Alabama Begins Preparations for Ole Miss Playing away from home for the second time in three weeks, the University of Alabama football team travels to Oxford, Miss., to take on the Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The game will be televised by Lincoln Financial Sports as the SEC
GAME 7: ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (4-2) vs. OLE MISS REBELS (2-4) Oct. 13, 2007 -- Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580) -- Oxford, Miss. 11:34 a.m. (CDT) -- Lincoln Financial Sports
ALABAMA QUICK NOTES:
Compared to this time last year, Alabama has shown improvement in scoring offense (+6.5 points per game), rushing offense (+50.7 yards per game) and total offense (+36.7 yards per game) ... Alabama has five opponents ranked in this week’s AP Top 25 poll, ncluding No.1 LSU, No. 21 Florida State, No. 22 Auburn, No. 24 Georgia and No. 25 Tennessee ... The combined record of those five teams is 22-7 (.759) ... There are six opponents on Alabama’s schedule who won nine games last season ... UA’s last four games have been decided by 19 total points and the outcome of three of the four games was not decided until the final play ...The Crimson Tide offense has 13 scoring drives of two minutes or less this season ...Alabama owns the 11th best road record among Football Bowl Subdivision teams since the 1998 season ... The Crimson Tide is 55-34 (.618) in 89 road games since the 1998 season ...Junior quarterback John Parker Wilson will make his 20th consecutive start on Saturday at Ole Miss ... Senior wide receiver DJ Hall has caught at least one pass in 25 straight games.
ALABAMA ON THE ROAD AT OLE MISS
Playing away from home for the second time in three weeks, the University of Alabama football team travels to Oxford, Miss., to take on the Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The game will be televised by Lincoln Financial Sports as the “SEC Game of the Week” with kickoff set for 11:34 a.m. (CDT). The Alabama-Ole Miss game will be shown on 67 stations throughout the nine-state SEC territory. The game will also be shown outside the SEC region on ESPN GamePlan with Dave Neal (play-by-play), Dave Archer (analyst) and Dave Baker (sideline reporter). The 62-station Crimson Tide Sports Network will also air the game on radio, beginning three hours prior to kickoff, with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (analyst) and Barry Krauss (sideline reporter). Alabama broadcasts are also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 140). Alabama (4-2, 2-1 SEC) has seen three of its last four games decided on the final play of the game. The Crimson Tide’s wins came against Arkansas (Sept. 15) and Houston (Oct. 6). Last week against Houston, Alabama pulled out a 30-24 win when senior left cornerback Simeon Castille intercepted a fourth down pass in the end zone as time expired. The Crimson Tide led 23-0 after the first quarter, but had to hold off the Cougars in the final minutes by forcing two late turnovers. Sophomore running back Glen Coffee recorded the first 100-yard game in his first career start to lead the Tide’s rushing attack. Ole Miss (2-4, 0-3 SEC) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 24-0 win over Louisiana Tech on homecoming last weekend in Oxford.
THE HEAD COACHES
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban (Kent State, 1973) was named the school’s 27th head coach on Jan. 3, 2007. Saban has compiled a 95-44-1 (.682) record as a college head coach. He led LSU to a 13-1 record and the BCS National Championship in 2003. He was 48-16 (.750) in his five years at LSU, including two SEC championships. Overall, Saban has coached three conference championship teams (1990 Mid-American, 2001 SEC and 2003 SEC) and eight of his 11 teams have played in post-season bowl games. Saban also has a wealth of coaching experience in the National Football League, serving as secondary coach (Houston, 1988-89), defensive coordinator (Cleveland, 1991-94) and head coach (Miami, 2005-06). Saban is 4-1 (.800) in his coaching career against the Rebels. Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron (Northwestern State, 1984) is in his third season as head coach of the Rebels, having been hired on Dec. 16, 2004. Orgeron has compiled a 9-19 (.321) record in his tenure at Ole Miss. Prior to his arrival in Oxford, he spent 20 years as an assistant coach, most recently at Southern California (1998-2004), where as defensive line coach, defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator he helped the Trojans win back-to-back national championships in 2003 and 2004. He has also worked as an assistant coach at Northwestern State (1984), McNeese State (1985), Arkansas (1986-87), Miami. Fla. (1988-92) and Syracuse (1993-97). Orgeron is 0-2 in his career against the Crimson Tide.
IT AIN’T OVER ...
Alabama has had a flair for the dramatic during the first half of the 2007 season.
The last four games have been decided by a touchdown or less, with three of the four games decided on the final play.
I have a message for everyone,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “When we play, don't leave early. We’ll make it interesting. We have guests here, we have recruits here, I want to make it interesting.”
The last four games have been decided by a total of 19 points and marks the closest four-game string for an Alabama team since a similar stretch in 1999. That season, the Tide went 3-1 in a four-game stretch of games decided by a total of 15 points: a loss to Louisiana Tech (28-29), and wins over Arkansas (35-28), Florida (40-39) and Ole Miss (30-24).
QUICK START BY THE TIDE
Alabama’s offense got the team off to a quick start against Houston (Oct. 6), scoring 23 first quarter points for the most points in a single period since a 31-point outburst in the first quarter of a 59-28 win over Vanderbilt on September 29, 1990, at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The Tide pounded down the field to a touchdown on the game’s opening possession, the fourth game this season in which Alabama has scored a touchdown on its opening possession.
Alabama has scored on its first possession against Western Carolina, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Houston.
In the wins over Western Carolina and Vanderbilt, Alabama scored on its first offensive play.
The Crimson Tide has 13 scoring drives of two minutes or less this season, including five in the win over Arkansas on Sept. 15.
Alabama has had at least one scoring drive of two minutes or less in all six games.
Junior quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) directed the Alabama offense to a pair of late-scoring drives against Arkansas (Sept. 15) and to force overtime with Georgia (Sept. 22).
