An estimated 32,000 people turned out at Bryant-Denny Stadium to celebrate with the Crimson Tide
Dre Kirkpatrick, Trent Richardson and Dont'a Hightower declare
Jeremy Shelley sets BCS National Championship and bowl record with five field goals
Crimson Tide visits West Jefferson Medical Center
Alabama in the midst of on site preparations for LSU
One-On-One with Dont'a Hightower
Ringleader of the nation's No. 1 defense responsible for play calls and checks
2010 (SOPHOMORE): Hightower returned to the field in 2010 after a season-ending knee injury against Arkansas in 2009 ... earned second-team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press and SEC coaches ... finished second on the team with 69 tackles, including 30 solo stops ... had nine quarterback hurries and three pass breakups ... forced teams to be aware of his presence on every play ... started the first three games at mike linebacker before sliding back over to his original will spot in the last 10 games and saw his production skyrocket. San Jose State: Made his first career start at mike linebacker ... recorded three tackles with two solo stops ... made the first tackle of the game for the Tide. Penn State: Had just five tackles with four assisted stops but wreaked havoc on the Nittany Lion defense ... a first-half quarterback pressure resulted in a floater that Will Lowery intercepted inside the Tide's five-yard line ... also registered one pass breakup. Duke: Made a then-season-high eight tackles -- five solos -- in a 62-13 rout of the Blue Devils in Durham ... selected as a Defensive Player of the Week by the coaching staff. Arkansas: Started at will linebacker for the first time in 2010 ... made three solo tackles and one assist as the defense stiffened in the second half of the Tide's comeback win. Florida: Recorded six tackles -- three solos -- in the 31-6 win over the Gators ... provided consistent pressure on UF quarterback John Brantley with two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup ... led a defense that allowed 79 yards rushing and 283 total yards. South Carolina: Made five total tackles with two solo stops. Mississippi: Totaled five tackles with three solo stops ... affected the quarterback throughout the game and registered two quarterback hurries ... helped hold the Rebels to 243 yards of total offense and 133 yards passing. Tennessee: Finished with six tackles, including three solo stops ... added a season-high 1.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards) ... had two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup as the Tide limited the Volunteers to 156 yards passing. LSU: Recorded a team-high 10 tackles with two solo stops ... made one tackle for a loss of four yards ... added his eighth quarterback hurry of the season. Mississippi State: Made eight total tackles as the Crimson Tide limited the No. 17 Bulldogs to 299 total yards. Georgia State: Played just under a half against the Panthers in a 63-7 win ... made three tackles as the Tide limited GSU 165 total yards and 91 rushing. Auburn: Made four total tackles with three solo stops in the Iron Bowl ... logged one tackle for loss on Tigers' quarterback Cam Newton ... helped limit AU's offense to 324 total yards and 200 yards below its rushing average. Michigan State: Registered two tackles in the Crimson Tide 49-7 win over the Spartans in the Capital One Bowl ... helped Alabama limit MSU to 171 total yards, including -48 rushing, the second-lowest rushing yield in school history.
2009 (MEDICAL REDSHIRT): He started the first four games at will linebacker before a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Arkansas ended his season ... took a helmet to the knee on a cut block ... before his injury he also spent time at the jack linebacker in many passing situations ... made 16 tackles, four tackles for loss (-7) and one sack (-4). Virginia Tech: Made six tackles with two solo stops ... notched a tackle for loss (-1) and broke up one Tyrod Taylor pass. Florida International: Had three solo tackles and six total stops, while registering his first sack of the season (-4) and 2.5 total tackles for loss ... also had two quarterback hurries. North Texas: Started and made two assisted tackles in limited action in a 53-7 win over UNT. Arkansas: Made two assisted tackles in the first half before an injured knee ended his season.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Hightower was one of two true freshmen to be regular starter for the Crimson Tide in 2008 ... the freshman started 12 games while playing in all 14 ... a Freshman All-American by the FWAA at linebacker ... second-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... also a midseason Freshman All-America selection by Rivals.com ... a Freshman All-SEC selection by league coaches ... finished with 64 tackles - 26 solos - to rank fourth on the team ... also had one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries ... had at least one tackle in each game and had five or more stops in seven of 14 games, including 10 against Tulane and a career-high 11 at LSU ... recorded six quarterback hurries. Clemson: Hightower started at will linebacker and made one solo tackle ... also recovered a fumble on his first series at linebacker. Tulane: He notched the first double-digit tackle game of his young career with 10 total stops and five solo tackles against the Green Wave ... also forced a Tulane fumble. Western Kentucky: Hightower's playing time was reduced as the Crimson Tide spent much of the game in nickel and dime defensive packages ... made one tackle against the Hilltoppers. Arkansas: He notched five total tackles with two solo stops in the Tide's 49-14 win over the Razorbacks. Georgia: Hightower made two assisted tackles against the No. 3 Bulldogs ... also picked up an A.J. Green fumble out of midair and returned it eight yards to set up a second quarter Crimson Tide touchdown ... helped the Tide defense hold Georgia to just 50 yards rushing. Kentucky: He registered five tackles with two solo stops as Alabama surrendered just 35 yards rushing on 20 attempts ... Hightower also had one quarterback hurry that forced one of 22 incompletions from Wildcats' quarterback Mike Hartline. Mississippi: Hightower was second on the team with six tackles as the Tide posted a 24-20 win over the Rebels. Tennessee: He led the team with seven tackles, including three solo stops ... had one tackle for loss (-4) ... helped the Crimson Tide hold the Volunteers to just 36 yards rushing, the fifth team this season to have 50 or less rushing yards. Arkansas State: Hightower logged five total tackles with three solo stops in a 35-0 shutout of the Red Wolves ... helped limit ASU to just 158 yards of total offense. LSU: He recorded a career-best 11 tackles, including two solo stops ... also made a career-best 1.5 TFL (-2) ... his 11 tackles were the most for either team. Mississippi State: Hightower made two tackles with one solo stop in the Crimson Tide's 32-7 win over Mississippi State ... he helped the Tide defense limit the Bulldogs to just 35 yards rushing and 167 total yards. Auburn: He notched four assisted tackles against the Tigers ... aided the Tide defense in holding Auburn to just 57 rushing yards, including just eight yards on the ground in the second half. Florida: Hightower made three solo tackles against the No. 2 Gators ... helped limit UF to almost 100 yards below their season average for total yards ... had one of three quarterback hurries on UF signal-caller Tim Tebow. Sugar Bowl vs. Utah: He did not start as the Crimson Tide opened in a dime defense ... registered two solo tackles and logged one quarterback hurry ... saw action at both weak-side linebacker and jack linebacker.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: He was named the state's defensive MVP by The Nashville Tennessean ... listed on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... earned a four-star rating from Rivals.com and Scout.com ... was Class 3A Mr. Football in Tennessee and voted first-team Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State ... the No. 2 player in the state of Tennessee according to SuperPrep magazine ... member of The Nashville Tennessean's Dream Team ... selected to play in the U.S. Army East-West All-Star game in San Antonio ... the state of Tennessee's No. 3 overall player according to Rivals.com ... Rivals.com's No. 15 inside linebacker in the country ... listed as the No. 39 player overall in The Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... No. 95 player on the Scout.com Southeast 150 list ... recorded 168 tackles (14 for loss), five forced fumbles, five interceptions and four fumble recoveries as a senior ... also had 875 yards and 19 touchdowns on offense.