Alabama Begins Preparations for Florida

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GAME 5: ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE VS. FLORIDA GATORS
September 30, 2006 -- Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,458) -- Gainesville, Fla.
2:34 p.m. (CST) -- CBS Sports

 

ALABAMA QUICK NOTES:  Alabama is playing back-to-back SEC road games for the 22nd time in school history and the first time since 2000 ... The Crimson Tide offense leads the nation in time of possession (35:41) ... The Alabama defense ranks second nationally with eight interceptions this year ... Junior DB Simeon Castille leads the SEC and ranks 8th nationally with 0.75 interceptions per game ... Alabama is 3rd nationally with a +12 turnover margin this season ... Junior WR Keith Brown leads the SEC with 6.5 receptions per game ... Brown also ranks second in yards per game (102.5) and 6th in all-purpose yards (110.6) this year ... Junior WR DJ Hall has caught one touchdown pass in all three games in which he has played this season ... Hall’s three TD receptions have averaged 50.7 yards ... Sophomore QB John Parker Wilson is fourth in the SEC and 14th nationally in passing efficiency (162.42) ... Wilson has thrown seven TD passes in four games ... Bama is tied for 5th nationally with only one interception thrown this season ... Alabama is 13-3 (.813) in its last 16 games, dating back to the 2005 season ... Bama is 14-0-1 all-time on Sept. 30th ... Alabama has 11 players on its roster from the state of Florida ...

ALABAMA STAYS ON THE ROAD AT FLORIDA

The University of Alabama football team is on the road for the second consecutive week as the Crimson Tide travels to Gainesville, Fla., this Saturday, September 30, to take on the fifth-ranked Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field.  The game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports with a 2:34 p.m. (CST) kickoff.  Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter) will announce the game.  The game will also be carried on the 65-station Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (analyst) and Tom Roberts (sideline reporter).  The game will also be aired on the Sports USA Radio Network with Tom Dillon (play-by-play), Tim Pernetti (analyst) and Scott Gordon (sideline reporter).  Alabama (3-1, 1-1 SEC) is coming off its first loss of the 2006 season with a 24-23 double overtime loss at Arkansas on September 23.  Florida (4-0, 2-0 SEC) is coming off a 26-7 win over Kentucky last weekend.  The Crimson Tide is playing back-to-back SEC road games for the 22nd time in school history and the first time since 2000.

THE HEAD COACHES

Alabama head football coach Mike Shula (Alabama, 1986) is in his fourth season with the Crimson Tide and has compiled a 23-18 (.561) 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.  Shula is 1-0  against Florida.  Florida head coach Urban Meyer (Cincinnati, 1986) is in his second season as head coach of the Gators.  He has a compiled a 13-3 (.813) record, including a 4-0 start and No. 5 national ranking this season.  Meyer led the Gators to a 9-3 record last year and a win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl.  Prior to his stint at Florida, Meyer was the head coach at Bowling Green (2001-02) and Utah (2003-04).  He led the Utes to a 12-0 record in 2004 and a win over Pittsburgh in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.  Overall, Meyer is 52-11 (.825) in six years as a head coach.  He is 0-1 against Alabama.


NEXT GAME

After back-to-back SEC road games, Alabama returns home to face the Duke Blue Devils in a non-conference game Saturday, October 7 at 6:07 p.m. (CST).  The game will televised on a pay-per-view basis by the Crimson Tide Sports Network.  The game can be ordered through local cable operators in Alabama and North Carolina.  The game will also be shown on DirecTV and the DISH Network in Alabama and North Carolina.  Viewers in all other states may order the game through ESPN GamePlan.


2006 CRIMSON TIDE SCOUTING REPORT

*Alabama is 3-1 overall (1-1 SEC) following a 24-23 double overtime loss at Arkansas on Sept. 23. 

*Alabama is 13-3 (.813) in its last 16 games, dating back to the 2005 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.

*The UA offense leads the nation in time of possession (35:41) this season.

*Alabama is fourth in the SEC in total offense (381.0 yards per game), fifth in rushing offense (149.9), fifth in passing offense (232.0) and seventh in scoring offense (25.5 points per game) through four games.

