GAME 7: OLE MISS REBELS VS. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
October 14, 2006 -- Bryant-Denny Stadium (92,138) -- Tuscaloosa
2:34 p.m. (CST) -- CBS Sports
ALABAMA QUICK NOTES: The Crimson Tide will be playing its 1,125th all-time football game this Saturday. Alabama is 778-303-43 (.712) in 111 years of football competition ... The Ole Miss game will also mark the 250th all-time game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide has compiled a 205-41-3 (.829) record since the stadium opened in 1929 ... Alabama is 14-4 (.778) in its last 18 games, dating back to the 2005 season ... The Crimson Tide is 10-1 (.909) in its last 11 home games, the best 11-game stretch at Bryant-Denny Stadium since 1994-96 ... Alabama has won five straight October games ... Junior wide receivers Keith Brown and DJ Hall are the only teammates to rank in the Top 20 in NCAA receiving yards per game this week ... Hall has three straight 100-yard games, tying the Alabama record held by Freddie Milons (vs. Arkansas, Florida and Ole Miss) in 1999 ... Hall has also tied Ozzie Newsome’s career record with six, 100-yard games ... Hall also had three 100-yard games in 2005 ... Junior defensive back Simeon Castille is Alabama’s co-leader in both interceptions (3) and fumbles recovered (2) this year ...
ALABAMA HOSTS OLE MISS
The University of Alabama returns to Southeastern Conference action this weekend when the Crimson Tide hosts the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised by CBS Sports beginning at 2:34 p.m. (CST). Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter) will broadcast the game from Tuscaloosa. 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 (4-2, 2-2 SEC) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 30-14 win over winless Duke last Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. Sophomore running back Jimmy Johns (Brookhaven, Miss.) and sophomore defensive back Lionel Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.) scored their first career touchdowns in the win over Duke. Johns’ first career touchdown came on a two-yard run with 4:08 left in the game. Mitchell followed with a 50-yard interception return on Duke’s next play from scrimmage to make the final score 30-14. Ole Miss (2-4, 1-2 SEC) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 17-10 win over Vanderbilt.
THE HEAD COACHES
Alabama head football coach Mike Shula (Alabama, 1986) is in his fourth season with the Crimson Tide and has compiled a 24-19 (.558) record. Shula’s teams have made progress each season under his watch. After a 4-9 mark in his rookie campaign in 2003, Alabama went 6-6 in 2004 and finished with a No. 8 national ranking after last year’s 10-2 mark and Cotton Bowl win over Texas Tech. Shula was named Alabama’s 26th head coach just 114 days prior to the start of the 2003 season and did not have a spring practice session. He previously served as an assistant coach in the NFL with Tampa Bay, Chicago and Miami. A three-year letterman at Alabama (1984-86), Shula was a two-time All-SEC selection and threw for over 2,000 yards as a junior (1985), leading the Crimson Tide to dramatic come-from-behind wins over Georgia and Auburn. Shula is 2-1 in his career against the Rebels. Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron (Northwestern State, 1984) is in his second season as head coach of the Rebels, having been hired on Dec. 16, 2004. The Rebels are 5-12 (.294) under Orgeron as he posted a 3-8 mark in his first season in Oxford. Ole Miss is Orgeron’s first head coaching position. 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 0-1 in his career against the Crimson Tide.
Alabama is back on the road next weekend when the Crimson Tide travels to Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, September 21 to face the No. 9 Tennessee Volunteers in a “Third Saturday in October” clash at Neyland Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports and kickoff is set for 2:34 p.m. (CST).
2006 CRIMSON TIDE SCOUTING REPORT
*Alabama is 4-2 overall (1-2 SEC) following a 30-14 win over Duke on Oct. 7.
*Alabama is 14-4 (.778) in its last 18 games, dating back to the 2005 season.
*The Crimson Tide has the fourth-highest win total and fourth-highest winning percentage in the SEC during that time.
