Countdown to Kickoff
Alabama Begins Preparations for Tennessee



October 21, 2006 -- Neyland Stadium (102,038) -- Knoxville, Tennessee
3:34 p.m. (EST) -- CBS Sports

ALABAMA QUICK NOTES:  DJ Hall (613) and Keith Brown (513) have combined for the second-most receiving yards in the nation this season ... Hall has four straight 100-yard receiving games ... He is averaging 126 yards per game in those four games ... Le’Ron McClain has 11 recpetions for 82 yards in his last three games, including the game-winning TD against Ole Miss last Saturday in overtime ... The Alabama defense has 10 takeaways in its last two wins over Tennessee ... Bama forced six turnovers (3 fumbles, 3 interceptions) in its 34-14 win in Knoxville in 2002 ... UA forced four turnovers (3 fumbles, one interception) in last year’s 6-3 win in Tuscaloosa ... Juwan Simpson needs two tackles for 200 career tackles at Alabama ... John Parker Wilson is 16th in the country in total passing yards ... Lionel Mitchell is one of nine Division 1A players with 100 or more interception return yards ... Prince Hall is the SEC Freshman of the Week (8 tackles and 2 TFLs) against Ole Miss ... Kenneth Darby has posted back-to-back 100-yard games for Alabama, including a season-high 162 yards against Ole Miss ... Darby is averaging  138.5 yards on the ground in the last two games ...


One of college football’s traditional rivalries takes place this weekend on the banks of the Tennessee River as The University of Alabama meets the Tennessee Volunteers in an annual “Third Saturday in October” clash at Neyland Stadium.  The game will be televised by CBS Sports, with Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter) handle the call for the 3:34 p.m. (EST) kickoff.  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 (5-2, 2-2 SEC) is coming off a 26-23 overtime win over Ole Miss last weekend in Tuscaloosa.  Sophomore quarterback John Parker Wilson’s two-yard pass to senior fullback Le’Ron McClain provided the winning margin. Tennessee (5-1, 1-1 SEC) is coming off an open date.  The Volunteers beat No. 9 Georgia, 51-33, on Oct. 7 in a game in which UT trailed 24-7 in the second quarter.  The Vols scored 27 points in the final stanza for the win.  The 2006 season marks the seventh time in eight years that Tennessee has played Alabama after an open date.


Alabama head football coach Mike Shula (Alabama, 1986) is in his fourth season with the Crimson Tide and has compiled a 25-19 (.568) 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 1-2 in his career against the Vols.  Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee, 1972) is in his 15th season at the helm of the Tennessee football program.  He has recorded a 133-38 (.778) career record since taking over for Johnny Majors in 1992.  He led the Vols to a 13-0 record and the national championship in 1998.  Tennessee has won or shared six SEC Eastern Division titles.  Fulmer has served as a player, assistant coach and head coach at Tennessee.  He was a three-year letterman (1969-71)  as an offensive guard on Tennessee teams that went 30-5 and captured the 1969 SEC Championship.  He was the offensive line coach from 1980-91.  Fulmer is 10-2 (.833) in his career against Alabama. 


Alabama celebrates Homecoming next Saturday, Oct. 28 with a non-conference game against Florida International at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The kickoff for the Crimson Tide’s Homecoming game will be 2:07 p.m. (CST) and the game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis by The Crimson Tide Sports Network.


*Alabama and Tennessee are meeting for the 90th time this Saturday. The Crimson Tide holds a 44-37-8 (.539) all-time series lead over the Volunteers in a series that dates back to the 1901 season. 

*Tennessee has won nine of the last 11 meetings, including the last meeting in Knoxville (17-13) in 2004.

*Alabama defeated Tennessee 6-3 last year in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide’s first home win over the Vols since 1991.

*The Crimson Tide had gone 0-5-1 in its last six home games with the Vols before last year’s win.

*The two teams played to a 17-17 tie in 1993 at Legion Field, but Alabama later forfeited that game as part of NCAA sanctions.

*Tennessee posted a seven-game winning streak (1995-2001) over Alabama, marking the Vols longest winning streak in series history.

*UT also had a six-game unbeaten streak against Alabama from 1955-60, posting a 5-0-1 ledger.  

*The Vols seven-game winning streak (1995-2001) was also the longest by any opponent against Alabama.

*UA snapped that streak with a 34-13 win in Knoxville in 2002.


*One of college football’s most colorful series celebrates its 90th renewal this Saturday as the Alabama Crimson Tide meets the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville.

*Alabama and Tennessee have met every year since 1928, with the exception of the 1943 season when neither school fielded a football team due to World War II. 