*Sophomore quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) has been the steady hand on offense through the first four games.

*Wilson is 3-1 as the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback and made his first start in the season opener against Hawai’i on September 2.

*He has completed 63 of 99 passes for 913 yards and seven touchdowns, with only one interception this season.

*Wilson is third in the SEC in total offense (240.25) and fourth in the league in pass efficiency (162.42).

*Wilson has 28 rushing attempts for 48 yards this season, including 13 carries for 20 yards in the loss at Arkansas.

*Wilson has played in nine games in his UA career and has completed 70 of 110 passes for 1,011 yards, with nine touchdowns and one interception. He also has 29 rushes for 68 yards and one TD in his career.

*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.) and redshirt freshman Jimmy Barnes (Los Alamitos, Calif.) both saw action in the win over Louisiana Monroe.

*Guillon directed the UA offense to two scoring drives in the fourth quarter and completed both pass attempts for 15 yards in the win over ULM.

*Guillon has played in seven games in his Alabama career and completed 22 of 46 passes for 206 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions.


*Barnes made his UA debut in the win over ULM on the Tide’s final possession.

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

*Alabama has played 11 different offensive lineman in the first four games of the 2006 season, including nine in the season opener against Hawai’i. 

*The Crimson Tide played only nine offensive lineman the entire 2005 season.

*The leader up front is sophomore center Antoine Caldwell (Montgomery).  Caldwell has just five career starts at center after making the move from guard just prior to the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl.

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

*He has played 253 of a possible 274 snaps on offense this season and has graded out as the top offensive lineman in all four  games.

*Redshirt freshman Evan Cardwell (Killen) is the back up center.  Cardwell has played in all four games this season, but did not see his first action at center until the win over Louisiana Monroe on September 16.  He played 19 snaps against ULM.

*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, who has become a great downfield blocker, has played 273 snaps this season, including special teams.

*Smith’s backup is sophomore Cody Davis (Tuscaloosa).  Davis has appeared in 10 games in his UA career, including two games this season. 

*He played a career-high 21 snaps in the win over Louisiana Monroe on September 16.

*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 22 games and logged 16 career starts, won the job and has started the first four games. 

*Capps has played 246 total snaps this year, including a season-high 72 in the win over Vanderbilt on September 9.

*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. 

*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.

*He has logged 46 snaps in three games this season, including a season best 20 snaps in the season opener against Hawai’i.

*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 15 career games for the Crimson Tide.  He has 227 total snaps this season, including special teams.  He played season-high 65 snaps against Vanderbilt.

*Britt began his career on defense, but made the switch to offense this fall 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 Alabama.  Prior to this year, Britt had played 19 games, including three starts on defense for the Tide.

*He has played 250 total snaps this year, including a season-high 74 snaps against Arkansas on September 23.

*Redshirt freshman Mike Johnson (Pensacola) is the backup to Stabler at right guard.

*Johnson has logged 45 total snaps, including a season-high 25 plays against ULM on September 16.

*Sophomore Marlon Davis (Columbus, Ga.) is Britt’s backup at left guard.  Davis has played in three games this season and logged 44 total snaps, including 29 snaps in the win over ULM on September 16.

*Overall, Davis has played in eight games at Alabama and he has made one start (vs. Southern Mississippi on September 10, 2005).

*Redshirt freshman Drew Davis (Evergreen) made his Alabama debut in the win over Louisiana Monroe and played six snaps.

*The Crimson Tide offense has a talented group of backs and receivers to work with.

*The running backs are led by senior Kenneth Darby (Huntsville), who is the school’s fourth all-time leading rusher.

*Darby has played in 38 career games at UA and has rushed 569 times for 2,722 yards and 12 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.

*He needs 844 yards to break the UA career rushing record currently held by Shaun Alexander, the 2005 NFL Most Valuable Player.

*Darby anchors a deep and talented stable of running backs, which includes sophomores Jimmy Johns (Brookhaven, Miss.) and Glen Coffee (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.), redshirt freshmen Roy Upchurch (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Ali Sharrief (Madison).

*Johns is second on the team with 23 carries and 119 yards (5.2 average).

