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GAME 3: LOUISIANA MONROE VS. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
September 16, 2006 -- Bryant-Denny Stadium (92,138) -- Tuscaloosa
6:07 p.m. (CST) -- CTSM/Pay-Per-View

ALABAMA HOSTS LOUISIANA MONROE

The University of Alabama football team closes out its three-game homestand with a non-conference game against Louisiana Monroe.  The game is set for Saturday, September 16, at 6:07 p.m. (CST) and will be televised by Crimson Tide Sports Marketing on a pay-per-view basis, with David Crane (play-by-play), Tyler Watts (analyst) and Chris Stewart (sideline reporter) calling the action.  Alabama improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 13-10 win over Vanderbilt Saturday in Tuscaloosa.  Freshman kicker Leigh Tiffin (Muscle Shoals, Ala.) provided the winning margin with a 47-yard field goal with 7:47 left in the game.  The Crimson Tide won its 15th consecutive Southeastern Conference opener with the win over the Commodores.  Junior receivers Keith Brown (Pensacola, Fla.) and DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) caught 12 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown in the win. Hall’s 31-yard TD grab capped a seven-play, 81-yard drive to open the third quarter and tie the game at 10-10.  Louisiana Monroe is coming off a 21-19 loss at Kansas last weekend in Lawrence, Kan.

THE HEAD COACHES

Alabama head football coach Mike Shula (Alabama, 1986) is in his fourth season with the Crimson Tide and has compiled a 22-17 (.564) 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.  Louisiana Monroe head coach Charlie Weatherbie (Oklahoma State, 1977) is in his fourth season as head coach at ULM.  Under his direction, the Warhawk football program earned its first conference title since 1992 with a 5-2 finish in Sun Belt play last season.  ULM has made significant strides in a short amount of time improving from 1-11 (2003) to 5-6 (2004, 2005), including a Sun Belt Conference championship.  Weatherbie, ULM’s 13th head coach, took over the program a little less than three months before kicking off the 2003 season.  He has compiled a 12-29 (.293) record in his tenure at ULM.  Overall, he is 57-88 (.393) in 13 seasons as a head coach, including stops at Utah State (1992-94) and Navy (1995-2001).

NEXT GAME

Alabama hits the road for the first time this season as the Crimson Tide travels to Fayetteville, Arkansas on Saturday, September 23, to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks.  The Alabama-Arkansas game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. (CST).   This will be Alabama’s first appearance on CBS this season.  The Crimson Tide appeared on CBS seven times last season.

ALABAMA QUICK NOTES:  Alabama leads the SEC in rushing defense (51.0 yards per game) and turnover margin (+2) ... Junior wide receiver Keith Brown (Pensacola, Fla.) leads the SEC and ranks 13th nationally with seven receptions per game ... Brown is second in the league and ninth nationally with 115.5 yards per game ... He is ninth in the SEC with 119.5 all-purpose yards this season ... John Parker Wilson (Hoover) is 9-for-10 (.900) for 150 yards and two touchdowns on the opening drive of the third quarter in the first two games ... Senior defensive back Ramzee Robinson (Huntsville) will play his team-leading 40th consecutive game on Saturday ... Freshman kicker Leigh Tiffin (Muscle Shoals) is the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week ... Tiffin is second in the SEC and third nationally with 2.5 field goals made per game ... He has scored 18 of Alabama’s 28 points this season ... ULM is Alabama’s 121st different all-time opponent ... Bama is 88-30-2 (.742) against first-time opponents ... Alabama is 13-0 against Sun Belt Conference teams ... The ULM game will be the 30th night game in Bryant-Denny Stadium history and the 17th in the last six years ... UA is 23-6 under the lights at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

MIKE SHULA NOTEBOOK

*Former All-SEC quarterback Mike Shula made his head coaching debut as the Crimson Tide defeated the South Florida Bulls, 40-17, August 30, 2003 at Legion Field. 
*Since his debut with the Alabama Crimson Tide as a true freshman in 1983, the 2006 season will mark Shula’s 24th season in the collegiate or professional ranks.

*Shula made his Alabama playing debut on Sept. 17, 1983, in a 40-0 win over the Ole Miss Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Shula was a  three-year letterman and starter at quarterback for coach Ray Perkins from 1984-86, leading the Tide to a 32-15-1 (.678) record.

*Mike Shula’s Playing Career at Alabama:

1984 (Sophomore) -- Shula played in eight games and made six starts for the Crimson Tide ... His first career start for the Crimson Tide came in a 38-31 loss to Boston College and 1984 Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie on Sept. 8, 1984 at Legion Field ... Completed a 67-yard pass to Greg Richardson with 7:57 left in the game to give UA a 24-20 win over Mississippi State in Jackson.

1985 (Junior) -- An All-SEC selection after becoming the second QB in Alabama history to throw for more than 2,000 yards in a season (138-for-229/2,009 yards/16 TDs), Shula also ranked third in the SEC and fifth nationally with a 150.02 rating ... Set UA records for game (four) and season TD passes (16) and completion percentage (60.3%) ... Twice named SEC Player of the Week for his performances against Cincinnati and Memphis State, where he threw a UA-record four TD passes ... Led Alabama to exciting comeback wins over Georgia and Auburn ... Against Georgia, he fired a 17-yard TD pass to Al Bell with 15 seconds to play for the 20-16 win ... Against Auburn, Shula directed a six-play, 45-yard drive that led to Van Tiffin’s 52-yard game-winning FG (UA 25, AU 23) ... Shula completed passes to Gene Jelks (16 yards) and Greg Richardson (19 yards) on the drive and threw a key block on Bell’s 20-yard reverse on fourth and four ...

