No. 21 Alabama Begins Preparations for Mississippi State

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GAME 10: #21 ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (6-3) vs. MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS (5-4)
Nov. 10, 2007 -- Davis-Wade Stadium/Scott Field (55,082) -- Starkville, Miss.
11:34 a.m. (CST) -- Lincoln Financial Sports

ALABAMA QUICK NOTES: 

Sophomore Javier Arenas was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after a 237-yard performance against No. 3 LSU last Saturday ... Arenas had three punt retruns for 69 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that gave the Tide a 34-27 lead ... He added eight kickoff returns for 168 yards ... Arenas has five kick returns this season of 50 or more yards, which is the second-most in the nation ... Senior defensive end Walalce Gilberry has seven sacks in his last four games and is second in the SEC and 20th nationally with 0.78 sacks per game this season ... Running back/kick returner Jonathan Lowe played at Mississippi State in 2004 and 2005 ... MSU head coach Sylvester Croom is one of five former Alabama players currently serving as a collegiate head coach ... The others are Neil Callaway (UAB), Mike DuBose (Millsaps), Joey Jones (Birmingham Southern) and Mike Riley (Oregon State) ... In all 26 former Tide players have been collegiate head coaches and have worked nearly 2,500 games ... Alabama is 10-1 all-time on Nov. 10th.

ALABAMA ON THE ROAD AT MISSISSIPPI STATE

The 21st ranked University of Alabama football  looks to keep its perfect 2007 road record intact when the Crimson Tide travels to Starkville, Miss., for an SEC Western Division matchup with the Mississippi State Bulldogs.  The game will be played at Davis-Wade Stadium at Scott Field and will be televised regionally by Lincoln Financial Sports, with Bill Rosinski (play-by-play), Dave Archer (analyst) and Jenn Hildreth (sideline reporter) calling the action.  The game will be shown mainly in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana and kickoff is set for 11:34 a.m. (CST). This will be Alabama’s fourth appearance on the SEC syndicator this season.  LFS has also shown the Tide against Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Tennessee. The 62-station Crimson Tide Sports Network will also air the game on radio, beginning three hours prior to kickoff, with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (analyst) and Barry Krauss (sideline reporter). Alabama broadcasts are also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 119). Alabama (6-3, 4-2 SEC) saw its three-game winning snapped last Saturday with a 41-34 loss to No. 3 LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The Crimson Tide overcame a 17-3 second quarter deficit and built a 27-17 lead in the third quarter before falling to the Tigers.  Senior Keith Brown had two touchdown catches in the game.  Sophomore return specialist Javier Arenas had a 61-yard punt return in the fourth quarter that gave the Tide a 34-27 lead.  Mississippi State (5-3, 3-2 SEC) is coming off an  open date last weekend.  The Bulldogs have not played since a 34-14 win at Kentucky on Oct. 28.  MSU beat Alabama 24-16 last year in Tuscaloosa to snap a five-game series losing streak.

THE HEAD COACHES

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban (Kent State, 1973) was named the school’s 27th head coach on Jan. 3, 2007.  Saban has compiled a 97-45-1 (.680) record as a college head coach.  He led LSU to a 13-1 record and the BCS National Championship in 2003.  He was 48-16 (.750) in his five years at LSU, including two SEC championships.  Overall, Saban has coached three conference championship teams (1990 Mid-American, 2001 SEC and 2003 SEC) and eight of his 11 teams have played in post-season bowl games.  Saban also has a wealth of coaching experience in the National Football League, serving as secondary coach (Houston, 1988-89), defensive coordinator (Cleveland, 1991-94) and head coach (Miami, 2005-06).  Saban is 5-0 vs. Mississippi State in his coaching career.  Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom (Alabama, 1975) is one of 26 former Alabama players to become head coach at a Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division IA) school.  Croom is 14-29 (.326) in his fourth season with the Bulldogs.  This is his first head coaching stint.  He was an assistant coach at Alabama from 1976-86 under Paul Bryant and Ray Perkins before embarking on a career as an assistant coach in the National Football League.  He was on an Alabama staff that led the Crimson Tide to 10 bowl games and back-to-back national titles in 1978 and 1979.  He tutored NFL first-rounders E.J. Junior, Mike Pitts, Cornelius Bennett and Derrick Thomas. During his NFL career, Croom was instrumental in the development of NFL star running backs Ahman Green (Green Bay), Natrone Means (San Diego) and Barry Sanders (Detroit).  He coached for the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. He is a Tuscaloosa, Ala., native and graduate of Tuscaloosa High School.  Croom is 1-2 (.333) against his alma mater.

ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES

  • Alabama holds a 72-16-3 (.817) all-time lead over Mississippi State in a series that dates back to the 1896 season.
  • The MSU series is the longest running series in the Alabama record book.  The two border rivals will be meeting for the 90th time this weekend.
  • Alabama has more wins (72) over Mississippi State than any other opponent on record.
  • UA and MSU first met in 1896 with the Crimson Tide posting a 20-0 win in Tuscaloosa.  In fact, the first six meetings were all shutouts, including five by Alabama. 
  • Mississippi State did not post its first win until an 11-0 victory in Columbus, Miss. during the 1903 season. 
  • The 2007 season will mark the 59th consecutive year these two teams have met on the gridiron, having played every year since 1948. 
  • For the most part, the series has been dominated by Alabama.  The Crimson Tide recorded a 12-game unbeaten streak from 1919-34, posting an 11-0-1 record during that span. 
  • The 1922 Alabama-Mississippi State game was the last game for Crimson Tide head coach Xen Scott.  Alabama won the game, 59-0.
  • Alabama recorded its first ever SEC win with an 18-0 victory over Mississippi State in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 14, 1933.
  • Alabama followed that up with a 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1) from 1942-53. 
  • The 1946 Alabama-Mississippi State game marked the final game for Frank Thomas as head coach at Alabama.  UA won that game 24-7 on Nov. 30, 1946.
  • Alabama’s 13-12 win over Mississippi State on Oct. 27, 1956 ended a school record 17-game losing streak for the Crimson Tide.  The win over MSU was Alabama’s first win since beating Tennessee 27-0 in Knoxville on Oct. 16, 1954.
  • The 1956 win over Mississippi State also snapped a 20-game winless streak for Alabama, which included 18 losses and two ties.
  • The Crimson Tide’s 21-10 win over Mississippi State in 1975 was the school’s 750th all-time football game.
  • From 1958-79, Alabama posted a 22-game winning streak over Mississippi State.  The 22-game winning streak is the longest in series history.
  • Mississippi State ended that streak with perhaps one of the greatest wins in school history when they upset No. 1 ranked Alabama, 6-3, on Nov. 1, 1980 at Mississippi Memorial Stadium in Jackson.
  • MSU’s 6-3 win also snapped Alabama’s school and SEC record 28-game winning streak.
  • Since that loss to Mississippi State, Alabama has never been ranked No. 1 again at any time during the regular season.
  • The Crimson Tide rebounded from a three-point upset loss and won the next 15 games in the series from 1981-95.
  • In fact, Mississippi State went a period of 19 quarters (1987-92) where they never had the lead in a game against Alabama.
  • The Bulldogs held an 18-14 fourth quarter lead in 1987 at Legion Field before losing 21-18 and did not take the lead again until the third quarter in 1992.
  • MSU ended a 15-game series losing streak with a 17-16 win over Alabama on Nov. 16, 1996 at Scott Field. 
  • The one-point win was Mississippi State’s first-ever on-campus win over the Crimson Tide and first in the state of Mississippi since the upset win in 1980. 
  • Mississippi State followed up that victory with two more wins in 1997 and 1998, giving the Bulldogs three straight wins over Alabama. 
  • The three-game winning streak from 1996-98 equaled the longest in series history by the Bulldogs.  Mississippi State also won three straight games from 1912-14. 
  • Since then, Alabama has won five of the last seven meetings.
  • Mississippi State snapped a five-game series losing streak with a 24-16 win last year at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • MSU’s last win in Starkville came on Nov. 11, 2000.  The Bulldogs won, 29-7.

ALABAMA BULLDOGS

The Alabama roster contains six players from the state of Mississippi.

MISSISSIPPI NATIVES ON UA ROSTER

Player, Pos.  Hometown 
Terry Grant, RB  Lumberton 
Jeramie Griffin, FB  Batesville 
Jimmy Johns, RB  Brookhaven 
Mike McCoy, WR  Brandon 
Milton Talbert, DL  Hattiesburg 
Justin Woodall, DB  Oxford 

MISSISSIPPI STATE TIDERS

The Mississippi State roster contains 18  players from the state of Alabama.

ALABAMA NATIVES ON MISSISSIPPI STATE ROSTER

Player, Pos.  Hometown 
Aubrey Bell, WR  Prichard 
Titus Brown, DE  Tuscaloosa 
Johnny Carpenter, OL  Citronelle 
Devon Edwards, LB  Coffeville 
Aaron Field, SN  Homewood 
Robert Gurley, DB  Enterprise 
Michael Henig, QB  Montgomery 
Keon Humphries, DB  Montgomery 
Terrell Johnson, LB  Cullomburg 
D.J. Looney, OL  Birmingham 
Chris Nance, DB  Tuscumbia 
Rodeny Prince, DL  Birmingham 
Chris Relf, QB  Montgomery 
Zach Smith, DB  Altoona 
Major Sosebee, WR  Warrior 
Arnil Stallworth, RB  Daphne 