*Coffee suffered a knee injury in the Crimson Tide’s first scrimmage on Aug. 14 and has missed the first four games.  His status for the Florida game is undetermined.

*Upchurch made his running back debut in the win over Louisiana Monroe on September 16.  He finished the game with 12 carries for 37 yards and two touchdowns.

*Despite just 12 rushing attempts in one game at running back, Upchurch has accounted for one half (2) of the Tide’s rushing TDs (4) this season.

*Sharrief also made his running back debut against ULM (September 16) and finished the game with three carries for 31 yards, including a 21-yard run late in the game.

*True freshman Terry Grant (Lumberton, Miss.) had season-ending shoulder surgery on September 21st.

*Grant also saw his first action at running back against ULM and averaged 11 yards per carry (2 rushes, 22 yards) in his debut. 

*He was also a threat on kickoff (6-132-22,0) and punt returns (3-16-5.3) before his injury.

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

*McClain has been the starting fullback in all four games this season.  He has five rushing attempts for 26 yards and has two catches for 30 yards and one touchdown. 

*McClain had both receptions and a 17-yard TD catch in the win over ULM on September 16.

*In 39 games, McClain has 31 rushing attempts for 132 yards and two TDs.  He has also added 30 catches for 260 yards and six TDs. 

*McClain is second among active players with six career TD receptions. 

*Castille is the third-leading rusher this season.  He has 16 attempts for 49 yards and two touchdowns. 

*Like Upchurch, Castille has also accounted for one-half (2) of the Tide’s rushing TDs (4) this year.

*In 35 career games, Castille has 131 rushing attempts for 453 yards and a team-leading 16 touchdowns.  He averages one  touchdown for every 8.19 rushing attempts in his career.


*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 26 catches for 410 (15.8 yards per catch) and two touchdowns.

*He leads the SEC with 6.5 catches per game this season and ranks second in the league with 102.5 yards per game. 

*In addition, he is sixth in the league with 110.5 all-purpose yards.

*Brown has 76 career receptions for 1,347 yards and seven touchdowns.  He averages 17.5 yards per catch and 53.9 yards per game in his UA career.

*He ranks 10th all-time in receiving yards and 11th in career receptions.

*Hall is second on the team with 11 catches for 243 yards (22.1 per catch) and three touchdowns this season.

*He has one touchdown reception in all three games in which he has played.

*Hall’s best game came against Arkansas, where he had six catches for 144 yards, including a 78-yard TD reception which ranks as the 10th-longest in school history.

*Hall’s three touchdown receptions have averaged 50.7 yards per play.

*Hall has 76 catches for 961 yards and a team-leading eight touchdowns in 25 games. 

*He ranks 13th all-time in career receptions and 14th all-time in receiving yards.

*Caddell is third on the team with five catches for 45 yards this season. 

*He has 35 catches for 555 yards and one touchdown in 27 career games.

*Redshirt sophomore Will Oakley (Ponta Vedra Beach, Fla.) has overcome numerous injuries and has cracked the rotation this season.

*He has three catches for 35 yards this season.

*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.

*Sophomore Nikita Stover (Hartselle) has two catches for 41 yards (20.5 per catch), including a 36-yard reception on his first collegiate play against Vanderbilt (September 9) to convert a key third down in the fourth quarter.

*Alabama’s tight ends have caught six passes for 95 yards (15.8 per catch) and one touchdown in the first four games.

*Sophomore Travis McCall (Prattville) has three catches for 56 yards (18.7 per catch).

*Sophomore Nick Walker (Brundidge) has also added three catches for 39 yards (13.0 per catch) and one touchdown in four games.

*Walker caught his first career TD pass in the Crimson Tide’s 24-23 double overtime loss at Arkansas on Sept. 23. 

*Walker’s touchdown reception was the first by an Alabama tight end since Clint Johnston hauled in two TD receptions during the 2004 season.

*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 has used 15 different starters on defense in the first four games, including five defensive backs against Hawai’i, Vanderbilt and Arkansas.

*Alabama leads the SEC and ranks fourth nationally in turnover margin (+1.67 per game). 