Caught game-tying TD pass at LSU from Jelks.

1986 (Senior) -- Finished his career with a school record 35 career TD passes ... Led the Crimson Tide to its only win ever over Notre Dame (28-10) on Oct. 4, 1986 ...

Shula completed 15 of 23 passes for 191 yards and three TDs in the win over the Irish ... Elected a permanent team captain along with future NFL All-Pro Cornelius Bennett.

FORMER QB LEADS THE TIDE

Of the previous seven former UA players to be named head coach at Alabama, Coach Shula is the only former quarterback among the group.

*Shula is one of seven Alabama head coaches to have played for the Crimson Tide.  The list also includes Allen McCants, Eli Abbott, J.B. Whitworth, Paul Bryant, Ray Perkins and Mike DuBose.

*Eli Abbott, a Tuscaloosa native, was a tackle (1892-94) while also serving as the player-coach in his tenure at Alabama.  Abbott is listed as the head coach from 1893-95 and then coached again in 1902. 

*Abbott is the only player-coach in school history and the only coach to serve two tenures at Alabama.

*Allen McCants was a right halfback from 1892-94 for coach Eli Abbott.  McCants was a native of Meridian, Miss.

*J.B. Whitworth lettered as a tackle under coach Wallace Wade (1930) and Frank Thomas (1931).

*Paul Bryant was an end for coach Frank Thomas and was a teammate of NFL Hall of Famer and Green Bay Packers legend Don Hutson.

*Ray Perkins was a standout receiver at Alabama, catching passes from NFL legends Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler from 1964-66 and helping Bama to a pair of national championships (1964-65) and an 11-0 season as a senior in 1966.

*Mike DuBose was a standout defensive lineman under coach Bryant (1972-73) and was a member of two SEC Championship teams while a player.

*Shula was a three-year starter at quarterback under Ray Perkins and is the school’s sixth all-time winningest signal-caller.

*Gilmer and Howell both played in single wing formations in which they did not lineup as quarterback, but were their team’s leading passers.

FOR THE RECORD

Here is a look at the coaching records for the Crimson Tide’s previous 25 head coaches since 1892. 

*Legendary coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant (1958-82) remains the winningest coach in school history with his 232-46-9 (.824) record in 287 career games.  He led the Crimson Tide to six national titles (1961, ??64, ??65, ??73, ??78 and ??79) in his tenure at the Capstone.

HISTORY OF ALABAMA FOOTBALL

*The University of Alabama is in its 112th football season and has compiled a 776-301-43 (.713) all-time record in 1,120 games.

*The Crimson Tide played its first football game on Nov. 11, 1892 with a 56-0 win over Birmingham High School in Birmingham.

*Alabama is fifth on the all-time victory list for Division I.

*The Crimson Tide football legacy includes 12 national championships and 21 SEC championships. 

*UA also ranks among the best in post-season play, holding the NCAA record for most bowl games (53) and wins (30).

*UA has also logged 28, 10-win seasons, the most by any Division I school.

*In terms of SEC play, Alabama holds an overwhelming lead over second-place Tennessee (18) and third-place Georgia (15).

*Alabama also has more 10-win seasons than LSU (7), Ole Miss (6), Kentucky (2), Miss. State (2), South Carolina (1) and Vanderbilt (0) combined.

ALABAMA’S SEC TRADITION

*Alabama has compiled a 335-149-20 (.685) record in 504 SEC games since 1933.

*Alabama has played in more games (502), has more wins (335) and has won more league titles (21) than any team in SEC history.

*Alabama has more SEC wins than Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and South Carolina combined. 

*Alabama is the only SEC school to win a championship in every decade since the 1930s.  The Crimson Tide’s last SEC Championship came in 1999. 

*Every Alabama head coach since 1933 - with the exception of J.B. “Ears” Whitworth, Ray Perkins and Dennis Franchione - won at least one SEC Championship.

DECADES OF SUCCESS

*Alabama became the first team in NCAA history to win 100 games in a decade in the 1970s.

*The Crimson Tide posted a 103-16-1 (.863) record from 1970-79, which included eight SEC Championships and three national titles.

*Oklahoma also won 100 games in the 1970s as the Sooners compiled a 102-13-3 (.877) ledger.

*Alabama is one of only two SEC teams to win 100 games in a decade.  Florida posted an impressive 102-22-1 (.820) slate in the 1990s.

 BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM EXPANSION

*With a recent $47 million renovation project, Bryant-Denny Stadium has undergone yet another expansion, this time increasing capacity to 92,138 making it the fifth-largest on-campus football stadium in the nation. This latest renovation marks the third expansion since 1988.

*The expansion project, which began immediately following the 2004 football season, also added three levels of premium seating, a pair of large video scoreboards in the north end zone and state-of-the-art wrap-around display boards situated on the facades of the east and west upper decks.

*A unique aspect of the “new” stadium is a plaza that connects the stadium with University Boulevard. The plaza, which will be a focal point on game-day Saturdays, honors the Crimson Tide’s four national championship coaches and commemorate Alabama’s 12 national championships and 21 SEC titles.

*This newest expansion added 38 luxury skyboxes, bringing the total number of skyboxes in the stadium to 123, a club level area and traditional upper deck seating. New office space is also included, as well as a new home team locker room located in the north end zone. A state-of-the-art sound system was installed in 2005. The latest expansion marks the sixth time Bryant-Denny Stadium has been expanded since it was originally completed in 1929. Other expansions were completed in 1946, 1961, 1966, 1988 and 1998.

*Since those early games, a number of projects have expanded Bryant-Denny Stadium to its current capacity of 92,138. When Alabama and Hawai’i meet to open the 2006 season, a sellout crowd will mark the largest crowd to view a college football game in the state of Alabama.