During those two games, Wilson completed 9-of-12 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown and added a 6-yard TD run.
Against the Razorbacks, he led the Tide to a 9-play, 73-yard drive in the final two minutes which resulted in a 4-yard TD pass to Matt Caddell with eight seconds left in the game as UA won 41-38.
Wilson completed 7-of-9 passes for 56 yards and one touchdown in the game-winning drive against Arkansas
Against Georgia, Wilson led the Tide to a 10-play, 88-yard drive which resulted in his 6-yard run to tie the game at 20-20.
Wilson completed 2-of-3 passes for 51 yards and accounted for 57 yards of total offense on the drive.
SCORING DRIVES (2 MINUTES OR LESS)
THIS TIME LAST YEAR
The Alabama offense has shown improvement in several categories compared to this time last year.
The Crimson Tide has improved in rushing offense, total offense and scoring offense this season.
Through six games, Alabama is averaging 183.3 rushing yards per game. The Tide has 234 rushing attempts for 1,100 yards.
That is an improvement of more than 50 yards a game from this time last year.
Redshirt freshman Terry Grant and sophomore Glen Coffee have combined for 903 (82.1 percent) of the 1,100 yards this season.
Alabama is averaging 4.7 yards per rushing attempt this season compared to 3.5 yards per carry in 2006.
In 2006, Alabama averaged only 135.5 yards (154 rushes, 813 yards) through its first six games.
The Crimson Tide is averaging 403.5 yards per game this season, compared to 366.8 yards per game this time last year. That is an improvement of 36.7 yards per game.
Another area of improvement is scoring offense. The Tide is averaging 30.7 points per game (184 points) this season, compared to 24.2 points per game (145 points) last year at this time. That is an increase of one touchdown per game.
Defensively, Alabama has shown improvement in sacks and tackles of loss.
The Crimson Tide has recorded 10 sacks (-75 yards) through its first six games this season, compared to six sacks (-43 yards) last year.
Alabama has 40 tackles for loss this season (-141 yards) compared to 28 tackles for loss (-98) through six games in 2006.
ALABAMA’S TV RECORD
Alabama has compiled a 165-110-5 (.598) all-time record in 280 televised games. This does not include pay-per-view, tape-delayed or closed circuit telecasts.
The Crimson Tide owns a 141-92-3 (.604) record in 236 regular-season televised games.
Alabama is 2-2 (.500) in televised games this season.
ALABAMA’S ROAD RECORD
Alabama has compiled a 230-124-12 (.663) all-time road record in 356 games.
The above record does not include neutral site games, bowl games or the Alabama-Auburn game played at Legion Field from 1948-88.
Alabama snapped a four-game losing streak with a 24-10 win at Vanderbilt in the 2007 SEC opener in Nashville on Sept. 8.
The Crimson Tide was 0-4 on the road in 2006, including losses at Arkansas (24-23, 2ot), Florida (28-13), Tennessee (16-13) and LSU (28-14). The combined record of those four teams was an impressive 43-11 (.769) ledger.
Alabama was 3-1 (.750) on the road during the 2005 season.
Historically Alabama has been a strong road team. From 1970-75, Alabama won a school-record 21 consecutive road games.
From 1970-82, Alabama was 35-6 (.854) in 41 road games. Since 1982, Alabama is 64-37-1 (.632) on the road.
NICK SABAN ROAD RECORD
Coach Saban has compiled a 29-22-1 (.567) road record in his college career, including a 13-9 (.591) mark in SEC road games.
In his final three years at LSU, Saban led the Tigers to a 9-4 (.692) road record.
THE 2007 WINS ...
In its four wins this season, Alabama is averaging 36.75 points per game with wins over Western Carolina, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Houston.
The Crimson Tide averaged 435.8 yards per games in its four wins, including 211.8 rushing yards and 224.0 passing yards.
Alabama owns a 68-3 scoring advantage in the first quarter in its four wins this season. The Crimson Tide had a 23-0 lead against Houston (Oct. 6) and a 21-0 lead against Western Carolina (Sept. 1).
By contrast, Alabama has been outscored 45-32 in the fourth quarter in its four wins.
Junior quarterback John Parker Wilson has completed 56 percent (70-for-125) of his passes for 823 yards, with six touchdowns and four interceptions in the four wins.
Freshman running back Terry Grant is averaging 103.8 yards per game in the Tide’s four wins this season. He has 65 rushing attempts for 415 yards and five TDs.
Grant also averages 115.0 all-purpose yards in the Tide’s four wins this season.
Sophomore Glen Coffee is UA’s second-leading rusher with 57 carries for 279 yards and three TDs.
Senior wide receiver DJ Hall has 16 catches for 310 yards and two TDs in the four wins this season.
Sophomore wide receiver Mike McCoy has 11 catches for 91yards and one TD.
The Alabama defense has allowed 19.5 points per game in its four wins this season.
UA opponents are averaging 333.2 yards per game, including 144.2 rushing yards and 189 passing yards.
The Tide defense has forced nine turnovers in its four wins, including five fumbles and four interceptions.
Junior safety Rashad Johnson leads UA with 27 tackles and two interceptions (28 yards) in the four wins.
Senior defensive end Wallace Gilberry has 23 tackles in the Tide’s four wins this season. Gilberry leads UA with eight tackles for loss (-19), two sacks (-4) and seven quarterback pressures in the four wins.
Sophomore nose guard Lorenzo Washington also has two sacks (-18) and three TFLs (-20) in the Tide’s four wins.
THE 2007 LOSSES
In its two losses, Alabama is averaged 18.4 points per game against Georgia and Florida State.
The Crimson Tide averaged 339.0 yards per games in its two losses, including 126.5 rushing yards and 212.5 passing yards.