*The Crimson Tide has forced 12 turnovers in four games this season, an average of three per game.

*The Crimson Tide ranks fifth in rushing defense, fifth in passing defense and fifth in total defense.

*Alabama has used nine different defensive linemen in the first four games. 

*Juniors Keith Saunders (Willingboro, N.J.) and Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette) have started all four games at the ends.

*Gilberry leads all defensive linemen with 165 snaps, including a season-high 51 snaps in the loss at Arkansas.

*Gilberry is fourth on team with 15 tackles this season.  He has also added four pressures, 3 1/2 TFLs and one pass breakup.

*In 28 career games, he has 80 tackles, 22 TFLs and eight sacks.

*Saunders has five tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in his 132 snaps thus far.  He played a season-high 44 snaps in the loss at Arkansas.

*Sophomore Bobby Greenwood (Prattville) serves as Saunders’ backup.  Greenwood has four tackles and one forced fumble in 49 snaps this season.

*Senior Chris Harris (Tuscaloosa) is the backup to Gilberry at one end position.  Harris leads all backups with 49 snaps.  He has  five tackles and one TFL to his credit.

*Harris has played in more games (35) than any other UA player without a career start.

*The starting tackles are seniors Jeremy Clark (Daphne) and Dominic Lee (Birmingham).

*Clark has logged 123 snaps and started all four games this year.  He has six tackles and one pass breakup.

*In 39 career games, he has 68 tackles, seven TFLs, 4 1/2 sacks, one pass breakup and one quarterback pressure.

*Lee has played in all four games, but has made only one start (UL Monroe) this season.  He has logged 69 total snaps, including a season-high 21 in the loss at Arkansas.

*Lee made his only career start against Louisiana Monroe on Sept. 16, which is the only game UA did not start five defensive backs. He has three tackles and one TFL this year.

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

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

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

*Adams has one tackle and has played 48 snaps this season.  In 19 career games, he has 11 total stops.

*The linebacking corps was hit the hardest after the 2005 season, losing starters Freddie Roach and DeMeco Ryans, who played in 100 combined games in four years at UA.

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

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

*Simpson is the Crimson Tide’s second-leading tackler and has played in three of the first four games. 

*He also leads all linebackers with 172 snaps this season.  Simpson has 21 tackles, including a team-best 12 assists.  In addition, he has added 1 1/2 TFLs and one interception.

*Overall, he has played in 37 games at UA and has logged 178 career tackles, 12 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 all four games and made two starts at both the will and sam linebacker spots this year.  He started the ULM and Arkansas games.


*Waldrop has played 104 snaps this year, including a season-high 57 snaps against Arkansas (Sept. 23).

*He has 10 tackles this season and 48 career stops.

*In his last two games, he has logged 94 snaps (90.4 percent of his season total).

*Stamps has played 60 snaps in three games, including a season-high 32 against ULM.  He has two tackles.

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

*Collins has started three games and logged 72 total plays.  He had a season-high 22 in the win over ULM.  He has five tackles.

*Hall has played in all four games and logged 140 snaps, the second-highest total among linebackers.

*He made his first career start against Vanderbilt on Sept. 9.  He played a season-high 48 snaps at Arkansas on Sept. 23.

*Hall has 14 tackles, 2 1/2 TFLs and two sacks this season.

*Senior Terrence Jones (Fosters) has started three of the four games at outside linebacker.  He missed the Arkansas game with a left shoulder injury.

*Jones is third among UA linebackers with 136 total snaps this season, including a season high 48 snaps in the win over ULM.

*Jones is UA’s third-leading tackler with 16 total stops.

*Overall, Jones has played in 37 career games and logged 66 tackles, including five TFLs and 2 1/2 sacks.

*Jones’ backup is redshirt freshman Zach Schreiber (Shreveport, La.).  Schreiber has played 73 snaps in the first four games, including a season-best 24 plays in the season opener.

*Schreiber has four tackles and one sack this season, along with a forced fumble.

*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 41 games in his UA career and logged 106 tackles, 18 PBUs and two interceptions (60 yards).

*In four starts this season, he has played 217 snaps (third-most among defensive players) and recorded six tackles and one pass breakup.