*Included in the east side expansion in 1998 were 10,000 bleacher seats and two spiral walkways to give the stadium a more symmetrical appearance.

A total of 81 skyboxes, on two levels, were also added. The skyboxes were built in two sizes, 24-seat capacity (18) and 16-seat capacity (64). In 1999, four additional skyboxes were added.

*A scoreboard, with video replay capabilities, was added to the south end. Other recent additions to Bryant-Denny Stadium include two east-side reception areas for Scholarship and A-Club level patrons. These areas are located above the center entrance on the east side and include rooms large enough to host receptions and pre-game meal functions.  A bank of lights was also added on the east side.

*The 2006 season marks the sixth time in the stadium’s history that Alabama will play all of its home games at Bryant-Denny. From 1900 until 2003, Alabama played at least one home game at Birmingham’s Legion Field.

BRYANT-DENNY STADIUM

*Alabama’s on-campus home since 1929, Bryant-Denny Stadium is one of college football’s most scenic venues.

*The Crimson Tide has compiled an all-time record of 203-41-3 (.828) in 247 games at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*The stadium was originally named for former University of Alabama President Dr. George H. Denny.  Denny, who was named UA President on Jan. 1, 1912, amassed an an extraordinary career that spanned almost a quarter of a century. 

*Bryant-Denny Stadium and Denny Chimes (located on the UA quadrangle) stand as reminders of Denny’s legacy to the Capstone.

*In 1976, the State of Alabama Legislature and the UA Board of Trustees added coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s name to the stadium, thus calling Alabama’s football home Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Alabama’s 2006 season opener against Hawai’i drew a state-record 92,138 fans.  The previous Bryant-Denny Stadium record was 86,869 on October 23, 1999 against Tennessee.

ALL-TIME TUSCALOOSA RECORD

*In addition to its impressive record at Bryant-Denny Stadium (1929-present), Alabama has made Tuscaloosa a very difficult place to play for opposing football teams. 

*Alabama has compiled a 288-54-3 (.839) record in 345 games in Tuscaloosa. 

*Alabama was 6-1 (.857) at home during the 2005 season. 

*Overall, Alabama is 15-8 (.652) in Tuscaloosa under head coach Mike Shula but has shown steady improvement each year.

*Alabama has posted a 13-3 (.813) record in Tuscaloosa during the last three seasons.  The Crimson Tide owned a 6-7 (.462) record in Tuscaloosa during the 2002-03 seasons.

*Alabama’s first game on campus was a 4-0 loss to Birmingham Athletic Club on Oct. 14, 1893.

*From 1911-28, Alabama posted a 55-2 (.965) record in Tuscaloosa.  The 1929 season marked the opening of what is now known as Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant posted a remarkable 72-2 (.973) record in Tuscaloosa, losing only to Florida (1963) and Southern Miss (1982).  The USM game was the last game Bryant coached at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*From 1963-82, Alabama posted an NCAA record 57-game home winning streak. 

*Miami has since broken that record with a 58-game home winning streak, but the Hurricanes’ record also includes three wins in the post-season Orange Bowl game.  All of UA’s 57 wins were in the regular-season.

*The 57-game winning streak is one of seven winning streaks longer than 15 games for the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.

*Alabama posted a 19-game unbeaten streak in Tuscaloosa from 1928-35.

*Here is a look at the all-time coaching records at Bryant-Denny Stadium since 1929.

THE COACHING STAFF

*Shula’s nine on-the-field assistant coaches have combined for 201 years of experience in the high school, college and professional  ranks.

*Three of the Crimson Tide’s assistant coaches have previously served as Division I head coaches, including defensive coordinator Joe Kines (Arkansas, 1992), offensive coordinator Dave Rader (Tulsa, 1988-99) and running backs coach Sparky Woods (South Carolina, 1989-93).

*In addition, another three coaches are serving their second stint on the UA staff, including Kines (Defensive Coordinator, 1985-86), Rader (Quarterbacks/Receivers Coach, 1983-85) and receivers coach Charlie Harbison (Secondary, 1998-2000).

*Kines and Rader were on Ray Perkins’ coaching staff in the mid 1980s when current head coach Mike Shula was the starting quarterback.  Shula’s position coach was Rader and he worked against Kines’ defensive unit each day in practice.

*Kines begins his 40th season on the football field this year, including 35 years at the collegiate level. 

*Six of the Crimson Tide’s nine assistant coaches have more than 20 years experience on the sidelines.

*Eight of the nine assistants have been with Shula since he was hired in May, 2003. 

*Defensive ends coach David Turner is the newest addition to the staff.  Turner was hired after last season to replace Paul Randolph, who was named associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Rice.

2006 CRIMSON TIDE SCOUTING REPORT

*Alabama (2-0, 1-0 SEC) is undefeated after a pair of close wins over Hawai’i and Vanderbilt to kickoff the 2006 season.

*The Crimson Tide returned 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 returned 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 2,579 career yards. 

*He needs 987 yards to break the UA career rushing record currently held by Shaun Alexander, the 2005 NFL Most Valuable Player.

*Darby has played in 36 career games at UA and has rushed 529 times for 2,579 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.).

*Johns is the only other running back with a rushing attempt this season.  The sophomore has 15 carries for a team-leading 95 yards.  He also averages a team best 6.3 yards per carry.

Coffee suffered a knee injury in the Crimson Tide’s first scrimmage on Aug. 14 and has missed the first two games.  His status for the Louisiana Monroe game is unknown.

*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.

*Castille is the third-leading rusher this season with 33 yards (11 carries) in two games.  He also has the Crimson Tide’s lone rushing touchdown.

