Alabama Begins Preparations for Duke

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GAME 6: DUKE BLUE DEVILS VS. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
October 7,  2006 -- Bryant-Denny Stadium (92,138) -- Tuscaloosa, Alabama
6:07 p.m. (CST) -- Crimson Tide Sports Network Pay-Per-View

ALABAMA QUICK NOTES:  Alabama is 13-4 (.765) in its last 17 games ... Senior RB Kenneth Darby, senior DL Jeremy Clark and senior FB Le’Ron McClain will play their 40th game at Alabama this weekend ...  Darby is the SEC’s active leader in career rushing yards (2,798) and career all-purpose yards (3,049) ... Alabama is 75-33-4 (.688) against ACC teams ... The Duke game will mark the first game against an ACC team since Alabama’s 24-19 win at North Carolina State on Oct. 12, 1996 ... Alabama is 122-42-8 all-time in night games ... The Duke game will be the 31st night game at Bryant-Denny Stadium and the third this season ... Bama is 24-6 (.800) in the previous 30 night games at Bryant-Denny Stadium ...Junior wide receivers Keith Brown and DJ Hall have accounted for 54.6 percent of the Crimson Tide’s receptions, 69 percent of the team’s receiving yards and 71.4 percent of the touchdowns ... Sophomore QB John Parker Wilson is averaging 14.2 yards per completion on third down this year ... Alabama is 9-4-1 (.679) in games played on Oct. 7th ... Alabama has forced 14 turnovers in its first five games, which ranks fourth nationally for most turnovers created ... Alabama has forced at least one turnover in 36 of 42 games under Shula ...

ALABAMA BACK HOME TO HOST DUKE

After back-to-back Southeastern Conference road games at Arkansas and Florida, the Alabama Crimson Tide returns home this Saturday, October 7 to face the Duke Blue Devils in a non-conference game at Tuscaloosa’s Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The Alabama-Duke game will kickoff at 6:07 p.m. (CST) and will be televised by Crimson Tide Sports Network on a pay-per-view basis with David Crane (play-by-play), Tyler Watts (analyst) and Chris Stewart (sideline reporter).  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). Alabama (3-2, 1-2 SEC) is coming off back-to-back losses to Arkansas (24-23, 2OT) and Florida (28-13) the last two weeks.  Duke (0-4, 0-2 ACC) suffered a 37-0 loss at home to Virginia and brings the nation’s second-longest losing streak (12) to Tuscaloosa this weekend.  The Crimson Tide and Blue Devils are meeting for the third time in history and the first time since 1972.  Legendary head coach and College Football Hall of Famer Wallace Wade was the head coach at both Alabama (1923-30) and Duke (1931-41; 1946-50).

THE HEAD COACHES

Alabama head football coach Mike Shula (Alabama, 1986) is in his fourth season with the Crimson Tide and has compiled a 23-19 (.548) 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.  Duke head coach Ted Roof (Georgia Tech, 1987) is in his third full season as head coach of the Blue Devils and has compiled a 5-26 (.161) record.  A 1987 graduate of Georgia Tech, Roof served as Duke’s interim head coach the final five weeks of the 2003 season.  Under Roof’s guidance, Duke snapped a 30-game losing streak in ACC play with a 41-17 win over Georgia Tech on November 8, and then closed out the season by defeating North Carolina, 30-22, for the Blue Devils first win over the Tar Heels since 1989.  An All-ACC performer at Georgia Tech, Roof played for Bill Curry and then joined Curry’s staff at Alabama as a graduate assistant coach in 1987 and 1988.  He served as captain of the 1985 Tech team that posted a 9-2-1 record and beat Michigan State in the All-American Bowl at Birmingham’s Legion Field.  He concluded his Tech career with 417 tackles and was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988.

NEXT GAME

Alabama plays its fifth home game in seven weeks as the Crimson Tide hosts the Ole Miss Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, October 14.  The Alabama-Ole Miss game time will likely be announced on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006.  The game is being considered by Lincoln Financial Sports and CBS Sports.

2006 CRIMSON TIDE SCOUTING REPORT

*Alabama is 3-2 overall (1-2 SEC) following back-to-back road losses at Arkansas (Sept. 23) and Florida (Sept. 30).

*Despite the consecutive losses, Alabama is 13-4 (.765) in its last 17 games, dating back to the 2005 season.