*The very first meeting took place Nov. 28, 1901 in Birmingham, when the two schools played to a 6-6 deadlock. 

*Alabama posted an 8-1-1 record in the first 10 meetings with Tennessee, including  eight shutouts, before the series was halted from 1915-27. 

*The series resumed on Oct. 20, 1928, the first of 66 consecutive meetings on the third Saturday in October, with Tennessee claiming a 15-13 win in Tuscaloosa. 

*Over the next 20 years (1928-48), the two teams would split 20 meetings, with both teams winning nine times and playing to a pair of ties. 

*The Big Orange, however, dominated the next decade, as UT posted an 8-3-1 record from 1949-60.  During that stretch, the Vols won four straight games (1955-58) and posted five shutouts in six years.

*Alabama ended Tennessee’s six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) with a 34-3 win over the Vols in Birmingham during the 1961 season, Coach Paul Bryant’s first national championship at Alabama.

*Since the 1950s, the series has been nothing but streaks.  After Tennessee’s 8-3-1 record over a 12-year period, Alabama answered with a 5-0-1 mark from 1961-66. 

*Following Alabama’s dramatic 11-10 win in Knoxville during the 1966 season, the Volunteers reeled off four straight wins from 1967-70. 

*Entering the 1971 game at Legion Field, the series was tied 23-23-7.  Alabama then won 11 consecutive games (1971-81) over Tennessee to gain the upper hand in the series with the Vols . 

*The 11-game winning streak included a 27-0 win over the Vols in Knoxville marking the first shutout since a 35-0 win over Tennessee in 1963. 

*The Vols snapped Bama’s streak with a 35-28 win in Knoxville in 1982 and then won four consecutive games (1982-85) in the series. 

*Alabama ended that streak with a 56-28 win in Knoxville behind Bobby Humphrey’s 217 rushing yards. 

*The 1986 victory was the first in the Tide’s nine-game unbeaten streak from 1986-94.  The two teams played to a 17-17 tie at Legion Field in 1993 (but later forfeited to Tennessee due to NCAA sanctions). 

*Bama quarterback Jay Barker directed the team on a last-minute drive and David Palmer, who ran the ball in from three yards out, clinched the tie on a two-point conversion. 

*Alabama’s nine-game unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt in 1995 as Tennessee handed Alabama a sound 41-14 thrashing at Legion Field.  UT set the tempo on the game’s first play as Peyton Manning threw an 80-yard TD pass to Huntsville, Ala., native Joey Kent. 

*The Vols extended their lead to 21-0 before claiming their largest margin of victory over Alabama in a quarter-century. 

*The 1995 victory was the first in UT’s seven-game winning streak over Alabama.  The Vols also posted wins in 1996 (20-13), 1997 (38-21), 1998 (31-18), 1999 (21-7), 2000 (20-10) and 2001 (35-24).

*The 1999 Alabama-Tennessee game was the first to be played in Tuscaloosa since the 1930 season.  The 5th-ranked Vols beat 10th-ranked Alabama 21-7 in a game that saw Alabama lose its starting quarterback (Andrew Zow) and running back (Shaun Alexander) to injuries. 

*Alabama snapped a seven-game series losing streak with a 34-14 win in Knoxville in 2002. Santonio Beard ran for 65 yards and two TDs for the Crimson Tide, while Brodie Croyle was 5-for-7 for 128 yards through the air.

*Alabama also forced a season-high six turnovers (three INTs and three fumbles) in the win over Tennessee.

*Tennessee and Alabama staged an epic clash in 2003 as the Vols outlasted the Crimson Tide, 51-43, in five overtimes at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*The game was tied 17-17 at the end of regulation and ended as the highest scoring game (94 points) in series lore.

*The 2003 loss to Tennessee in five overtimes is the only time in history Alabama has not won a game when scoring between 40-49 points.  The Crimson Tide is 93-1 all-time when scoring 40-49 points.

*The Crimson Tide won 6-3 last year in Tuscaloosa to snap a five-game home losing streak to the Vols.

*It was the first time since 1990 that Alabama and Tennessee played without scoring a touchdown.  The Crimson Tide prevailed 9-6 in Knoxville in 1990 on three Philip Doyle field goals, including a 47-yarder as time expired.

*Last year’s game was the 11th lowest scoring game in series history.  The two teams have played three scoreless ties in 1936, 1944 and 1953.


*Tennessee is coming off a bye weekend and are 5-1 overall, 1-1 in the SEC. They have two wins against teams ranked in the AP top-10 and their only loss came by one point at home against seventh-ranked Florida.

*In the Vols last game, they put up 51 points against the nation’s top ranked scoring defense from Georgia. Tennessee won 51-33 on the road.