*In 33 career games, Castille has 126 rushing attempts for 437 yards and a team-leading 16 touchdowns.  He averages one rushing touchdown for every 7.9 attempts in his career.

*Castille has four catches for 21 yards.

*McClain has three carries for 19 yards in the first two games.

*In 37 games, McClain has 29 rushing attempts for 125 yards and two TDs.

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

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

*Brown is the Crimson Tide’s leading receiver this season with 14 catches for 251 yards and one touchdown.

*He leads the SEC with seven receptions per game and ranks second with 115.5 yards per game.  Brown is ninth in the league with 119.5 all-purpose yards per game.

*Brown has 65 career receptions for 1,168  yards and six touchdowns. 

*Hall made his 2006 playing debut against Vanderbilt and hauled in four passes for 56 yards and one touchdown.  His 31-yard TD catch in the third quarter tied the game at 10-10.

*Hall has 69 catches for 918 yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns in 24 games.

*Caddell is third on the team with four catches for 39 yards this season. 

*He has 34 catches for 549 yards and one touchdown in 26 career games.

*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.).

*Stover made his Alabama debut against Vanderbilt and hauled in a 36-yard reception on his first collegiate play to convert a key third down in the fourth quarter.

*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 has completed 38 of 54 passes this season for 460 yards and two touchdowns.

*Wilson is third in the SEC in total offense with 236 yards per game.

*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 has played nine offensive lineman in the first two games this season.  In fact, UA 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.


*He has played all 134 snaps on offense this season.


*Redshirt freshman Evan Cardwell (Killen) is the backup center, but has yet to see action on offense.


*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 has played 140 snaps this season, including special teams.


*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 20 games and logged 14 career starts, has started the first two games.  Capps has played 124 total snaps this year.


*Tatum has had a pair of playing streaks come to an end in the first two weeks of the season. 


*His streak of 24 consecutive starts came to an end in the 2006 season opener against Hawai’i.  He did play 20 snaps as Capps’ backup.

*Tatum saw his streak of 34 consecutive games come to an end against Vanderbilt on September 9 when he missed the game for disciplinary reasons.


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


*Stabler has played in 13 career games for the Crimson Tide.  He has 126 total snaps this season, including special teams.


*Britt made his second start on offense against Vanderbilt.  He has played 23 career games for the Crimson Tide, including 21 on defense (2004-05).

*Britt has played 129 total snaps, including 68 against Vanderbilt on September 9.


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


*Johnson is the only backup offensive lineman to see action in both games.  He has played 18 total snaps this year.


*Sophomore Marlon Davis (Columbus, Ga.) will be Britt’s backup. 


*Davis has played in six career games and made one start (vs. Southern Miss,  (September 10, 2005).


*Davis played five snaps in a backup role against Hawai’i in the season opener.


*Alabama had to 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).


*Through two games this season, Alabama leads the SEC in rushing defense (51.0 yards per game) and turnover margin (+2).


*While Alabama lists four starters on the defensive line, the Crimson Tide has started only three down lineman in its first two games.


*Senior Jeremy Clark (DT) and juniors Wallace Gilberry (DE) and Keith Saunders (DE) haven started against Hawai’i and Vanderbilt.


*Clark (Daphne, Ala.) has three tackles this season and has logged 58 snaps in two games.


*In 37 career games, he has 65 tackles, seven TFLs, 4 1/2 sacks and one quarterback pressure.


*Clark’s back up is redshirt freshman Brandon Deaderick (Elizabethtown, Ky.).


*Deaderick made his debut in the season opener against Hawai’i with 12 snaps.  He did not see action against Vanderbilt.


 *Gilberry (Bay Minette) has seven tackles and two TFLs in two starts this season.  He has played a total of 78 snaps.


*Gilberry has appeared in 26 games and logged 72 tackles, including 20 TFLs and eight sacks.


*Saunders (Willingboro, N.J.) has one tackle in two starts this season.  He has played 59 snaps in the first two games.


*In 19 career games, Saunders has 12 tackles, with one TFL and one sack.

 

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


*Harris has one tackle in two games as Gilberry’s backup.  He has 27 snaps.


*In 33 career games, Harris has 27 tackles, seven TFLs and three sacks.


*Harris holds the distinction of having played the most games on the UA team without making a start.


*Greenwood has played 20 snaps in the first two games.  In 13 career games, he has 15 tackles and five TFLs.


*Senior Dominic Lee (Birmingham) is listed as the first team right defensive tackle, but he has yet to start this season.


*Lee has played in both games and logged 28 total snaps.  He has three tackles and one TFL. 


*He has contributed 29 tackles, three TFLs and one sack in 28 career games.  He is second on the UA team for most games played without a start.


*Lee will will be backed up by another senior, J.P. Adams (Tuscaloosa).


*Adams has one tackle and 25 snaps this season.  In 17 career games, he has 11 total stops.


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


*Simpson is the team leader with 16 tackles through two games this season.  He has also added one TFL and one interception.


*He leads all UA linebackers and ranks third among UA defenders with 110 snaps this year.


*Overall, he has played in 36 games at UA and has logged 173 career tackles, 11.5 TFLs, four sacks, four pass breakups and three interceptions.


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


*Waldrop has played in both games, but only has 10 snaps.   In 26 career games, he has 38 total stops.


*Stamps has 24 total snaps in two games this season, with one tackle.  Overall, he has 15 tackles in 26 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.


*Redshirt freshman Prince Hall (Moreno Valley, Calif.) and junior Matt Collins (Birmingham) have both started at middle linebacker this season.


*Hall made his first career start against Vanderbilt on September 9.  Overall, he has played 71 snaps this season and logged six tackles, including one sack.