*True freshman Marquis Johnson (Sarasota, Fla.) has emerged as Robinson’s backup.  Johnson has logged 63 snaps (most on special teams) in the first four games. 

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

*Castille has 229 snaps this season (tied for team lead with Jeffrey Dukes) and has recorded an SEC-leading three interceptions. 

*He ranks first in the league and eighth nationally with 0.75 interceptions per game.  He had two interceptions in the Tide’s 13-10 win over Vanderbilt on Sept. 9.

*Castille played a season-high 63 snaps in the win over Hawai’i and turned in his best statistical game against Vanderbilt on September 9.

*He 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 26 career games, Castille has 56 tackles, 5 1/2 TFLs, three sacks, seven interceptions and a team-leading 20 pass breakups.   He recorded 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 has appeared in three games this season and logged 127 plays, 12 tackles and two interceptions. 

*He earned starts against Vanderbilt (Sept. 9) and Arkansas (Sept. 23) as a fifth defensive back.

*Mitchell had six tackles and one interception (51-yard return) in the loss at Arkansas (Sept. 23).  He recorded his first career interception in the season opener against Hawai’i (Sept. 2).

*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 all four games this year and has played 229 total snaps (tied with Simeon Castille for team lead).

*Dukes leads UA with 23 total tackles this season.  He has added two interceptions and one pass breakup.

*He also leads Alabama with 16 solo tackles this year.

*Senior Bryan Kilpatrick (Monroeville) is Dukes’ backup.

*Kilpatrick has played in all four games in 2006 and logged 31 snaps, mainly on special teams.

*Overall, he has appeared in 11 games for the Crimson Tide and logged his first career tackle against Hawai’i in the September 2, 2006 season opener. 

*Sophomore Cory Reamer (Hoover) underwent season-ending surgery on his left knee on September 21.  He logged 27 snaps in two games this season and recorded one tackle and recovered one fumble. 

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

*Carter has 173 snaps this season, including a season-high 53 in the win over ULM.

*Carter has 13 tackles, one forced fumble and one sack this year.  In 26 career games, he has logged 17 tackles.

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

*Johnson has played in all four games and earned a start as the fifth defensive back in the season opener against Hawai’i (Sept. 2).

*Johnson has played 145 total snaps and logged 15 tackles.  He also has 12 solo tackles, second only to Dukes’ season total (16 solos).

*He is also a force on special teams for the Tide.

*Overall, he has played in 16 career games and has logged 23 tackles and forced two fumbles.

*Alabama entered the season with three new specialists, but an injury to junior placekicker 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 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.

*Christensen made his 2006 debut against Louisiana Monroe on Sept. 16 and handled the kickoff duties in the win.  He held the same role in the loss at Arkansas (Sept. 23). 

*Freshman Leigh Tiffin (Muscle Shoals) has filled in for the injured Christensen in the first four games.

*He endured the toughest game of his young career at Arkansas when he missed three field goals and one extra point in the Tide’s 24-23 double overtime loss to the Razorbacks.

*He missed a 30-yard field goal attempt with 3:06 left in the game that would have given Alabama a 20-17 lead.

*Tiffin missed a game-winning field goal attempt (37 yards) in overtime that extended the game one more period.

*In the second overtime, he missed the extra point that led to the one-point loss.


*Despite his struggles at Arkansas (Sept. 23), Tiffin still leads the SEC and ranks third nationally with two field goals per game.

*For the season, Tiffin has made 8 of 13 (.615) field goal attempts and 10 of 11 (.909) extra points.

*His 47-yard field goal with 7:47 left in the game provided the winning margin in a 13-10 win over Vanderbilt on Sept. 9.

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

*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 four games, Fitzgerald has 12 punts for a 38.6 yard average.  Alabama is seventh in the SEC and 36th nationally with a 37.25 net punting average.

*Another true freshman Adam Hill (Douglasville, Ga.) is the backup punter, but has yet to see action.

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

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

*Redshirt freshman Andrew Friedman (Fairhope) handled the kickoff chores (Hawai’i and Vanderbilt) in Christensen’s absence.


