Quarterback AJ McCarron completed 17 of 29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception on Saturday, connecting six times for 178 yards and one touchdown to wide receiver Amari Cooper
Players of the Week for the Colorado State Game.
CJ Mosley and Trey DePriest on Defense.
DeAndrew White and Christion Jones on Offense.
Landon Collins, Altee Tenpenny, and Kenyan Drake on Special Teams
Alabama Football plays Auburn at Bryant Denny Stadium
OUTLOOK: An explosive option at running back who gives the Crimson Tide a variety of options in both the running and passing games ... returns from a broken leg suffered in the fifth game of the 2014 season ... played in 29 career games with 1,087 rushing yards and 20 total touchdowns.
JUNIOR (2014): A regular in the Alabama rotation at running back before breaking his left leg at Ole Miss in the fifth game of the 2014 season ... elusive with explosive speed that excels in third-down situations and catching the ball out of the backfield ... had 22 carries on the season for 112 yards and a 5.1 yards per carry average ... had four rushing touchdowns and six total scores ... caught five passes for 159 yards, averaging 31.8 yards per catch with two receiving touchdowns before his injury ... had two explosive rushes of 12 yards or more and two explosive receptions of 16 yards or more ... converted 11 first downs, six rushing and five receiving ... named the Special Teams Player of the Week following the Southern Miss game. West Virginia: Rushed three times for seven yards in the season opener against the Mountaineers. FAU: Carried the ball six times for 31 yards and one score ... hauled in two catches for 53 yards with a 39-yard catch-and-run touchdown. Southern Miss: Recorded a career-high three rushing scores ... averaged 6.6 yards per rush, carrying the ball nine times for 59 yards ... caught one pass for nine yards. Florida: Caught a career-long 87-yard touchdown on the Tide's first play from scrimmage ... rushed four times for 15 yards with one first down ... finished with 102 all-purpose yards. Ole Miss: Broke his lower left leg on his only catch of the game, a 10-yard gain for a first down.
SOPHOMORE (2013): Developed into a play-making threat at running back ... played in 11 games with one start, while rushing for 694 yards on 92 carries (7.5 ypc) with eight touchdowns ... added 12 receptions for 135 yards (11.2 ypc) ... 14th in the SEC at 57.8 rushing yards per game ... converted 37 first downs on the ground and seven through the air ... had 15 explosive rushes of 12 yards or more, plus four explosive receptions of 15-yards or more ... averaged 71.8 rushing yards per game in SEC action ... blocked a punt and made four tackles on kickoff coverage. Texas A&M: Rushed for 50 yards off the bench against the No. 6 Aggies, on seven carries ... added one reception for two yards. Colorado State: Blocked a punt that was returned by Dillon Lee for a touchdown ... caught one pass for 22 yards and a first down while scoring his first rushing touchdown of the season on a three-yard burst up the middle ... earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the coaching staff. Ole Miss: Recorded career highs in rushing yards (99) and carries (12) ... exploded for a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Georgia State: Carried the ball five times for 40 yards, with a long of 22 ... also caught a pass for a 23-yard touchdown. Kentucky: Registered his first 100-yard rushing game with 106 yards on 14 carries (7.6 ypc) ... added a pair of one-yard touchdown runs ... made three receptions out of the backfield for 44 yards, with a long of 24 to finish with 150 all-purpose yards. Arkansas: Went for over 100 yards rushing for the second straight week, with 104 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries (13.0 yards per carry) ... scored from 46 yards on an electric run, diving over from one-yard out ... also caught one pass for 11 yards ... had five explosive rushes of 12 yards or more and converted four first downs ... named an Alabama Offensive Player of the Week by the coaching staff. Tennessee: Rushed for a game-high 89 yards on 14 carries and caught one pass for 15 ... converted six first downs rushing and one receiving, as Alabama put up 45 points on the Volunteers. LSU: Rushed 10 times for 65 yards ... averaged 6.5 yards per carry and added one reception for 10 yards ... four of his rushes converted first downs. Mississippi State: Rushed four times for 28 yards, with a long of 21 ... caught two passes for nine yards and made one solo tackle on special teams. Chattanooga: Started his first career game and rushed for 77 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries ... averaged 7.0 yards per carry ... converted five first downs and had three explosive runs of 12 yards or more, including a 13-yard touchdown scamper. Auburn: Rushed four times for 33 yards with a long burst of 11 yards ... also recorded one solo tackle on special teams.
FRESHMAN (2012): Played in 12 games during his true freshman season, coming off the bench to rush 42 times for 281 yards and five touchdowns ... averaged 6.7 yards per carry and 23.4 yards per game. Michigan: Ran once for two yards in collegiate debut. Western Kentucky: Took advantage of his only carry against the Hilltoppers, finding the end zone on a 32-yard run. Arkansas: Rushed six times for 57 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown. Florida Atlantic: Recorded a touchdown for the third straight game, while rushing five times for 35 yards ... scored on an eight-yard run to open the fourth quarter. Missouri: Carried the ball four times for 11 yards, including a four-yard touchdown. Tennessee: Ran the ball four times for 22 yards, with a long rush of 10 yards. Mississippi State: Rushed eight times for 47 yards, including a three-yard touchdown. Auburn: Ran for a season-high 67 yards on a season-best 10 carries, with a long rush of 38 yards. Notre Dame: Carried three times for eight yards in the Tide 42-14 win in the BCS National Championship Game.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Consensus four-star prospect and one of the top players in Georgia ... versatile athlete who earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 honors ... the No. 88 player nationally in the 247sports.com Top 247 while ranking as the service's No. 4 all-purpose running back and the No. 7 player in the state of Georgia ... Rivals.com listed him as the country's No. 13 running back and 185th in the Rivals250 ... also the No. 13 prospect in Georgia by Rivals.com ... ESPNU ranked him as the No. 15 running back and the No. 105 player in the ESPNU Southeast Top 150 ... Scout.com rated Drake as the No. 17 running back nationally ... No. 57 in the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... PrepStar All-American and All-Southeast Region choice ... second team All-State selection by the Georgia Sports Writers Association in 2010 and 2011 ... named to the All-Cobb County team and All-Region 4-AAAAA ... rushed for 1,610 yards on 175 carries as a senior with 18 rushing touchdowns while averaging 9.2 yards per carry ... also had 315 receiving yards with five scores while returning two kickoffs for touchdowns ... Georgia's Gatorade Player of the Year ... won the 100-meter championship in AAAAA ... coached by David Ironside at Hillgrove High School ... chose Alabama over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Purdue.