*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 leads the SEC and ranks second nationally in time of possession (34:12) this season.
*The Crimson Tide is fourth in the SEC and 44th nationally in total offense (366.83) entering the Ole Miss game.
*Alabama has thrown for 200 or more yards in all six games, with a season-high 253 (16-for-29) in the season opener against Hawai’i (Sept. 2).
*Alabama has used 13 different starters on offense this season, including the same starting lineup in each of its last four games.
*Sophomore quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) has been the steady hand on offense through the first six games.
*Wilson is 4-2 (.667) 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 102 of 169 (.604) passes for 1,373 yards, with nine touchdowns and five interceptions.
*Wilson is on pace to throw for nearly 3,000 yards this season, which would establish the single-season school record.
*Wilson also has 42 rushing attempts for 37 yards this season, including a career best 13 carries for 20 yards in the loss at Arkansas.
*He is fourth in the SEC in total offense (234.17) and seventh in pass efficiency (140.26) this season.
*Wilson has played in 11 games in his UA career and has completed 109 of 180 (.606) passes for 1,471 yards, with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also has 45 rushing attempts for 26 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.) are the backups to Wilson.
*Guillon has played in two games this year (Louisiana Monroe and Duke). He 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 (Sept. 16).
*He has played in eight 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 six 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 six 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 387 of a possible 408 snaps on offense this season and has graded out at 90 percent or better in all six games.
*Redshirt freshman Evan Cardwell (Killen) is the back up center. He has played in three games this season against UL Monroe (Sept. 16), Florida (Sept. 30) and Duke (Oct. 7).
*During the Crimson Tide’s two-minute offense, Cardwell enters the game as the center and Caldwell moves over to left guard (replacing Justin Britt).
*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 a team-leading 417 snaps this season, including special teams.
*Smith’s backup is sophomore Cody Davis (Tuscaloosa). Davis has appeared in 11 games in his UA career, including three this season.
*He played a career-high 21 snaps in the win over Louisiana Monroe on September 16. Davis added two snaps in the win over Duke on Oct. 7.
*Junior Chris Capps (Jonesboro, Ga.) and senior Kyle Tatum (Prattville) battled during preseason camp for the starting spot at right tackle.
*Capps, who has played in 24 games and logged 18 career starts, won the job and has started all six games.
*Capps has played 355 total snaps this year, including a season-high 72 in the win over Vanderbilt on September 9.
*He graded out as the Tide’s top offensive lineman in the win over Duke and recorded seven knockdowns in 69 plays.
*Tatum has seen limited action this season and saw a pair of playing streaks come to an end during the first two weeks of the season.
*Tatum’s streak of 24 consecutive starts came to an end in the 2006 season opener against Hawai’i.
*Tatum also 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 83 snaps in five 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 17 career games for the Crimson Tide. He has 322 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 370 total snaps this year, including a season-high 74 snaps against Arkansas on September 23.
*Sophomore Marlon Davis (Columbus, Ga.) and redshirt freshman Mike Johnson (Pensacola) are the backups at guard.
*Davis has appeared in five games, including four in-a-row. He served as Stabler’s back up the last few weeks and played a season-high 34 plays against Duke (Oct. 7).
*Overall, Davis has played in 10 career games at Alabama and he has made one start (vs. Southern Mississippi on September 10, 2005).
*Johnson has logged 63 total snaps, including a season-high 25 plays against ULM on September 16.
*Redshirt sophomore Cody Davis (Tuscaloosa) has played in three games on the offensive line and logged 27 snaps. He played a career-high 21 snaps in the win over Louisiana Monroe on Sept. 16.
*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 40 career games at UA and has rushed 601 times for 2,913 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 653 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 sophomore Jimmy Johns (Brookhaven, Miss.) and redshirt freshmen Roy Upchurch (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Ali Sharrief (Madison).
*Johns is second on the team with 32 carries for 142 yards (4.4 avg) and one touchdown this season.