THE ALABAMA-FLORIDA SERIES

*Alabama holds a 21-12 (.636) series lead over Florida in a series that dates back in the Alabama record books to 1904.  Florida does not recognize the 1904 game, claiming their team was a “club” team that season.

*This will be the 34th meeting between the Crimson Tide and Gators.

*The Crimson Tide and Gators are meeting in Gainesville for the first time since the 1999 season.

*Alabama beat No. 3 Florida, 40-39, on Oct. 1, 1999, at the Swamp to snap the Gators’ 31-game home winning streak.

*Senior TB Shaun Alexander tied the game with a late touchdown and then gave the Crimson Tide the win with a 25-yard run on the first play of overtime. 

*Alexander finished the day with 28 carries for 106 yards and three TDs.

*The two teams met later that season in the 1999 SEC Championship game.  Alabama led 12-7 at halftime and turned the game into a blowout with a 19-point fourth quarter.

*Freddie Milons ran the ball six times for 117 yards, including a 77-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.  Alexander added 97 yards and one TD on 30 attempts.

*Alabama posted a lopsided 31-3 win last season in Tuscaloosa.  Brodie Croyle threw an 87-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Prothro on UA’s first offensive play of the game to set the tempo.

*Alabama won the first meeting 29-0 during the 1904 season.  Florida’s first series win was a 9-2 victory in Tuscaloosa in 1921.

*Florida upset No. 3 Alabama, 10-6, on Oct. 12, 1963, at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The loss was one of only two suffered by the Crimson Tide under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant in Tuscaloosa during his 25-year career. 

*Following that loss to Florida, Alabama reeled off a then-NCAA record 57 consecutive games in Tuscaloosa before losing to Southern Mississippi (38-29) in 1982, the final game of Bryant’s career in Tuscaloosa.

*Alabama posted a lopsided 40-0 win over Florida on Oct. 13, 1979, in Gainesville.  The 1979 was the first year for UF head coach Charley Pell, who played for Bryant at Alabama from 1960-62 and was a member of Bryant’s first national championship team in 1961.

*Alabama head coach Mike Shula engineered the Crimson Tide to a 21-7 win over the Gators as the starting quarterback on Sept. 20, 1986, in Gainesville.

*Shula completed 11 of 16 passes for 118 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions in the win.  His 10-yard TD pass to Bobby Humphrey on the first possession of the third quarter tied the game at 7-7.

*The next year, the college football world was introduced to freshman phenom Emmitt Smith, who rushed 39 times for 224 yards and two TDs in a 23-14 win over Alabama at Legion Field.  It was Florida’s first series win since 1963.

*Alabama and Florida have combined for 12 of the 28 possible SEC Championship game appearances since 1992.

*Alabama and Florida have met five times in the SEC Championship game, with the Gators holding a slim 3-2 series lead in post-season play.

*Alabama won the SEC Championship in 1992 and 1999, while Florida captured SEC titles in 1993, 1994 and 1996.

*The two teams met in the inaugural SEC Championship game in 1992 at a frigid Legion Field.  Antonio Langham’s interception return in the final minute of the game sent Alabama to the Sugar Bowl, where they beat No. 1 Miami, 34-13, and clinched the school’s 12th national championship.

*Alabama and Florida are meeting for just the sixth time during the regular season since 1990.


FLORIDA SCOUTING REPORT:

* Florida is ranked fifth in the country with a 4-0 record and 2-0 mark in SEC play. 

* In the Gators’ last game, DeShawn Wynn ran 14 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. Florida finished the game with 259 yards on the ground as they defeated Kentucky 26-7.

* Florida’s defense ranks among the top defenses in the country. They are eighth nationally in total defense, allowing just 229.25 yards per game and fourth against the run at 42 yards per contest. The unit also ranks eighth in scoring defense, allowing 8.5 points per game.

* Chris Leak has made the Gators a powerful force on offense. He is fourth in the country with a 173.77 pass efficiency. He has guided Florida to the ninth-ranked total offense (465.5 ypg.) and ninth-ranked passing offense (289.75 ypg.) in the country. 

* Leak leads the SEC in total offense at 257.75 yards per game. He also ranks first in passing yards (1,066), pass completions (70) and passing touchdowns (12).