Alabama did not scored a first half touchdown in either loss to Georgia or Florida State. In fact, the Tide has been outscored 10-3 in the first half of its two losses this season.
Alabama has been out scored 24-10 during the first three quarters of its two losses.
The Crimson Tide owns a 24-17 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter in the two losses.
Junior quarterback John Parker Wilson has completed 51.1 percent (45-for-88) of his passes for 425 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the two losses.
Freshman running back Terry Grant is averaging only 64.5 yards in two losses this season. He has 20 rushing attempts for 116 yards and no TDs.
Senior wide receiver DJ Hall has 10 catches for 129 yards and one TD in the two losses.
The Alabama defense has allowed 23.5 points per game in its two losses.
UA opponents are averaging 362.5 yards per game, including 117.5 rushing yards and 245 passing yards.
The Tide defense has forced only three turnovers in its two losses, with three interceptions.
Freshman linebacker Rolando McClain is the leading tackler with 20 stops (10 per game) in the two losses.
Junior linebacker Ezekial Knight leads UA with three tackles for loss (-14) and has the lone sack (-6) in the two losses.
Sophomore linebacker Prince Hall, junior cornerback Lionel Mitchell and Johnson each have one interception in the Tide’s two losses.
ALABAMA-OLE MISS SERIES
Alabama leads the series with Ole Miss, 44-8-2 (.833) since the first meeting in 1894.
The Crimson Tide’s 19-14 win over the Rebels in 1993 was later forfeited by the NCAA.
The Ole Miss series is the second-longest running series in the Alabama record book among active SEC teams. The Alabama-Auburn series is the oldest series and was first contested in 1892, the first-year of football at the Capstone.
The Crimson Tide and Rebels first met on Oct. 27, 1894, with Ole Miss taking a 6-0 win in Jackson.
The 1894 game with Ole Miss was the ninth game in the history of Alabama football.
Since 1977, Alabama has won 19 of the last 22 meetings with Ole Miss, including last year’s 26-23 overtime win in Tuscaloosa.
After losing two of three games to the Rebels from 2001-03, Alabama has bounced back to post a three-game series winning streak.
The last two meetings have been decided on the final play of the game.
In 2006, John Parker Wilson threw a 2-yard pass to Le’Ron McClain in overtime to give Alabama a 26-23 win on Oct. 14 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Two years ago, Jamie Christensen’s 31-yard field goal as time expired lifted the sixth-ranked Crimson Tide to the win on Oct. 15, 2005.
The Crimson Tide posted a 28-7 win over the Rebels in 2004 to begin the current three-game winning streak.
The Rebels posted their most lopsided win in series history with a 43-28 victory over the Crimson Tide during the 2003 season in Oxford.
Ole Miss senior quarterback Eli Manning completed 14 of 22 passes for 230 yards and three TDs and added a three-yard TD run in the victory.
Two years earlier, Ole Miss won for the first time over Alabama in Oxford when Manning led the Rebels to 27-24 come-from-behind win.
The 2001 season also marked Ole Miss’ first win over Alabama in the state of Mississippi since Hoppy Langley booted a fourth-quarter field goal to give Ole Miss a 10-7 win in Jackson on Sept. 11, 1976.
These two SEC rivals became permanent opponents in 1992 when the league split into two divisions.
This will be the 16th consecutive year the Crimson Tide and Rebels have met in football.
Prior to 1992, Alabama and Ole Miss played only 10 times in a 20-year period.
In 12 games from 1901-28, Alabama held Ole Miss to 25 total points, including 10 shutouts. The Crimson Tide defense pitched seven straight shutouts from 1915-28, outscoring the Rebels, 337-0.
Alabama and Ole Miss did not play a regular season game from 1945-65.
The two teams did meet in the Jan. 1, 1964 Sugar Bowl as Alabama defeated Ole Miss 12-7 in New Orleans. Tim Davis booted four field goals on a snowy New Year’s Day for the win. This is the only time Alabama has played another SEC team in a bowl game.
Alabama’s 33-32 win over Ole Miss in 1969 was the first-ever prime time regular season telecast of a college football game.
The Crimson Tide’s first-ever SEC football game was played against Ole Miss on Oct. 7, 1933 at Birminghm’s Legion Field. The two teams battled to a scoreless tie.
SABAN VS. OLE MISS
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 4-1 (.800) in his career against Ole Miss with all five meetings coming at LSU.
ORGERON VS. ALABAMA
Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron is 0-2 in his career against Alabama.
Orgeron has also faced Alabama twice as an assistant coach, while serving as defensive line coach at Miami (Fla.). The Hurricanes were 1-1 in those two meetings.
Miami beat Alabama, 33-25, in the Jan. 1, 1990 Sugar Bowl to claim the national championship.
No. 2 Alabama beat No. 1 Miami, 34-14, in the Jan. 1, 1993 Sugar Bowl that capped the Crimson Tide’s 13-0 season and gave the school its 12th national championship.
ALABAMA-OLE MISS ON TV
Alabama and Ole Miss will play the 20th televised game in series history. The Crimson Tide owns a 15-4 (.789) record in those games.
The Crimson Tide and Rebels played the first primetime televised game in SEC history on Oct. 4, 1969, at Legion Field. Alabama won that infamous shootout 33-32.
The Ole Miss game will also be Alabama’s 38th consecutive televised SEC game.
The last SEC game not to be televised was a 28-14 win over Mississippi State on Nov. 9, 2002.
Alabama returns 20 lettermen and nine starters on offense from last year’s team.
The Crimson Tide’s 20 offensive lettermen combined for 212 starts entering the 2007 season.
Alabama is fifth in the SEC in rushing offense (183.33) and sixth in passing offense (220.17) and scoring offense (30.67).
The Crimson Tide offense has run 383 plays (76.6 average) this season, including 188 rushing attempts (49.1 percent) and 195 pass attempts (50.9 percent).