OFFENSE

*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.

*Alabama is fourth in the SEC in total offense (369.4) this week.  The Crimson Tide also ranks fifth in passing offense (233.6) and seventh in rushing offense (135.8) after five games.

*The Crimson Tide is eighth in scoring offense (23.0) in the SEC.

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

*Wilson is 3-2 (.600) 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 84 of 139 passes (.604) for 1,153 yards, with seven touchdowns and four interceptions.

*Wilson also has 37 rushing attempts for 39 yards this season, including 13 carries for 20 yards in the loss at Arkansas.

*He is fourth in the SEC in total offense (240.25) this season.

*Wilson has played in 10 games in his UA career and has completed 91 of 150 (.606) passes for 1,251 yards, with nine touchdowns and four interceptions.  He also has 40 rushing attempts for 33 yards and one 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.) 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 five 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 325 of a possible 346 snaps on offense this season and has graded out as the top offensive lineman in all five   games.

*Redshirt freshman Evan Cardwell (Killen) is the back up center.  He has only played in two games at center against UL Monroe (Sept. 16) and Florida (Sept. 30).

*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 349 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 23 games and logged 17 career starts, won the job and has started the first five games. 

*Capps has played 287 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 81 snaps in four games this season, including a season best 35 snaps at Florida (Sept. 30).

*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 16 career games for the Crimson Tide.  He has 293 total snaps this season, including special teams.  He played a season-high 66 snaps at Florida (Sept. 30).

*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 312 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 55 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 every game with the exception of Vanderbilt (Sept. 9). 

*Davis has played 55 snaps, including 29 snaps in the win over ULM on September 16.

*Overall, Davis has played in nine career 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 third all-time leading rusher.

*Darby has played in 39 career games at UA and has rushed 583 times for 2,798 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 768 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 27 carries for 133 yards (4.9 average).

*Darby (91), Wilson (37) and Johns (27) have combined for 154 rushing attempts this season without a touchdown.

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

*Upchurch played in the first four games of the season, but did not see action against Florida. 

*He made his running back debut in the win over Louisiana Monroe (Sept. 16) 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 (Sept. 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 Sept. 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 five games this season.  He has five rushing attempts for 26 yards (5.2 average) and has five catches for 47 yards and one touchdown. 

*In 40 games, McClain has 31 rushing attempts for 132 yards and two TDs.  He has also added 33 catches for 289 yards and six TDs. 

*McClain is third 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 36 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 30 catches for 446 (14.9 average) and two touchdowns.

*He leads the SEC with six catches per game and ranks fourth in the league with 89.25 yards per game. 

*In addition, he is 10th in the league with 95.6 all-purpose yards.

*Brown has 81 career receptions for 1,383  yards and seven touchdowns.  He averages 17.1 yards per catch and 53.2 yards per game in his UA career.

*He ranks 8th all-time in receiving yards and 12th in career receptions.

*Hall is second on the team with 17 catches for 360 yards (21.2 average) and three touchdowns.

*He has recorded back-to-back 100-yard games against Arkansas (144) and Florida (117).

*In those two games, Hall has 12 catches for 261 yards (130.5 average) and one touchdown.

*His best game of the season came at Arkansas (Sept. 23), 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 82 catches for 1,222 yards and a team-leading nine touchdowns in 26 games. 

*He ranks 11th all-time in career receptions and 14th all-time in receiving yards.

*Darby is the fourth-leading receiver (9 catches, 41 yards) this year.

*Caddell has seven catches for 65 yards in 2006.  Overall, he has 37 career receptions for 575 yards (15.5 average) in 26 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 (Sept. 9) to convert a key third down in the fourth quarter.

*Alabama’s tight ends have caught seven passes for 107 yards (15.3 per catch) and one touchdown in the first five games.

*Sophomore Travis McCall (Prattville) has four catches for 68 yards (17.0 average).

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

DEFENSE

*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.

*Alabama’s base defense is a 4-3 alignment, but has only used that formation to open a game once (ULM, Sept. 16) this season.

*In the other four games, Alabama has played a 3-3-5 defense, using five defensive backs against Hawai’i. Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Florida.

*The Crimson Tide has also used 15 different starters on defense in the first five games.

*The Arkansas and Florida games marked the first time this season that Alabama has used the same defensive lineup in consecutive games.

