punt returns for a touchdowns in 2008, which gave him the school record of six in his UA career ... is Alabama's career (1,259), single-season (650, 2008) and game (153 vs. Mississippi State, 2008) leader in punt return yards ... had a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown at Arkansas ... had eight total passes defended and seven pass breakups ... two-time SEC Special Teams Player of the Week and a four-time (two defense/two special teams) honoree by the Crimson Tide coaching staff ... captured the President's Award as a player who has shown perseverance in making outstanding contributions to the team's success ... also earned the team's Special Teams Player of the Year Award. Clemson: Arenas logged one solo stop and two assisted tackles as the Alabama defense limited Clemson to zero rushing yards and a mere 188 yards of passing ... returned two punts with a long of 22 yards and two kickoffs with a long of 32 yards. Tulane: He turned in a special game - or half in this case - with a then-school record of 147 punt return yards on five returns against the Green Wave ... ripped off his fourth punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter with an 87-yarder that was the fifth-longest in school history ... also had three tackles at corner, including two solo stops and half of a TFL ... left the game after the first possession of the second half after sustaining a hard hit on his fifth punt return of the game. Western Kentucky: Arenas earned defensive player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff after logging seven tackles with a sack (-12) against the Hilltoppers ... also returned two punts for 19 yards, totaling 38 yards. Arkansas: He intercepted his first career pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown ... logged three total tackles with two solo stops ... averaged 5.3 yards on three punt returns. Georgia: Arenas made three solo tackles against the Bulldogs and broke up one pass ... also returned two punts for 27 yards with a long of 17 yards... averaged 25.0 on two kick returns vs. UGA with a long of 28. Kentucky: He was second on the team with six tackles, including four solo stops ... again showed his ability to blitz off the corner with a quarterback hurry ... returned four punts for 52 yards for an average of 13.0 yards per return with a long of 22 yards. Mississippi: Arenas made five solo tackles and broke up two passes in a 24-20 win over the Rebels ... returned two punts for 14 yards with a long of 11 yards and returned four kickoffs for an average of 26 yards each with a long of 31 ... was named the coaching staff's defensive player of the week. Tennessee: He registered his second sack of the season on the Volunteers' opening drive of the second half on a corner blitz ... made two total tackles ... returned three punts for 17 yards with a long of 22 ... had two kickoff returns for 34 yards. Arkansas State: Arenas made five solo tackles from his corner spot ... also notched one pass breakup in a 35-0 Crimson Tide win over the Red Wolves. LSU: He was second on the team with nine total tackles, including five solo stops ... Arenas also logged half of a tackle for loss (-1) and broke up his seventh pass of the season from his cornerback position ... returned three punts for 23 yards, including a 23-yarder that set up the Tide's final drive in regulation ... had four kickoff returns for 79 yards with a long of 25 yards. Mississippi State: Arenas broke his own school record with 153 punt return yards on six returns ... in the process broke Harry Gilmer's career punt return yardage record ... also set the school record with his fifth career punt return touchdown with an 80-yard return in the third quarter ... at cornerback, Arenas made three tackles and notched one quarterback hurry. Auburn: He made five tackles in the Tide's 36-0 win in the Iron Bowl ... also recorded quarterback hurry ... returned two punts for 20 yards with a long of 14 yards. Florida: Arenas had four tackles and half of a TFL (-1) against the Gators in the SEC Championship Game ... also returned four kickoffs for 95 yards with a long of 41 yards ... averaged 10.0 yards on two punt returns. Sugar Bowl vs. Utah: He returned his third punt of the season for a touchdown on a 73-yard return in the second quarter ... registered five total tackles with four solo stops from his cornerback position ... also returned a season-high five kickoffs for a season-high 134 yards with a long of 36 ... totaled a game-high 207 all-purpose yards.
2007 (SOPHOMORE): Starting return man and a back-up defensive back who saw action in 12 games, missing the Auburn game with an ankle injury ... had 27 kickoff returns for 657 yards this season to rank second in the Tide single-season return charts in both categories ... returned 21 punts for 323 yards and a touchdown ... averaged 15.4 yards per punt return, also the second-best single-season mark in UA history ... ranked second in the SEC and 12th nationally in average punt return yardage (15.4) ... also had 20 tackles, including two for loss, and a pass breakup on defense on the season ... had his best game of the season against No. 3 LSU, when he racked up 237 all-purpose yards, a career high ... had eight kickoff returns, a new school record, for 168 yards against the Tigers ... also had three punt returns for 69 yards, including a memorable 61-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give the Tide a seven-point lead ... played extensively in the secondary in the LSU game as well, recording four tackles, including one for loss, and a pass breakup ... had a season-high 79 punt-return yards on three attempts at Vanderbilt, including his season-long 69-yard effort in the first quarter that set up the team's first score ... also had three kickoff returns for 59 yards and had a tackle against the Commodores ... had six punt returns for 79 yards against Arkansas, including a 58-yarder to the Razorback 2-yard line that set up a touchdown in the third quarter ... set up another key touchdown in the win at Ole Miss with a 54-yard return that led to the game-tying score ... finished with 164 all-purpose yards against the Rebels ... first kickoff return of the season was a 30-yarder, setting up Terry Grant's 47-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, the team's first score of the season ... recorded a 62-yard kickoff return in the 41-17 win over Tennessee and had two tackles in the game ... had a 34-yard kickoff return at Mississippi State ... returned three kickoffs for 76 yards, including a long of 31 against Colorado in the PetroSun Independence Bowl victory ... named SEC Special Teams Co-Player of the Week for his efforts against Ole Miss and LSU and named Alabama Special Teams Co-Player of the Week against Western Carolina, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee and LSU.
2006 (FRESHMAN): The top kick and punt returner on the team as a freshman ... saw action in all 13 games ... had 18 kick returns for 313 yards, an average of 19.1 per return, with a long of 31 yards ... also returned 31 punts for 286 yards, a 9.2 average per return, and had two touchdowns ... returned a punt for and 86-yard score in the PetroSun Independence Bowl game against Oklahoma State to break the Alabama record for the longest punt return in a bowl game ... the effort also set the Independence Bowl record ... had a 65-yard punt return for a score against Florida International, finishing with five returns for 81 yards in the game ... returned four kickoffs for 87 yards in the season opener against Hawai'i ... had 68 all-purpose yards at LSU, with three punt returns for 12 yards and three kickoff returns for 56 yards ... had a kick return for 27 yards and three punt returns for 16 yards against Louisiana Monroe ... had a return for 24 yards of a punt against Arkansas ... recorded 59 all-purpose yards against Ole Miss ... earned Alabama Special Teams Co-Player of the Week against Florida International.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: A highly-regarded punt returner and defensive back at Robinson High School ... set the record for most punt and kick returns for touchdowns at Robinson as a senior, with four punt-return touchdowns and three kickoff returns for scores ... scored 16 touchdowns overall ... first-team All-Suncoast player ... named USA Navy Player of the Week and Bright House Player of the Week in 2005 ... also a track star in the 200 and 400-meter events ... full name is Javier E. Arenas ... born Oct. 28, 1987.