Alabama had a season-high 313 rushing yards (44 rushes) in its season opening win over Western Carolina on Sept. 1.
The Crimson Tide had a season-high 48 rushing attempts (221 yards) in the 24-10 win at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.
UA’s lowest rushing total of the season came in the loss to Florida State on Sept. 29. The Tide managed 89 yards (29 rushes).
Alabama had a season-high six rushing touchdowns in the win over Western Carolina.
Alabama threw for a season-high 327 yards (24-for-45, 4 TDs) in the win over Arkansas on Sept. 15.
The Tide had 150 passing yards (14-for-28) in the win at Vanderbilt. The 14 completions and 28 pass attempts were also season lows for the Tide.
Alabama has had at least one turnover in five straight games, including a season-high three in the win over Arkansas. UA did not have a turnover in the win over Western Carolina.
Alabama has 13 scoring drive of two minutes of less this season.
The longest drive in terms of plays came against Western Carolina when the Tide put together a 17-play scoring drive. The 17-play drive is the second-longest in the SEC this season.
The Crimson Tide had a 94-yard scoring drive against FSU, the longest of the season and sixth-longest in the SEC.
The Crimson Tide has scored 31 points off 12 turnovers this season.
Alabama is 4-0 when scoring first this season.
The Crimson Tide has scored on its first possession in three of six games.
The 52 points scored in the season opener were the most points by Alabama on opening day since a 66-0 win over Cal at Legion Field to open the 1973 season.
The 46-point margin of victory over Western Carolina was the largest by an Alabama team in a season opener since a 66-0 victory over California to start the 1973 season.
The Alabama offense racked up 35 first downs against Western Carolina. That total broke the previous mark of 34 set against Penn State in a 34-28 loss in 1983
Alabama accumulated 575 yards (313 rushing, 262 passing) of total offense against Western Carolina, the most by a Tide offense since gaining 588 yards in a 56-3 win over UTEP on October 6, 2001. The 313 rushing yards were the most by an Alabama team since the Tide rushed for 338 in a win at South Carolina on September 17, 2005.
Alabama scored the game-winning touchdown with eight seconds remaining for the 41-38 victory over Arkansas on Sept. 15. The win was Alabama’s first by scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown since a 14-13 win over Iowa State in the 2001 Independence Bowl (an Andrew Zow to Terry Jones TD pass). That game also marked the last time prior to the Arkansas game that the Crimson Tide had overcome a fourth-quarter deficit to win a game. Alabama trailed that I-Bowl contest, 13-7, before winning in the final stanza.
Before the last-minute comeback, the Crimson Tide lost a 21-point lead against the Razorbacks, the largest lead lost since Alabama lost a 21-point lead against Arkansas on September 27, 2003, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama led 21-0 with 1:27 left in the first quarter on Sept. 15, 2007, and regained that edge at 31-10 with 5:15 left in the third quarter.
The Razorbacks scored three touchdowns in the span of six minutes to tie the game with 12:05 left in the fourth quarter, and took the lead at 38-31 with 8:08 left in the fourth quarter.
In the 2003 game, Alabama held a 31-10 lead with 7:52 left in the third quarter, but watched Arkansas score the game's final 24 points to pull out the three-point win. The Razorbacks outscored Alabama 14-0 in the fourth quarter and put the game-winning points on the board at the end of the second overtime for the win.
Alabama scored 21 points in the first quarter against Arkansas, the most points scored by the Crimson Tide in a single quarter since UA scored 21 points in the third quarter against Arkansas on September 27, 2003, a game that Arkansas won 34-31 in double overtime.
The Crimson Tide scored 23 first-quarter points in its 30-24 win over Houston on Oct. 6. The 23 points were the most scored by Alabama in a quarter since the Tide scored 31 points in the first quarter against Vanderbilt in 1990.
Junior quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) directs the Tide offense for the second straight year. He is 10-9 (.526) as the starting quarterback.
In 24 career games, Wilson has completed 338 of 603 (.561) passes for 4,053 yards, with 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
He is the eighth quarterback in school history to throw for more than 4,000 yards.
Wilson is also seventh in pass attempts and completions and eighth in touchdowns on the school’s all-time lists.
In six games this season, Wilson has completed 115 of 213 passes (.540) for 1,248 yards, with eight touchdowns and four interceptions.
He directed the Alabama offense to a pair of late-scoring drives in back-to-back games against No. 16 Arkansas and force overtime with No. 22 Georgia.
During those two games, he completed 9-of-12 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown and added a 6-yard TD run.
Against the Razorbacks, Wilson led the Tide to a 9-play, 73-yard drive in the final two minutes which resulted in a 4-yard pass to Matt Caddell with eight seconds left in the game as UA won 41-38.
Wilson completed 7-of-9 passes for 56 yards and one touchdown in the game-winning drive against Arkansas.
He finished the game with a career-high 327 yards in the win over Arkansas and a career-high four touchdowns. His previous career-high for passing yards in a game was 291 against LSU in 2006.
Against Georgia, Wilson led the Tide to a 10-play, 88-yard drive which resulted in his 6-yard run to tie the game at 20-20.
Wilson completed 2-of-3 passes for 51 yards and accounted for 57 yards of total offense on the drive.
Wilson completed 28 of 53 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Florida State.
The 53 pass attempts are the second-most in a game in school history. Scott Hunter holds the UA single-game record with 55 pass attempts against Auburn in 1969.
The 28 completions equal the third most in school history.
In the Crimson Tide’s 30-24 win over Houston, Wilson had a streak of 132 passes without an interception snapped in the fourth quarter. It was the fourth-longest streak in school history. Wilson also threw 104 passes without an interception during the 2006 season
Redshirt freshman Greg McElory (Southlake, Texas) and true freshman Nick Fanuzzi (San Antonio, Texas) saw limited action under center in the season opener against Western Carolina.