*He scored his first career touchdown (2-yard run) in the win over Duke on Oct. 7.
*Upchurch played in the first four games of the season, but did not see action against Florida and Duke, due to an ankle injury.
*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, Upchurch has scored two of the Crimson Tide’s five rushing touchdowns this year.
*Sharrief has five carries for 33 yards (6.6 average) in limited action.
*He 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.
*Sophomore Glen Coffee (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) suffered a knee injury in the Crimson Tide’s first scrimmage on Aug. 14 and has missed all six games. His status for the remainder of the season is undetermined.
*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.
*A devastating blocker, McClain has seen action in all six games and logged 317 snaps.
*He has six rushing attempts for 27 yards (4.5 average) and added eight catches for 85 yards (10.1 average) and one touchdown.
*In 41 career games, McClain has 32 rushing attempts for 133 yards and two TDs. He has also added 36 catches for 327 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 19 attempts for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
*In 37 career games, Castille has 134 rushing attempts for 467 yards and a team-leading 16 touchdowns.
*He averages one touchdown for every 8.4 rushing attempts in his career.
*Sophomore Baron Huber (Knoxville) has played in all six games and has seen limited duty as the third-string fullback.
*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 36 catches for 503 (14.0 average) and three touchdowns.
*He leads the SEC with six catches per game and ranks third in the SEC in receiving (83.83 per game) yards and fourth in all-purpose (89.17) yards.
*Brown has 87 career receptions for 1,440 yards and eight touchdowns. He averages 16.6 yards per catch and 53.3 yards per game in his UA career.
*He ranks 7th all-time in receiving yards and 11th in career receptions.
*Hall is second on the team with 24 catches for 484 yards (20.2 average) and four touchdowns.
*The junior has recorded three straight 100-yard receiving games, only the second UA receiver to do that.
*Hall has consecutive 100-yard games against Arkansas (144), Florida (117) and Duke (124).
*In those three games, Hall has 19 catches for 385 yards (128.33 average) and two touchdowns.
*Freddie Milons also had three consecutive 100-yard receiving games against Arkansas, Florida and Ole Miss in 1999.
*Hall’s 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 four touchdown receptions have averaged 39.0 yards per play.
*Hall has 89 catches for 1,346 yards and a team-leading 10 touchdowns in 27 career games.
*He ranks 10th all-time in career receptions and 11th all-time in receiving yards.
*Darby is the third-leading receiver (11 catches, 42 yards) this year.
*McClain is fourth on the team, with eight catches for 85 yards (10.5 average).
*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 six 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.
*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 only two times (ULM and Duke) 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 six games.
*Alabama used the same starting lineup in back-to-back games only once this season against Arkansas (Sept. 23) and Florida (Sept. 30).
*Alabama leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally in turnover margin (+1.33).
*The Crimson Tide is fourth nationally with 17 forced turnovers. The Bama defense averages 2.83 turnovers per game through six games.
*Alabama is ninth nationally with 10 interceptions and 17th nationally with seven fumbles recovered.
*The Crimson Tide has used nine different defensive linemen this season.
*Juniors Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette) and Keith Saunders (Willingboro, N.J.) have started all six games at defensive end.
*Gilberry leads all defensive linemen with 259 snaps, including a season-high 51 snaps against Arkansas (Sept. 23) and Duke (Oct. 7).
*Gilberry has 19 tackles this season. He has also added six pressures, 4 1/2 TFLs and one pass breakup.
*In 30 career games, he has 84 tackles, 22 1/2 TFLs and eight sacks.
*Saunders is the only other defensive lineman with more than 200 snaps (208) this year. He played a career-high 44 snaps at Arkansas (Sept. 23).
*He has 11 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
*Sophomore Bobby Greenwood (Prattville) serves as Saunders’ backup. Greenwood has seven tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in 93 snaps this season.
*Greenwood played a season-high 23 snaps in the win over Duke (Oct. 7).