ALABAMA-MSU NOTEBOOK

  • Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom is a graduate of the University of Alabama and former standout offensive lineman under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
  • Croom was a player and assistant coach for the Crimson Tide.  He earned the Jacobs Trophy, presented annually to the top blocker in the SEC. 
  • Croom was a two-year starter for the Crimson Tide and played on teams that were a combined 32-4 (.889).  Alabama won the SEC Championship all three of  his playing years and won the UPI National Championship in 1973.  The Crimson Tide played in the Cotton, Sugar and Orange bowls during his playing days.
  • At the age of 20, Croom earned his bachelor’s degree in history, with a minor in biology in 1975.  He earned his master’s degree in educational administration in 1977.
  • Alabama Chancellor Dr. Malcom Portera is the former President at Mississippi State University.  Portera was named MSU’s 16th president on Jan. 1, 1999 and remained in that position until accepting the post as UA’s Chancellor during the summer of 2002. 
  • Prior to his tenure at Mississippi State, Portera spent more than two decades of his administrative life at the University of Alabama, where he worked in Alabama’s offices of academic affairs and research and served as executive assistant to two president’s before being named vice president. 
  • Following his tenure at the University of Alabama, Portera served as Vice Chancellor of the UA system, representing the interests of three campuses in Tuscaloosa, Huntsville and Birmingham.
  • Portera also earned his Ph.D. in political science from the Capstone.
  • The Mississippi State coaching staff is comprised of eight former Alabama players and/or assistant coaches.
  • MSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Rockey Felker served as the receivers coach (1983-84) and offensive backfield coach (1985) at Alabama under Ray Perkins.
  • Charlie Harbison is in his first season as MSU’s safeties coach.  Harbison had two stints at Alabama under Mike DuBose (1998-2000) and Mike Shula (2003-06). Harbison served as the defensive backs coach under DuBose and was the receivers coach under Shula during his seven years in Tuscaloosa.
  • Mississippi State defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson served two stints with the Crimson Tide under Gene Stallings and Mike DuBose. 
  • Under Stallings (1990-93), Johnson was the outside linebackers coach helping the Crimson Tide to a 41-9 (.840) overall record and the 1992 National Championship.
  • After three years at Clemson, Johnson returned to Alabama under DuBose and served as defensive coordinator (1997-2000) before becoming the head coach at The Citadel.  As defensive coordinator, Johnson helped Alabama to the 1999 SEC Championship.
  • MSU assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Woody McCorvey spent seven years as an Alabama assistant under Stallings (1990-96) and DuBose (1997).
  • From 1990-96, McCorvey served as receivers coach and then offensive coordinator under Stallings, leading Alabama to a 70-16-1 (.810) record, including the first 13-0 season in school history and 1992 national championship.
  • As offensive coordinator in 1996, McCorvey led Alabama to a 10-3 record with junior QB Freddie Kitchens, including a win over Michigan in the 1997 Outback Bowl.
  • The 1996 Alabama team passed for 2,192 yards, the fifth best total in school history.
  • Cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith was the safeties coach at Alabama under Dennis Franchione in 2002.  The Crimson Tide posted a 10-3 record that season.
  • MSU defensive line coach David Turner spent last season at Alabama under Mike Shula as the Tide’s defensive line coach.
  • MSU strength and conditioning coach Ben Pollard held the same position at Alabama under Dennis Franchione and Mike Shula from 2001-03.

NOVEMBER RECORD

  • Alabama has compiled a 250-122-14 (.665) all-time record in 386 all-time November games.
  • The Crimson Tide is 2-9 (.182) in its last 11 games in the month, including a six-game losing streak.
  • Alabama has not won in November since a 17-0 win at Mississippi State on Nov. 3, 2005.
  • The Crimson Tide lost all three November games last season, including losses to Mississippi State, LSU and Auburn.
  • Alabama is 46-31-1 (.596) in the month of November since the 1983 season.
  • The first football game in Alabama history was played in the month of November.  The Crimson Tide defeated Birmingham High School 56-0 on Nov. 11, 1892.
  • One of the greatest wins in school history took place on Nov. 4, 1922 when the Crimson Tide posted a landmark win for Southern football with a 9-7 upset win over Penn at Franklyn Field in Philadelphia.
  • On Nov. 23, 1946, Alabama suffered a 13-7 loss to Boston College at Braves Field in Boston.  The game also marked the first time UA traveled to by airplane to a football game.
  • Alabama head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant became the winningest coach in college football history with a 28-17 win over Auburn on Nov. 28, 1981.  He tied Amos Alonzo Stagg’s mark with his 314th all-time win at Penn State on Nov. 14, 1981.
  • Redshirt freshman running back Shaun Alexander ran for an Alabama record 291 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 26-0 win at LSU on Nov. 9, 1996.

SABAN IN NOVEMBER

  • Alabama coach Nick Saban is 26-12 (.684) in his career in the month of November.
  • Saban was 14-3 (.824) during the month of November while the head coach at LSU from 2000-04.

ON THIS DATE

  • Alabama is 11-1 (.917)  in games played on Nov. 10. 
  • The Crimson Tide firsts game on Nov. 10 was a 27-0 win over Kentucky at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery in 1917.
  • Alabama won its first 10 games played on this date before suffering its only loss to LSU in 1984.
  • Alabama and Mississippi State have played once on Nov. 10, with the Tide posting a 24-17 win in Tuscaloosa.  That was also the last time the Tide played a game on this date.

All-Time Games on November 10th

Year  Result  Site 
1917  Alabama 27, Kentucky 0  Lexington 
1922  Alabama 47, LSU 3  Tuscaloosa 
1923  Alabama 16, Kentucky 8  Tuscaloosa 
1928  Alabama 14, Kentucky 0  Montgomery 
1934  Alabama 40, Clemson 0  Tuscaloosa 
1951  Alabama 40, Southern Miss 7  Tuscaloosa 
1956  Alabama 13, Tulane 7  New Orleans 
1962  Alabama 36, Miami 3  Tuscaloosa 
1979  Alabama 3, LSU 0  Baton Rouge 
1984  LSU 16, Alabama 14  Birmingham 
1990  Alabama 24, LSU 3  Tuscaloosa 
2001  Alabama 24, Mississippi St. 17  Tuscaloosa 


SABAN ON THIS DATE

  • Coach Saban is 1-1 in his career in games played on Nov. 10.
  • He was 0-1 at Toledo as the Rockets suffered a 14-10 loss to Navy in 1990.
  • Saban evened up his record on this date with a 30-14 win over Middle Tennessee while at LSU in 2001.

