Quarterback AJ McCarron completed 17 of 29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception on Saturday, connecting six times for 178 yards and one touchdown to wide receiver Amari Cooper
Alabama Football plays Western Carolina at Bryant Denny Stadium
OUTLOOK: Produced the best season by a freshman running back in the history of Alabama football in 2012 and returned as the starter in 2013 to put up even better numbers ... preseason All-American ... has played in 26 career games with 11 starts ... set Alabama freshman records for rushing yards (1,108) and equaled Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram's freshman record of 12 rushing touchdowns and enters his junior season with 2,343 career rushing yards with 26 touchdowns and a 6.1 yards per carry average ... his 2,343 career rushing yards rank 12th in school history entering the 2014 season and he is the only player in school history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in his first two years ... fifth player in program history to have multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons, joining Johnny Musso (1970-71), Bobby Humphrey (1986-87), Shaun Alexander (1998-99) and Kenneth Darby (2004-05) ... named the Dixie Howell Memorial Most Valuable Player of the 2012 A-Day Game, after arriving on campus in January of 2012.
SOPHOMORE (2013): Stepped into the role of Alabama's No. 1 running back, replacing current NFL Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy ... started 11 games and saw action in 12 (missed Chattanooga with an injury) ... first team All-SEC by league coaches and second team by the Associated Press ... the Tide's leading rusher with 1,235 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns ... averaged 102.9 yards per game to rank 25th nationally and third in the SEC ... also caught 20 passes for 183 yards ... averaged 6.0 yards per rush ... averaged 123.2 (616 yards in five games) rushing yards against top-25 competition, with six touchdowns ... led the SEC with 123.5 yards per game (988 yards) and 11 touchdowns in eight league games ... 63 of his 207 rushing attempts produced a first down ... delivered 26 explosive rushes of 12 yards or more and three explosive receptions of 15-plus ... logged six 100-yard rushing games and 1,418 all-purpose yards ... had five receptions for first downs ... five-time Alabama Offensive Player of the Week (Ole Miss, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn), including four straight (which he played). Virginia Tech: Carried the ball 17 times for 75 yards and a touchdown in his first career start ... long rush was 27 yards ... scored from two yards out. Texas A&M: Accounted for the second-most rushing yards in his Alabama career with 149 on 25 carries and a touchdown ... averaged almost six yards per carry and caught one pass for four yards. Colorado State: Came off the bench to rush for 49 yards on seven carries, with a 38-yard burst ... averaged seven yards per carry. Ole Miss: Recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season with 121 yards on 17 carries ... broke loose for the longest run of his career -- a 68-yard touchdown -- on the first possession of the third quarter ... also caught three passes for 16 yards ... had six first-down rushes. Georgia State: Started and averaged 8.5 yards per carry with 51 yards on eight rushes. Kentucky: Went for 124 yards for his third 100-yard rushing game of the year ... averaged 7.75 yards on 16 carries ... his long rush was a 21-yard burst ... caught two passes for 30 yards, including a 21-yard reception. Arkansas: Totaled 133 all-purpose yards, with 88 on 12 carries and four receptions for 45 ... scored a 24-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter ... averaged 7.3 yards per rush. Tennessee: Totaled 101 all-purpose yards with 72 on the ground and 29 through the air ... scored a career-high three rushing touchdowns ... had a long rush of 24 yards and a long reception of 23. LSU: Cracked the 100-yard barrier for the third time in 2013, with 133 yards on a career-high 25 carries ... scored two touchdowns and rushed for eight first downs ... caught one pass for 13 yards and a first down ... had three explosive carries of 12-plus yards. Mississippi State: Rushed for a career-high 160 yards on 24 carries ... averaged 6.7 yards per carry, with three explosive runs of 12 yards or more and seven first-down carries ... caught one pass out of the backfield for six yards. Auburn: Carried a career-high 26 times for 141 yards and one touchdown ... caught two passes out of the backfield for eight yards. Oklahoma: Rushed for 72 yards on 17 carries with one touchdown ... long rush was 16 yards ... also caught two passes for 23 yards ... totaled 95 all-purpose yards.