*Collins made his first start in the season opener against Hawai’i.  He has 32 snaps this season and two tackles.  In 25 career games, he has logged 17 career tackles.


*Senior Terrence Jones (Fosters) has started both games at outside linebacker.  Jones has played 88 snaps and has contributed nine tackles (4th on the team) and one sack.


*Overall, Jones has played in 36 career games and logged 59 tackles, including five TFLs and 2 1/2 sacks.


*Jones’ backup is redshirt freshman Zach Schreiber (Shreveport, La.).  Schreiber has played 46 snaps in the first two games and posted four tackles and two TFLs.


*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 39 games in his UA career and logged 103 tackles, 17 PBUs and two interceptions (60 yards).


*He has logged 111 snaps on defense this season and made three tackles in the first two games.


*True freshman Marquis Johnson (Sarasota, Fla.) has emerged as Robinson’s backup.  Johnson has logged 28 snaps in the first two games without a tackle.


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


*Castille has logged a team-high 115 snaps on defense this season and is coming turned in his best game of the year against Vanderbilt in the season opener on September 9. 


*Castille had four tackles and two interceptions in the Crimson Tide’s 13-10 win, earning player of the week accolades from the coaching staff.


*In 24 career games, Castille has 49 tackles, 5 1/2 TFLs, three sacks, six interceptions, including a 34-yard TD in his Crimson Tide debut against Utah State in 2004.  He also has 15 pass breakups.


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


*Mitchell has appeared in both games this season and earned his first career start against Vanderbilt on September 9.


*In two games, Mitchell has contributed six tackles and one interception and played 80 snaps. 


*Mitchell has eight tackles and one interception in six career games for the Crimson Tide.


*Gray has played 47 total snaps this season and has one tackle. In 19 career games, he has 11 total stops.


*Senior Jeffrey Dukes (Oxford) is in his first season as a full-time starter.  Dukes first career start came in the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl against Texas Tech.


*He has started both games this season and logged 110 plays, the third-highest total among UA defensive players.


*Dukes is second on the team with 12 tackles this season and has one pass breakup.  In 26 career games, he has 35 total tackles and two pass breakups.


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


*Reamer has logged 27 snaps in two games this season and recorded one tackle and recovered one fumble.  He has three tackles in seven career games.


*Kilpatrick has played in both games in 2006 and logged 12 snaps, mainly on special teams.


*Overall, he has appeared in nine games for the Crimson Tide and logged his first career tackle against Hawai’i in the September 2, 2006 season opener. 


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


*Carter has eight tackles and one TFL in two games this season.  He has played 80 total snaps.


*He was the Crimson Tide’s third-leading tackler (6) against Hawai’i and added one TFL.  Carter has 12 tackles in 24 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.


*Johnson has played in both games this season and is third on the team with 10 tackles.  He has played 76 snaps.


*Overall, he has played in 14 career games and has logged 18 tackles and forced two fumbles.


*Alabama entered the season with three new specialists, but an injury to junior place kicker Jamie Christensen (Norcross, Ga.) on August 14 forced the Crimson Tide to open the season with a new kicker, punter, holder and snapper.


*Christensen, who has missed the first two games with a groin injury, hit 16 of 25 field goal attempts as a sophomore in 2005, 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) has more than filled in for the injured Christensen in the first two games.


*The rookie has accounted for18 (47.4 percent) of the Crimson Tide’s 38 points this season.


*He scored seven points in the Crimson Tide’s 13-10 win over Vanderbilt in the SEC opener on September 9, including a game-winning 47-yard field goal with just over seven minutes to play.


*Christensen tallied 11 points (3-for-4 FG, 2-for-2 PAT) in his UA debut against Hawai’i on September 2.


*For the season, he has made 5-for-6 (.833) field goal attempts to rank second in the SEC and third nationally with 2.5 field goals made per game.


*He is the son of former All-American kicker Van Tiffin (1983-86).


*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.) made his debut as the Tide’s punter in the season opener.


*In two games, Fitzgerald has punted seven times for a 37.3 average in two games.


*Another true freshman Adam Hill (Douglasville, Ga.) is the backup punter.


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


*Senior Luke Spaulding (Mobile) has served as the snapper in the first two games.  His backup is redshirt freshman Brian Selman (Vestavia Hills).


*Redshirt freshman Andrew Friedman (Fairhope) handles the kickoff chores in Christensen’s absence.

ALABAMA DEBUTS

*Alabama used 20 first-time players during the first two games of the 2006 season.


*The Crimson Tide used 18 first-time players in the season opener against Hawai’i.


*Alabama added two more first-time players in its SEC opener against Vanderbilt.


*Among the 20 first-time players, eight are true freshmen and 11 are 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.


*There were 57 players on Alabama’s 105-man reporting roster (August 8, 2006) that had never played a game for the Crimson Tide.


*There are 34 newcomers on the Crimson Tide roster, including 23 signees and nine  invited walkons.


*Another 23 players were on the team in previous seasons, but have not played in a game.


*The Crimson Tide has used 77 first-time players, including 28 “true” freshmen,  over the last three seasons.


*Here is a look at the number of first-time players and true freshmen to see game action during Shula’s head coaching tenure.

FIRST-TIME STARTERS

*Alabama has used nine first-time starters in its first two games of the 2006 season.


*The Crimson Tide had seven first-time starters in the season opener against Hawai’i and added two more in the SEC opener against Vanderbilt.


*True freshman Andre Smith (Birmingham) became the seventh “true” freshman to start a season opener since 1972 when he suited up against Hawai’i on September 2, 2006.