ALABAMA EQUALS 2006 WIN TOTAL ...

  • Alabama brings a 6-3 record into Saturday’s game at Mississippi State and has already equalled its win total from last year.
  • Following its 41-17 win over Tennessee on Oct. 20 at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the  Crimson Tide notched its sixth win of the season to match last year’s win total.
  • Alabama went 6-7 last season, including a 34-31 loss to Oklahoma State in the PetroSun Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. 

... AND DOUBLES 2006 SEC WIN TOTAL

  • Alabama is 4-2 in SEC play this season heading into Saturday’s SEC road game at Mississippi State in Starkville.
  • With the win over Tennessee on Oct. 20, the Crimson Tide earned its fourth SEC win of the season to double last year’s conference win total.
  • Alabama posted a 2-6 mark in SEC play last season and ended the year with a four-game conference losing streak. 
  • The four straight losses were to Tennessee, Mississippi State, LSU and Auburn.
  • The 2007 season marks the ninth time in school history that Alabama has doubled its SEC win total from the previous season.

SABAN MAKING HIS MARK

  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban has not always inherited the best of situations when he has taken over as head coach at a new school.
  • In the season prior to his arrival those five teams combined for a 24-38 (.387) record.  He inherited teams with losing records at Michigan State (1995), LSU (2000) and Alabama (2007).
  • In his first year on the job, Saban’s teams have gone 38-20-1 (.653), which includes his 6-2 mark with the Tide this season.
  • Saban’s largest increase in terms of wins came with the Miami Dolphins in 2005, when he inherited a 4-12 team and led them to a 9-7 league record. 
  • The five-game improvement was the best in the NFL for the 2005 season.
  • Saban also had a five-game improvement at LSU, leading the Tigers to a 9-4 record his first season in 2000. 
  • He saw a three-game improvement in his head coaching stint at Toldeo in 1990, leading the Rockets to a 9-2 mark as a rookie coach.

EXTRA PREP FOR UA OPPONENTS

  • Looking at the Crimson Tide’s 2007 schedule, five opponents will take on the Crimson Tide following a bye week, including the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
  • Four of the Crimson Tide’s eight conference opponents had open dates prior to the Alabama game, including Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn.
  • Florida State also had an open date the week prior to its game with Alabama in Jacksonville.
  • In the SEC, only Mississippi State faces more than one opponent with a bye week prior to their game. The Bulldogs have played Gardner-Webb and West Virginia following byes this season.
  • Alabama had its only open date of the 2007 season on Oct. 27.  The Crimson Tide is 8-3 in its last 11 games following a bye and saw its seven-game winning streak snapped with its loss to LSU on Nov. 3.
  • Here’s a look at who Alabama faces this year with an extra week off before facing the Tide:

2007 OPEN DATES

Opponent  Week Before Game 
Arkansas  Defeated Troy, 46-26
Lost at Alabama, 41-38 
Florida State  Defeated Colorado, 16-6
Defeated Alabama, 21-14 
LSU  Defeated Auburn, 30-24
Defeated Alabama, 41-34 
Mississippi State  Defeated Kentucky, 34-14
vs. Alabama (Nov. 10) 
Auburn  at Georgia (Nov. 24)
Alabama (Nov. 24) 

SABAN AFTER OPEN DATES

  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 12-5-1 (.694) in his career against teams coming off an open date, including a 1-2 (.333) mark this season with the Tide.
  • Saban was 5-1-1 (.786) at Michigan State against teams coming off an open date.
  • He was 6-2 (.750) at LSU against teams coming off an open date. 
  • In 2001, his LSU teams played three teams that had open dates before their game with the Tigers.  Saban was 2-1 in those games.
  • He is 1-2 (.333) this season at Alabama against teams coming off an open date, including a a win over Arkansas (Sept. 15) and losses to Florida State (Sept. 29) and LSU (Nov. 3).

SABAN AFTER OPEN DATES, Part II

  • Coach Saban’s teams are 8-9 (.471) following an open date during his head coaching career.
  • Saban posted a 6-3 (.667) following an open date at LSU, which included three wins over Alabama in 2000, 2003 and 2004.

TWO-MINUTE OFFENSE

  • Alabama has 19 scoring drives of two minutes or less and has at least one in all nine games this season.
  • The Crimson Tide had five scoring drives of less than two minutes in its 41-38 win over Arkansas on Sept. 15.
  • The Crimson three scoring drives of less than two minutes in its loss to LSU on Nov. 3.
  • Alabama also had multiple scoring drives of two minutes or less against Western Carolina (2), Vanderbilt (2), Georgia (2) and Ole Miss (2).

