Oct. 6, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban recognized seven players on Monday afternoon for their performances during the Crimson Tide’s 17-14 win over Kentucky.
Junior running back Glen Coffee earned his fourth offensive award of the season from the coaching staff after rushing for 218 yards with a 78-yard burst in the first quarter that gave the Tide an early 7-0 lead. Senior center Antoine Caldwell was also honored after leading the push up front as the offensive line cleared the way for 282 yards on the ground. He had the key block on Coffee’s long TD run. Freshman wide receiver Julio Jones was also honored after catching three passes for 52 yards (17.33 yards per reception). All three catches resulted in first downs with one reception coming on third down.
On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore mike linebacker Rolando McClain was honored for the third straight week and the fifth time this season after logging 10 total tackles and recovering a fumble and returning it four yards for a touchdown. Junior jack linebacker Brandon Fanney also earned the distinction on defense with three tackles, one solo stop, half of a tackle for loss (-1) and a quarterback hurry.
Junior punter P.J. Fitzgerald consistently flipped the field for Alabama, averaging 43.2 yards on six punts. He booted a long of 48 yards against the Wildcats and has averaged 44.2 yards on 13 punts in three Southeastern Conference games this season. Junior defensive back Marquis Johnson also earned the honor against Kentucky with outstanding play on special teams. He registered one tackle as a gunner on the punt coverage team and another on kickoff coverage that prevented a big return.
McClain (Clemson, Tulane, Arkansas, Georgia & Kentucky) leads all Alabama players with five player of the week honors while Coffee (Clemson, WKU, Arkansas & Kentucky) is close behind with four selections.