*The last “true” freshman to start the season opener was Tim Castille in the 2003 season opener against South Florida at Legion Field.

 

*Smith is also the fourth “true” freshman offensive lineman to start the season opener since 1972.

 

*Smith played 62 of the 65 snaps on offense in his first collegiate start.  He also played six snaps on special teams in his UA debut.


*Smith, Alabama’s Mr. Football in 2005, is the only offensive lineman to win the Alabama Sports Writers’ Association award in its 23-year history. 


*He recorded 88 pancake blocks and was named the Class 6A Lineman of the Year while playing for the Huffman Vikings.

*He was also one of four finalists for the Walter Payton Award, given to the best prep player in the nation.


*Britt made the switch from defense to offense this summer and won the starting job at left guard. 


*He became the third different Britt brother (Wesley and Taylor) to start on the offensive line at Bama.  Justin did have three starts on the defensive line during his first two years (2004-05) at the Capstone.


*Wilson is the 14th different starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide since the 1991 season.


*He completed 16 of 29 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown in his first collegiate starter.


*UA quarterbacks are now 10-4 (.714) in their last 14 debuts dating back to the 1991 season.

 

*Wilson is the first Alabama quarterback since John David Phillips in 1998 to make his debut in the season opener.


*Phillips completed 17 of 29 passes for 188 yards in the Crimson Tide’s 38-31 win over BYU.


*Saunders made his first career start at right defensive end and logged 34 plays on defense against Hawai’i.


*Collins played 16 snaps at the starting middle linebacker against Hawai’i.


*Carter was the Crimson Tide’s third-leading tackler with six stops in his first career start against Hawai’i.  He also added one tackle for loss and forced one fumble.  He played 34 snaps.


*Collins (24), Carter (22) and Saunders (17) entered the season with a  combined 63 games without a start, but all four started the season opener against Hawai’i.


*Johnson made his first career start as the nickel back against Hawai’i.  He had six tackles and played 40 snaps on defense.


*Hall made his first collegiate start against Vanderbilt.


*Mitchell earned his first career start in the SEC opener against Vanderbilt as the fifth defensive back.


STARTING QUARTERBACKS

*Alabama quarterbacks have combined to make four career starts.


*Wilson made his first career start against Hawai’i on September 2, 2006.


*Wilson’s backup, senior Marc Guillon (Chico, Calif.), is the only other UA quarterback with a career start under his belt.


*Guliion has played in eight games, including two starts in his Alabama career.


*His two starts cam e during the 2004 season and both were losses to Arkansas and South Carolina.


*Alabama’s four starts at quarterback are the third-lowest number of starts in the SEC entering the 2006 season. 


*In all, SEC quarterbacks have 167 combined starts entering Saturday, September 16th.


*The composite record of those quarterbacks is 92-75 (.551).

STARTING AGAIN

*While the Crimson Tide has used nine first-time starters in its first two games of the 2006 season, there there are some grizzled veterans on the UA roster.


*The longest active starting streak on the Alabama team is 14 consecutive starts held by center Antoine Caldwell (Montgomery), running back Kenneth Darby (Huntsville), defensive end Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette) and linebacker Juwan Simpson (Decatur).


*Senior defensive back Ramzee Robinson (Huntsville) has made 12 consecutive starts and senior fullback Le’Ron McClain (Northport) has eight straight starts.


*A pair of lengthy start streaks ended at the Hawai’i game on September 2. 


*Senior right tackle Kyle Tatum (Prattville) saw his streak snapped at 24 consecutive starts.


*The last time Tatum did not start for Alabama also came against Hawai’i in the November 30, 2003 regular season finale.


*Senior defensive lineman Chris Harris (Tuscaloosa) has played the most games (33) on the UA team without a start.


*Senior defensive tackle Dominic Lee (29), junior linebacker Marcel Stamps (26), junior defensive back Eric Gray (19) and junior offensive lineman Justin Moon (17) have seen significant action without a start.


 PERFECT ATTENDANCE

*There are 12 players on the Alabama football team that have never missed a game for the Crimson Tide.


*The longest streak belongs to senior defensive back Ramzee Robinson (Huntsville), who has appeared in all 39 games in his UA career.


*The Louisiana Monroe game will be Robinson’s 40th consecutive game at Alabama.


*Six players have played in all 26 games over the last two seasons, including Caddell, Dukes, Gilberry, Knight, Stamps and Waldrop.


*Another six players played in all 14 games in their careers, including Caldwell, Greenwood, Johns, Johnson, Knight,  McCall and Walker.


*The Crimson Tide’s “iron man” streak came to an end against Vanderbilt on September 9 when senior offensive lineman did not play due to disciplinary reasons.  Tatum’s streak of 34 consecutive games ended with the 2006 SEC opener.


*Sophomore running back Glen Coffee’s streak (12 games) came to an end in the season opener against Hawai’i as he continues to nurse a knee injury sustained in an August 14 scrimmage.


*Collins and Hall both missed the Cotton Bowl game against Texas Tech and saw their streaks end at 23 consecutive games.


 ULM SCOUTING REPORT

*Louisiana Monroe has started the season with a 1-1 record, defeating Alcorn State, 24-6, and falling short against Kansas, 21-19.


*In the last contest for the Warhawks, Zeek Zacharie scored his second touchdown of the game with 3:31 remaining in the fourth quarter to bring ULM to within two points, 21-19, but Kinsmon Lancaster’s pass for the two-point conversion fell incomplete.


*Louisiana Monroe leads the Sun Belt Conference in five categories. They rank first in passing offense (254 ypg.), total offense (369 ypg.), kickoff returns (22.75 avg.), turnover margin (+1.50 tpg.) and pass efficiency (137.03).


