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34 Kenneth Darby




2005 First-Team All-SEC (Coaches)
2005 SEC Offensive Player of the Week vs. South Carolina
2004 Second-Team All-SEC (AP)
2004 SEC Offensive Player of the Week
vs. Mississippi State
2004 SEC Player of the Week vs. Mississippi State

2006 (Senior): Darby started all 12 games of the season to extend his consecutive starts streak to 23 straight games. He led the team with 820 rushing yards on 200 carries. He had 10 or more carries in all 12 games and 20 or more rushing attempts three times. He was also tied for third on the team with 19 catches for 100 yards and one touchdown. He caught at least one pass in 11 of the 12 games. He recorded back-to-back 100-yard rushing games against Duke and Ole Miss, giving him 11 for his career. He tallied 115 yards on 18 carries against Duke. After posting 21 yards in the first half, he exploded for 142 yards after halftime to give him 162 yards on 25 carries against Ole Miss. He also became the third Alabama player to rush for over 3,000 yards in his career in the game against the Rebels and recorded his two longest runs of the season, breaking gains of 37 and 21 yards. He had 70 yards on just 10 carries against Florida International, including a 33-yard scamper. He rushed for 79 yards on 14 carries against Louisiana Monore. He had 14 carries for 76 yards with a long of 20 at Florida. He caught his second career touchdown catch with a career-long 29-yard grab at LSU. He finished with two catches for 32 yards and had 13 carries for 36 yards against the Tigers. He played a total of 443 snaps on the season with a high of 47 plays against Ole Miss. He had 30 or snaps in 10 of the 12 games and 40 or more five times. He was named Alabama Offensive Player of the Week following the Florida International game. He served as the offensive captain for the Hawai’i, Ole Miss and Mississippi State games.

2005 (Junior): Kenneth had an encore performance in 2005, again rushing for over 1,000 yards.  He was the Tide’s leading rusher, getting 1,242 yards (sixth-best in Tide history) after rushing for 1,062 in 2004.  He is just the fourth Alabama back to have consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons, joining Shaun Alexander, Bobby Humphrey and Johnny Musso.  Kenneth had six, 100-yard rushing games, getting a season-high 147 yards against Utah State.  He also had 145 yards rushing against South Carolina.  His 492 career rushes is seventh on the Tide list and his 2,489 career yards is also sixth on the career list. He did not participate in spring practice while recovering from a pelivc injury sustained late in the 2004 season.  

2004 (Sophomore): Patiently waiting his turn, Kenneth burst into the spotlight when he ran for 197 yards and one TD in his first career start in the Southern Miss game. He was starting for the injured Ray Hudson and he went on to rush for 100 or more yards in three of his final five starts. He fell just one yard shy (99) against Tennessee as he took over the tailback slot. Darby became the Tide's 11th, 1,000-yard rusher when he finished the season with 1,021 yards on 219 carries (4.8 per carry average), pretty good work for a back who didn't become a starter until the 7th game of the season. In his five games as a starter, Darby averaged 27.8 carries and 124.8 yards per game rushing. He had a career-high 200 yards on 36 carries against Mississippi State and then followed that with 109 yards and one TD on 35 carries against LSU and the nation's 15th ranked rushing defense.  

2003 (Freshman): The Tide's third-leading rusher, Kenneth rushed for 185 yards while playing sparingly in 10 games. He missed the Northern Illinois and Arkansas games with a shoulder injury, but did start and play a career-high 37 snaps in the Kentucky contest. He had 34 carries and averaged 5.4 yards per carry, but did not get a TD. He had a career-best 62 yards on just eight carries against Kentucky. He had one carry for 41 yards against Ole Miss, the longest of his career. He also had three pass receptions for four yards. Kenneth won the "Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman" award following spring practice.    

2002 Redshirted 

Prep: Considered the state's top running back his senior year, Darby rushed for 4,674 yards during his prep career. He had 1,591 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior. He also had 2,367 all-purpose yards and 24 TDs. As an outside linebacker, Darby had 77 tackles his senior campaign, giving him 281 tackles in his career. He was a SuperPrep pre-season All-America as a senior. Following the 2001 season, Darby was selected to The Tuscaloosa News Sweet 16; The Birmingham News Dandy Dozen; The Montgomery Advertiser Elite 11; The Mobile Press Register Elite 18 and The Birmingham Post-Herald 10 Most Wanted teams. He was a SuperPrep All-America and rated the No. 36 running back in the nation. PrepStar rated him the No. 9 running back in the Southeast. 

Personal: The son of Alfredia Darby and Winston Woods, Kenneth has an older brother and sister. Born 12-26-82. He is a Communications major. 


Year     G  Rush   Yds   Avg  TD  Lng

2003    10    34   185   5.4   0   41
2004    12   219  1062   4.8   8   45
2005    12   239  1242   5.2   3   48
2006    12   200  820    4.1   0   37
Totals  46   692  3,309  4.8   11  48

Year     G   Rec   Yds   Avg  TD  Lng
2003    10     3     4   1.3   0    9
2004    12    15    74   4.9   1   14
2005    12    29   132   4.6   0   17
2006    12    19   100   5.3   1   29
Totals  46    66   310   4.7   2   29


Rushes: 36 vs. Mississippi State, 2004
Yards: 200 vs. Mississippi State, 2004
Touchdowns: 2 several, last vs. Kentucky, 2004
Longest: 48 at Ole Miss, 2005
Receptions: 4 several, last at Auburn, 2006
Yards: 32 at LSU, 2006
Longest: 29 at LSU, 2006
Touchdowns: 1 (Two times) Last at LSU, 2006


Utah State (11 for 111 yards, 1 TD)
*Southern Miss (29 for 197 yards, 1 TD)
Mississippi State (36 for 200 yards, 1 TD)
LSU (35 for 109 yards, 1 TD)

*First Career Start

South Carolina (20 for 145 yards, 1 TD)
Florida (15 for 101 yards)
Ole Miss (20 for 100 yards, 1 TD)
Utah State (15 for 147 yards, 1 TD)
Miss. State (21 for 122 yards)
LSU (21 for 104 yards)

Duke (18 for 115 yards)
Ole Miss (25 for 162 yards)