*The Tennessee pass offense is ranked eighth in the country with 291.5 yards per game. They have a pass efficiency of 175.82, third best in the country. The pass offense has had plenty of protection as the offensive line is only giving up 0.83 sacks per game, tied for eighth fewest in the nation. UT’s 421.5 total yards per game rank 13th. 

*The Vols lead the SEC in total offense, passing offense, pass efficiency and tackles for a loss.

*A big reason why Tennessee is averaging 35.2 points per game is they lead the SEC in red zone offense. They have scored on 21 of their 23 trips with 17 touchdowns and four field goals.

*Tennessee also leads the conference in third down conversions. They are 44-of-74 for a 59.5 conversion percentage. 

*Erik Ainge ranks seventh among the nation’s quarterbacks with a pass efficiency of 171.57. He leads the SEC in that category as well as total offense with 269 yards per contest.

*Robert Meachem has been one of Ainge’s top targets. He leads the SEC and is second in the country with 112.5 receiving yards per game. He is also second in the conference with 5.67 catches per game.

*Meachem has teamed up with Jayson Swain to rank fourth in the nation among the top receiving duos. They have combined for 1,053 yards.

*James Wilhoit is second in the SEC in scoring and third in field goals. He has converted 7-of-8 field goal attempts with a long of 51 yards. He has made 26 of his 27 point after attempts.

*Marvin Mitchell is tied for second in the SEC with 9.3 tackles per game. He has 56 tackles with 29 solo stops. Jonathan Hefney (6th) and Jerod Mayo (T-10th) also rank in the top-10.


*The Alabama roster contains five players from the state of Tennessee.


Player, Pos.                    Hometown

Tremayne Coger, DB       Columbia

Baron Huber, FB             Knoxville

Travis Sikes, LB             Nashville

Darren Mustin, LB           Brentwood

Brandon Fanney, DL       Morristown

*Huber has played in all seven games on special teams and as the third-string fullback. 

*Mustin has played in four games, but has seen increased playing time the last three weeks against Florida, Duke and Ole Miss. 

*Fanney has not seen action this season on the defensive line.

*Coger and Sikes have not played in the first seven games and appear to be headed for a red shirt season.


*The Tennessee roster contains three players from the state of Alabama.


Player, Pos.                    Hometown

Wes Brown, DE              Athens

Aaron Sears, OT             Russellville

Jayson Swain, WR          Huntsville


*Alabama running backs coach Sparky Woods is the father of Tennessee wide receiver/holder Casey Woods. 

*The elder Woods is in his fourth year as Alabama's running backs coach and has also been the head coach at South Carolina (1989-93).

*The younger Woods has played in all six games this season and 20 games in his UT career, primarily as the holder for extra points and field goals.  He played high school football at Starkville Academy, while his father was an assistant coach at Mississippi State.   


*Alabama head coach Mike Shula is 1-2 (.333) in his head coaching career against Tennessee.

*Shula earned his first win over the Vols with a 6-3 victory last year in Tuscaloosa.

*As the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback (1984-86), Shula was 1-2 against the Vols, winning 56-28 in Knoxville in 1986.

*Overall, Shula is 2-4 (.333) against the Vols as a player and head coach.


*Tennessee’s Phillip Fulmer has a 10-2 (.833) record against Alabama.

*As an offensive lineman (1968-71), Fulmer and the Vols went 2-1 (.667) against the Crimson Tide, losing 32-15 in his senior season in Birmingham.

*As an assistant coach at Wichita State, Vanderbilt and Tennessee, Fulmer’s teams were a combined 4-12 (.250) against Alabama.

*Overall, Fulmer is 16-13 (.552) in his career against Alabama as a player, assistant coach and head coach.


For 66 years the annual Alabama-Tennessee game was simply referred to as “The Third Saturday in October.” 

*Alabama and Tennessee first played on the traditional third Saturday date Oct. 28, 1928.  The tradition continued through the 1994 season. 

*In 1995, the Southeastern Conference Office realigned its conference football schedule, putting an end to the 66-year third Saturday tradition that had become Alabama-Tennessee football. 

*The Oct. 14, 1995 game was played on the second Saturday in October.

*The 2006 Alabama-Tennessee game will be the first one played on the third Saturday in October since 2001.

*Since 1996, Alabama and Tennessee have met on the third Saturday in October just four times, including this year’s meeting.

*The series became so popular that the late Al Browning, former sports editor of The Tuscaloosa News and Knoxville News- Sentinel, wrote a book entitled Third Saturday in October, recapping each game in this tradition-rich  football series.


