Alabama Set to Open SEC Slate Against Vanderbilt

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GAME 2: VANDERBILT COMMODORES VS. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
September 9, 2006 -- Bryant-Denny Stadium (92,138) -- Tuscaloosa
2:37 p.m. (CST) -- FSN South

 

ALABAMA OPENS SEC SLATE

The University of Alabama football teams opens the Southeastern Conference portion of its 2006 schedule as the Crimson Tide hosts Vanderbilt University in the SEC opener for both teams.  The game is set for Saturday, September 9, at 2:37 p.m. (CST) and will be televised by FSN South.  Bill Rosinski (play-by-play), David Archer (analyst) and Jenn Hildreth (reporter) will serve as the announce team for FSN South. Alabama opened the 2006 season with a 25-17 win over Hawai’i last Saturday in Tuscaloosa.  Sophomore John Parker Wilson (Hoover) completed 16 of 29 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown in his debut as the starting quarterback.  His favorite target was junior wide receiver Keith Brown (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.), who hauled in six passes for 132 yards and one touchdown.  Wilson’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Brown on the first possession of the third quarter gave Alabama a 22-3 lead over Hawai’i.  Vanderbilt opened its season with a 27-7 loss at No. 14 Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Alabama is 46-20-4 (.686) all-time in SEC openers and owns a 14-game winning streak, which dates back to the 1992 season.  Alabama’s last loss in an SEC opener came on September 14, 1991, in a 35-0 loss at Florida. Vanderbilt is the most common opponent in SEC openers.  The Crimson Tide and Commodores will be meeting for the 21st time this weekend in an SEC opener.  Alabama owns a 16-3-1 (.825) advantage over Vanderbilt in those previous 20 meetings.

THE HEAD COACHES

Alabama head football coach Mike Shula (Alabama, 1986) is in his fourth season with the Crimson Tide and has compiled a 21-17 (.553) record.  Shula’s teams have made progress each season under his watch.  After a 4-9 mark in his rookie campaign in 2003, Alabama went 6-6 in 2004 and finished with a No. 8 national ranking after last year’s 10-2 mark and Cotton Bowl win over Texas Tech.  Shula was named Alabama’s 26th head coach just 114 days prior to the start of the 2003 season and did not have a spring practice session.  He previously served as an assistant coach in the NFL with Tampa Bay, Chicago and Miami.  A three-year letterman at Alabama (1984-86), Shula was a two-time All-SEC selection and threw for over 2,000 yards as a junior (1985), leading the Crimson Tide to dramatic come-from-behind wins over Georgia and Auburn.  Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson (Clemson, 1973) is in his fifth season with the Commodores and has compiled a 71-72 (.496) record.  His best season on the  VU campus came last season when he guided the Commodores to a 5-6 record.  Prior to Vanderbilt, Johnson spent 24 years at Furman, where he served as head coach from 1994-2001.  He led the Paladins to a 60-30 (.667) record, an NCAA Division IAA national runnerup finish and four Southern Conference championships.  He also spent two years as an assistant at his alma mater, Clemson (1980 and 1993).  Johnson played football at Clemson for Cecil “Hootie” Ingram, a standout football and baseball player at Alabama and former Director of Athletics (1989-95).

NEXT GAME

Alabama concludes its three-game homestand next Saturday, September 16, against Louisiana Monroe.  The Alabama-ULM game will kickoff at 6:07 p.m. (CST) and will be televised by Crimson Tide pay-per-view.

2006 CRIMSON TIDE OUTLOOK

*Alabama returns 13 starters and one specialist off last year’s team that posted a 10-2 record and defeated Texas Tech in the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl.

*The Crimson Tide returns nine starters on offense, including the school’s sixth all-time leading rusher and a preseason candidate for the coveted Rimington Trophy, which is given annually to the best center.

*Senior running back Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) is the school’s sixth all-time leading rusher with 2,512 career yards. 

*He needs 1,052 yards to break the UA career rushing record currently held by Shaun Alexander, the 2005 NFL Most Valuable Player.

*Darby has played in 35 career games at UA and has rushed 508 times for 2,512 yards and 11 touchdowns.

*He has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons and seeks to become the first UA back with three consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns.

*Darby anchors a deep and talented stable of running backs, which includes sophomores Jimmy Johns (Brookhaven, Miss.) and Glen Coffee (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.).

*Coffee suffered a knee injury in the Crimson Tide’s first scrimmage on Aug. 14 and is expected to miss at least two games.