SCORING DRIVES (2 MINUTES OR LESS)

Opponent  Scoring Drives 
Western Carolina  1-47-0:22 
3-36-1:20
Vanderbilt  1-1-0:04
6-40-1:39 
Arkansas  2-9-0:39
6-74-1:44
4-80-1:08
5-41-1:30
1-2-0:06 
Georgia  7-6-0:44
3-37-0:48 
Florida State  8-60-0:56 
Houston  6-43-2:00 
Ole Miss  4-21-1:45
4-(-2)-1:34 
Tennessee  7-35-1:55 
LSU  4-80-0:56
4-0-0:54
2-20-0:21 

ALABAMA’S TV RECORD

  • Alabama has compiled a 167-111-5 (.599) all-time record in 283 televised games.  This does not include pay-per-view, tape-delayed or closed circuit telecasts.
  • The Crimson Tide owns a 143-93-3 (.604) record in 239 regular-season televised games.
  • The Mississippi State game will mark Alabama’s eighth national or regional telecast this season.
  • The Tide is 4-3 (.571) in televised games this season, with wins over Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Tennessee, and losses to Georgia, Florida State and LSU.
  • Alabama is making its fourth appearance on Lincoln Financial Sports this week at Mississippi State.  The Crimson Tide has also played Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Tennessee on the SEC syndicator this season.
  • The Crimson Tide is 23-13 (.639) all-time on the LFS, including a 3-0 mark this season.

ALABAMA TV RECORD BY NETWORK

Network  Record (Pct.) 
ABC  64-21-3 (.744) 
CBS  24-35 (.407) 
ESPN  27-19 (.586) 
espn2  8-4 (.667) 
FOX  1-0 (1.000) 
FSN  1-0 (1.000) 
JP/LFS  23-13 (.639) 
NBC  5-6 (.455) 
Raycom  3-0 (1.000) 
WTBS  10-5 (.667) 
Other  1-5-1 (.214) 

FORMER TIDE PLAYERS BECOME HEAD COACHES

  • Best research indicates that 26 former Alabama players have become collegiate head coaches at the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division IA) level.
  • The 26 former players have compiled a 1,441-984-71 (.592) all-time record in 2,496 games.
  • The Crimson Tide currently has five former players coaching college football, including three at the FBS level.
  • The list includes Neil Callaway (UAB), Sylvester Croom (Mississippi State), Mike DuBose (Millsaps), Joey Jones (Birmingham Southern) and Mike Riley (Oregon State).
  • Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom was an All-American center under coach Paul “Bear’ Bryant from 1972-74.  Croom played on the 1973 UPI National Championship team and went to three straight New Year’s Day bowl games.
  • The most famous former Tide player to become a head coach is Bryant, who coached 38 years at Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Alabama.
  • Bryant compiled a 323-85-17 (.710) record and retired after the 1982 season as the winningest coach in college football history.
  • He posted a 232-46-9 (.824) record in his 25-year career at Alabama and won six national championships and 13 SEC titles.  He also led Kentucky to an SEC title in 1950.
  • Former Crimson Tide lineman Danny Ford coached at Clemson and Arkansas and won a national championship at Clemson in 1980.  Ford was 122-59-5 (.669) in his 17-year coaching career. 
  • Ford owns the highest winning percentage of any former Crimson Tide player against Alabama, posting a 3-2 (.600) career record against the Tide.
  • Ford is one of four former Alabama players to serve as head coach at Clemson, joining Frank Howard (1940-69), Hootie Ingram (1970-72) and Charley Pell (1977-78).
  • Howard coached at Clemson from 1940-69 and compiled a 165-118-2 (.580) record.  He was 0-4 against Alabama.
  • Ingram, a former football and baseball standout for the Tide, went 12-21 (.364) in his three years at Clemson.
  • Pell posted an 83-43-5 (.643) in three stops at Jacksonville State, Clemson and Florida.  He was 0-1 against the Tide in his career.
  • Former Alabama lineman Jackie Sherrill compiled a 180-120-4 (.599) record in his 26-year career at Washington State, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and Mississippi State. 

FORMER PLAYERS AGAINST THE TIDE

  • Former Alabama players are 10-36 (.217) in head-to-head meetings with Alabama in their head coaching careers.
  • Sherrill has more wins against Alabama than any other former Crimson Tide player.  He was 5-10 (.333) against the Tide, including an 0-2 mark at Texas A&M and a 5-8 (.386) mark at Mississippi State.
  • Former Tennessee coach Bill Battle was 1-6 (.143) in seven meetings against Alabama while with the Vols from 1970-76.
  • Steve Sloan was 0-5 in his career against Alabama while at Vanderbilt (1973-74) and Ole Miss (1978-82).

Here is a game-by-game listing for the Crimson Tide’s former players and their record against Alabama.