*Senior Chris Harris (Tuscaloosa) is the backup to Gilberry at one defensive end position. Harris has 76 snaps, including a season-high 16 snaps at Florida (Sept. 30).
*He has seven tackles and one TFL to his credit.
*Harris has played in more games (37) than any other UA player without a career start.
*The starting tackles are seniors Jeremy Clark (Daphne) and Dominic Lee (Birmingham).
*Clark has logged 198 snaps and started all six games this year. He has eight tackles and one pass breakup.
*In 41 career games, he has 70 tackles, seven TFLs, 4 1/2 sacks, one pass breakup and one quarterback pressure.
*Lee has played in all six games, but has made just two starts (ULM and Duke).
*He has logged 125 total snaps, including a season-high 35 against Duke on Oct. 7.
*Lee has seen increased playing time the last three weeks with 77 snaps (62 percent of season total) against Arkansas, Florida and Duke.
*Clark’s backup is redshirt freshman Brandon Deaderick (Elizabethtown, Ky.).
*Deaderick has played in two games (Hawai’i and Duke) and logged 16 plays. He had 12 snaps in his UA debut in the season opener.
*Lee is backed up by another senior, J.P. Adams (Tuscaloosa).
*Adams has three tackles and one TFL and has played 76 snaps this season. In 21 career games, he has 13 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.
*Alabama has played nine different linebackers this season. In addition, five different linebackers have made at least one start this year.
*Senior Juwan Simpson (Decatur) is the lone returning starting linebacker and he mans one of two outside linebacker posts.
*Simpson is the Crimson Tide’s co-leader with 36 tackles (Jeffrey Dukes also has 36 stops). He has also added three TFLs, one interception and forced one fumble.
*He also leads all linebackers with 287 snaps this season, including 62 snaps against both Hawai’i (Sept. 2) and Arkansas (Sept. 23).
*Simpson ranks second on the team with 19 solo tackles.
*Overall, he has played in 39 games at UA and has logged 193 career tackles, 13.5 TFLs, four sacks, four pass breakups and three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered.
*Another senior, Terrence Jones (Fosters) mans the other outside linebacker spot for the Crimson Tide.
*Jones has appeared in five games and made four starts this season and has been hampered by a left shoulder injury.
*Jones has logged the third-most snaps (202) among the UA linebackers and is fifth on the team with 22 tackles.
*Overall, Jones has played in 39 games and recorded 72 tackles, with 4 1/2 TFLs and 2 1/2 sacks.
*The backups at the outside linebacker spot are juniors DeMarcus Waldrop (Pinson), Darren Mustin (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Marcel Stamps (Brantley) and redshirt freshman Zach Schreiber (Shreveport, La.).
*Waldrop has the most experience of the backups and has played in all six games this season, with two starts. He actually has started one game each at the weak and strong linebacker spots.
*For the season, Waldrop has logged 150 snaps and recorded 16 tackles. He played a season-high 57 snaps in the loss at Arkansas (Sept. 23), his second start of the year.
*He has 54 tackles, four TFLs and 1 1/2 sacks in 30 career games.
*Mustin has emerged the last two weeks and played a career-high 17 snaps in the win over Duke on Oct. 7.
*Mustin has played in all six games this season and has four tackles.
*Stamps has appeared in six games and logged 69 snaps, but none on defense in the last two weeks against Florida (Sept. 30) and Duke (Oct. 7). He has two tackles.
*Overall, Stamps has 16 tackles and one blocked kick in 30 career games.
*Schreiber has four tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery in six games this season. He has played 109 total plays, including a season best 31 snaps in the win over Duke on Oct. 7.
*Junior Matt Collins (Birmingham) and redshirt freshman Prince Hall (Moreno Valley, Calif.) man the middle linebacker spot for the Crimson Tide.
*Collins has played in all six games and made four starts. He has six tackles.
