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 fourth in the SEC in passing offense with 243.63 passing yards per game.
  • The Crimson Tide ranks fifth in rushing offense (170.0), total offense (413.63) and scoring offense (31.5).
  • Alabama has run 620 plays (77.5 per game) this season, including 312 rushing attempts and 308 passing attempts in eight games.
  • In the last three games, Alabama has 124 rushing attempts and 113 pass attempts.
  • The Crimson Tide ran 80 offensive snaps against Florida State (Sept. 29) and Ole Miss (Oct. 14).   The Tide ran a season-low 70 snaps in the overtime loss to Georgia.
  • Alabama ran 40 rushing plays and 40 passing plays in its 27-24 win at Ole Miss.
  • Against Florida State, the Tide threw the ball 53 times and ran only 27 rushing plays in the 21-14 loss.
  • 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 363  yards (32-of- 46, 3 TDs) in the win over Tennessee on Oct. 20.
  • The Tide had  a season-low 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 played two turnover-free games this season against Western Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Alabama has 16 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 37 points off 17 turnovers this season.
  • Alabama is 6-0 when scoring first this season.
  • 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.
  • Despite playing the game without the services of two starting offensive linemen, the Alabama offense gained 510 total yards today and did not allow a quarterback sack in the win over Tennessee, the second-most this season, including a season-high 363 yards passing. 
  • Along the way, Alabama set new season highs in passing completions (32); offensive plays (84) and tied a season high for points (41). 
  • The 510 yards of total offense by Alabama against Tennessee is the most by the Tide against an SEC opponent since Alabama gained 552 against Arkansas on September 20, 2002, in Fayetteville, Ark., a 30-12 victory for the Crimson Tide.
  • Alabama averaged 7.9 yards on first down today.  The Tide ran 36 plays for 286 yards on first down in the win against Tennessee.

QUARTERBACKS

  • Junior quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) directs the Tide offense for the second straight year.  He is 12-9 (.571) as the starting quarterback.
  • In 26 career games, Wilson has completed 396 of 689 (.575) passes for 4,681 yards, with 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
  • He is the eighth quarterback in school history to throw for more than 4,000 yards. 
    *Wilson is fourth in the SEC in total offense (243.0) this season.
  • 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.
  • 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’s 53 pass attempts against Florida State are the second-most by an Alabama quarterback.  Scott Hunter had 55 pass attempts against Auburn in 1969.
  • He threw 132 passes without an interception this season, the fourth-longest streak in school history. 
  • Wilson tied the UA single-game record with 32 completions in the win over Tennessee.  Gary Hollingsworth also completed 32 passes against Tennessee in 1989.
  • Redshirt freshman Greg McElory (Southlake, Texas) has played in two games (Western Carolina and Tennessee), while 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 against the Catamounts.
  • 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 (177) and receiving yards (2,682) heading into Saturday’s game.
  • In eight games this season, Hall leads the team with 50 catches for 764 yards and five touchdowns.  He also leads UA with 15.3 yards per catch.
  • Hall leads the SEC with 95.5 yards per game this season.  He ranks second in the league with 6.25 catches per game.
  • Hall set the UA single-game record with 13 catches for 185 yards in the win over Tennessee on Oct. 20.
  • He added 11 catches (140 yards) in the win over Ole Miss on Oct. 13.
  • In his last two games, Hall has 24 catches for 325 yards and two TDs.
  • The Crimson Tide has had 15 different players catch at least one pass this season.
  • Alabama has had seven different receivers catch a touchdown pass this season.
  • Alabama’s wide receivers have caught 121 passes for 1,455 yards (12.02 average) and nine touchdowns.
  • Senior Matt Caddell (McCalla) is the second-leading receiver with 27 catches for 257  yards and one touchdown this season.
  • Caddell had seven catches for 49 yards, all in the first half, at Ole Miss on Oct. 14.
  • Caddell and Hall  (11-140) combined for 18 catches and 189 yards against the Rebels.
  • Caddell had nine catches for 91 yards and one TD in the Tide’s 41-38 win over Arkansas on Sept. 15.  He 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.
  • Caddell has caught at least one pass in each of his last six games.
  • Sophomore Mike McCoy (Rankin, Miss.) is the Tide’s third-leading receiver with 23 catches for 168 yards and one touchdown. 
  • McCoy and Hall are the only two UA players to have at least one catch in all eight games this season.
  • 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 wide receiver Keith Brown (Pensacola, Fla.) has caught 10 passes for 150 yards (15.6 average) and one touchdown in seven 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 39 career games, Brown has 105 receptions for 1,677 yards and nine touchdowns.
  • Junior Nikita Stover (Hartselle, Ala.) has five  catches for 66 yards and one touchdown this season, a 23-yard catch against Houston on Oct. 6.