*A pair of redshirt freshmen -- Roy Upchurch (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Ali Sharrief (Huntsville) -- and true freshman Terry Grant (Lumberton, Miss.) will also battle for playing time.

*Grant burst onto the scene in the Crimson Tide’s first scrimmage on Aug. 14, when he rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns.

*Seniors Le’Ron McClain (Northport) and Tim Castille (Birmingham) provide a formidable one-two punch at fullback.

*In 36 games, McClain has 28 rushing attempts for 123 yards and two TDs.

*Castille, who averages one TD for every 7.6 rushing attempts, has played in 32 games and has 121 rushing attempts for 418 yards and 16 touchdowns.

*Castille had 45 carries for 124 yards and team-high seven TDs last year.

*Another talented group is the Crimson Tide’s receiving corps. 

*Juniors Keith Brown (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.), DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach) and Matt Caddell (McCalla) all return with significant experience.

*Brown has 57 career receptions for 1,069 yards and six touchdowns.  He had a breakout game against Hawai’i in the 2006 season opener with six catches for 132 yards and one touchdown.

*Last year, Brown led UA with 34 catches for 642 yards and four TDs.

*Hall has 65 catches for 862 yards and six TDs in 23 career games.  Last year, he caught 48 passes for 676 yards and five TDs.

*Caddell has 32 career receptions for 530 yards and one TD.  He hauled in 13 passes for 179 yards last year.

*Redshirt sophomore Will Oakley (Ponta Vedra Beach, Fla.) has overcome numerous injuries and should make a contribution this fall.

*Oakley hauled in two passes for 25 yards in the win over Hawai’i, including a clutch 20-yard catch on third-and-11 in the second half.

*Also in the mix are junior Nikita Stover (Hartselle) and freshmen Earl Alexander (Phenix City) and Mike McCoy (Rankin, Miss.).

*The job of distributing the ball to the backs and receivers falls on the shoulders of starting quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover), who made his first career start against Hawai’i.


*Wilson had a stellar debut as he completed 16 of 29 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown in the win. 

*He played in five games last season and completed seven of 11 passes for 98 yards and two TDs. He also added one rushing touchdown.

*Wilson replaced three-year starter Brodie Croyle, who holds Alabama career records for passing yards and touchdowns.

*Croyle completed 488 of 869 passes for 6,382 yards in his record-setting career.  He added 41 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. 

*Senior Marc Guillon (Chico, Calif.), who has game experience at Miami (Fla.) and Alabama, will serve as Wilson’s backup.

*Guillon has completed 20 of 44 passes for 191 yards at UA, with three interceptions and one TD.

*The offensive line had the most competition this preseason, with only one starting spot locked up before camp began.

*Alabama played nine offensive lineman in the 2006 season opener against Hawai’i.  The Crimson Tide played a total of nine offensive lineman the entire 2005 season.

*Sophomore center Antoine Caldwell (Montgomery) made the move from guard to center prior to the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl and that move proved beneficial to both Caldwell and the Tide.

*Caldwell is on the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy and was named to several preseason All-SEC teams.

*Redshirt freshman Evan Cardwell (Killen) will be the backup center.

*The arrival of freshman Andre Smith (Birmingham) brought an immediate impact to the offensive line. 

*Smith became the first “true” freshman to start the season opener for the Crimson Tide since fullback Tim Castille during the 2003 season.

*Smith also became just the seventh “true” freshman to start a season opener since 1972.

*Smith’s backup is sophomore Cody Davis (Tuscaloosa).  Davis appeared as a back up in eight games last year.

*Junior Chris Capps (Jonesboro, Ga.) and senior Kyle Tatum (Prattville) have battled all fall for the starting spot at right tackle. 

*Capps, who has played in 19 games and logged 13 career starts, is expected to get the starting nod in the season opener.

*Tatum, who has played in 34 career games, opened the season as Capps’ backup.  Tatum’s streak of 24 consecutive starts ended with the 2006 season opener.

*Sophomore B.J. Stabler (Grove Hill) and junior Justin Britt (Cullman) have nailed down the right and left guard spots respectively.

*Stabler played in 11 games last season for the Crimson Tide at guard. 

*Britt, who has 21 career games on defense, made his offensive debut in the season opener against Hawai’i.

*Redshirt freshman Mike Johnson (Pensacola) will back up Stabler at right guard. 