*He has 107 snaps, including a season-high 22 snaps in the win over Louisiana Monroe (Sept. 16).
*Overall, Collins has 21 tackles in 29 career games.
*Hall has also played in all six games and recorded two starts against Vanderbilt (Sept. 9) and Duke (Oct. 7).
*He has the second-most snaps among UA linebackers (224) and ranks third on the team with 28 tackles.
*Hall played a season-high 47 snaps at Florida (Sept. 30) and finished the game with seven tackles and his first collegiate touchdown (50-yard fumble return in first quarter).
*In addition to his 28 tackles, Hall has added 3 1/2 TFLs, two sacks, two fumbles recovered and one pass breakup.
*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.
*Alabama has played 13 defensive backs this season and six different defensive backs have started at least one game.
*Senior Ramzee Robinson (Huntsville), the lone returning starter in the secondary, is back for a third year at the left cornerback position.
*He has played in all 43 games in his UA career and logged 114 tackles, 20 PBUs and three interceptions (62 yards).
*In six starts this season, Robinson has played 333 snaps (third-most among defensive players) and recorded 14 tackles, two pass breakups and one interception.
*True freshman Marquis Johnson (Sarasota, Fla.) is Robinson’s backup. Johnson has logged 93 snaps (most on special teams) in the first six games. He has two tackles.
*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 UA defesne with 346 plays this year. Castille is fourth on the team with 25 tackles and leads UA with three interceptions and six pass breakups.
*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 28 career games, Castille has 67 tackles, 7 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 five games and earned three starts this season. He has logged 192 total snaps, including a season-high 47 snaps at Arkansas (Sept. 23).
*Mitchell has 17 tackles, including 14 solos, and is tied with Castille for the team lead with three interceptions this season.
*Mitchell recorded his first interception in the end zone on the final play of the game against Hawai’i.
*He added his second interception (52-yard return) against Arkansas.
*Mitchell scored his first collegiate touchdown with a 50-yard interception return in Bama’s 30-14 win over Duke on Oct. 7.
*Gray has five tackles in six games this season. He has 143 total snaps and was the Crimson Tide’s special team’s player of the week against Duke on Oct. 7.
*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 six games this year and leads the UA defense in snaps (352), total tackles (28) and solo tackles (21).
*Dukes has also added two interceptions, two pass breakups and 1 1/2 TFLs this year.
*He had 59 tackles, three interceptions, three breakups and two forced fumbles in 30 career games.
*Senior Bryan Kilpatrick (Monroeville) is Dukes’ backup.
*Kilpatrick has played in all six games in 2006 and logged 57 snaps, mainly on special teams.
*Overall, he has appeared in 13 games for the Crimson Tide and logged his first career tackle against Hawai’i in the September 2, 2006 season opener.
*Junior Marcus Carter (Ft. Payne) has cracked the starting lineup in his third season at UA as the free safety.
*Carter has 234 snaps this season, including a season-high 53 in the win over ULM.
*Carter has 14 tackles, one forced fumble and one sack this year. In 27 career games, he has logged 18 tackles.
*Carter’s backups are sophomore Rashad Johnson (Sulligent) and true freshman Sam Burnthall (Decatur).
*Johnson has played in all six games and earned a start as the fifth defensive back in the season opener against Hawai’i (Sept. 2).
*He has played 239 total snaps, including a season-high 52 snaps in the opener against Hawai’i. He also added 51 snaps at Florida on Sept. 30.
*Johnson has 18 tackles, two forced fumbles and one TFL this season.
*In 18 career games, he has 26 tackles, three forced fumbles and one TFL.
*Burnthall has played in five games, missing only the Vanderbilt game on Sept. 9. He has 52 total snaps, including a season-high 20 in the win over Duke on Oct. 7.
*He has five total tackles, including four solo stops, this year.
*Redshirt freshman Chris Rogers (Lakeland, Fla.) has seen limited action this season in the secondary and has logged 66 total snaps, including special teams play.
