ALABAMA FOOTBALL: Crimson Tide Offensive Notebook

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ALABAMA OFFENSE

  • 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.


QUARTERBACKS

  • 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.

WIDE RECEIVERS

  • 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.

TIGHT ENDS

  • 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.

RUNNING BACKS

  • 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.

OFFENSIVE LINE

  • 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.