*Lancaster was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 317 yards in a 21-19 loss at Kansas on September 9.


 *Lancaster leads the Sun Belt Conference in both pass efficiency (134.43) and total offense (284.5). He ranks 13th nationally in total offense and 53rd in pass efficiency. He has completed 32-of-58 pass attempts for 477 yards and three touchdowns in two contests.


*Lancaster has also shown his ability to run the ball with 92 yards and two touchdowns in two games.


*Calvin Dawson is averaging 22.75 yards per kickoff return this season to lead the Sun Belt Conference and rank 35th nationally. He is second in the league in all-purpose yards at 123.50 ypg.


*Kevin Payne has been a dual threat for Louisiana Monroe this season. The senior plays the role of both the starting safety and punter. He leads the team with 13 tackles and two interceptions. He is tied for fifth in the NCAA at 1.00 interceptions per game and is also 12th nationally in punting, averaging 43.5 yards per kick. He has punted 10 times for 435 yards with a long of 60 and one downed inside the 20 yard line.


*Christiaan Cambridge has recorded 3.5 tackles for a loss this season to lead the team and rank second in the Sun Belt Conference.


*Josh Thompson has been an active member of the ULM defense this season. He has forced two fumbles to lead the team and is tied for the team high with 13 tackles. He also has recovered a fumble and recorded an interception.


* Juniors Kyle Cunningham and Adam Hill have started on the offensive line in 24 consecutive games for ULM.

ALABAMA-ULM NOTEBOOK

*Alabama is one of three Southeastern Conference teams on the Louisiana Monroe schedule this season.  The Warhawks will also play at Arkansas (October 28) and at Kentucky (November 18).


*ULM is one of two Sun Belt Conference schools Alabama will face this season.  The Crimson Tide will also play Florida International on Saturday, October 28 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.


*The Alabama game will be the first of two trips to the state of Alabama for Louisiana Monroe this season.  The Warhawks make a return trip when they visit Troy on October 14.


*Alabama’s redshirt freshman linebacker Zach Schreiber (Shreveport, La.) and ULM senior linebacker Josh Alexander, sophomore defensive lineman Patrick Frazier and junior linebacker Ben Murphy all attended Evangel Christian in Shreveport.


*ULM linebackers and special teams coach Kirk Botkin played at Arkansas (1990-93) and coached under Jack Crowe at Jacksonville (Ala.) State (2001-05).


*ULM running backs coach Ron Dickerson, Jr., played at Arkansas (1989-92) and later served as the running game coordinator at Alabama State (1997-2000).  His father, Ron Dickerson, Sr., is a former long time head coach at Alabama State.


*ULM cornerbacks coach Greg Jackson played at LSU (1985-88).


*ULM head coach Charlie Weatherbie was an assistant coach at Air Force when the Falcons led the nation in rushing offense in 1987 and ranked second nationally in 1988 and 1989.


*As the head coach at Navy, Weatherbie’s option offense led the nation in rushing in 1999.


*Running back Irving Spikes (Ocean Springs, Miss.) played football at both Alabama and Louisiana Monroe (then called Northeast Louisiana).  Spikes was a second-team All-American in 1993 by the Associated Press and Football Gazette at NLU. 


*Spikes set the ULM single-season record with 1,563 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns in 1993.  He had three, 200-yard games and owns the school single-game rushing record with 254 yards against North Texas.


 *Spikes led the Indians to a 9-3 record and the first round of the I-AA playoffs in the school’s last season at the I-AA level.  He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins.


*Former Alabama strength and conditioning coach Al Miller is a 1966 ULM alum and member of the ULM Hall of Fame (1993).  Miller spent of number of years in the National Football League with Denver and Atlanta.  Alabama’s current strength and conditioning coach Rocky Colburn worked for Miller with the Falcons before returning to his alma mater last year.


*The list of famous alumni from ULM, includes Bubby Brister (QB, Pittsburgh Steelers), Chuck Finley (LHP, California Angels), Stan Humphries (QB, Washington Redskins) and Calvin Natt (NBA star).


*John David Crow, who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M for coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, was the head coach at ULM from 1976-80 and compiled a 20-34-1 record.


*ULM head basketball coach Orlando Early was an assistant coach at Alabama under Mark Gottfried.

 

ULM VS. SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

*Louisiana Monroe is 2-24-1 (.093) all-time against SEC schools.  Their lone wins came against Kentucky (21-14, 1994) and Mississippi State (34-32, 1995).  ULM and MSU also played to a 21-21 tie during the 1971 season.


*ULM has played nine of the 12 SEC schools to date.  The Warhawks have never faced Alabama, South Carolina or Vanderbilt.

 

ALABAMA VS. LOUISIANA SCHOOLS

*Alabama owns an 81-36-8 (.680) record against teams from the state of Louisiana.


*Alabama has played 109 of those 125 games  against LSU (69) and Tulane (40).

 

ULM VS. ALABAMA SCHOOLS

*ULM has compiled an 11-18-1 (.383) record against teams from the state of Alabama.


*The Warhawks have played six different teams from the state of Alabama and owns a winning record against only one team (West Alabama formerly known as Livingston State).

NIGHT GAMES

*Alabama has compiled a 121-42-8 (.754) all-time record in its previous 171 night games.


*The Crimson Tide’s first-ever night game was a 26-0 win over Spring Hill College at Murphy High School in Mobile on Sept. 27, 1940.


*The first-ever Tuscaloosa night game was a 48-6 win over Duquesne on Oct. 8, 1948.


 BRYANT-DENNY LIGHTS

*The Louisiana Monroe game will mark  the 30th night game in the history of Bryant-Denny Stadium.