FRESHMAN (2012): Made his presence known immediately with 111 yards and a touchdown in his first game at Alabama ... named Freshman All-American by Sporting News and Scout.com ... SEC All-Freshman Team selection by the league coaches ... first Alabama true freshman to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and the first to rush for 100-plus yards in his debut game ... finished with five 100-yard rushing games, despite coming off the bench all season ... averaged 6.3 yards per carry, second-best (behind Lacy) among the SEC's top-15 running backs ... ranked ninth in the SEC in rushing at 79.1 yards per game ... ran for 1,108 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns on 175 carries ... caught 11 passes for 131 yards and a score ... had 13 total touchdowns ... averaged 13.1 yards per reception and 6.7 yards per touch ... broke the Tide's freshman rushing record, surpassing Terry Grant's 891 yards in 2007 ... equaled Mark Ingram's freshman rushing touchdown record from 2008, with 12 scores on the ground ... joined Lacy as the first pair of Tide running backs to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season ... had 57 rushes and six receptions that went for a first down or a touchdown, plus five receptions of 15-plus yards and 25 rushes of 12-plus. Michigan: Rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown to become Alabama's first true freshman to run for at least 100 yards in his debut game ... also had one reception for 26 yards ... long rush was 40 yards, long reception 26. Western Kentucky: Carried the ball six times for 25 yards, adding four receptions for 47. Arkansas: Rushed 13 times for 55 yards, with a one-yard touchdown ... also caught a pass for 18 yards. Florida Atlantic: Averaged 6.3 yards per carry (63 yards on 10 rushes) ... had one first-down rush and a long carry of 15. Mississippi: Rushed 10 times for 38 yards (long of 10) ... caught one pass for three yards. Missouri: Carried a season-high 18 times for a season-best 144 yards ... accounted for seven first-down rushes ... scored two touchdowns on the ground ... long rush was 27 ... scored from 15 late in the second quarter, leaping from the five-yard line and getting the ball inside the pylon. Tennessee: Averaged 8.6 yards per game and recorded his second straight 100-yard rushing game, dashing for 129 yards and two touchdowns on only 15 carries ... had five rushes for first downs and three runs of 15-plus ... scored on runs of 43 yards and one yard. Mississippi State: Led the Tide with 84 yards on 10 carries (8.4 avg.) ... scored opening touchdown on elusive 11-yard run ... broke loose for game-high 30-yard run. LSU: His 28-yard touchdown on a screen pass with 0:51 remaining in Death Valley was the difference in the Tide's 21-17, come-from-behind victory ... rushed 11 times for 76 yards ... converted four first downs on the ground and one in the air ... had three "explosive" rushes of 12-plus yards. Texas A&M: Managed only 29 yards on 10 carries ... scored from two yards for his eighth rushing score of the season ... caught two passes for nine yards. Western Carolina: Rushed for 55 yards on seven carries (7.9 avg.) ... long run was 15 yards ... scored his ninth touchdown from three yards out ... had two rushes for first downs. Auburn: Rushed for 38 yards on eight carries in his first Iron Bowl ... recorded his 10th touchdown of the season on an early two-yard run. Georgia: Rushed for season-high 153 yards on a season-best 25 rushes ... scored on 10-yard scamper ... had eight rushes that converted first downs and three rushes of 12-plus yards ... reached the 1,000-yard mark on his 25th rush of the game. Notre Dame: Pounded his way to 108 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries in a 42-14 Alabama victory in the Discover BCS National Championship Game ... added one reception ... long gain was 10 yards ... had four runs that converted first downs.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: An elite running back prospect who was selected as Mr. Football in the state of Alabama by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and a first team All-State selection by the ASWA ... second team USA Today High School All-American ... a five-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247sports.com ... the country's No. 1 running back by 247sports.com and the No. 2 player in the state of Alabama ... also 247sports.com's 13th overall player in the Top 247 ... the No. 2 running back according to Rivals.com and the site's No. 12 in the Rivals100 and the No. 2 player in the state ... ESPNU listed him with four stars and ranked him as the No. 4 running back ... No. 55 in the ESPNU 150 ... 28th in the ESPNU Southeast Top 100 and the No. 4 player in Alabama ... Scout.com rated him with four stars and the No. 8 running back ... SuperPrep All-American and the nation's No. 6 running back ... ranked 29th in SuperPrep's Elite 50 and No. 2 player in the state ... No. 55 on the PrepStar Dream Team ... PrepStar All-American and All-Southeast Region choice ... PrepStar's No. 8 running back ... No. 2 in Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 and No. 5 in the Super Southeast 120 ... No. 2 on Birmingham News Super Seniors list ... selected to Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team ... rushed for an impressive 2,193 yards on 232 carries and scored 31 touchdowns in 2011, averaging 9.5 yards per carry ... also caught 19 passes for 506 yards and a score ... totaled 1,112 yards and 18 scores on the ground as a junior in 2010, while also catching a career-best 34 passes for 504 yards and five touchdowns ... had 1,121 yards on 201 carries as a sophomore, with 34 catches for 361 yards and one touchdown ... rushed for 227 yards and one score as a freshman, while hauling in 131 receiving yards and a touchdown through the air ... finished his high school career with 4,653 yards on the ground with 65 rushing touchdowns while accounting for 1,502 receiving yards and eight more scores ... accumulated 6,155 yards from scrimmage in four years with 73 touchdowns ... coached by Glenn Vickery at Daphne High School where they won the 2010 Alabama 6A State Championship ... chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida, Arkansas and Clemson.