McElroy completed 8-of-9 passes for 73 yards and one touchdown.
Fanuzzi does not have a pass attempt, but did lead the Tide to scoring drive on his lone series against the Catamounts.
For the first time in school history, Alabama has a 3,000-yard passer and a 2,000-yard receiver on its roster.
Senior wide receiver DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) is the school’s all-time leader in both career receptions (153) and receiving yards (2,357) heading into Sturday’s game.
In six games this season, Hall leads the team with 26 catches for 439 yards and three touchdowns. He also leads UA with 16.9 yards per catch.
In addition to Hall, Alabama has a talented corps of receivers.
The Crimson Tide has had 15 different players catch at least one pass this season.
Alabama’s wide receivers have caught 78 passes for 947 yards (12.14 average) and seven touchdowns.
Sophomore Mike McCoy (Rankin, Miss.) is the Tide’s second-leading receiver with 20 catches for 150 yards and one touchdown.
He caught his first career touchdown pass on the final play of the first quarter against Houston on Oct. 6 to give the Tide a 23-0 lead.
Senior Matt Caddell (McCalla) is third on the team with 16 catches for 150 yards and one touchdown.
He had nine catches for 91 yards and one TD in the Tide’s 41-38 win over Arkansas on Sept. 15.
Caddell had four catches for 41 yards on UA’s game-winning drive, including a 4-yard TD catch with eight seconds left in the game.
Senior wide receiver Keith Brown (Pensacola, Fla.) has caught eight passes for 125 yards (15.6 average) and one touchdown in four games.
He had three catches for 73 yards (24.3 average) in the loss to Georgia and three catches for 34 yards (11.3 average) and one TD against Florida State.
Brown had two catches for 61 yards on Alabama’s game-tying drive in the fourth quarter, including a 43-yard grab at the Georgia 45-yard line. The 43-yard catch was his 100th career reception.
In 378 career games, Brown has 103 receptions for 1,652 yards (16.0 average) and nine touchdowns
Junior Nikita Stover (Hartselle, Ala.) had two catches for 33 yards and one touchdown this season, a 23-yard catch against Houston on Oct. 6.
The tight ends have 14 catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior Nick Walker (Brundidge, Ala.) has 13 off those receptions for 112 yards (8.6 average) and two touchdowns. He also has a two-point conversion.
Junior Travis McCall (Prattville) has one catch for eight yards this season.
Redshirt freshman Preston Dial (Mobile, Ala.) has played in five games this season and earned his first career start at Vanderbilt (Sept. 8) when UA opened in a three tight-end set. He does not have a reception.
Alabama’s backfield entered the 2007 season with 733 combined rushing yards and three touchdowns in 43 games. No running back had started a game prior to the 2007 season.
The Tide’s four running backs accounted for 296 rushing yards and six touchdowns in the win over Western Carolina.
The six rushing TDs were the most by Alabama since scoring six rushing touchdowns in a 56-3 win over UTEP on Oct. 6, 2004.
Redshirt freshmen running back Terry Grant (Lumberton, Miss.) leads all Crimson Tide rushers and ranks sixth in the SEC with 88.5 yards per game.
In six games, Grant has 85 rushing attempts for 531 yards and five touchdowns. He also averages 6.2 yards per carry.
He was named the SEC Freshman of the Week following wins over Western Carolina, Vanderbilt and Arkansas.
Grant rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in the season opener against Western Carolina. He scored on the Tide’s first play from scrimmage and had 68 yards rushing on eight carries (8.5-yard average) through the first period of action.
He scored on the first play from scrimmage with a 1-yard TD run at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8. He finished the game with 24 carries for 173 yards and two TDs.
Sophomore Glen Coffee (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) has 78 carries for 372 yards and three touchdowns this season. Coffee averages 4.8 yards per rushing attempt.
He made his first career start against Houston on Oct. 6 and had 30 rushing attempts for 121 yards and one touchdowns.
It was the first 100-yard game of his career for the Tide.
The 30 rushing attempts with the most by an Alabama back since Kenneth Darby had 35 rushing attempts against LSU in 2004.
Coffee had nine carries for a season-high 76 yards and one TD in the season opener against Western Carolina.
He added a career-high 16 carries for 62 yards in the loss to Georgia on Sept. 22.
Grant and Coffee have combined for 903 of the Tide’s 1,100 rushing yards this season.
Sophomore Roy Upchurch (Tallahassee, Fla.) is third on the team with 17 carries for 107 yards (6.3 average) and one TD this season.
Upchurch had six carries for 55 yards in the season opener against Western Carolina. He added two carries for 19 yards against Georgia on Sept. 22.
The Crimson Tide’s running backs have caught 30 passes for 247 yards this season.
Coffee has the most catches among the Tide running backs and fifth-most on the team.
In six games, he has 12 receptions for 102 yards.
He had a career-high six catches for 30 yards in the win over Houston on Oct. 6. In his last two games, Coffee has nine catches for 68 yards against FSU and Houston.
The Crimson Tide returned all five offensive lineman, including a pair of All-American candidates.
Junior Antoine Caldwell (Montgomery, Ala.) will make his 32nd consecutive start against Ole Miss. He is a 2007 Rimington Trophy candidate and preseason All-SEC honoree.
Caldwell began his career as a guard but was moved to center for the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl due to a sudden rash of injuries on the offensive line two years ago.
He started 19 straight games at center before moving back to guard for the Houston game on Oct. 6, his first start at guard since the final regular season game at Auburn in 2005.
Sophomore left tackle Andre Smith (Birmingham, Ala.) will be making his 20th consecutive start against Ole Miss.
He started 13 as a true freshman in 2006 en route to Freshman All-American and All-SEC honors. Smith, who scored the game-tying touchdown against Oklahoma State (2-yard lateral) in the PetroSun Independence Bowl, is on the 2007 Outland Trophy watch list.
