TUSCALOOSA, Ala. University of Alabama offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Major Applewhite was named the national offensive coordinator of the week by two publications, following the Crimson Tide’s 41-17 win over Tennessee last Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Applewhite was named the Master Coaches Survey (MCS) Offensive Coordinator of the Week and earned one of five MCS Nike Game Balls after the Crimson Tide offense produced its best offensive output in a Southeastern Conference game since the 2002 season. Under Applewhite’s guidance, Alabama passed for a season-high 363 yards and scored 41 points, the most in an SEC game since a 45-17 win at Kentucky in 2004.
Alabama’s offense was outstanding on first down, averaging 7.9 yards per play against the Vols. Junior quarterback John Parker Wilson completed 13 of 18 passes for 170 yards on first down in the win over Tennessee. Wilson tied an Alabama record with 32 completions and finished with 363 passing yards and three touchdowns. Senior wide receiver DJ Hall caught a school-record 13 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns, all career highs.
The Crimson Tide and Applewhite were both recognized this week by FOX Sports.com columnist Rich Cirminello. Alabama ranked second on his Summa Cum Laude Top 5 Teams of the Week and Applewhite was named Offensive Coordinator of the Week.
“To Tide fans, few weekends of the year matter more than the Third Saturday in October,” Cirminello wrote. “Alabama spanked Tennessee, 41-17, to remain deadlocked with LSU atop the SEC West. In a signature win for Nick Saban, in his new digs, the Tide offense gutted Tennessee for 510 yards and 41 points. Applewhite’s protégé, John Parker Wilson, enjoyed a career-day, going 32-for-46 with 363 yards and three touchdown passes.”
Applewhite, who is the youngest offensive coordinator among Football Bowl Championship schools, orchestrates an Alabama offense that averages 416.63 yards per game. The Crimson Tide is fourth in the SEC in passing offense (243.63) and fifth in rushing (170.0) through eight games.
Wilson has completed 173 of 299 passes (57.9 percent) for 1,876 yards, with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games. He is fourth in the SEC in total offense with 243 yards per game. He tied the Alabama single-game record with 32 completions against Tennessee and became just the second quarterback in school history to have 50 or more pass attempts in a game against Florida State.
Hall is the Tide’s leading receiver with 50 catches for 764 yards and five touchdowns. He leads the SEC and ranks 16th nationally with 95.5 receiving yards per game this season. He is second in the league and 33rd nationally with 6.25 catches per game.
Redshirt freshman running back Terry Grant has also flourished this season under Applewhite’s tutelage. Grant has 127 carries for 697 yards and seven touchdowns, all UA single-season freshman records. He broke Shaun Alexander’s freshman touchdown record last week against Tennessee.