*Sophomore Marlon Davis (Columbus, Ga.) will be Britt’s backup.  Davis played in five games last season while battling injuries.  He did make his lone career start against Southern Miss (September 10).


*Alabama must replace seven starters off a defense that ranked among the national leaders in five major statistical categories, including scoring defense, rushing defense, passing defense, total defense and pass efficiency defense.

*The Crimson Tide led the SEC in scoring defense (10.7 ppg) last year.

*Alabama also led the NCAA in scoring defense, passing defense (160.8) and total defense (255.1).

*The Crimson Tide returns depth at the defensive tackle position. 

*Senior Dominic Lee (Birmingham) is listed as the first team right defensive tackle.  He will be backed up by another senior, J.P. Adams (Tuscaloosa).

*Lee has played 27 games for the Tide and has logged 26 tackles in his first three years.

*Adams has appeared in 16 games and recorded 11 tackles. 

*Senior Jeremy Clark (Daphne) is the starting left defensive tackle.  He has played 36 games for the Crimson Tide and recorded 62 career tackles.

*Clark’s back up will be redshirt freshman Brandon Deaderick (Elizabethtown, Ky.). Deaderick made his debut in the season opener against Hawai’i with 12 snaps.

*Sophomore Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette) and junior Keith Saunders (Willingboro, N.J.) will start at left and right defensive end.

*Gilberry and Saunders have played in 42 games and logged 84 tackles on the defensive front.

*Gilberry has appeared in 25 games and logged 67 tackles, including 23 TFLs and eight sacks.

*Saunders has 11 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks in 18 games for the Tide.  He made his first career start against Hawai’i.

*Senior Chris Harris (Tuscaloosa) will serve as Gilberry’s back up, while sophomore Bobby Greenwood (Prattville) will back up Saunders.

*Harris has 27 career tackles, including eight TFLs, in 32 games at UA. 

*Greenwood has 15 stops and five TFLs in 12 career games.

*Senior Juwan Simpson (Decatur) is the lone returning linebacker. 

*Simpson has played in 35 games at UA and has logged 166 career tackles, 12 TFLs and four sacks.

*Simpson will start at one outside linebacker spot, with DeMarcus Waldrop (Pinson) and Marcel Stamps (Brantley) serving as his backup.

*Waldrop has 38 tackles in 25 games for the Tide, while Stamps has 14 tackles in 25 games.

*Replacing DeMeco Ryans and Freddie Roach, who played in 100 combined games at UA will not be an easy task for defensive coordinator Joe Kines.

*Ryans and Roach contributed 579 tackles in their four-year careers at UA.  The duo was also responsible for 58 TFLs.

*Junior Matt Collins (Birmingham) is ready to take over at middle linebacker for the Crimson Tide. 

*Collins had one tackle in his first collegiate start in the 2006 opener against Hawai’i.  In 24 career games, he has logged 16 career tackles.

*Redshirt freshman Prince Hall (Moreno Valley, Calif.) is Collins’ backup and made an impact in his UA debut with three tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery.

*Senior Terrence Jones (Fosters) finally got his turn as a starting linebacker.  Jones has 53 tackles and six TFLs in 35 career games. 

*Jones will also be backed up by a redshirt freshman Zach Schreiber (Shreveport, La.).

*The UA secondary also took a big hit by losing starters Anthony Madison, Charlie Peprah and Roman Harper.

*The trio combined for 150 games, 659 tackles, 75 PBUs and 23 interceptions over the last four years.

*Senior Ramzee Robinson (Huntsville), the lone returning starter in the secondary, is back for a third year at the left cornerback position. 

*Robinson has played in all 38 games in his UA career and logged 101 tackles, 17 PBUs and two interceptions (60 yards).

*True freshman Marquis Johnson (Sarasota, Fla.) has emerged as Robinson’s backup. 

*Johnson played two snaps on defense for the Crimson Tide in the season opener, including one snap on the very first series of the game.

*The right cornerback spot belongs to junior Simeon Castille (Birmingham), who has played primarily as a backup the last two years.

*Castille has played 23 games at UA and recorded 45 tackles and four interceptions, including a 34-yard TD in his Crimson Tide debut against Utah State in 2004.

*Sophomore Lionel Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and junior Eric Gray (Trinity) will backup Castille.

*Mitchell had three tackles and one interception (in the Hawai’i end zone on the final play of the game to seal 25-17 win) in his 2006 debut.  Prior to the season opener, Mitchell had two tackles in five career games.

