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Alabama Football: Offensive Notebook



Nov. 4, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama senior quarterback John Parker Wilson has led the Tide to a 9-0 record this season, including a 4-0 mark away from Tuscaloosa. The Hoover, Ala. native has completed 69.0 percent of his passes away from Bryant-Denny Stadium for 647 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Wilson boasts a passing efficiency rating of 149.46 in four games away from home this season. The latest "Offensive Notebook" is now available on

JPW ON THE ROAD: Alabama's John Parker Wilson has quarterbacked the Crimson Tide to a 9-0 record and a No. 1 national ranking as a senior. His play on the road in 2008 has been a key in his team's performance. The Hoover, Ala. native has completed 69.0 percent of his passes away from Bryant-Denny Stadium for 647 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Wilson boasts a passing efficiency rating of 149.46 in four games away from home this season. He led the Tide to wins over top 10 foes Clemson (at the Georgia Dome) and Georgia away from home, as well as a 49-14 win at Arkansas and a 29-9 triumph at Tennessee. Wilson threw for 180 yards against the Tigers in Atlanta with two touchdowns and then passed for 205 yards and a score against the Bulldogs in Athens. In Wilson's trip to Neyland Stadium, he completed 17-of-24 passes for 188 yards. In his last trip to LSU in 2006, Wilson completed 22-of-35 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns against the Tigers.

Clemson: 22 of 30, 180 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 145.73 rating
Arkansas:  6 of 14,   74 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 110.83 rating
Georgia:   13 of 16, 205 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 209.50 rating
Tennessee: 17 of 24, 188 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 136.63 rating
Totals:       58 of 84, 647 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, 149.46 rating

WILSON NAMED SEMIFINALIST FOR DAVEY O'BRIEN: Wilson is among 13 Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks selected as semifinalists for the 2008 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. The native of Hoover, Ala., has completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,412 yards and eight touchdowns. Wilson is UA's all-time leader in completions, yards and touchdowns. The Davey O'Brien Award focuses on accomplishments both on and off the field. Fans are able to vote for semifinalist candidates once daily at The voting will continue throughout the semifinalist and finalist rounds with five percent of the final tally coming directly from the fan vote.  The O'Brien semifinalists are Sam Bradford (Soph., Oklahoma), Daryll Clark (Jr., Penn State), Chase Daniel (Sr., Missouri), Max Hall (Jr., BYU), Graham Harrell (Sr., Texas Tech), David Johnson (Sr., Tulsa), Colt McCoy (Jr., Texas), Todd Reesing (Jr., Kansas), Zac Robinson (Jr., Oklahoma State), Mark Sanchez (Jr., USC), Matthew Stafford (Jr., Georgia), Tim Tebow (Jr., Florida) and Wilson.

WILSON TIES SCHOOL RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE COMPLETIONS: Wilson tied the Alabama record for consecutive passes completed with a 6-yard completion to Mike McCoy with 10:06 left in the first quarter on the Tide's second play from scrimmage. Parker's chance to break the record went awry when receiver Julio Jones failed to catch what would have been the 13th straight completion just a couple of plays later.

Most Consecutive Pass Completions
12 - John Parker Wilson at Tennessee (11) & vs. Arkansas State (1) (2008)
12 - Andrew Zow vs. Mississippi (2000)
11 - Jay Barker vs. Mississippi State (1994)
10 - Gary Hollingsworth vs. Mississippi (1989)
10 - Gary Hollingsworth vs. LSU (1989)
10 - Ken Stabler vs. Mississippi (8) & Clemson (2) (1966)
10 - Jay Barker vs. Tulane (8) & Vanderbilt (2) (1993)

WILSON SURPASSES 7,000 CAREER PASSING YARDS: Wilson surpassed the 7,000-yard mark in career passing yardage on Saturday afternoon. Entering the game with 6,911 career passing yards, Wilson passed for 85 yards in the first half to move that total to 6,996 yards at halftime. Alabama's all-time career passing yards leader, Wilson surpassed the 7,000-yard barrier on a six-yard pass completion to tight end Travis McCall on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter. Wilson finished the day with 152 passing yards for a career total of 7,063 yards.

SECOND-HALF STANDOUT: UA quarterback John Parker Wilson's 60.8 completion percentage is a career best and a big part of his outstanding game management in 2008. But that number is even better in the second half and nearly perfect in the fourth quarter. Wilson is completing 66.7 percent of his passes in the second half this year (50 of 75) for 479 yards and two touchdowns. In the fourth quarter he has completed 16-of-22 passes (.727) for 183 yards. Wilson is 13 for 18 (.722) for 144 yards in the fourth quarter in his last five games. He did not have a fourth quarter incompletion against Georgia (3 for 3, 66 yards), Kentucky (1 for 1, 14 yards) or Tennessee (2 for 2, 17 yards).

Wilson Quarter-By-Quarter Stats (2008)
First Quarter:       36-65 (.553), 439 yards, 1 INT, 1 TD, 3 sacks
Second Quarter:   40-64 (.625), 495 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT, 2 Sack
Third Quarter:      34-53 (.642), 296 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 4 SACKS
Fourth Quarter:    16-22 (.727), 183 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 0 Sacks

First Half Stats:      76-129 (.589), 934 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT, 5 Sacks
Second Half Stats:  50-75 (.667), 479 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 4 Sacks

SMITH A SEMIFINALIST FOR THE LOMBARDI: Alabama junior left tackle Andre Smith is one of 12 semifinalists for the 2008 Rotary Lombardi Award. The Lombardi Award is presented to the nation's top offensive or defensive lineman. The Lombardi Award will be presented Dec. 10 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston. Smith, a preseason Playboy All-American, was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Tide's 49-14 win at Arkansas on Sept. 20 as UA rushed for 328 yards. Smith has helped the Crimson Tide rank 18th nationally in rushing at 205.3 yards per game. He won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy last year as the top offensive lineman in the conference. Former UA All-American Cornelius Bennett in 1986 is the only other Crimson Tide player to win the Lombardi Award.

INGRAM TIES RECORD FOR RUSHING TDS BY A FRESHMAN: Running back Mark Ingram rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns against Arkansas State, scoring on runs of 5 and 17 yards to give him eight rushing touchdowns this season. That ties the Alabama record for touchdown runs by a freshman, matching Terry Grant's eight rushing touchdowns in 2007.

O-LINE EXPERIENCE: Alabama's offensive line has been a dominant force early in the 2008 season. The Crimson Tide ranks 18th nationally in rushing - with the No. 30 Glen Coffee (99.33) and No. 91 Mark Ingram (59.22) individual rusher - and have physically dominated their opposition. A big reason for their success - beyond physical talent - is their ability to play as a cohesive unit. Coming into the LSU game, the five have combined to start 129 games over their careers - Antoine Caldwell (43 starts), Andre Smith (34 starts), Mike Johnson (22 starts), Marlon Davis (21 starts) & Drew Davis (9 starts).