*Alabama has compiled a 23-6 (.793) record in Bryant-Denny Stadium night games. 


*A rarity in the early years, night games have become the norm at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the last five years.


*After playing just 13 night games from 1929-99, Bryant-Denny Stadium has hosted 17 night games since the 2000 season.


*Alabama has played 12 night games at Bryant-Denny Stadium under head coach Mike Shula.  The Crimson Tide owns a 10-2 (.833) record in those 12 night games.


*Alabama played a school record five night games during the 2004 season and posted a 4-1 record in those games.  The previous record was four night games during the 2003 season.

 FIRST-TIME OPPONENTS

*Louisiana Monroe will be Alabama’s 121st different football opponent and second in the last four games, dating back to the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl.


*Alabama has compiled an 88-30-2 (.742)  all-time record against first-time opponents.


*The Crimson Tide is 73-21-1 (.773) during the regular season against first-time foes.


*Alabama also owns a 15-9 (.625) record in bowl games when playing an opponent for the first time.


*Alabama is 8-4 (.667) against first-time opponents since the 2000 season and 14-4 (.778) since 1988.


*The 1999 season is the last time Alabama did not play a first-time opponent.


SEPTEMBER RECORD

*Alabama has compiled a 158-38-5 (.799) in 201 all-time games in the month of September. 


*The Hawai’i marked Alabama’s 200th all-time game in the month of September.


*Dating back to 1997, Alabama is just 23-13 (.639) in its last 36 September games. 


*Alabama is 9-1 (.900) in its last 10 September games, dating back to the 2004 season.


*The Crimson Tide was undefeated in the month of September (4-0) last year for the first time since 1996.


*In its first-ever game in the month of September, Alabama posted a 24-0 win over Howard on Sept. 30, 1911.


*Alabama posted a 30-0-2 (.968) record in its first 32 September games before finally losing at Tulane (21-20) on Sept. 27, 1945.


*The school’s longest winning streak in the month of September is 19 games from Sept. 30, 1911 through Sept. 29, 1934. 


*The Crimson Tide also posted an 18-game winning streak (Sept. 19, 1970-Sept. 28, 1974) and a 16-game winning streak (Sept. 21, 1991 through Sept. 9, 1995) in the month.


 ON THIS DATE

*Alabama will be playing for just the fifth time in school history on September 16 when it takes on Louisiana Monroe this weekend.


*Alabama is 2-2 (.500) in previous games played on September 16, including a two-game losing streak.


*Alabama’s last win on September 16 was a 35-7 victory over Memphis at Legion Field in 1989.


*The Louisiana Monroe game will mark just the second game ever played at Bryant-Denny Stadium on this date.

 

BAMA COACHES IN SEPTEMBER

*Alabama coaches have put up some impressive numbers in the month of September. 


*Legendary coach Paul Bryant has the school’s best September record (52-8-1) in his 25-year career with the Crimson Tide.


*In addition, five coaches -- D.V. Graves, Thomas Kelley, Xen Scott, Wallace Wade and Frank Thomas -- never lost a game in the month of September.


SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER

*Alabama was undefeated in the month of September last year for the first time since the 1996 season.


*Since 1958, Alabama has been undefeated through the month of September 24 times.


*An undefeated record through the month of September usually means success for the Crimson Tide football team.


*The composite record of the previous 24 seasons in which Alabama was undefeated through the month of September is 239-46-1 (.837), which includes 17 10-win seasons.


*The Crimson Tide’s average record when undefeated through the month of September is 9.96 wins and 1.91 losses.


10 SEE ACTION ON OFFENSIVE LINE

*Alabama used nine offensive lineman in the 2006 season opener against Hawai’i and have had 10 different linemen see action this season. 


*The five starters have been Andre Smith (LT), Justin Britt (LG), Antoine Caldwell (C), B.J. Stabler (RG) and Chris Capps (RT).


*The four backups were Cody Davis (LT), Marlon Davis (LG), Mike Johnson (RG) and Kyle Tatum (RT) with Evan Cardwell playing for the first time against Vanderbilt.


*Caldwell was the only offensive lineman to play all 67 snaps against Hawai’i. 


*The nine offensive lineman against Hawai’i equals the total number of offensive line used for the entire 2005 season.


DEFENSE SCORES ON OPENING NIGHT

*The Alabama defense has scored points in each of the last five season openers.


*During those five season openers, Alabama’s defense has recorded three touchdowns and two safeties.


*In 2002, linebacker Freddie Roach scored on a 41-yard interception return to give the Crimson Tide a 39-27 lead over Middle Tennessee at Legion Field.  UA won the game, 39-27.


*Roach finished the game with 10 tackles in his UA debut against Middle Tennessee.

 

*In the 2003 opener, Charlie Peprah scored on a 51-yard interception in the first quarter of the Crimson Tide’s 40-17 win over South Florida.


*Peprah’s interception return was the first points scored under head coach Mike Shula, who made his Alabama coaching debut that day at Legion Field.


*In addition, Peprah’s interception return marked the first time since 1979 that the Alabama defense had scored the first TD of the season.  In 1979, E.J. Junior had a 59-yard interception return in Bama’s 30-6 win over Georgia Tech at Grant Field in Atlanta.


*In the 2004 win over Utah State, freshman cornerback Simeon Castille gave Alabama a 24-10 lead with a 31-yard interception return on the Aggies first possession of the third quarter.


*Castille had three tackles and one TFL in his Crimson Tide debut.


*Alabama has recorded safeties in each of the last two seasons to keep the opening day scoring streak alive.


*Mark Anderson had a safety against Middle Tennessee in the 2005 season opener and Roy Upchurch picked up a safety against Hawai’i this year.