No. 1 Alabama goes on the road to face against Tennessee
2012 (SENIOR): Veteran staple of the Alabama secondary ... named honorable mention All-SEC by the AP ... has started all 13 games in 2012 and 39 in his career ... boasts team-best four interceptions, tied for sixth in the SEC ... has 42 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss (-11 yards) and 1.5 sacks (7 yards), plus a fumble recovery and three pass breakups ... tied for fifth in career interceptions at Alabama (14) and eighth in interception return yardage (183). Michigan: Had one assisted tackle and broke up a pass as Alabama limited the No. 8 Wolverines to 269 yards of offense. Western Kentucky: Made three assisted stops in shutout of the Hilltoppers. Arkansas: Registered five tackles, including half a sack in shutout victory over the Razorbacks ... helped limit Arkansas to 79 passing yards. Florida Atlantic: Made two solo tackles against the Owls and recorded his first full sack of the season (six yards) ... part of the Tide's starting unit allowed only 35 yards of offense to the Owls in three quarters of action ... earned defensive player of the week honors from the coaching staff. Mississippi: Snared his first interception of the season to thwart a Rebel drive ... had two solo tackles as the Tide allowed only 218 total yards, including 80 yards on the ground. Missouri: Recorded three tackles (two solo) as the Tide held the Tigers to three yards rushing and 129 total yards ... made one tackle for loss and broke up a pass. Tennessee: Snagged a Tyler Bray pass in the end zone for his second interception of the season ... had four tackles (two solo), as the Tide held the Vols to more than 200 yards below their season average for total offense. Mississippi State: Thwarted a 97-yard drive by the Bulldogs on 3rd and 1 from the 1-yard line with an interception in the end zone ... added one assisted tackle, one fumble recover and broke up a pass. LSU: Registered three total tackles with two solo stops. Texas A&M: Made five total tackles (three solo). Western Carolina: Started but did not have any statistics with the starting defense exiting the game late in the second quarter. Auburn: Latched onto his fourth interception of the season and made five tackles (four solo) ... returned that interception 31 yards to set up an Alabama touchdown in the 49-0 shutout. Georgia: Registered a team- and career-high eight tackles in 32-28 victory over the Bulldogs ... had three solo stops and notched one tackle for loss (-3 yards).
2011 (JUNIOR): An honorable mention All-American by SI.com after earning second-team Walter Camp All-American in 2010, Robert Lester started all 13 games at strong safety ... registered 39 tackles on the season with three pass breakups, a forced fumble, 1.5 tackle for loss (-2 yards) and a blocked field goal ... intercepted his first pass of the season at Mississippi and returned it 30 yards and then notched his second pick against LSU ... named the UA coaching staff Defensive Player of the Week after his performance against North Texas. Kent State: Broke up a pass while the Golden Flashes could only manage 98 passing yards, while completing only 42.5 percent of their passes. Penn State: Knocked down his second pass of the year while making two tackles in the Tide's win as PSU only fired on 30 percent of its passes. North Texas: Earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the UA coaching staff ... made two tackles, one solo ... blocked a North Texas field goal attempt. Arkansas: Made a season-high five tackles with three solo stops as the Tide held the Hogs 291 yard below their season average for total offense ... added one pass breakup. Florida: Recorded one solo tackle and one assisted stop ... limited UF to 222 total yards. Vanderbilt: Had four total tackles with two solo stops. Mississippi: Registered his first interception of the year ... got credit for a 30-yard return after a holding penalty negated a return inside the Rebels' five-yard line ... also had two total tackles with a solo top as the Tide limited UM to 141 total yards. Tennessee: Equaled his seaosn high with five tackles, including two solo stops ... helped limit UT to just 63 passing yards and 155 total yards. LSU: Picked off a Jarrett Lee pass ... made three tackles, including two solo stops as the Tide limited the No. 1 Tigers to just 239 total yards. Mississippi State: Made four tackles with two solo stops ... helped limit the Bulldogs to just 131 total yards. Georgia Southern: Forced a fumble and made three total tackles .. had one tackle for a loss of two yards ... helped limit the Eagles to just 39 yards passing. Auburn: Registered four solo tackles as the Crimson Tide limit the Tigers to just 44 yards through three quarters and 140 total yards. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Recorded three tackles with a solo stop ... had half of a tackle for loss and helped limit the Tigers to just 53 yards passing, five first downs and 92 total yards.