*Rogers has four tackles in six games this year.
*After missing the season opener while recovering from an ankle injury, Justin Woodall (Oxford, Miss.) has played in the next five games and logged 53 snaps.
*He played a season-high 21 snaps in the win over Louisiana Monroe (Sept. 16) and he has tallied four solo tackles and one pass breakup.
*Senior Forress Rayford (Mobile) has played in all six games this year, mainly on special teams.
*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.
*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 four games this year, Christensen has hit four of five extra point attempts and three of five field goals for 13 total points.
*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 eight of 13 (.615) field goal attempts and 10 of 11 (.909) extra points in the first four games.
*He endured the toughest game of his young career at Arkansas when he missed three field goals and one extra point in the Tide’s 24-23 double overtime loss to the Razorbacks.
*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 six games, Fitzgerald has 20 punts for a 38.5 yard 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 six 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-OLE MISS SERIES
*Alabama leads the all-time series with Ole Miss, 43-8-2 (.831) since the first meeting in 1894.
*The Crimson Tide’s 19-14 win over the Rebels in 1993 was later forfeited by NCAA sanctions.
*The Ole Miss series is the second-longest running series in the Alabama record book among active SEC teams.
*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.
*The Alabama-Auburn series is the oldest series and was first contested in 1892, the first-year of football at the Capstone.
*Since 1977, Alabama has won 18 of the last 21 meetings with Ole Miss, including last year’s 13-10 verdict in Oxford.
*After losing two of three games to the Rebels from 2001-03, Alabama has bounced back to win the next two games.
*Jamie Christensen’s 31-yard field goal as time expired lifted the sixth-ranked Crimson Tide to the win. Kenneth Darby also added a 48-yard touchdown run in last year’s win over Ole Miss.
*The Crimson Tide posted a 28-7 win over the Rebels in the last meeting in Tuscaloosa in 2004.
*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 its first ever game 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 15th 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 Birmingham's Legion Field. The two teams battled to a scoreless tie.
*The Alabama roster contains six players from the state of Mississippi.
MISSISSIPPI NATIVES ON UA ROSTER
Player, Pos. Hometown
Jeffrey Dukes, DB Oxford
Terry Grant, RB Lumberton
Jimmy Johns, RB Brookhaven
Mike McCoy, WR Brandon
Milton Talbert, DL Hattiesburg
Justin Woodall, DB Oxford
*Junior wide receiver Keith Brown is from Gulfport, Miss., but he played his senior year of high school in Pensacola, Fla. and now calls that his hometown.
*The Ole Miss roster contains two players from the state of Alabama.
ALABAMA NATIVES ON UM ROSTER
Player, Pos. Hometown
Hiram White, RB Birmingham
Lawrence Lilly, TE Montevallo
OLE MISS SCOUTING REPORT:
*Ole Miss improved to 2-4 last weekend with a 17-10 win at home against Vanderbilt. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak since a 28-25 win over Memphis in the season opener.
*In the Vanderbilt game, Ole Miss jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter and added a field goal in the third for a 17-10 win.
*The Rebels’ offense is averaging 141.17 yards per game on the ground and are led by BenJarvous Green-Ellis, who is 24th in the country with 95.17 yards per game.
*Green-Ellis’ 95.17 yards per game ranks third in the SEC.
*Linebacker Patrick Willis is the leader of the defense. He leads the SEC and ranks 13th in the nation with 10.33 tackles per game.
*Willis is also sixth in the SEC averaging 1.7 tackles for a loss per game.
*There have been 17 players on the defensive side of the ball for the Rebels to record a tackle for a loss this season. Willis leads the way with seven TFL while Marcus Tillman has four.
*The Ole Miss defense has also forced 12 fumbles this season. Rory Johnson and Greg Hardy have each caused three while Johnson and Brandon Jenkins have recovered two apiece.
*Punter Rob Park ranks fourth in the conference with a punting average of 39.61.