Eli Abbott (0-1, .000)
Year                                         Result
1899                                        Alabama 0, Tuscaloosa AC

Bill Battle (1-6, .143)
Year                                         Result
1970                                        Tennessee 24, Alabama 0
1971                                        Alabama 32, Tennessee 15
1972                                        Alabama 17, Tennessee 10
1973                                        Alabama 42, Tennessee 21
1974                                        Alabama 28, Tennessee 6
1975                                        Alabama 30, Tennessee 7
1976                                        Alabama 20, Tennessee 13

Paul Bryant (0-2, .000)
Year                                         Result
1946                                        Alabama 21, Kentucky 7
1947                                        Alabama 13, Kentucky 0

Johnny Cain (0-2, .000)
Year                                         Result
1941                                        Alabama 47, USL 6
1946                                        Alabama 54, USL 0

Sylvester Croom (1-2, .333)
Year                                         Result
2004                                        Alabama 30, MSU 14
2005                                        Alabama 17, MSU 0
2006                                        MSU 24, Alabama 16

Danny Ford (3-2, .600)
Year                                         Result
*1993                                      Alabama 43, Arkansas 3
1994                                        Alabama 13, Arkansas 6
1995                                        Arkansas 20, Alabama 19
1996                                        Alabama 17, Arkansas 7
1997                                        Arkansas 17, Alabama 16

Frank Howard (0-4, .000)
Year                                         Result
1966                                        Alabama 26, Clemson 0
1967                                        Alabama 13, Clemson 10
1968                                        Alabama 21, Clemson 14
1969                                        Alabama 38, Clemson 13

Bill Oliver (0-1, 000)
Year                                         Result
1998                                        Alabama 31, Auburn 17

Charley Pell (0-1, .000)
Year                                         Result
1979                                        Alabama 40, Florida 0

Jackie Sherrill (5-10, .333)
Year                                         Result
1985                                        Alabama 23, Texas A&M 10
1988                                        Alabama 30, Texas A&M 10
1991                                        Alabama 13, Miss State 10
1992                                        Alabama 30, Miss. State 21
*1993                                      Alabama 36, Miss. State 25
1994                                        Alabama 29, Miss. State 25
1995                                        Alabama 14, Miss. State 9
1996                                        Miss. State 17, Alabama 16
1997                                        Miss. State 32, Alabama 20
1998                                        Miss. State 26, Alabama 14
1999                                        Alabama 19, Miss. State 7
2000                                        Miss. State 29, Alabama 7
2001                                        Alabama 24, Miss. State 17
2002                                        Alabama 28, Miss. State 14
2003                                        Alabama 38, Miss. State 0

Steve Sloan (0-5, .000)
Year                                         Result
1973                                        Alabama 44, Vanderbilt 0
1974                                        Alabama 23, Vanderbilt 10
1980                                        Alabama 59, Ole Miss 35
1981                                        Alabama 38, Ole Miss 7
1982                                        Alabama 42, Ole Miss 14

JOHN PARKER WILSON

  • Wilson is slated to make his 23rd consecutive start for Alabama this Saturday against Mississippi State.
  • Wilson is tied for 13th among active NCAA quarterbacks for consecutive starts.
  • He is 12-10 (.545) as Alabama’s starting quarterback over the last two seasons.
  • In his 12 career wins, Wilson has completed  217 of 361 passes (.601) for 2,619 yards, with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions.
  • In his 10 career losses, Wilson has completed 193 of 368 passes (.524) for 2,296 yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
  • He is 6-7 (.462) in his 13 career SEC starts for the Crimson Tide. 
  • In the six SEC wins, Wilson has completed 130 of 226 passes (.575) for 1,518 yards, with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions.
  • In the seven SEC losses, he has completed 140 of 271 passes (.516) for 1,790 yards, with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
  • In 27 career games, Wilson has completed 410 of 729 passes (.552) for 4,915 yards, with 33 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
  • In 17 career SEC games, he has completed 275 of 493 passes (.558) for 3,395 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
  • He has 14 career 200-yard passing games, which currently ties Brodie Croyle (2002-05) and Andrew Zow (1998-2001) for the all-time record at UA.
  • Wilson is among the Crimson Tide career leaders in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns.
  • He is third all-time with 729 career pass attempts and third with 410 career completions.
  • Wilson is fourth all-time in passing yards and career TD passes.
  • In nine games this season, he has completed 187 of 339 passes (.552) for 2,110 yards, with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions.
  • Wilson is tied with Brodie Croyle (2005) for third place on UA’s single-season charts with 339 pass attempts this season.
  • He is fourth on UA’s single-season charts with 187 completions and needs 30 to break his own record of 216 completions set last year.  Gary Hollingsworth (205) and Brodie (202) are second and third respectively.
  • Wilson is seventh on the school’s single-season chart with 2,110 passing yards
  • He and Brodie Croyle are the only two Alabama quarterbacks to have two 2,000-yard passing seasons at UA.
  • Wilson threw for an Alabama record 2,707 yards last year as a sophomore.  He has 2,110 yards this year.
  • Croyle had 2,499 yards in 2005 and 2,303 yards in 2003.
  • Wilson has 14 touchdown passes this season to rank fourth on the single-season charts.  He needs four TDs to surpass his own record of 17 TD passes set last year.  Croyle and Mike Shula are tied for second with 16 TD passes in a season.
  • Wilson also ranks among the UA leaders in terms of total offense. 
  • He is currently fourth on the single-season charts with 397 plays from scrimmage and 7th with 2,144 yards of total offense in 2007.
  • Wilson joins Croyle and Walter Lewis as the only three UA quarterbacks with two or more seasons of 2,000 yards of total offense.
  • Croyle had 2,000 or more yards in 2003 (2,311) and 2005 (2,393), while Lewis did it in 1982 (2,087) and 1983 (2,329).
  • Wilson and Lewis are the only two UA quarterbacks to post 2,000 yards of total offense in back-to-back seasons.
  • He is fourth all-time with 4,881 yards of total offense and needs 119 yards to become the fifth UA quarterback with 5,000 or more career yards.
  • Wilson tied the Alabama single-game record with 32 pass completions in the 41-17 win over Tennessee on Oct. 20.  Gary Hollingsworth also had 32 completions against the Vols in 1989.
  • Wilson completed 32 of 46 passes for a career-high 363 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Tennessee.
  • He threw for 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.
  • Wilson completed 28 of 53 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 loss to Florida State on Sept. 29. 
  • The 28 completions and 53 pass attempts were both career highs, surpassing his totals from the Arkansas game on Sept. 15.
  • Wilson’s 53 pass attempts were two shy of the Alabama single-game record held by Scott Hunter.  Hunter completed 33 of 55 passes for 484 yards in a 49-26 loss to Auburn at Legion Field in Nov. 29, 1969.
  • In 13 games last season, Wilson completed 216 of 379 passes (57 percent) for 2,707 yards and 17 touchdowns.  He is one of seven quarterbacks in UA history with 2,000 passing yards in a season.
  • He set seven single-season school records, including most plays, total offense, pass attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns in 2006.
  • Wilson set UA records for pass attempts (379), completions (216), passing yards (2,707) and touchdowns (17) in 2006.
  • He also owns the single-season record for most plays (461) and total offense (2,790 yards).
  • Wilson also set Alabama single-season records for most 200-yard passing games (9) and consecutive 200-yard games (7) in 2006.