* Dallas Baker is one of the top receivers in the country. He is ranked seventh in the nation with 101.5 receiving yards per game (3rd in the SEC) and 17th with six catches per game (2nd in the SEC).

* Florida has five players who have over 100 yards receiving this year. Dallas Baker leads the team with 406 yards. Jemalle Cornelius is second with 206 yards followed by Percy Harvin (145), Andre Caldwell (117) and Cornelius Ingram (100). All five of those receivers also have at least one touchdown catch.

* DeShawn Wynn is fourth in the SEC with 304 rushing yards. He is tied for the lead with three touchdowns and is averaging 5.8 yards per carry.

*Reggie Nelson is tied for the conference lead with three interceptions on the season.  

* Eric Wilbur is ranked fourth in the country with a net punting average of 41.45 yards. He has a long of 58 yards and five of his 11 punts have been downed inside the 20 yard line.

KINES WAS A GATOR ONCE

*Alabama assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Joe Kines worked in a similar capacity at Florida.

*Kines spent six years as a Gator assistant coach under Charley Pell (1979-84) and Galen Hall (1984). 

*Kines was the linebackers coach in 1979-80 before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 1981.  He added assistant head coach to his list of responsibilities in 1984.

*Florida co-defensive coordinator Charlie Strong was a graduate assistant coach at UF during Kines’ tenure.

ALABAMA GATORS

*The Alabama roster contains 11 players from the state of Florida. 


FLORIDA NATIVES ON UA ROSTER

Player, Pos.                             Hometown

Javier Arenas, PR                   Tampa

Keith Brown, WR                     Pensacola

Glen Coffee, RB                       Ft. Walton Beach

DJ Hall, WR                             Ft. Walton Beach

Marquis Johnson, DB              Sarasota

Mike Johnson, OL                   Pensacola

Charlie Kirschman, DL            St. Augustine

Will Oakley, WR                       Ponte Vedra

Chris Rogers, LB                     Lakeland

Roy Upchurch, RB                   Tallahassee

FLORIDA TIDERS

*The Florida roster contains only one player from the state of Alabama.

ALABAMA NATIVES ON UF ROSTER

Player, Pos.                             Hometown

Markus Manson, RB                Tuscaloosa

SHULA VS. FLORIDA

*Alabama head coach Mike Shula is 1-0 in his coaching career against the Florida Gators.

*Shula led the Crimson Tide to a 31-3 win last year in Tuscaloosa.

MEYER VS. ALABAMA

*Florida head coach Urban Meyer is 0-1 in his career against Alabama.

*Meyer’s first collegiate game as a graduate assistant coach (tight ends) for Earle Bruce at Ohio State came against Alabama in the 1986 Kickoff Classic.  Alabama won the game, 16-10,  at the Meadowlands. 

*Mike Shula was the Tide’s starting quarterback in the win over the Buckeyes.  He completed 11 of 19 passes for 183 yards and one TD in the season-opening win.

*Meyer lettered at the University of Cincinnati in 1983 and 1984 and played against the Crimson Tide at Riverfront Stadium on Nov. 17, 1984.

*Meyer was not on the travel roster when coach Mike Gottfried’s UC Bearcats lost to the Crimson Tide 21-3 on Oct. 23, 1982.  The win over Cincinnati was the last win at Bryant-Denny Stadium for legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.

ALABAMA’S ROAD RECORD

*Alabama has compiled a 229-121-12 (.668) all-time road record in 352 games.

*Alabama is 5-9 (.357) on the road in the Shula era.

*Since 1982, Alabama is 64-34-1 (.652) on the road.

BACK-TO-BACK SEC ROAD GAMES

*Alabama will play back-to-back road games against Arkansas (September 23) and Florida (Sept. 30).

*The road games at Arkansas and Florida mark the first time since the 2000 season that Alabama has played consecutive SEC road games. 

*During the 2000 season, Alabama played back-to-back road games at LSU (Nov. 4) and Mississippi State (Nov. 11).

*Alabama has played back-to-back SEC road games just 24 times since the 1933 season.