*Gray has 10 tackles in 18 career games.

*Senior Jeffrey Dukes (Oxford) will man the strong safety position.  Dukes has appeared in 25 games and recorded 30 tackles and one interception.

*He had seven stops in his first career start against Hawai’i in the 2006 season opener.

*Sophomore Cory Reamer (Hoover) and senior Bryan Kilpatrick (Monroeville) are Dukes’ backups.

*Reamer added two tackles in five games before his freshman season was cut short by an ACL injury.

*Kilpatrick has played in nine games for the Crimson Tide and logged his first career tackle against Hawai’i.

*Junior Marcus Carter (Ft. Payne) cracks the starting lineup in his third season at UA as the free safety.

*Carter was the Crimson Tide’s third-leading tackler (6) against Hawai’i and added one TFL.  Prior to the 2006 season opener, Carter had four tackles in 22 career games.

*Carter’s backups are sophomore Rashad Johnson (Sulligent) and true freshman Sam Burnthall (Decatur).

*Johnson actually started as the Crimson Tide’s nickel back against Hawai’i in the season opener.  He finished the game with six tackles.

*In 13 career games, Johnson has 14 tackles.


*Alabama will also be breaking in three new specialists this season as only junior place kicker Jamie Christensen (Norcross, Ga.) returns.

*Christensen hit 16 of 25 field goal attempts last season, including a school-record three game-winning kicks against Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas Tech.  He also converted 25 of 26 extra point attempts.

*Freshman Leigh Tiffin (Muscle Shoals) is the backup to Christensen after a solid fall.  He is the son of former All-American kicker Van Tiffin (1983-86).

*Christensen has battled an injury during fall camp, so Tiffin handled all the kicking chores against Hawaii in the season opener.

*Tiffin connected on 3 of 4 field goal attempts and made both extra points to finish his debut with 11 points.  He made field goals of 31, 27 and 26 yards and missed from 31 yards in the win.

*Tiffin’s 11 points were three more than his father recorded in his kicking debut at Alabama in 1983.  Van Tiffin scored eight points (2 FG, 2 PATs) in his UA debut against Georgia Tech to open the 1983 season.  Alabama won the game 20-7 at Legion Field.

*Redshirt freshman P.J. Fitzgerald (Coral Springs, Fla.) will make his debut as the Tide’s punter in 2006.  True freshman Adam Hill (Douglasville, Ga.) is the backup.

*Fitzgerald will also serve as the chief holder on extra points and field goals.  Guillon is also a holder.

*Senior Luke Spaulding (Mobile) is primed to make his debut as Alabama’s snapper this season. 

*Redshirt freshman Brian Selman (Vestavia Hills) is Spaulding’s backup.

*Redshirt freshman Andrew Friedman (Fairhope) handled UA’s kickoff duties in the season opener.

ALABAMA DEBUTS

*Alabama used 18 first-time players against Hawai’i in the 2006 season opener.

*Among the 18 first-time players, seven were true freshmen and 11 were redshirt freshmen.

*The two most recognizable newcomers were true freshman left tackle Andre Smith (Birmingham) and true freshman kicker Leigh Tiffin (Muscle Shoals).

*Smith became the seventh “true” freshman to start a season opener for Alabama since 1972.  He played 62 of the 65 snaps on offense and six snaps on special teams in his debut.

*Tiffin took over the kicking duties for the injured Jamie Christensen and scored 11 points in his UA debut.  He hit three of four field goal attempts and converted both extra points in the 25-17 win over Hawai’i.

2006 PLAYING DEBUTS

Player                                      Game

Javier Arenas                          Hawai’i

Sam Burnthall                         Hawai’i

Evan Cardwell                         Hawai’i

Brandon Deaderick                 Hawai’i

P.J. Fitzgerald                         Hawai’i

Andrew Friedman                   Hawai’i

Terry Grant                              Hawai’i

Prince Hall                              Hawai’i

Baron Huber                            Hawai’i

Marquis Johnson                    Hawai’i

Mike Johnson                         Hawai’i

Mike McCoy                            Hawai’i

Chris Rogers                           Hawai’i

Zach Schreiber                       Hawai’i

Ali Sharrief                              Hawai’i

Andre Smith                            Hawai’i

Leigh Tiffin                              Hawai’i

Roy Upchurch                         Hawai’i

ALABAMA SEC OPENERS

The Crimson Tide has posted a 46-20-4  (.686) record in Southeastern Conference openers.