*Alabama ranks second in the SEC and ranks 11th nationally in turnover margin (+1.2).

*The Crimson Tide has forced 14 turnovers in five games this season, a little less than three per game.

*Alabama has used nine different defensive linemen this season.

*Juniors Keith Saunders (Willingboro, N.J.) and Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette) have started all five games at defensive end.

*Gilberry leads all defensive linemen with 208 snaps, including a season-high 51 snaps in the loss at Arkansas.

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

*In 29 career games, he has 80 tackles, 22 TFLs and eight sacks.

*Saunders has logged 175 snaps this season, including a season-high 44 plays at Arkansas.  He added 43 snaps at Florida.

*He has eight tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

*Sophomore Bobby Greenwood (Prattville) serves as Saunders’ backup.  Greenwood has five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in 65 snaps this season.

*Senior Chris Harris (Tuscaloosa) is the backup to Gilberry at one end position.  Harris has 65 snaps, including a season-high 16 snaps at Florida (Sept. 30).

*He has five tackles and one TFL to his credit.

*Harris has played in more games (36) than any other UA player without a career start.

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

*Clark has logged 159 snaps and started all five games this year.  He has seven tackles and one pass breakup.

*In 40 career games, he has 69 tackles, seven TFLs, 4 1/2 sacks, one pass breakup and one quarterback pressure.

*Lee has played in all five games, but has made only one start (UL Monroe) this season. 

*He has logged 94 total snaps, including a season-high 25 in the loss at Florida.

*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 has not played in any other games.

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

*Adams has two tackles and has played 65 snaps this season.  In 20 career games, he has 12 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 starting linebacker. 

*Simpson is the Crimson Tide’s co-leader with 28 tackles (Jeffrey Dukes also has 28 stops) in 2006. Simpson has also added two TFLs and one interception.

*He also leads all linebackers with 231 snaps this season, including 62 snaps against both Hawai’i (Sept. 2) and Arkansas (Sept. 23).

*Overall, he has played in 38 games at UA and has logged 185 career tackles, 12.5 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 all five games and made three starts (including one each at both the will and sam linebacker) this year.  His starts came against ULM, Arkansas and Florida.

*He has played 134 snaps this year, including a season-high 57 snaps against Arkansas (Sept. 23).

*Overall, Waldrop has 12 tackles this season and 50 career stops.

*In his last three games, he has logged 124 snaps (92.5 percent of his season total).

*Stamps has played 64 snaps in four  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 four games and logged 88 total plays, including a season-high 22 plays in the win over ULM (Sept. 16).  He also has six tackles.

*Hall has played in all five games and logged 187 snaps, which is the second-highest total among linebackers.

*Halls’ only career start came against Vanderbilt (Sept. 9). He played a season-high 47 snaps at Florida (Sept. 30).

*He is UA’s third-leading tackler this season with 21 stops.  He is second on the team with 14 solo tackles.

*Hall’s best game came against Florida when he had seven tackles and a 50-yard fumble return for his first career touchdown.

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

*Jones is third among UA linebackers with 168 total snaps this season, including a season high 48 snaps in the win over ULM.

*He is fifth on the team with 18 tackles.

*Overall, Jones has played in 38 career games and logged 68 tackles, including five TFLs and 2 1/2 sacks.

*Jones’ backup is redshirt freshman Zach Schreiber (Shreveport, La.).  Schreiber played in the first four games of the season, but did not play against Florida (Sept. 30). 

*He has 74 total snaps, 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 42 games in his UA career and logged 112 tackles, 19 PBUs and two interceptions (60 yards).

*In five starts this season, he has played 274 snaps (third-most among defensive players) and recorded 12 tackles and two pass breakups.

*True freshman Marquis Johnson (Sarasota, Fla.) has emerged as Robinson’s backup.  Johnson has logged 76 snaps (most on special teams) in the first five games. 

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

*Castille has the second-most snaps on the team with 288 this season.  Castille is UA’s fourth-leading tackler (19) and ranks third in the SEC in interceptions (3).

*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 27 career games, Castille has 61 tackles, 5 1/2 TFLs, three sacks, seven interceptions and a team-leading 21 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 played in four games and earned three starts this season.  He has logged 169 total snaps, including a season-high 47 snaps at Arkansas (Sept. 23).