The Crimson Tide’s offensive line has combined for 129 career starts, which ranks second among SEC teams entering the 2007 season. *Sophomore Evan Cardwell (Killen, Ala.) made his first career start at center against Houston on Oct. 6.
He has played in five games this season and will either start at center against Ole Miss or serve as the backup at right guard or center.
Senior Chris Capps (Jonesboro, Ga.) is the backup to Smith at left tackle. He has played two games this season against Western Carolina and Houston.
He had his streak of 25 consecutive starts snapped in the season opener against Western Carolina. He was the back up left tackle to Andre Smith in the 52-6 win.
He saw his 32-game playing streak come to an end when he did not see action at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.
Senior Justin Britt (Cullman, Ala.) is another veteran lineman for the Tide. Britt has played in 41 career games, including 23 career starts. He has started all six games at left guard.
Junior Marlon Davis (Columbus, Ga.) has started five games at right guard. He did not start the Houston game, but saw action as a backup. Overall, Davis has appeared in 23 career games with 10 starts.
Sophomore Mike Johnson (Pensacola, Fla.) has started the first six games at right tackle, including his first career start in the season opener against Western Carolina.
Freshmen William Vlachos (Mountain Brook) and Patrick Crump (Hoover, Ala.) and senior B.J. Stabler (Grove Hill, Ala.) have also played this season.
The Crimson Tide returns 24 lettermen and only five starters off last year’s squad.
The 24 lettermen combined for 92 career starts entering the 2007 season opener.
The Crimson Tide allowed only 16 points in its first two games this season and did not allow a touchdown in the first seven quarters of the season.
The 16 points were the fewest points allowed in the first two games of the season since 1989. The Crimson Tide allowed only 10 points in back-to-back games to Memphis State (35-7) and Kentucky (15-3) in 1989.
The Crimson Tide has held three of its six opponents to less than 100 yards rushing. Western Carolina (76), Vanderbilt (57) and Florida State (82) all rushed for less than 100 yards against Alabama.
The Crimson Tide held Western Carolina to six points in the season opener, the lowest point total by an opponent on opening day since a 41-3 win over Temple on September 7, 1991.
Alabama’s defense held Vanderbilt’s All-SEC wide receiver Earl Bennett to four catches for 53 yards in the Tide’s 24-10 win at Nashville on Sept. 8.
The Crimson Tide also held Vandy quarterback Chris Nickson in check too. The junior completed only 5 of 18 passes for 67 yards and threw one interception. He added three rushing attempts for minus-seven yards before being benched in the third quarter.
Alabama held Vanderbilt to 232 total yards on Sept. 8, the best defensive output of the season.
Arkansas ran for season-high 301 yards (53 attempts) against the Tide defense.
Arkansas and Georgia (153 yards) rushed for 453 yards in back-to-back games against UA.
Arkansas had 450 total yards in the loss to Alabama, which is the most against UA this season.
Florida State threw for 266 yards (19-for-30) on Sept. 29, the most against Alabama this season.
Houston is the only team to have a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver against the Tide this season.
Alabama recorded a season-high five sacks in the win over Houston. The Tide had only five sacks in the first five games of the season.
The five sacks against Houston were the most by the Crimson Tide since recording five sacks against Middle Tennessee in the 2005 season opener.
The defensive line is thin on experience as evidenced by the fact that four freshmen have seen action up front this season.
Alabama’s defense has a three-man front, led by senior defensive end Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette, Ala.). Gilberry will play his 44th career game for the Crimson Tide this Saturday against Ole Miss.
In 43 career games, Gilberry has 145 tackles, 38 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. He has also added four four forced fumbles, three fumbles recovered and three pass breakups.
In six games this season, Gilberry has 37 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and one PBU.
Gilberry was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the week following his performance against Houston on Oct. 6.
He had 11 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and two quarterback pressures in the win.
Gilberry also had eight tackles in the loss to Florida State on Sept. 29.
He added a career-high four quarterback pressures in the Tide’s win at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.
Junior Bobby Greenwood (Prattville, Ala.) starts at the other defensive end position and has 11 tackles, including four stops behind the line in five games this year. Greenwood missed the Houston game with an injury.
Greenwood has played 29 games and logged 53 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 7 sacks in his three-year career.
He had a season-high four tackles in the win over Arkansas.
The Crimson Tide have also used sophomore Brandon Deaderick (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and redshirt freshman Milton Talbert (Hattiesburg, Miss.) this season on the defensive front.
Deaderick made his first career start against Houston, subbing for the injured Greenwood. He had two tackles, one sack (-7) and one pressure in the win.
Sophomore Lorenzo Washington (Logansville, Ga.) has started all six games at nose guard.
He has 20 tackles, three TFLs and two sacks this season.
He made his first career start against Western Carolina (Sept. 1) and first SEC start at Vanderbilt (Sept. 8).
Washington logged a career-high four tackles against Western Carolina, Arkansas and Georgia this season.
Redshirt freshman Brian Motley (Autaugaville, Ala.) made his Alabama debut against Florida State on Sept. 29. Motley missed the first four games of the season after suffering a fractured ankle on Aug. 27.
Motley had two tackles and one TFL in his Crimson Tide debut.
True freshmen Josh Chapman (Hoover, Ala.) and Alfred McCullough (Athens, Ala.) have seen action at nose guard.
The linebackers returned only one starter from last year’s squad.
Junior Ezekial Knight (Wedowee, Ala.) and true freshmen Chavis Williams (Dora, Ala.) play the “sam” position.
Knight has played in six games and is tied for third on the team with 37 tackles. He has added 5.5 TFLs, three pass breakups, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
He began his career as a wide receiver before switching to defense in 2006. He has played only nine games in his career on defense.