*Alabama has won 14 consecutive SEC openers, dating back to the 1992 season. 

*The current winning streak includes 10 wins against Vanderbilt (1992-2001) and one win each against Arkansas (2002), Kentucky (2003), Ole Miss (2004) and South Carolina (2005).

*The last time Alabama lost an SEC opener was Sept. 14, 1991, when Florida shut out the Crimson Tide 35-0 in Gainesville.

*The 2006 season marks the 14th time in 16 years of divisional play that Alabama has opened its SEC schedule with an Eastern Division foe.

*Alabama’s first SEC game was a scoreless tie with Ole Miss at Birmingham’s Municipal Stadium (now Legion Field) on October 7, 1933.


ALABAMA-VANDERBILT SERIES

*Alabama and Vanderbilt meet for the 81st time this weekend in Tuscaloosa, with the Crimson Tide holding a 58-19-4 (.741) lead in a series that dates back to 1904.

*This will be the first meeting between these two long-time rivals since the 2002 season. Alabama won the last meeting, 30-8, on November 2 in Nashville.

*This also will be the first meeting between the two schools in Tuscaloosa since 2000, when Alabama won, 28-10, on September 9.

*Alabama and Vanderbilt met every year from 1952-2002 before a schedule change by the SEC put the two schools on a rotating basis.

*Alabama enters the 2006 season with a 17-game winning streak over Vanderbilt. The Commodores last win in the series was a 30-21 decision on September 29, 1984 in Tuscaloosa.

*The Commodores posted a 30-0 win over the Crimson Tide in the initial meeting in Nashville in 1904.

*Vanderbilt won the first five games in the series, outscoring the Crimson Tide, 165-14, in those five meetings.

*Vanderbilt also posted shutouts in each of the first three meetings, including the most lopsided win ever against the Crimson Tide, a 78-0 win in 1906.

*After spotting the Commodores a 5-0 series lead, Alabama earned its first win in 1920 with a 14-7 triumph in Birmingham.

*From 1957-59, the Crimson Tide and Commodores played to three consecutive ties. The scores were 6-6 (1957), 0-0 (1958), and 7-7 (1959).

*Prior to 1960, Alabama and Vanderbilt battled on even terms with the Crimson Tide holding a slight 17-16-4 (.514) series lead.

*Since 1961, Alabama has had the upperhand, posting a 41-2 (.953) record in the last 43 meetings.

*In 1998, Alabama set the school record for most safeties in a game with two against Vanderbilt in a 32-7 win at Legion Field in Birmingham.

*The Crimson Tide duplicated that feat with another pair of safeties in a 28-10 win at Legion Field in 2000.

*The 2001 game (a 12-9 Bama victory) marked the first time since 1958 that Alabama did not score a touchdown against Vanderbilt. The Crimson Tide and Commodores played to a scoreless tie in 1958.

*Vanderbilt has scored 10 points or less in eight of the last 11 meetings with Alabama.

 STATE CHAMPS/FRIENDS REUNITED

*The Alabama-Vanderbilt game will not only reunite a pair of state football champions, but will bring together a couple of old friends on the field for the first time in their collegiate careers.

*Alabama sophomore tight end Nick Walker and Vanderbilt sophomore quarterback Chris Nickson were teammates at Pike County High School in Brundidge from 2001-03.

*The duo led the Bulldogs to the Class 3A State Championship in 2003.

*Walker caught 67 passes for 1,028 yards and 15 touchdowns and was a Class 3A All-State selections.

*Nickson accounted for a state-record 67 touchdowns in 2003 en route to “Mr. Football” honors by the Alabama Sports Writers’ Association.

*Nickson threw for 2,946 yards and 42 touchdowns. He ran for 1,526 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior.

*The town of Brundidge is gearing up for this weekend’s game. T-shirts have been made emblazoned on the front with the question, “Are you going to the game?”. On the back, the shirt reads, “Nick Walker (Alabama) vs. Chris Nickson (Vanderbilt), September 9, 2006, Tuscaloosa, Alabama”.

*FSN South reporter Jenn Hildreth has interviewed both Walker and Nickson, as well as their high school coach (Wayne Grant), about this Saturday’s game.

*The story will are during “SEC TV Weekly” this Thursday, September 7, at 4:30 p.m. (CST). The feature will also air on Saturday, September 9, in the pregame show slated to air at 2 p.m. (CST).