*Alabama and Tennessee have met 18 times when the game was not played on the third Saturday in October.

*Alabama owns a 9-8-1 (.527) record in games not played on the third Saturday in October.


*The Alabama defense has recorded 10 takeaways in its last two wins over Tennessee. 

*The Crimson Tide forced six turnovers (3 fumbles, 3 interceptions) in its 34-14 win in Knoxville in 2002.

*Alabama forced four turnovers (3 fumbles, 1 interception) in last year’s 6-3 win in Tuscaloosa.


*Alabama and Tennessee have combined to win 34 SEC Championships.  Alabama heads the list with 21 crowns, including 15 outright titles.  Tennessee is second with 13 league titles, including nine outright.

*The Tennessee game is the longest current running series in the UA record books.  The Vols and Crimson Tide are meeting for the 76th consecutive year (neither team fielded a football team in 1943). 

*Here is a look at the Crimson Tide’s longest current series with SEC teams.


Opponent           Streak   Series Began

Tennessee         76         1928

Auburn              58         1948

Miss. State        58         1948

*Vanderbilt         50         1953


Opponent       Games  1st Meeting

Miss. State        90         1896

Tennessee         90         1901

Vanderbilt          80         1903

Auburn              69         1892

LSU                  69         1895


*Here is a look at the highest and lowest scoring games in the Alabama-Tennessee series. 

*The Crimson Tide and Vols played the highest scoring game in series history in 2003.  Tennessee won the game, 51-43, in five overtimes.

*Bama and UT played one of the lowest scoring games in the history of the series last year in Tuscaloosa.  Alabama won the game, 6-3.


Year      Result                                       Points

2003     Tennessee 51, Alabama 43         94

1986     Alabama 56, Tennessee 28         84

1989     Alabama 47, Tennessee 30         77

1983     Tennessee 41, Alabama 34         75

1987     Alabama 41, Tennessee 22         63

1982     Tennessee 35, Alabama 28         63

1972     Alabama 42, Tennessee 21         63


Year      Result                                       Points

1936     Alabama 0, Tennessee 0             0

1944     Alabama 0, Tennessee 0             0

1953     Alabama 0, Tennessee 0             0         

1908     Alabama 4, Tennessee 0             4

1907     Alabama 5, Tennessee 0             5

1904     Tennessee 5, Alabama 0             5

1913     Alabama 6, Tennessee 0             6

1929     Tennessee 6, Alabama 0             6

1912     Alabama 7, Tennessee 0             7

1942     Alabama 8, Tennessee 0             8

2005     Alabama 6, Tennessee 3             9


*Alabama junior wide receivers Keith Brown (Pensacola) and DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) have combined for the second-most receiving yards in the nation through seven games.

*Brown and Hall have combined for 1,116 yards entering Saturday’s game at Tennessee.

*New Mexico State’s duo of Chris Williams (45-691-5) and Derek Dubois (33-481-5) lead all NCAA receivers with 1,172 combined yards this season.

*Williams (13-191-1) and DuBois (6-124-1) took the lead this past weekend after combining for 19 catches and 315 yards in a 40-28 home loss to Boise State on Sunday night.

*Purdue’s receiving tandem of Dorein Bryant (545) and Dustin Keller (520) moved into third place with 1,065 yards.

*Tennessee’s double threat of Robert Meachem (675) and Jayson Swain (378) slipped to fourth this week after an open date with 1,053 yards.

*Ohio State (1,049) and Texas Tech (1,005) also have a pair of receivers to combine for more than 1,000 yards this season.


*Brown and Hall are quickly moving up the single-charts to become the best receiving tandem in Alabama history.

*The duo has combined for 1,116 yards this season to rank third on the school’s single-season list for combined receiving yards.

*The single-season 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 last year (2005) with 1,318 yards.

*The duo is on pace to shatter the all-time record this season.

*Hall and Brown average 159.4 yards per game, and based on a 13-game season, would finish the year with an Alabama record 2,072 combined yards.


*To say that Brown and Hall have been productive this season would be an understatement.

*The duo has combined for 66 catches, 1,116 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

*Brown and Hall are responsible for 55 percent (66-of-120) of the team’s receptions.

*The duo has accounted for 70.1 percent (1,116-of-1,594) 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.

*Hall ranks fourth nationally with 100.5 yards per game this season.   Hall has 29 catches for 603 yards and five touchdowns in six games this year.

*He is one of five, Division IA wide receivers averaging over 100 yards per game this year.

*Among the top-100 players in receiving yards per game, Hall is seventh with a 20.79 yards per catch average.

*Hall is sixth nationally in total receiving yards and one of nine players with over 600 receiving yards.

