Alabama heads to New Orleans for a rematch with LSU
More than 20 graduates will suit up for Alabama's game against LSU in the BCS National Football Championship Game on Jan. 9 in New Orleans
Trent Richardson named Most Valuable Player
Crimson Tide hits the road to face heated rival
Alabama welcomes Georgia Southern to Bryant-Denny
2011 (SENIOR):Alex Watkins gives the Crimson Tide a little extra pass rush in long-yardage situations ... has played in all 12 with one start and has tallied 17 tackles ... broke his arm vs. Tennessee but returned after the bye week to play after never missing a practice ... also a standout on special teams ... plays on kickoff return and kickoff coverage, where eight of his tackles this season have taken place. Kent State: Recorded one solo tackle in a 48-7 win over the Golden Flashes. Penn State: Made season-best two solo stops at Beaver Stadium against the No. 23 Nittany Lions. Arkansas: Was named one of the special teams players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... recorded three tackles on special teams in the win against the Razorbacks. Florida: Was named on of the Defensive Player's of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... tallied a sack for 12 yards and forced a fumble in the win against the Gators. Vanderbilt: Assisted on two tackles in the shutout win against the Commodores. Mississippi: Totaled two tackles, including a solo stop on the road against the Rebels ... recorded a quarterback hurry. Tennessee: Registered a tackle for loss and two total tackles before breaking his armin the first half vs. the Vols. LSU: Due to the broken arm, was limited in what he was able to do at defensive end ... earned UA Special Teams Player of the Week for his coverage and return duties. Mississippi State: Totaled two tackles on kickoff coverage against the Bulldogs. Georgia Southern: Recorded his second quarterback hurry of the season. Auburn: Was named one of the Special Teams Players of the Week by the UA coaching staff ... tallied two solo tackles in the win against the rival Tigers.
2010 (JUNIOR): Watkins played in 12 games and totaled 16 tackles, including 2.5 sacks for a loss of 22 yards. San Jose State: Registered two tackles, including a solo stop against the Spartans. Penn State: Came off the bench to record one solo tackle. Duke: Came off the bench and recorded his first career sack that went for a loss of four yards. Florida: Came off the bench to record a quarterback hurry. Mississippi: Was named one of the Special Teams Players of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff. Tennessee: Totaled three tackles, including a sack for nine yards. LSU: Tallied one solo tackle against the Tigers. Mississippi State: Registered three tackles, including two solo stops against the Bulldogs. Georgia State: Came off the bench to record a quarterback hurry. Auburn: Made one assisted tackle on special teams against the Tigers. Michigan State: Turned in the best game of his career in the Capital One Bowl win ... had a career-high four tackles and one sack (-9 yards) ... his blind-side sack of MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins knocked the Spartans signal caller out of the game ... had three solo tackles.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Watkins appeared in three games for the Crimson Tide on special teams and as a backup sam linebacker ... recorded one assisted tackle on the season ... saw action against North Texas, Kentucky and Mississippi.
2008 (FRESHMAN): He did not play as redshirt freshman in 2008.
2007 (REDSHIRT): Watkins redshirted his initial season at Alabama.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: He was rated as the No. 5 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com ... rated as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Tennessee by Rivals.com ... named to Rivals.com Super 250 Team ... recorded 186 tackles and 25 sacks during his junior and senior seasons ... as a senior, Watkins logged 116 tackles and added 19 for losses and nine sacks ... as a junior, he had 70 tackles and 16 sacks ... first-team All-West Tennessee selection by the Jackson Sun ... first-team All-Region selection ... also an outstanding track athlete ... ran the 100 meters in 11.2 seconds ... coached by Bart Stowe.