He made his first career start at linebacker against Vanderbilt (5 tackles) on Sept. 8.
Knight had a career-high nine tackles in the loss to Florida State (Sept. 29), with two TFLs (-9) and one sack (-6) against the Seminoles.
Williams has played in three games, mainly on special teams, and has one tackle.
True freshmen Rolando McClain (Decatur) and sophomore Prince Hall (Riverside, Calif.) share duties at the “mike” linebacker position.
McClain has started five games and is quickly making a name for himself around the SEC.
The true freshman leads UA with 42 tackles this season. He has added four TFLs, two pass breakups and one sack.
McClain had led UA in tackles in three of the first six games, including a career-high 11 tackles against Georgia on Sept. 22. He also had nine tackles against FSU on Sept. 29.
Hall is the lone returning starting linebacker. He earned Freshman All-American honors in 2006 and finished the season with 77 tackles and led the Tide with 10 1/2 tackles for loss last season.
He made his first start of the 2007 season against Georgia on Sept. 22, subbing for the injured Darren Mustin.
He responded with a game-high 12 tackles, one shy of his career high at UA. He had 13 tackles in a loss to Mississippi State in 2006.
Hall recorded his first career interception against FSU on Sept. 29.
In 18 games, he has 103 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, two sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception.
Seniors Darren Mustin (Brentwood, Tenn.), Demarcus Waldrop (Pinson) and Marcel Stamps (Brantley, Ala.) all man the “will” linebacker position.
Mustin has played in five games this season and has 25 tackles. He has added three TFLs, one sack and one interception.
He missed most of the Arkansas game (Sept. 15) and all of the Georgia game (Sept. 22) with an injury.
He had seven tackles in his first career start against Western Carolina (Sept. 1).
Mustin set up Alabama’s first score against Arkansas with an interception of a Casey Dick pass at the Arkansas 15 in the first quarter. Mustin returned the interception six yards to set up Alabama at the Arkansas 9-yard line.
Mustin had five tackles, including one for a loss of two yards, and the interception before leaving the Arkansas game with an injury in the first half.
He recorded his first career sack (-6) against Houston on Oct. 6.
Waldrop has never missed a game in his UA career and will look to play his 44th career game against Houston, He has 67 career tackles.
Senior Keith Saunders (Willingboro, N.J.) and sophomore Brandon Fanney (Morristown, Tenn.) man the “jack” linebacker position.
Saunders, who played defensive end last season, made the move to linebacker this season. He has 24 tackles in six games this season, including a season-high 10 tackles in the win over Arkansas.
Overall, Saunders has 49 tackles, 4.5 TFLs and two sacks in 35 career games for the Tide.
Fanney has played in five games and logged seven tackles this season, including five in the season opener against Western Carolina.
The Alabama secondary returned the most experience among the UA defenders, with two seniors and two juniors in the starting lineup.
Senior Simeon Castille (Birmingham) is the starting left corner back. He has played in 41 career games, second only to Gilberry and Waldrop among UA defenders.
He was a First-Team All-SEC selection last season and a preseason First-Team All-SEC honoree this year.
In six games this season, Castille leads UA with four pass breakups. He also fifth on the team with 31 tackles.
In his four-year career, Castille is second among UA defenders with 144 tackles. He has also added 31 pass breakups, 12.5 TFLs, 11 interceptions, four sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumbles recovered and one blocked punt.
He had seven tackles against Arkansas and Georgia.
Castille recorded his first interception of the season against Houston (Oct. 6) when he picked off Case Keenum’s pass in the end zone on the game’s final play. Castille also had six tackles against the Cougars.
Sophomore Marquis Johnson (Sarasota, Fla.) and senior Eric Gray (Trinity, Ala.) serve as Castille’s backups.
Johnson has four tackles, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery in six games this season.
Gray, who had played mainly on special teams this season, does not have a tackle.
True freshman Kareem Jackson (Macon, Ga.) has taken over the starting duties at right cornerback.
Jackson has started five of the last six games, but three of those starts came as a nickel back.
He has 26 tackles, one TFL and one forced fumble this season.
Jackson had five tackles in his SEC debut at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.
He made his first start at right cornerback against FSU on Sept. 29 and finished the game with a career-high eight tackles and one TFL.
Jackson had a career-high eight tackles in the win over Houston.
Junior Lionel Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.) has started five of the first six games of the Tide. He has started every game with the exception of the FSU game on Sept. 29.
Mitchell has 20 tackles in five games. He also has one interception and one pass break up.
He has recorded 47 tackles and four interceptions in 20 career games. Mitchell had four interceptions (TD) and 131 interception return yards in 2006, which ranks fourth all-time at UA.
Senior Marcus Carter (Ft. Payne, Ala.) is the Tide’s starting strong safety. Like Castille, Carter also has a wealth of experience and will play in his 42nd game against Ole Miss.
In six games, Carter has 24 tackles, including 1.5 TFLs. He had a career high six tackles against Arkansas on Sept. 15.
In 41 career games, Carter has 59 tackles and 2.5 TFLs.
He is backed up by sophomores Ali Sharrief (Stevenson, Ala.) and Chris Rogers (Lakeland), and both are also prominent special teams players.
Sharrief has 13 tackles this season, while Rogers had added eight stops.
Junior Rashad Johnson (Sulligent, Ala.) is the starter at free safety. He is UA’s second-leading tackler with 41 stops and the co-leader with 22 solo tackles.
He also leads Alabama with three interceptions, including a 28-yard return against Houston on Oct. 6.
Johnson has also added three pass breakups, two TFLs and one forced fumble.
He had a career-high nine tackles in the win over Houston. He also added eight tackles against Western Carolina, Arkansas and Georgia.
Johnson has 82 tackles in 29 career games for the Tide. He has also added four forced fumbles, 3.5 TFLs and three interceptions and two PBUs.