*Brown leads Alabama with 37 catches for 513 yards and three touchdowns.  Brown is third in the SEC with 5.29 catches per game.


Category            Brown/Hall         Rest of Team

Receptions         66                     54

Yards                1,116                478

Touchdowns      8                      3


*DJ Hall has recorded seven career 100-yard receiving games in his three-year Alabama career to establish the school record for most career games over 100 yards.

*The previous record of six career 100-yard games was held by former All-American and NFL Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome (1974-77).

*Hall recorded three 100-yard games last season and has added four more this season to break Newsome’s record.

MOST 100-YARD GAMES (Career)

Total     Player (Years)

 7         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)

*With four, 100-yard games this season, Hall has tied Newsome’s single-season record set in 1977. 

MOST 100-YARD GAMES (Season)

Total     Player (Year)

 4         DJ Hall (2006)

 4         Ozzie Newsome (1977)

 3         Freddie Milons (1999)

 3         David Palmer (1993)

 3         David Bailey (1969)


Yards                            Opponent (Year)

130                               Southern Miss (2005)

139                               Tennessee (2005)

157                               Utah State (2005)

144                               Arkansas (2006)

117                               Florida (2006)

124                               Duke (2006)

119                               Ole Miss (2006)


Yards                            Opponent (Year)

112                               Southern Miss (1975)

145                               Notre Dame (1976)

132                               Nebraska (1977)

124                               Louisville (1977)

106                               Miami (1977)

119                               Auburn (1977)


*DJ Hall will be looking to extend his own record Saturday at Tennessee as the junior seeks his fifth consecutive 100-yard receiving game.

*Hall set the Alabama standard on Oct. 14 against Ole Miss when he caught five passes for 119 yards and one touchdown for his fourth straight 100-yard game.

*Hall is averaging 126 yards per game over his last four games.

*The previous record for consecutive 100-yard games was held by Freddie Milons, who had three in-a-row against Arkansas, Florida and Ole Miss in 1999.

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

119       Ole Miss                       Oct. 14, 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


*Sophomore defensive back Lionel Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Georgia) is one of nine Division I players with 100 interception return yards this season.

*Mitchell has three interceptions for 101 yards and one touchdown through seven games.

*He recorded his first career interception on the final play of the game as Alabama beat Hawai’i, 25-17, in the season opener on Sept. 2006.

*Mitchell added his second interception of the season with a 51-yard return against Arkansas on Sept. 23 in Fayetteville.

*He scored his first collegiate touchdown with a 50-yard interception return in the Tide’s 30-14 win over Duke on Oct. 7.

*Mitchell and Simeon Castille share the team lead with three interceptions this season, while Mitchell is the team leader in return yards and touchdowns.

*Among the Top 100 players ranked by the NCAA this week, Mitchell is one of 22 Division I players with at least one interception return for a touchdown this year.


Player (School)                           Yards

Stanley Franks (Idaho)                    185

Alterraun Verner (UCLA)               123

Londen Fryar (Western Michigan) 123

Jamal Lewis (Georgia Tech)         117

John Talley (Duke)                      113

Adam Shada (Iowa)                    113

Craig Steltz (LSU)                      111

Lionel Mitchell (Alabama)           101

Leonard Peters (Hawai’i)           101


*Alabama has compiled a 8-2-3 (.731) all-time record in games played on Oct. 21st.

*The Crimson Tide has not played on this date since a 20-10 loss to Tennessee in Knoxville during the 2000 season.

*Alabama’s last win on this date was a 23-9 decision at Ole Miss in 1995.

*Alabama owns a 5-3-1 (.611) record against Tennessee in games played on Oct. 21.  The Crimson Tide and Volunteers played to scoreless tie on Oct. 21, 1944.

*The other two ties came against Mississippi State (6-6) in 1911 and Sewanee (7-7) in 1922.

*The Crimson Tide’s first game on Oct. 21 was a 16-0 win over Tuscaloosa Athletic Club in 1899.


Year      Result of Game

1899     Alabama 16, Tuscaloosa AC 0

1900     Alabama 35, Taylor School 0

1911     Alabama 6, Mississippi State 6

1922     Alabama 7, Sewanee 7

1933     Alabama 12, Tennessee 7

1939     Tennessee 21, Alabama 0

1944     Alabama 0, Tennessee 0

1961     Alabama 34, Tennessee 3

1967     Tennessee 24, Alabama 13

1972     Alabama 17, Tennessee 10

1978     Alabama 30, Tennessee 17

1989     Alabama 47, Tennessee 30

1995     Alabama 23, Ole Miss 9

2000     Tennessee 20, Alabama 10