DJ HALL

  • Senior wide receiver DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) owns seven receiving records at Alabama.
  • He enters the Mississippi State game with 179 career catches for 2,758 yards and 17 touchdowns in 44 career games. 
  • Hall averages 15.4 yards per catch and 62.7 yards per game in his UA career. 
  • In 30 career SEC games, Hall has 123 catches for 1,923 yards and 12 touchdowns.
  • He averages 15.9 yards per catch and 65.2 yards per game in his SEC career.
  • In eight games this season, Hall leads Alabama with 52 catches for 840 yards and a career-high six touchdowns.
  • He is averaging a team-leading 16.2 yards per catch and 93.3 yards per game.
  • Hall’s 52 catches rank seventh on the UA single-season charts, while his 840 yards rank third all-time.
  • He leads the SEC with 93.3 yards per game and ranks third with 5.78 catches per game.
  • In five SEC games, Hall has 38 catches for 686 yards with five touchdowns. 
  • He also leads UA with 18.1 yards per catch and 114.3 yards per game in conference play.
  • Hall is Alabama’s career leader in receptions and receiving yards.
  • Hall became Alabama’s all-time leader for receiving yards during the Tide’s win over  Arkansas on Sept. 15.
  • He broke the previous record of 2,070 career yards held by Ozzie Newsome (1974-77).
  • He had six catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Razorbacks. 
  • Hall had a huge first quarter against Arkansas with four catches for 118 yards (29.5-yard average) and two touchdowns.
  • Hall’s outing continued a trend against the Razorbacks as the senior has enjoyed much success against Arkansas.
  • In four games against Arkansas, Hall has 16 catches for 378 yards and five touchdowns. He has averaged 23.6 yards per catch and 94.5 yards per game in his career against the Razorbacks.
  • Hall became the Crimson Tide’s all-time receptions leader with three catches against Houston on Oct. 6.
  • He surpassed the previous record of 152 career catches set by Freddie Milons (1998-2001).
  • He had seven catches for 83 yards and one touchdown in the loss to Florida State on Sept. 29.
  • Hall caught 11 passes for 140 yards in the Tide’s 27-24 win at Ole Miss on Oct. 13.
  • He added a school-record 13 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns in the Tide’s 41-17 win over Tennessee on Oct. 20.  He also caught a two-point pass play from Wilson in the third quarter.
  • Hall’s 13 catches broke the previous school record of 12 catches set by David Bailey against Tennessee in 1969 and 1970.
  • Hall’s 185 receiving yards was his 13th career 100-yard game, extending his own school record.
  • Hall now has five games of 10 or more catches in his UA career which is also the most in school history.
  • Hall owns five of the Top 10 single-game receiving marks in school history.  He owns the record with 13 receptions (Tennessee, 2007) and has added 11 receptions (twice) and 10 receptions (twice) in his career.
  • He also owns three of the Crimson Tide’s Top 10 single-season reception marks.  He posted the second-best mark in school history in 2006 with 62 catches.  Hall has 50 catches this season, which ranks eighth on the single-season list.  He had 48 catches (9th place) in 2005.
  • Hall also owns three of the Crimson Tide’s Top 10 single-game receiving yards marks.  The 185 yards against Tennessee on Oct. 20, 2007 ranks as the third-best in school history.  He also posted the fifth-best total (172 vs. Arkansas, 2007) and 10th best total (157, Arkansas, 2006) in the last two seasons.

HALL EYES TD MARK

  • Hall enters the Mississippi State game with 17 career touchdown receptions, which leaves him one shy of Alabama’s all-time record.
  • Dennis Homan (1965-67) holds the Alabama career record with 18 touchdowns.

