OUTLOOK: Ali Sharrief has played in all 40 games in his UA career ... has started two games ... will challenge for the starting job at free safety after the departure of All-American Rashad Johnson ... has recorded 52 career tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and six pass breakups in the Tide's nickel and dime packages ... has also been a standout on special teams ... has seen action on both offense and defense during his two-year Alabama career ... made the switch from running back to defensive back prior to the 2007 season ... Sharrief had six rushing attempts for 38 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2006 ... a 2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll selection ... won the Derrick Thomas Community Service Award for his work at Woodland Forrest Elementary School in Tuscaloosa.
2008 (JUNIOR): Sharrief did a little bit of everything for the Crimson Tide ... was a stalwart on special teams and a reserve free safety in the defensive backfield ... played in all 14 games with two starts in the Tide's dime package ... made 31 tackles on the year with 20 solo stops, 2.5 TFL (-7), five pass breakups and four quarterback hurries ... earned Academic All-SEC honors during the fall of 2008. Clemson: Sharrief made two assisted tackles and had a tackle for loss (-3) in the Tide's 34-10 win in the Georgia Dome. Tulane: He registered his first tackle of the season against the Green Wave and broke up a pass. Western Kentucky: Sharrief made his first career start against the Hilltoppers as the Crimson Tide opened in a dime defense ... had one solo tackle and broke up one pass. Arkansas: He had three solo tackles against the Hogs. Georgia: Sharrief made one solo tackle, dropping the Bulldogs' ball carrier for a loss of two yards. Kentucky: He registered two tackles against the Wildcats, both assisted stops as the Crimson Tide defense forced 22 incompletions for UK quarterback Mike Hartline. Mississippi: Sharrief made a season-high four solo tackles in the Tide's 24-20 win over Mississippi ... also broke up his second pass of the season. Tennessee: He played one of his best games of the season with three tackles and a pass breakup as the Crimson Tide defense held Tennessee to just 173 yards of total offense and a mere 36 yards on the ground. Arkansas State: Sharrief played a lot down the stretch against ASU as the Red Wolves were forced into passing situations ... made two solo tackles and recorded his second quarterback hurry of the year. LSU: He played one of the best games of his career as the Tide's dime back ... made four tackles with a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup ... his corner blitz forced LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee's third interception ... Sharrief deflected the ball into the air as he plowed into Lee on the blitz allowing Rolando McClain to snatch the ball out of the air and return it 10 yards. Mississippi State: Sharrief registered one quarterback hurry as the Tide defense pressured the Bulldogs' quarterback all night and allowed just 167 total yards. Auburn: He turned in an outstanding Iron Bowl with three tackles and a pass breakup in the Tide's 36-0 shutout. Florida: Sharrief logged one solo tackle in the SEC Championship Game against the Gators. Sugar Bowl vs. Utah: He made his second start of the season in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and recorded a career-high-tying four tackles - all solo.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Played in all 13 games, mostly on special teams and as a back-up running back ... got his first carry against Louisiana Monroe, finishing with three carries for 31 yards, including a long of 21 ... also had two carries for two yards against Duke and a run for five yards against Florida International ... played 151 snaps on the season.
2005 (REDSHIRT): Redshirted his initial season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: One of the state's best running back prospects at North Jackson High School ... ranked No. 58 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com ... two-time Class 4A 55-meter champion who rushed for more than 900 yards as a senior ... missed much of his junior season with an injury ... had 1,564 yards as a sophomore ... was No. 11 on The Birmingham News Super Senior list ... No. 77 on The Mobile Register's Super Southeast 120 list ... full name is Ali Sharrief ... heavily involved with the Woodland Forrest Elementary, meeting with fourth and fifth graders on a weekly basis.