Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron had a typically efficient performance, running his stretch of passes thrown without an interception to a school-record 262 as he passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns while completing 16 of 23 pass attempts to spark the Crimson Tide offense.
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SENIOR (2015): Part of the rotation along on one of the nation’s top defensive lines ... recorded 18 tackles, including five for a loss (-17 yards), along with two sacks (-10 yards), two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry ... also blocked one field goal try. Wisconsin: Provided depth on the defensive line, recording one unassisted tackle against UW ... helped limit the Badger offense to just 268 yards of total offense and 17 points. Middle Tennessee: Notched two tackles on the day, both assisted ... helped limit the Blue Raider offense to only 275 yards by day’s end. Ole Miss: Was a disruptive force in a reserve role on the defensive front, recording two stops, including one for a loss (-1 yard), and one quarterback hurry. ULM: Sacked the Warhawk quarterback for a loss of four yards as part of his two tackles on the day ... helped limit the ULM offense to just 92 yards of total offense. Georgia: Extended his streak of multi-tackle games to four straight, notching three total tackles ... one of those tackles went for a loss of five yards. Arkansas: Did not record any stops but provided depth along a Tide defensive front that limited the Razorbacks to just 44 yards rushing. Texas A&M: Provided depth along an Alabama defensive line that limited the Aggies to only 32 yards rushing. Tennessee: Notched two tackles, including his second sack of the season (-6 yards) ... provided depth in an Alabama pass rush rotation that recorded five sacks and eight quarterback hurries by day’s end. LSU: Finished with one tackle against the Tigers ... helped limit the offense to 182 yards total, nearly 250 yards below the Tigers average entering the game. Mississippi State: Saw time along the defensive front but did not record any stats. Charleston Southern: Earned playing time on the defensive line but did not record any stats. Auburn: Tied his season high with three stops along the defensive front ... helped limit the Tigers to 260 yards of offense. Florida: Blocked the Gators’ first attempt at points, knocking down a field goal try in the first quarter ... added one quarterback hurry to help the Tide claim its 25th SEC Championship. Michigan State: Made one stop against the Spartans, helping limit the MSU offense to only 239 yards of total offense. Clemson: Played a key role in Alabama’s defensive performance against the Tigers ... applied pressure to the Clemson quarterback, notching two QB hurries and added one tackle ... also blocked the CU field goal attempt to keep the Tigers from adding three points before halftime.
JUNIOR (2014): Returned after a year in junior college and earned an extensive role at defensive end following a solid spring and fall camp ... played in all 14 games with one start ... had 23 tackles with 13 solo stops, three tackles for loss (-12 yards), two sacks (-9 yards), three pass breakups and five quarterback hurries ... Alabama Defensive Player of the Week for his play against then-No. 1 Mississippi State. West Virginia: Started at defensive end against the Mountaineers and made three tackles with two solo stops ... helped limit WVU to just 28 rushing yards. FAU: Made two assisted tackles against the Owls. Southern Miss: Recorded a solo tackle against USM ... helped limit the Golden Eagles to just 56 rushing yards on 18 attempts. Florida: Broke up a pass and added a quarterback hurry. Ole Miss: Made one solo tackle coming off the bench. Texas A&M: Registered half of a sack (-2 yards) with a career-high four tackles (all assisted). Tennessee: Came off the bench as part of the defensive line rotation and made one solo tackle. LSU: Made two assisted tackles with half of a sack (-2 yards) ... added a quarterback hurry as the Tide allowed just 76 passing yards. Mississippi State: Earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play against the top-ranked Bulldogs ... had three solo stops and four solo tackles. Auburn: Had a game-high two quarterback hurries and knocked down a pass ... made two solo stops in the Tide's 55-44 win in the Iron Bowl. Missouri: Made two solo tackles as the Tide limited the Tigers to just 41 rushing yards. Ohio State: Logged his second sack of the season, dropping the Buckeyes' quarterback for a loss of five yards.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2012): Played in 13 games, with eight tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 25 yards while registering 2.5 sacks for a loss of 20 yards ... earned Freshman All-SEC honors from the league coaches. Michigan: Came off the bench to assist on a sack. Western Kentucky: Recorded two tackles, including one for a loss of four yards. Arkansas: Came off the bench to record a four-yard sack. Florida Atlantic: Assisted on one tackle for loss. Mississippi State: Assisted on one tackle and was credited with a quarterback hurry in the win against the Bulldogs. LSU: Assisted on one tackle in the key victory against the Tigers. Notre Dame: Sacked Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson for an 11-yard loss.
Freshman (2011): Redshirted as a true freshman.
PREVIOUS SCHOOLS AND PERSONAL DATA: Returned to the Capstone after spending the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Tide ... honorable mention NJCAA All-American and first team All-Region choice at East Mississippi Junior College in 2013 ... registered 45 tackles with 18.5 tackles for loss (99 yards) and 11.5 sacks at EMCC in 2013 ... a four-star prospect coming out of junior college and high school ... the No. 15 junior college player by 247Sports Composite and No. 22 in the Top247, while rating as the No. 3 strong-side defensive end ... 16th in the ESPN JC50 and the No. 2 defensive end ... No. 25 in the Rivals Top 100 Junior College rankings ... named a PrepStar JUCO All-American ... redshirted in 2011 and then registered eight tackles with four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks during 13 games in 2012 ... after his senior year at Catholic High School in Pensacola, Fla., ranked as the No. 13 strongside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com and the site's No. 145 player overall ... Rivals.com listed him as the No. 25 overall player in Florida ... ESPNU had him slotted as the No. 21 defensive end in the 2011 class while Scout.com ranked him 23rd ... participated in the Offense/Defense All-American Bowl, where he was selected as the No. 3 prospect ... No. 57 on the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... No. 96 on the Orlando Sentinel's Florida Top 100 ... No. 34 player in Florida by SuperPrep Magazine ... registered 78 tackles and four sacks as a senior in 2010 ... made 85 stops and 16 sacks as a junior in 2009 while also forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble ... a second team All-State choice on the defensive line in the 2B classification in 2009 ... also a 2009 first team All-Area choice by the Pensacola News Journal ... Pettway does not count as an initial counter for the 2014 class after initially signing with the Tide in 2011 ... chose Alabama over Florida State, Florida, Miami, Clemson and Southern California.