No. 5 Alabama Beats No. 7 Virginia Tech 34-24 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
2011 (SENIOR): Darius Hanks is one of the Tide's most experienced and valuable wide receivers ... missed the first two games of the season due to a NCAA redshirt suspension, resulting from playing in one game during his true freshman season ... returned to action against North Texas and started eight straight games at wide receiver before missing the Georgia Southern game with a sprained ankle ... returned at Auburn but did not start ... has 21 receptions on the year for 270 yards and one touchdown ... 15 of his 21 catches have gone for first downs and five of his six catches on third down have converted a first down ... has seven explosive plays of 15 yards or more. North Texas: Caught two passes for 20 yards ... both receptions went for Alabama first downs in a 41-0 victory. Arkansas: Hauled in two more passes against the Razorbacks, including an eight-yard slant across the middle for the first down in the second half of the 38-14 win. Florida: Had two receptions for 19 yards, including a 13-yard grab that converted a first down. Vanderblit: Registered his best game to date with a career-high-tying five receptions for 60 ... hauled in his first touchdown reception of the season on a 17-yard pass on third down and seven in the fourth quarter ... three of his five catches went for first downs. Mississippi: Caught four passes for 63 yards ... had one explosive play of 36 yards ... three of his four receptions went for first downs. Tennessee: Recorded another solid game with three grabs for 21 yards against the Vols ... all three receptions were good for first downs, including one on third down ... had a long catch of 21 yards. LSU: Hauled in two 19-yard receptions against the No. 1 Tigers ... both catches converted two first downs. Mississippi State: Sprained an ankle in the first quarter and did not return ... had one catch for two yards.
2010 (JUNIOR): Started all 13 games while recording at least two catches in 11 games ... finished the year with 32 receptions for 456 yards and three touchdowns ... gained at least 50 yards receiving in five of the 13 games ... ranked third on the team in receptions and yards ... 20 of his 32 catches went for a first down ... had nine explosive plays of 15-yards or more. San Jose State: Started and instantly impacted the Tide passing game with three receptions for 66 yards, including a long of 34 yards in a 48-3 win over the Spartans. Penn State: Again came through for the Tide with three catches for 52 yards and a long play of 31 yards. Duke: Hauled in his first touchdown of the season with a nine-yard catch in the right corner of the end zone on UA's opening drive ... also had a catch and run of 31 yards ... selected as an Offensive Player of the Week by the Tide coaching staff. Arkansas: Made two receptions for 27 yards with a long of 14 yards ... both catches converted first downs for the Crimson Tide. Florida: Was named one of the Offensive Players of the Week by the coaching staff ... hauled in three passes for 33 yards ... caught a key first down pass for a gain of 14 yards. South Carolina: Caught two passes for 55 yards and a touchdown ... his 51-yard touchdown was the longest reception of his career. Mississippi: Recorded one catch for four yards against the Rebels. Tennessee: Caught three passes for 10 yards, including a long of nine yards. LSU: Caught two passes for 40 yards, including a long reception of 18 yards. Mississippi State: Earned the start at wide receiver and hauled in three passes for 55 yards with a long of 39 yards. Georgia State: Was named one of the Offensive Players of the Week by the coaching staff ... hauled in two passes for 23 yards, including a long a 21 ... sealed off some key blocks on the outside at the wide receiver position. Auburn: Recorded a career-best five receptions in the start against the rival Tigers ... tallied 39 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown strike. Michigan State: Started his 13th game of the season ... carried the ball one time for six yards ... did not have a catch for the first time all year.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Hanks has played all 14 games and earned seven starts at wide receiver ... fifth on the team with 17 catches for 272 yards ... averaged 16.0 yards per catch and 20.9 receiving yards per game ... was also a threat on third down by catching five passes that have moved the chains ... 11 of his 17 receptions went for first downs. Virginia Tech: Caught three passes for 55 yards, including a big 35-yard gain on third down that sparked a scoring drive in the first quarter. Florida International: Earned his first career start ... caught one pass for 11 yards. North Texas: Caught two passes for 28 yards with a long of 20 that gave the Tide a first down. Arkansas: Hauled in one pass for 32 yards ... the reception was his second longest of the season. Kentucky: Collected his first career touchdown passing and hauled in two passes for 34 yards with a long of 27 ... was named the offensive player of the week by the Alabama coaching staff. Mississippi: Started but did not have any catches. South Carolina: Came off the bench but did not record a catch. Tennessee: Tied a season-high with three catches ... tallied 17 yards with a long of eight yards. LSU: Had one catch for 21 yards but his one reception came in impressive fashion as it went for a touchdown early in the third quarter. Mississippi State: Hauled in a touchdown pass for the second consecutive game, bringing in a 45-yard strike from Greg McElroy to open the scoring for Alabama ... tallied three receptions for 59 yards. Chattanooga: Came off the bench and did not haul in a catch. Auburn: Caught one pass for 15 yards and a first down ... his catch converted a third down for the Tide and kept a scoring drive alive. Florida: Came off the bench but did not record any statistics. Texas: Started his seventh game of the 2009 season as the Tide's third wide receiver ... did not catch a pass as the Tide clinched their 13th national championship.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Hanks emerged as one of Alabama's top wide receivers late in his freshman season ... played in eight games with eight receptions for 88 yards ... caught a pass in four straight games (Arkansas State, Mississippi State, Auburn and Florida) ... averaged 11.0 yards per catch ... six of his eight catches went for first downs, including two on third down ... made one grab in the 2007 opener before getting hurt. Clemson: Hanks played but did not have a catch in the Tide's 34-10 win over the Tigers. Tulane: He appeared to have one catch against the Green Wave, but was unable to get a foot in bounds and was ruled incomplete. Western Kentucky: Hanks made his first catch of the 2008 season against the Hilltoppers, pulling in an 18-yard reception from Greg McElroy on the first drive of the fourth quarter. Arkansas: He played but did not make a catch. Georgia: Hanks did not make the trip because of a slight injury. Kentucky: He did not see the field against the Wildcats. Mississippi: Hanks did not play vs. the Rebels. Tennessee: He traveled to Knoxville but did not play. Arkansas State: Hanks hauled in his second pass of the season on a 10-yard reception from quarterback John Parker Wilson in the second half against the Red Wolves. LSU: He did not play against the Tigers. Mississippi State: Hanks played his best game of the year against the Bulldogs with two receptions for 24 yards, including a 12-yard grab on third down that was good for a first down. Auburn: He made one catch for 17 yards on the Tide's first scoring drive of the game ... hauled in the tough catch that was behind him on 2nd-down-and-14 for the first down. Florida: Hanks was second on the team with three catches for 10 yards ... hauled in a 10-yard first down reception in the first half against the Gators. Sugar Bowl vs. Utah: He played but did not record any statistics.
2007 (REDSHIRT): He appeared in the first game of the season against Western Carolina ... caught a pass for six yards against WCU ... received a medical redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Hanks prepped at Norcross High School, becoming one of the top receivers in the area in his career ... The Atlanta Journal-Constitution First-Team Class 5A All-State selection and a First-Team All-Region 7 pick ... caught 55 passes for 857 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior ... also ran for 63 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and picked off six passes on defense ... finished second in Class 5A in receptions and receiving yards as a senior ... had 378 receiving yards in five games as a junior despite missing most of the season after a broken leg sidelined him ... participated in the Clemson Nike camp... coached by Keith Maloof.