*The Ole Miss kick return unit is 25th in the nation with an average of 23.26 yards per return. Marshay Green and Dexter McCluster are averaging over 21 yards per return. Green is 62nd in the country and McCluster is close behind in 66th.
SHULA VERSUS REBELS
*Alabama head coach Mike Shula is 2-1 (.667) in his career against Ole Miss.
*Shula also faced Ole Miss as a player at the Capstone and made his playing debut against the Rebels on Sept. 17, 1983. Alabama won the game 40-0.
*In his Alabama debut, Shula completed one of four passes for six yards and threw one interception in the shutout win over Ole Miss.
ORGERON VERSUS THE TIDE
*Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron is 0-1 (.000) in his career against Alabama.
*Orgeron faced Alabama two times as a 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.
BROWN, HALL NATION’S NO. 2 RANKED RECEIVING TANDEM
*Alabama junior wide receivers Keith Brown (Pensacola) and DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) have combined to form the second-
best receiving duo in the country through six games.
*Brown and Hall have combined for 987 receiving yards this season. That figure ranks second nationally to Tennessee’s duo of Robert Meachem (675) and Jayson Swain (378).
*Meachem and Swain have 1,063 yards through six games.
*Brown and Hall trail the UT duo by just 76 yards entering Saturday, Oct. 14. Alabama is home against Ole Miss, while Tennessee has an open date.
*With 77 combined receiving yards against Ole Miss, Brown and Hall will move to the top of the list heading into next weekend’s “Third Saturday in October” clash with Tennessee in Knoxville.
*Texas Tech ranks third as Joel Filani (560) and Robert Johnson (405) have combined for 965 yards.
*Akron is fourth on the list as David Harvey (498) and Jabari Arthur (357) have combined for 955 yards.
*California is fifth on the list as DeSean Jackson (522) and Lavelle Hawkins (398) have racked up 920 yards.
*Brown and Hall have combined to catch 60 passes in six games this season, which is the 10th highest total this season among Division IA receivers.
*Texas Tech’s Robert Johnson (46) and Joel Filani (45) lead all receivers with a combined 91 receptions this season.
*Florida International, who plays at Alabama on Saturday, Oct. 28, ranks second on the list as Chandler Williams (41) and Samuel Smith (33) have caught 71 passes.
*Notre Dame is third with 71 combined catches from Rhema McKnight (37) and Jeff Samardzija (34).
*Hawai’i, another Crimson Tide opponent, ranks fourth and fifth on the list. Davone Bess (41) and Jason Rivers (26) have hauled in 67 passes, while Bess (41) and Nate Ilaoa (24) have 65 combined receptions.
ALABAMA ALL-TIME RECEIVING DUOS
*While Brown and Hall rank second nationally for most receiving yards this season, they are quickly approaching the Alabama single-season record for most yards by two receivers.
*The record is currently held by David Palmer (1,000) and Kevin Lee (510) in 1993 with 1,510 yards.
*Hall (676) and Brown (642) put up the second-highest total in school history in 2005 with 1,318 yards.
*The duo is on pace to shatter the all-time record this season, having already amassed 987 yards in just six games.
*Brown and Hall average 164.5 yards per game and at the current pace based on a 13-game season, the duo could finish the year with an Alabama record 2,139 combined yards.
*To say that Brown and Hall have been productive this season would be an understatement.
*The duo has combined for 60 catches, 987 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
*Brown and Hall are responsible for 57.8 percent (60-of-104) of the team’s receptions.
*The duo has accounted for 71.1 percent (987-of-1,388) of UA’s total receiving yards.
*Brown and Hall have tallied 77.8 percent (7-of-9) of the Crimson Tide’s touchdown receptions in 2006.
*Brown leads the way with 36 catches for 503 yards and three touchdowns. He averages 14.0 yards per catch and 83.8 yards per game.
*He leads the SEC with six receptions per game.