Sophomore Javier Arenas (Tampa, Fla.) is Johnson’s backup. Arenas has seven tackles this season.
ALABAMA SPECIAL TEAMS
Alabama returns all but one of its specialists from last season.
The Crimson Tide’s special teams have shown marked improvement during the first four games of the 2007 season.
Sophomore Javier Arenas (Tampa, Fla.) is the Crimson Tide’s top return specialist.
Arenas is third in the SEC in punt returns (13.29) and sixth in kickoff returns (22.4).
In six games, Arenas has 14 punt returns for 186 yards, including a 69-yard return against Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.
In 19 career games, he has 45 punt returns for 472 yards (10.8 average) and two touchdowns. He had a 65-yard punt return against Florida International and an Alabama bowl record 86-yard punt return against Oklahoma State in 2006.
The Alabama career record for most punt returns is three for touchdowns held by Harry Gilmer.
Arenas has 10 kickoff returns for 224 yards (22.4 average) this season, including a 45-yard return against Western Carolina in the season opener.
In 19 career games, Arenas has 28 returns for 568 yards (20.3 average).
Junior Jonathan Lowe (Phenix City, Ala.) is the backup to Arenas.
Lowe has nine kickoff returns for 224 yards (17.6 average) this season. He made his Alabama debut with a 23-yard kickoff return and a 17-yard punt return against Western Carolina on Sept. 1.
Sophomore Leigh Tiffin (Muscle Shoals, Ala.) is the Crimson Tide’s starting kicker, handling all kickoffs, field goal and extra attempts.
Tiffin is third in the SEC in field goals per game (1.5) and 11th in scoring (7.83).
He leads the SEC with four field goals of 40 or more yards this season. He is 4-of-7 from 40-49 yards and his 57.1 percent accuracy from that distance ranks fifth in the league.
Tiffin is 20-for-20 in extra points this season and 32-of-33 in his two-year career.
Tiffin is 9-of-14 on field goal attempts this season and has been successful on five of his last six attempts. He has converted 17-of-27 career field goal attempts for the Tide.
He appeared in five games last season and hit 8-of-13 field goals and 12-of-13 extra point attempts.
His father, Van (1983-86), was an All-American kicker at Alabama in 1986 and set the UA record with 135 consecutive career extra points
Sophomore Andrew Friedman (Fairhope, Ala.) made his 2007 season debut with his first career extra point attempt against Arkansas on Sept. 15. He has now played in four games at UA.
Senior Jamie Christensen (Norcross, Ga.), who has also handled kickoffs the last three years, has hit 29 of 42 career field goal attempts and 40 of 42 career extra points.
He also has three-game winning field goals to his credit, beating Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas Tech during the 2006 season.
Christensen is nursing a quad injury and has not seen action this season.
Sophomore punter P.J. Fitzgerald (Coral Springs, Fla.) is back for his second year as the Crimson Tide’s punter and holder.
Fitzgerald has punted 35 times for 1,348 yards (38.5 average), including a career-high 58-yard punt at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8
He had a career-high 10 punts in the loss to Florida State, including two that traveled more than 50 yards.
Fitzgerald punted 10 times for a 40-yard average against Houston on Oct. 6.
Fitzgerald leads the SEC with 11 punts inside the 20-yard line. He has dropped 11 of his 28 punts inside the 20-yard line and owns the fourth-best percentage (39.3 percent) in the SEC.
In 18 career games, Fitzgerald has 92 punts for 3,524 yards (38.3 average). He has 27 punts inside the opponents 20-yard line.
He punted 57 times for 2,176 yards (38.2 average) last year
The Crimson Tide is breaking in its third long snapper in as many years this season as they replace last year’s snapper Luke Spaulding.
Junior Brian Selman (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) has handled all snapping duties this year.
Alabama has compiled a 323-100-16 (.754) all-time record in 439 games in the month of October.
The Crimson Tide has won eight of its last nine games in the month of October, dating back to the 2005 season.
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.
SABAN’S OCTOBER RECORD
Alabama head coach Nick Saban has compiled a 28-15 (.651) record in the month of October.
His best record in the month is a 3-1 record which he has achieved five times (1990, 1996, 1998, 2002 and 2004).
He was 12-6 (.667) in October games at LSU.
On THIS DATE
Alabama has compiled a 10-3 (.769) record in games played on Oct. 13.
The Crimson Tide has posted seven shutouts on this date.
In its 10 wins on Oct. 13, Alabama has outscored the opposition, 366-23.
In its three losses on Oct. 13, Alabama has been outscored, 73-30.
Alabama’s first-ever game on Oct. 13 was an 81-0 win over Marion Institute during the 1902 season.
The Crimson Tide has not played on this date since a 27-24 loss at Ole Miss during the 2001 season.
Alabama blew a 24-13 lead in the fourth quarter and suffered its first loss to the Rebels in the state of Mississippi since the 1976 season.
GAMES PLAYED ON OCTOBER 13
Result of Game
Alabama 81, Marion Institute 0
Alabama 14, Howard 0
Syracuse 23, Alabama 0
Alabama 46, Mississippi State 0
Alabama 41, Mississippi State 0
Alabama 55, South Carolina 0
Alabama 34, Furman 6
TCU 23, Alabama 6
Alabama 14, Houston 3
Alabama 35, Florida 14
Alabama 40, Florida 0
Alabama 6, Penn State 0
Ole Miss 27, Alabama 24
SABAN ON THIS DATE
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 2-0 (1.000) all-time on Oct. 13.
SABAN GAMES COACHED ON OCTOBER 13
Result of Game
Toledo 19, Bowling Green 13
LSU 29, Kentucky 25
NEXT GAME Alabama returns home next Saturday, Oct. 20, for its annual “Third Saturday in October” clash with the Tennessee Volunteers.