*In the last two games, Mitchell has played 89 snaps at Arkansas and Florida.

*He earned starts against Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Florida and recorded 16 tackles and is tied for second on the team with two interceptions.

*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 five games this year and has played a team-high 290 snaps on defense.

*Dukes is UA’s co-leader with 28 tackles this season, including a team-high 19 solo tackles.  In addition, he has added two interceptions (tied with Mitchell for second on the team), one pass breakup and one TFL.

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

*Kilpatrick has played in all five games in 2006 and logged 43 snaps, mainly on special teams.

*Overall, he has appeared in 12 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 199 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 five games and earned a start as the fifth defensive back in the season opener against Hawai’i (Sept. 2).

*He has played 196 total snaps, including a season-high 52 snaps in the opener against Hawai’i. 

*Johnson is sixth on the team with 16 tackles.  He has also forced two fumbles.

*Overall, he has played in 17 career games and has logged 24 tackles and forced three fumbles.

SPECIAL TEAMS

*The Crimson Tide opened the season with three new specialists as junior placekicker Jamie Christensen (Norcross, Ga.) suffered a groin injury on August 14 and missed the first two games.

*Christensen made his 2006 debut on kickoffs against Louisiana Monroe on Sept. 16 and has handled all kickoff chores the past three games.

*He returned to handle all placements for the Crimson Tide at Florida on Sept. 30. 

*In the loss to the Gators, Christensen hit two of three field goal attempts (missed 51 yards) and his lone extra point attempt.

*Last year as a sophomore, Christensen hit 16 of 25 field goal attempts, 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) subbed for the injured Christensen in the first four games.

*Tiffin hit 8 of 13 (.615) field goal attempts and 10 of 11 (.909) extra points in the first four games.

*He leads the SEC in scoring (8.5 points) and field goals (2.0) per game.

*Tiffin 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.

*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 five games, Fitzgerald has 15 punts for a 38-yard average.  Alabama is ninth in the SEC and 58th 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 five games.  His backup is redshirt freshman Brian Selman (Vestavia Hills).

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

ALABAMA-DUKE SERIES

*Alabama and Duke will meet for the third time this Saturday in Tuscaloosa. 

*The two teams have split the two previous meetings. 

*Duke beat Alabama, 29-26, in the Jan. 1, 1945 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

*The lead changed four times. The outcome was uncertain until the last second. The heart-throbbing finish pulled 72,000 people out of their seats.

*In the last analysis, it was the power and experience of Duke’s Navy trainees that prevailed over Alabama┬╣s inspired wartime civilian group, 29-26.

*Harry Gilmer starred for Alabama and just misfired on the game-winning touchdown pass as time expired.

*Alabama evened the series with a 35-12 win on Sept. 9, 1972 at Legion Field.

*The Crimson Tide offense rolled up 406 yards, including 333 yards on the ground, despite three fumbles, to win the season opener.

*Five different Alabama running backs scored in the win over Duke as the Crimson Tide broke open a tight game (14-12) with 21 second half points.

SHULA, ROOF REUNITED

*Alabama head coach Mike Shula and Duke head coach Ted Roof will meet for the first time as head coaches on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*The two squared off once while playing college football as Georgia Tech beat Alabama, 16-6, at Grant Field on Sept. 15, 1984.

*Shula completed 8-of-13 passes for 80 yards and one touchdown in the loss.  He also added five rushes for 14 yards and was  sacked once. 

*Roof led the Yellow Jackets with nine tackles, including five solo stops.  He added one tackle for loss (-4 yards) and recovered one fumble in Tech’s win.

*Roof recovered a fumble by Shula after he was forced to scramble to the left and D. Jones forced a fumble on the sack for an 8-yard loss

*Georgia Tech scored the first 16 points and held Alabama scoreless until 2:20 left in the third quarter.

*Alabama only had 213 total yards and turned the ball over twice.

DUKE SCOUTING REPORT

*Duke enters the game looking for its first win of the season. They are 0-4 and have failed to score in three of the four games. 

*In the Blue Devils’ last game, Virginia recorded a 37-0 victory with the help of five turnovers and a blocked punt. The Cavaliers did not record a scoring drive over 50 yards and the first four touchdowns were less than 30 yards. 