*Alabama has gone 2-0 in those back-to-back SEC road games 10 times.

*Alabama has gone 1-1 in those back-to-back SEC road games nine times.

*Alabama has gone 0-2 in those back-to-back SEC road games three times. 

*The Crimson Tide was 0-1-1 in back-to-back SEC road games in 1957.

ON THIS DATE

*Alabama will be playing its 16th all-time game on Sept. 30 when the Crimson Tide travels to Gainesville to meet the Florida Gators.

*The Crimson Tide is 14-0-1 (.967) all-time on this date.

*Alabama has not played on this date since posting a 27-17 win over South Carolina during the 2000 season.

*The Crimson Tide’s first game on this date was a 24-0 win over Howard (now Samford) in 1911.

*The most lopsided win in school history took place on this date in 1922 when Alabama pounded Marion 110-0.

*The lone blemish was a 27-27 tie against LSU in 1944.

CATCHING ON

*Alabama junior wide receivers DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) and Keith Brown (Pensacola) have quickly become favorite targets of sophomore quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) during the first four games.

*The duo has combined for 37 catches, 653 yards and five touchdowns this season.

*Brown and Hall are responsible for 56.9 percent (37-of-65) of the team’s receptions.

*The duo has accounted for 70.4 percent (653-of-928) of UA’s total receiving yards.

*Brown and Hall have tallied 71.4 percent (5-of-7) of the Crimson Tide’s touchdown receptions in 2006.

*Brown leads the way with 26 catches for 410 yards and two touchdowns.  He averages 15.8 yards per catch and 102.5 yards per game.

*Hall has 11 catches for 243 yards and three touchdowns.  He averages 22.1 yards per catch and 81 yards per game.

2006 ALABAMA RECEIVING STATS

Category                  Brown/Hall              Rest of Team

Receptions              37                            28

Yards                       653                          275

Touchdowns            5                              2


DEEP THREATS

*The Crimson Tide’s receiving duo of Brown and Hall have the ability to score from anywhere on the football field.

*Brown is the Tide’s big-play threat.  His six career touchdown receptions have averaged a whopping 47.2 yards in his career.

*He had three touchdown catches last season that averaged more than 56 yards per play, including a 76-yard from Brodie Croyle in the Cotton Bowl win over Texas Tech.

*Brown has five career touchdown receptions of more than 30 yards and three that have gone for 50 yards or longer.

*Hall leads all UA receivers with nine career touchdown receptions.  The nine career TDs have averaged 29.4 yards per scoring catch.

*Hall leads UA with three touchdown receptions this season and the three scores have averaged an amazing 50.7 yards. 

*Hall has four career touchdown receptions of more than 30 yards, including all three this season.  He hauled in a 78-yard pass from Wilson in the loss at Arkansas for the 10th longest touchdown pass in school history.

*Wilson has nine career touchdown passes for the Crimson Tide, including seven in four games this year.

*Wilson’s nine career touchdown passes have averaged 29.3 yards.

*His seven touchdown passes this season have averaged 31.3 yards. 

*Wilson has thrown five touchdown passes for more than 30 yards, including two for more than 40 yards.

*His 78-yard scoring strike to Hall in the loss at Arkansas (Sept. 23) is the 10th longest scoring pass in Bama annals.


KEITH BROWN SCORING PLAYS

Year         Opponent                 Yards

2004        Utah State               57

2005        at South Carolina    36

                Florida                     65

                Texas Tech              76

2006        Hawai’i                    35

                at Arkansas             14           


DJ HALL SCORING PLAYS

Year         Opponent                 Yards

2004        Auburn                    18

2005        Southern Miss         26

                Arkansas                 43

                Arkansas                 5

                Utah State               13

                LSU                         8

2006        Vanderbilt                31

                Louisiana Monroe   43

                at Arkansas             78


JOHN PARKER WILSON TOUCHDOWN PASSES

Year         Opponent                 Yards

2005        at South Carolina    36

                Utah State               9

2006        Hawai’i                    35

                Vanderbilt                31

                Louisiana Monroe   17

                Louisiana Monroe   43

                at Arkansas             78

                at Arkansas             14

                at Arkansas             1