2010 (SOPHOMORE): Lester started all 13 games at the safety position for the Crimson Tide in 2010 ... second-team All-SEC choice ... Walter Camp second-team All-American ... totaled 52 tackles, including 29 solo stops to rank tied for sixth on the team ... recorded one sack for a loss of nine yards ... tallied a SEC-best eight interceptions, which ranked second nationally and ties Harry Gilmer (1946) for the second most in a single season in school history ... returned those eight interceptions for 102 yards ... returned a fumble 89 yards ... was named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week and the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week following his two-interception performance at Arkansas ... finished second nationally with .62 per game. San Jose State: Recorded a sack and intercepted a pass in his first game of the season. Penn State: Registered five tackles and returned a fumble 89 yards against the Nittany Lions ... added his second interception in as many games. Duke: Tallied four solo tackles against the Blue Devils. Arkansas: Turned in a career performance in the Tide's comeback win against the Razorbacks ... tallied a career-best seven tackles and two interceptions ... was named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week and the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week ... returned his second pick 33 yards to set up Alabama's go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Florida: Earned the start and registered five tackles, including two solo stops. South Carolina: Recorded three tackles, including a solo stop against the Gamecocks. Mississippi: Tallied five tackles, including two solo stops ... registered a quarterback hurry and broke up a pass. Tennessee: Registered his fifth interception of the season and returned it 20 yards ... tallied two tackles, including a solo stop. Mississippi State: Notched his second multiple interception game of the season with two picks in a 30-10 win over Mississippi State ... also made four tackles two of which were solo. Georgia State: Made one solo tackle in a 63-7 win over the Panthers in roughly a half of play. Auburn: Totaled four tackles with one solo stop as the Tide limited AU to 324 total yards, more than 200 below its season average. Michigan State: Thwarted a scoring drive on Michigan State's first possession with his eighth interception of the season deep in Crimson Tide territory ... finished with a team-high five tackles -- four solo stops ... returned the interception 22 yards to set up Alabama's second touchdown ... also broke up a pass.
2009 (FRESHMAN): He garnered playing time in eight games ... played in his first contest in a Crimson Tide uniform against North Texas ... tallied eight tackles on the season, including six solo stops on the season ... named the Alabama Special Teams Player of the Week against Tennessee-Chattanooga. North Texas: Came off the bench and recorded two tackles, including a solo stop. Arkansas: Saw action off the bench to record one solo tackle. South Carolina: Came off the bench but did not record any statistics. Mississippi State: Found time off the bench but did not record any stats. Chattanooga: Tallied a career-best three tackles, including two solo stops against the Mocs was named Special Teams Player of the Week by the UA coaching staff. Auburn: Again was a big contributor on special teams with a solo stop and solid coverage. Florida: Registered a solo stop on special teams. Texas: Played on special teams but did not record a tackle.
2008 (REDSHIRT): He redshirted during his freshman season at the Capstone in 2008.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Lester was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 33 safety in the nation ... also rated as the No. 13 player on the Alabama Top 35 list by Rivals.com ...three-star defensive back by Scout.com ... rated No. 36 on Scout.com's list of prep defensive backs ... the No. 19 player in the state according to SuperPrep magazine ... listed on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... No. 145 player on the Scout.com Southeast 150 list ... talented defensive back who is also a threat on special teams because of his size and speed ... first-team All-State selection by the Alabama Sportswriters Association ... named ScoutSouth.com Stars of Alabama ... totaled 143 tackles, 10 interceptions and 15 pass breakups during 2006 and 2007 seasons at Foley High School ... had 74 tackles, including one TFL, as a prep senior ... led team with six interceptions and 82 return yards ... also added 11 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, two blocked punts and one fumble recovery ... had six punt returns for 86 yards and four kickoff returns for 214 yards (53.5 average) and one TD ... recorded 73 tackles, four interceptions and nine pass break-ups as a junior.