* Duke has struggled on offense, ranking last in the country in scoring offense at 3.25 points per game. The rushing offense is 118th with 37.5 yards per game and the they are 117th in total offense with just 204 yards per outing. The offensive line for Duke has allowed 5.5 sacks per game, last in the country.

*The Blue Devils rank 26th in the country in rushing defense (92.5 ypg.) and 40th in total defense (297 ypg.).  

*True freshman Thaddeus Lewis has started the last three games at quarterback for Duke. He is 49-of-87 for 584 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

*Junior Jomar Wright is the second leading receiver on the Duke squad with 13 catches for 161 yards. He has scored the Blue Devils’ only touchdown of the season.

*Duke has turned the ball over 10 times but has only forced five turnovers. Preseason All-America defensive back John Talley has the team’s only interception and has forced two fumbles.

*Linebacker Michael Tauiliili leads the team in tackles with 32 and tackles for a loss with six. He is tied for 20th in the country with 1.5 TFL per game and 63rd in the nation in tackles.

*Duke has 14 different players who have recorded a tackle for a loss. As a team they rank tied for 16th with 7.5 tackles for a loss per game.

*The Blue Devils have blocked two kicks this season but have also had three blocked.

*Defensive tackle Casey Camaro and nose guard Clifford Respress each have a blocked kick while opponents have blocked two field goals and one punt.

WALLACE WADE AVENUE

*The street that runs parallel to Bryant-Denny Stadium (west side) is Wallace Wade Avenue, named for the former UA coach who led the Crimson Tide to its first national championship in 1925.

TED ROOF CONNECTION

*Duke head coach Ted Roof has also coached at both Alabama and Duke.

*An All-ACC performer at Georgia Tech, Roof played for Bill Curry and then joined Curry’s staff at Alabama as a graduate assistant coach in 1987 and 1988. 

*He served as captain of the 1985 Tech team that posted a 9-2-1 record and beat Michigan State in the All-American Bowl at Birmingham’s Legion Field. 

*He concluded his Tech career with 417 tackles and was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988.

*Roof worked with the defensive backs (1987) and outside linebackers (1988) as a graduate assistant coach for the Tide.

ALABAMA VS. THE ACC

*Alabama has compiled a 75-33-4 (.688) all-time record against the current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

*The majority of the games have taken place with Georgia Tech, who was in the same conference (Southern and SEC) with Alabama for many years.

*Alabama has played at least one game with 10 of the current 12 ACC schools.  The Crimson Tide has never played Virginia or Wake Forest in football.

*The Duke game marks Alabama’s first against an ACC school since a 24-19 win over North Carolina State in Raleigh on Oct. 12, 1996. 

*Alabama did play Virginia Tech in the 1998 Music City Bowl, but the Hokies were members of the Big East Conference at the time of the game.

*Alabama and Florida State are scheduled to meet on Sept. 29, 2007 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., next season.

DUKE VS. THE SEC

*Duke has compiled a 52-46-5 (.529) all-time record against the current members of the Southeastern Conference.

*The majority of the games have taken place with South Carolina, who was in the same conference (Southern and ACC) with Duke for many years.

*The Blue Devils and Gamecocks have met 44 times. 

*Duke and Tennessee have been somewhat regular foes as the two schools have met 29 times.

*Duke has played at least one game with 10 of the current 12 ACC schools.  The Blue Devils have never played Ole Miss or Mississippi State.

*Duke also has at least one win against nine of the 10 SEC teams it has faced.  Georgia is the lone SEC team not to lose to Duke.

*Alabama is the first of two SEC opponents for Duke this season.  The Blue Devils will face the Vanderbilt Commodores on Oct. 28, 2006.

*The Alabama game marks Duke’s first game with an SEC school since losing at No. 19 Tennessee, 23-6, on Nov. 1, 2003.  The Tennessee game was the second game for interim head coach Ted Roof.

NIGHT GAMES

*Alabama has compiled a 122-42-8 (.733) all-time record in its previous 172 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.

*Alabama is 2-0 in night games this season, following wins over Hawai’i and Louisiana Monroe.

*Alabama is 9-6 (.600) in night games under coach Mike Shula.

BRYANT-DENNY LIGHTS

*The Duke game will mark the 31st night game in the history of Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Alabama has compiled a 24-6 (.800) 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 18 night games since the 2000 season.

