ALABAMA FOOTBALL: Special Teams Notebook

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Oct. 2, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Crimson Tide special teams has scored two touchdowns this season, including an 86-yard punt return by Javier Arenas and a 17-yard return of a blocked punt by Chris Rogers in the Tide’s 20-6 win over Tulane.  The special teams are featured each Thursday on RollTide.com.

TIFFIN ON LOU GROZA WATCH: Alabama place-kicker Leigh Tiffin has been named to the 2008 Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award watch list by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2007 season and 2008 preseason expectations. He set the Alabama single-season record for points as a sophomore in 2007 with 111 and led the SEC and ranked 23rd nationally with 1.60 field goals per game last year.

Leigh Tiffin: In five games this season, Tiffin has converted all 21 extra point attempts and has been successful on 8 of 10 field goal attempts for the Tide. He leads UA with 45 points this season. Tiffin is 9th in the SEC and 31st nationally with 9.0 points per game.  He is 4th in league and 23rd nationally with 1.60 field goals made per game.  He has made his last 52 consecutive extra point attempts.  In his 23-game career, Tiffin has converted 69 of 70 extra point attempts and 41 of 57 field goals for the Tide. Tiffin was outstanding in the opener against Clemson, hitting on 4-of-5 field goals, including a career-long 54-yarder. Tiffin has made 27 of his last 33 field goal attempts dating back to the Georgia game last year, including 8 of 10 in 2008. His 54-yarder vs. Clemson ranks third in Alabama history, exceeded only by a 57-yarder by his father, Van Tiffin, against Texas A&M in 1985 and a 55-yarder by Ryan Pflugner against Arkansas in 1998. Pflugner’s kick joins Leigh Tiffin’s as the longest made field goals in Tide history kicking without the benefit of a kicking tee.

Javier Arenas:  A dual threat, Arenas has started on special teams and in the Tide secondary this season. The junior is 6th in the SEC and 13th nationally with 17.93-yard punt return average this season.  He also 3rd in the league and 28th nationally with a 25.83-yard kickoff return average.  Arenas has four career punt returns for touchdowns, including his 87-yarder against Tulane on Sept. 6.  Arenas and David Palmer share the Alabama career record of four punt returns for touchdowns.

Arenas’ Career Punt Return Touchdowns

65........... Florida International (Oct. 28, 2006)

86........... Oklahoma State (Independence Bowl) (Dec. 28, 2006)

61........... LSU (Nov. 3, 2007)

87........... Tulane (Sept. 6, 2008)

Palmer’s Career Punt Return Touchdowns

56........... Vanderbilt (Sept. 28, 1991)

69........... Tulane (Oct. 12, 1991)

90........... LSU (Nov. 9, 1991)

*52 ......... Colorado (Dec. 28, 1991) 

63........... Louisiana Tech (Sept. 26, 1992)

*The NCAA does not recognize bowl statistics prior to the 2003 season.

TIDE LEADS NATION IN NON-OFFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS: Alabama is among four teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision with four non-offensive touchdowns early in the 2008 college football campaign. The Crimson Tide has two interceptions returns for touchdowns - a 74-yarder by Justin Woodall and a 63-yarder by Javier Arenas - to go along with an 87-yard punt return from Arenas and a 17-yard return of a blocked punt by Chris Rogers. UA is joined by Missouri (3 INT, 1 KOR), Florida (2 PR, 2 INT) and Kansas State (3 PR, 1 FR).