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
The 30 summer graduates will join the 104 Tide student-athletes who graduated following with the fall and spring semesters, pushing the athletics department's graduation tally at 134 for the 2012-13 academic year
OUTLOOK: A powerful running back who provides added dimensions of blocking and pass catching at h-back for the Crimson Tide's offensive backfield ... played in 38 career games serving as a running back, h-back, tight end and on special teams ... has carried the ball 101 times for 669 yards and five touchdowns ... averages 6.6 yards per carry ... has excellent hands, accounting for eight receptions and five touchdowns.
JUNIOR (2013): A veteran running back/h-back who did a little bit of everything in the Tide offense ... registered seven receptions for 15 yards with five going for touchdowns ... his five receiving touchdowns were the second-highest total on the team ... played in all 13 games, after losing most of his sophomore season to an injured knee ... made his first career start at running back in the third game of the season against Colorado State ... rushed for 88 yards on 20 carries. Virginia Tech: Came off the bench at h-back and as the second running back on the field against the Hokies ... caught one pass and carried the ball three times. Texas A&M: Averaged 9.3 yards per rush in win over the No. 6 Aggies ... caught a five-yard pass from AJ McCarron late in the fourth quarter to seal the win ... rushed four times for 37 yards, with a long of 15 yards. Colorado State: Made his first career start against the Rams ... carried five times for 10 yards at running back. Ole Miss: Came off the bench to rush twice for nine yards, while also contributing at h-back. Georgia State: Caught his second touchdown pass of the season on a one-yard play-action pass. Arkansas: Caught a four-yard touchdown on a play-action pass, on the first possession of the game ... rushed three times for eight yards. LSU: Caught his fifth pass of the season and scored his fourth receiving touchdown. Chattanooga: Made one catch for a loss of one yard. Auburn: Caught his fifth touchdown of the season on a play-action pass from three yards out ... McCarron rolled to his right and found Fowler in the front corner of the end zone.
REDSHIRT (2012): Filled a myriad of roles in the Alabama offense before his knee injury in the second half of the Western Kentucky game ... was working at running back, fullback and h-back/tight end ... had 85 rushing yards on 11 carries for a 7.7 yards per carry average ... also had one reception for six yards. Michigan: Rumbled for 67 yards on just eight carries in the 41-14 win over the No. 8 Wolverines. Western Kentucky: Rushed three times for 18 yards and caught one pass before a left-knee injury ended his season.
SOPHOMORE (2011): Gave Alabama a reliable option off the bench at running back in 2011 ... backed up Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy ... finished with 385 yards on 56 carries, with four touchdowns in 13 games ... averaged 6.9 yards per carry ... converted 16 first downs rushing the football. Kent State: Went for a career-best 69 yards on just four carries for a 17.3 yards per carry average ... scored his first touchdown of the season on a 49-yard burst off the right side of the line of scrimmage. Penn State: Came into the game in a couple of goal-line situations against the Nittany Lions. North Texas: Ran three times for 20 yards ... rushed for one first down. Arkansas: Carried the ball four times for 11 yards in the win against the Razorbacks. Florida: Totaled five carries for 19 yards in the win at the Swamp. Vanderbilt: Recorded a career-high 13 carries against the Commodores ... totaled 58 yards with a long rush of 10 yards. Mississippi: Ran for a career-high 125 yards on just nine carries ... scored two touchdowns, including a long run to paydirt of 69 yards. Tennessee: Carried the ball nine times for 27 yards. Georgia Southern: Rushed eight times for 41 yards, including a long run of 22 yards. Auburn: Ran the ball once for a 15-yard touchdown.
FRESHMAN (2010): Played in 11 games, earning time on special teams and at running back ... totaled two tackles and rushed the ball 14 times for 111 yards with a 36-yard touchdown ... averaged 7.9 yards per carry as a freshman. San Jose State: Recorded one tackle on kickoff coverage against the Spartans. Duke: Made one tackle on special teams ... earned his first playing time at running back and carried the ball six times for 48 yards with a long of 17. Tennessee: Rushed the ball two times for three yards. Mississippi State: Came off the bench to rush the ball three times for 15 yards, with a long run of six yards. Georgia State: Rushed the ball twice for 42 yards and recorded his first career touchdown with a 36-yard run. Michigan State: Had one carry for three yards in the Crimson Tide's 49-7 win over the Spartans.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Was a four-star running back out of Vigor High School ... a bruising back who enrolled at Alabama in January of 2010 to get a head start in spring practice ... listed as the No. 2 fullback nationally by Scout.com ... SuperPrep All-American ... rated as the No. 9 player in Alabama by SuperPrep ... No. 10 on The Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 and No. 97 in the publication's Super Southeast 120 ... the No. 3 player in the Birmingham News Super Senior postseason rankings ... a PrepStar All-American at running back ... Tom Lemming ranked him as the No. 20 big back/fullback nationally ... rushed for 1,182 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2008 ... also caught 27 passes for 391 yards and a score ... led his Vigor team to the 2008 5A Alabama State Championship ... was an Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State selection ... named a Birmingham News Super Senior in 2009 ... also an outstanding linebacker.