*Alabama has played 13 night games at Bryant-Denny Stadium under head coach Mike Shula. 

*The Crimson Tide owns an 9-4 (.692) record in those 13 night games at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*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.

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 five games.

*The duo has combined for 47 catches, 806 yards and five touchdowns this season.

*Brown and Hall are responsible for 54.6 percent (47-of-86) of the team’s receptions.

*The duo has accounted for 69.0 percent (806-of-1168) 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 30 catches for 447 yards and two touchdowns.  He averages 14.9 yards per catch and 89.2 yards per game.

*Brown leads the SEC with six receptions per game.

*Hall has 17 catches for 360 yards and three touchdowns.  He averages 21.2 yards per catch and 90 yards per game.

*Hall is second in the SEC with 90 receiving yards per game.

2006 ALABAMA RECEIVING STATS

Category            Brown/Hall         Rest of Team

Receptions         47                     39

Yards                806                   362

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 per play.

*He had three touchdown catches last season that averaged more than 56 yards per play, including a 76-yard catch 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 five 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


OCTOBER RECORD

*Alabama has compiled a 319-99-16 (.753) all-time record in 434 games in the month of October.

*Alabama is 7-5 (.583) in the month of October under coach Mike Shula, including a four-game winning streak.  Bama won all four games last season in October, beating Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Utah State.

*Alabama played its first-ever October game on Oct. 14, 1893, losing 4-0 to Birmingham Athletic Club here in Tuscaloosa.

*In 1909, Alabama posted a 4-0-1 record in October and shutout all five opponents.  The Crimson Tide and Ole Miss played to a scoreless tie.

*Alabama posted an impressive 16 consecutive shutouts from Oct. 21, 1916 through Oct. 30, 1920.

*Coach Xen Scott’s 1920 squad shutout all five opponents in the month of October by a composite 205-0 score.

*Alabama posted a 26-game winning streak in the month from Oct. 31, 1914 through Oct. 22, 1921.

*The Crimson Tide also posted a 14-game winning streak during the 1924-26 seasons.

*Alabama had three significant winning streaks in the month of October during Coach Paul Bryant’s 25-year tenure. 

*The Crimson posted 28-game unbeaten streak from Oct. 9, 1976 through Oct. 16, 1982. 

*Alabama had a 23-game winning streak from Oct. 24, 1970 through Oct. 25, 1975.

*During those same two periods (Oct. 24, 1970 through Oct. 16, 1982), Alabama lost only one football game in the month of October and posted an incredible 50-1-1 (.971) record over a 12-year period in the month.

*The Crimson Tide’s only loss in that 12-year period was a 21-0 shutout loss at Georgia on Oct. 2, 1976, snapping Alabama’s 69-game scoring streak.


ON THIS DATE

*Alabama has compiled a 9-4-1 (.679) all-time record in games played on Oct. 7th.

*The Crimson Tide has not played on this date since a 27-11 win over North Carolina State in 1995.

*Alabama owns a six-game winning streak on this date.  The Crimson Tide’s last loss on Oct., 7 came against Vanderbilt (27-22) in 1950.

*Alabama’s first-ever SEC game was played on Oct. 7, 1933 when the Crimson Tide and Rebels played to a scoreless tie in Birminham.

*The Crimson Tide suffered a 7-6 loss to Fordham on Oct. 7, 1939 in a game played at the Polo Grounds.

*One of the most bizarre games in school history took place on Oct. 7, 1989 as Alabama erased a 21-0 first quarter deficit by scoring 41 second quarter points en route to a 62-27 win over Ole Miss at Jackson’s Mississippi Memorial Stadium.


GAMES PLAYED ON OCT. 7

Year      Result of Game

1905     Vanderbilt 34, Alabama 0

1911     Georgia 11, Alabama 3

1922     Alabama 41, Oglethorpe 0

1933     Alabama 0, Ole Miss 0

1939     Fordham 7, Alabama 6

1944     Alabama 63, Howard 7

1949     Alabama 48, Duquesne 8

1950     Vanderbilt 27, Alabama 22

1961     Alabama 35, Vanderbilt 6

1967     Alabama 21, Ole Miss 7

1972     Alabama 25, Georgia 7

1978     Alabama 20, Washington 17

1989     Alabama 62, Ole Miss 27

1995     Alabama 27, North Carolina State 11