ALABAMA-VANDERBILT NOTEBOOK

*Alabama and Vanderbilt have played at four sites overall. Three of those are in the stae of Alabama (Birmingham, Mobile and Tuscaloosa).

*Nashville is the only city in Tennessee to host this game.


Series Record by Site

Site                                          Record

Nashville                                 27-12-2

Birmingham                            15-3-1

Tuscaloosa                              14-1

Mobile                                     1-2-1


*Alabama head coach Mike Shula will be facing Vanderbilt for the first time in his collegiate coaching career. 

*Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson is 0-1 against Alabama after a 30-8 loss in Nashville during the 2002 season.

*Johnson is a 1973 graduate of Clemson University, where he played for head coach Cecil “Hootie” Ingram. Ingram, who still resides in Tuscaloosa, was a football and baseball standout for the Crimson Tide in the 1950s and was Director of Athletics at UA from 1989-95.

*Alabama’s Director of Football Operations Randy Ross is a former Vanderbilt assistant coach. Ross served as quarterbacks coach under Watson Brown from 1987-89 before joining the Alabama staff in 1990.

*Alabama defensive ends coach David Turner spent four years (2002-05) on Johnson’s staff at Vanderbilt as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

*The Alabama roster includes six players from the state of Tennessee. The list:

Bama Players from Tennessee

Player, Position                       Hometown

Tremayne Coger, DB               Columbia

Barrett Earnest, TE                  Loretto

Brandon Fanney, DL               Morristown

Baron Huber, FB                     Knoxville

Darren Mustin, LB                   Brentwood

Travis Sikes, LB                      Nashville


*Vanderbilt lists 11 players from the state of Alabama on its 2006 football roster.


Vanderbilt Players from Alabama

Player, Position                       Hometown

Joey Bailey                             Trussville

Earl Bennett                            Birmingham

Joel Caldwell                          Hoover

Justin Green                            Troy

Marquez Hill                            Shorter

Chris Johnson                         Birmingham

Patrick Johnson                      Athens

Reshard Langford                   Tanner

Quavian Lewis                         Troy

Kikko Logan                            Elba

Chris Nickson                          Brundidge


UA PUTS WIN STREAK ON THE LINE

*Alabama puts an 18-game winning streak in the series on the line this Saturday when the Crimson Tide hosts Vanderbilt at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Vanderbilt’s last victory on the field came September 29, 1984, when the Commodores snapped the Crimson Tide’s 26-game Homecoming winning streak with a 30-21 upset at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*The Crimson Tide forfeited a 17-6 win over the Commodores in 1993 due to NCAA sanctions.

ALABAMA FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK

*Junior wide receiver Keith Brown has posted back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. 

*Brown had six catches for 132 yards and one touchdown in the season opener against Hawai’i.  He closed out the 2005 season with five catches for 141 yards and one TD in a 13-10 win over Texas Tech in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. 

*Brown’ s six catches against Hawai’i matched his career high set last year against Ole Miss.

*In those two games, Brown has 11 catches for 273 yards (136.5 yards per game and 24.8 yards per catch) and two TDs.

*Brown is second in the SEC and 10th nationally with 132 yards per game.

*Brown also ranks second in the SEC and 30th nationally with six receptions per game.

*He is also fourth in the SEC with 140 all-purpose yards per game.

*Freshman kicker Leigh Tiffin is second in the SEC and second nationally with 3.0 field goals per game.

*Tiffin ranks 5th in the SEC and 59th nationally with 11 points per game this season.

*John Parker Wilson is second in the SEC with 256 yards of total offense this season.

*Senior fullback Le’Ron McClain’s 15-yard reception against Hawai’i is the longest of his UA career. 

*Junior free safety Marcus Carter recorded his first career TFL in the win over Hawai’i.

*Junior cornerback Simeon Castille recovered his first fumble in the win over Hawai’i.

*Senior strong safety Jeffrey Dukes recorded a career-high seven tackles in the  win over Hawai’i.  His previous best was four tackles against Hawai’i in 2005.

*Sophomore defensive back Rashad Johnson had a career-high six tackles in the win over Hawai’i.  His previous best was two against LSU in 2005. 

*Brown and DJ Hall lead all UA active players with six career TD receptions.  McClain is third on the team with five career TD catches.

*Tim Castille leads all active UA players with 16 rushing touchdowns.  He averages one rushing touchdown for every 7.6 rushing attempts.

 


 

 

     
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