TIGHT ENDS

  • The tight ends have 19 catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Junior Nick Walker (Brundidge, Ala.) has 14 of those receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns.  He also has a two-point conversion.
  • Junior Travis McCall (Prattville) has five catches for 45 yards this season. 
  • He had three catches for 21 yards in the win over Tennessee on Oct. 20 and has four catches (37 yards) in his last two games.  His only other catch came in the 2007 season opener.
  • Redshirt freshman Preston Dial (Mobile, Ala.) has played in seven 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.) has set UA single-season freshman records for rushing attempts, rushing yards and touchdowns this season.
  • In eight games, Grant has 127 rushing attempts for 697 yards and seven touchdowns.  He also averages 5.5 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.
  • He added his third 100-yard game of the season against Tennessee (26-104-1), where he set UA single-season freshman records for rushing attempts, rushing yards and touchdowns.
  • Sophomore Glen Coffee (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) has 90 carries for 413 yards and three touchdowns this season. Coffee averages 4.6 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 touchdown. It was the first 100-yard game of his career for the Tide.
  • The 30 rushing attempts are 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.
  • Sophomore Roy Upchurch (Tallahassee, Fla.) is third on the team with 28 carries for 161   yards (5.8 average) and one touchdown.
  • 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 40 passes for 323 yards and one touchdown this season.
  • Grant has the most catches among the Tide running backs and fourth-most on the team.  In eight games, he has 18 receptions for 123 yards and one TD.
  • He had a career-high six catches for 31 yards, including his first career TD against Tennessee on Oct. 20.
  • Coffee has 14 catches for 122 yards in seven games.

OFFENSIVE LINE

  • The Crimson Tide returned all five offensive lineman, including a pair of All-American candidates.
  • Sophomore left tackle Andre Smith (Birmingham, Ala.) is slated to make his 22nd  consecutive start against LSU.
  • 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.
  • Senior Justin Britt (Cullman, Ala.) is another veteran lineman for the Tide and starts at left guard.  He has started seven games this season and 24 in his UA career on the o-line.
  • Sophomore Evan Cardwell (Killen, Ala.) has started the last three  games at center for the Tide.  The Houston game (Oct. 6) was his first collegiate start.
  • Senior B.J. Stabler (Grove Hill) made his first start of the season at right guard in the win over Tennessee.  It was also his 21st career start for the Tide.
  • Sophomore Mike Johnson (Pensacola, Fla.)
    has started all eight games at right tackle, including his first career start in the season opener against Western Carolina.
  • The offensive line played without two starters in the Tennessee game due to school suspensions regarding the impermissible receipt of textbooks.
  • Junior Antoine Caldwell (Montgomery, Ala.) had his streak of 32 consecutive starts come to an end against Tennessee.
  • Caldwell started the first seven games of the season and made starts at center, left guard (Houston) and right guard (Ole Miss) for the Tide.
  • He 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.  He made his first career start at right guard at Ole Miss on Oct. 13.
  • Junior Marlon Davis (Columbus, Ga.) has started six games at right guard.  He did not start against Houston or Tennessee.  Overall, Davis has appeared in 24 career games with 11 starts.
  • Senior Chris Capps (Jonesboro, Ga.) is the backup to Smith at left tackle.  He has played three games this season against Western Carolina, Houston and Ole Miss, where he spelled Mike Johnson at right tackle.
  • Capps 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.
  • Freshmen William Vlachos (Mountain Brook), Patrick Crump (Hoover, Ala.) and David Ross (Homewood, Ala.), have also played this season.