*Hall has 24 catches for 484 yards and four touchdowns. He averages 20.3 yards per catch and 96.8 yards per game.
*Hall is second in the SEC with those 96.8 yards.
HALL MATCHES NEWSOME WITH SIXTH 100-YARD RECEIVING GAME
*DJ Hall has recorded six career 100-yard receiving games in his three-year Alabama career to match the school record for most career games over 100 yards.
*He currently shares the record with Ozzie Newsome (1974-77), who also had six career 100-yard games at Alabama.
*Hall recorded three 100-yard games last season and has added three more this season to tie the career record.
*Newsome holds the single-season record with four, 100-yard games in 1977. Hall is one shy of tying that standard with six regular season games to play.
MOST 100-YARD GAMES (Career)
Total Player (Years)
6 DJ Hall (2004-06)
6 Ozzie Newsome (1974-77)
5 David Bailey (1969-71)
5 Dennis Homan (1965-67)
4 Freddie Milons (1998-01)
4 Wayne Wheeler (1971-73)
4 David Palmer (1991-93)
MOST 100-YARD GAMES (Season)
Total Player (Year)
4 Ozzie Newsome (1977)
3 DJ Hall (2006)
3 Freddie Milons (1999)
3 David Palmer (1993)
3 David Bailey (1969)
DJ HALL CAREER 100-YARD GAMES
Yards Opponent (Year)
130 Southern Miss (2005)
139 Tennessee (2005)
157 Utah State (2005)
144 Arkansas (2006)
117 Florida (2006)
124 Duke (2006)
OZZIE NEWSOME CAREER 100-YARD GAMES
Yards Opponent (Year)
112 Southern Miss (1975)
145 Notre Dame (1976)
132 Nebraska (1977)
124 Louisville (1977)
106 Miami (1977)
119 Auburn (1977)
HALL SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT 100-YARD RECEIVING GAME
*DJ Hall will be seeking Alabama football history when the Crimson Tide takes on Ole Miss on Saturday, Oct. 14.
*Hall will be looking for his fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving game, a feat never before accomplished in Crimson Tide football lore.
*Hall has gone over 100 yards in each of his last three games against Arkansas, Florida and Duke.
*He is averaging 128.33 yards per game over those three games.
*Freddie Milons also recorded three straight 100-yard receiving games against Arkansas, Florida and Ole Miss during the 1999 season.
DJ Hall’s Consecutive 100-Yard Games
Yards Opponent Date
144 at Arkansas Sept. 23, 2006
117 at Florida Sept. 30, 2006
124 Duke Oct. 7, 2006
Freddie Milons’ Consecutive 100-Yard Games
Yards Opponent Date
109 Arkansas Sept. 25, 1999
119 at Florida Oct. 2, 1999
133 at Ole Miss Oct. 16, 1999
ON THIS DATE
*Alabama has compiled a 10-3 (.769) all-time record in games played on Oct. 14th.
*The Crimson Tide owns a seven-game winning streak on Oct. 14, dating back to a 33-7 loss to Georgia Tech in 1922.
*Alabama has not played on this date since a 45-7 win over Ole Miss in 2000. The game marked the last win for Alabama head coach Mike DuBose, who was terminated as the end of the season.
*The Crimson Tide is 5-1 in SEC games played on Oct. 14.
GAMES PLAYED ON OCT. 14
Year Result of Game
1893 Birmingham AC 4, Alabama 0
1911 Alabama 47, Bham Southern 5
1922 Georgia Tech 33, Alabama 7
1933 Alabama 14, Mississippi State 0
1939 Alabama 20, Mercer 0
1944 Alabama 55, Millsaps 0
1961 Alabama 26, North Carolina State 7
1967 Alabama 35, Vanderbilt 21
1972 Alabama 24, Florida 7
1978 Alabama 23, Florida 12
1989 Alabama 24, USL 17
1995 Tennessee 41, Alabama 14
2000 Alabama 45, Ole Miss 7