GRANT SETS FRESHMAN MARKS

  • Redshirt freshman Terry Grant (Lumberton, Miss.) owns Alabama single-season freshmen records for rushing attempts, rushing yards and touchdowns.
  • In nine games this season, Grant has 140 rushing attempts for 720 yards and seven touchdowns.
  • The 140 rushing attempts are the most in school history by an Alabama freshman.  Kerry Goode held the previous record with 103 rushing attempts in 1983.
  • Grant’s 720 rushing yards is also the most in school history by an Alabama freshman.  The previous record was 693 rushing yards by Goode in 1983.
  • Grant’s seven rushing touchdowns is also an Alabama freshman record.  The previous record of six touchdowns was held by Shaun Alexander in 1996. 
  • He opened the season with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games against Western Carolina and Vanderbilt. 
  • Grant burst onto the scene in the Crimson Tide’s season opener against Western Carolina with 18 carries for 134 yards and three touchdowns on Sept. 1.
  • He added 24 carries for 173 yards and two touchdowns in his first career SEC start against Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.  The 173 rushing yards were the third-most in school history by a freshman running back.
  • Grant earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after the Western Carolina, Vanderbilt and Arkansas games.
  • He added 20 carries for 96 yards in the Tide’s 41-38 win over Arkansas on Sept. 15.
  • Grant recorded his third 100-yard game of the season in the Tide’s 41-17 win over Tennessee on Oct. 20. 
  • Against the Vols, he ran a career-high 26 times for 104 yards and one touchdown.  In the win, he also set UA single-season freshman records for rushing attempts, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.


WALLACE GILBERRY

  • Alabama senior defensive end Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette, Ala.) is having a solid senior season on the Crimson Tide defensive line this season.
  • Gilberry was recently named a semi-finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, presented annually to the nation’s best defensive end.
  • He leads the Crimson Tide with seven sacks this season and 15 total tackles for loss after nine games.
  • All seven of his sacks have come in the Tide’s last four games, including a career-best three sacks (-19 yards) against No. 3 LSU on Nov. 3 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • At one point in the second quarter, Gilberry sacked LSU quarterback Matt Flynn on consecutive plays.
  • Gilberry had two sacks in wins over Houston (Oct. 6) and Ole Miss (Oct. 13).
  • He is tied for second in the SEC and 20th nationally with 0.78 sacks per game.
  • Gilberry is also second in the league and seventh nationally with 1.67 tackle for loss per game.
  • Overall, he is Alabama’s third-leading tackler with 53 stops in nine games.  He ranks second on the UA team with 33 solo tackles.  He has also added 20 assists.
  • He also leads the Tide with 12 quarterback hurries and has added two breakups and two forced fumbles.
  • In 46 career games, Gilberry has 159 tackles, including 99 solo stops.
  • He is tied with Jarret Johnson (1999-2002), Cornelius Bennett (1983-86) and Leroy Cook (1972-75) for fifth all-time with 25 career tackle for loss.
  • Gilberry ranks seventh all-time at UA with 18 career sacks.  Jeremy Nunley (1990-93) is sixth all-time with 19 sacks.
  • He is fourth all-time with 43 1/2 total tackles for loss (sacks and TFLs combined).  Johnson ranks third all-time with 48 combined TFLs.
  • In six SEC games this season, Gilberry leads UA with five sacks and 9 1/2 total tackles for loss and nine quarterback pressures.  He is fourth on the team with 32 tackles.
  • In 30 career SEC games, Gilberry has 102 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 18 1/2 tackles for loss and 31 total tackles for loss (sacks and TFLs combined). 

SACK ATTACK

  • Alabama has recorded 12 sacks (-69 yards) in its last four games, compared to only five sacks (-46 yards) in the first five games of the season.
  • A total of eight different defensive players have at least one sack this season.
  • Gilberry leads the Crimson Tide with seven sacks (-32 yards) this season. 
  • All seven of his sacks have come in the last four games, including a career-high three sacks against No. 3 LSU on Nov. 3.
  • Gilberry had three sacks for -19 yards against the Tigers, including sacks on back-to-back plays in the second quarter.
  • He had two sacks each against Houston (Oct. 6) and Ole Miss (Oct. 13).
  • Brandon Deaderick, Lorenzo Washington and Ezekial Knight have two sacks each.
  • Rashad Johnson, Rolando McClain, Darren Mustin and Bobby Greenwood have one each.
  • The Crimson Tide had a season-high five sacks in its win over Houston on Oct. 6.  Gilberry had two sacks, while Deaderick, Washington and Mustin added one each.
  • The five sacks against Houston were the most by Alabama since the 2005 season opener against Middle Tennessee.

ALABAMA GAME-BY-GAME SACKS

Opponent  Sacks (Yards) 
Western Carolina  2 (-22) 
Vanderbilt  1 (-18) 
Arkansas  0 (0) 
Georgia  0 (0) 
Florida State  1 (-6) 
Houston  5 (-29) 
Ole Miss  4 (-21) 
Tennessee  0 (0) 
LSU  3 (-19) 

JAVIER ARENAS

  • Alabama sophomore return specialist Javier Arenas (Tampa, Fla.) is rapidly becoming the most prolific return man in Crimson Tide annals.
  • In nine games this season, Arenas has 42 total kick returns for 873 yards and one touchdown.  He is averaging 20.79 yards per return this season.
  • The speedster has 19 punt returns for 326 yards and one touchdown. Arenas averages 17.2  yards per punt return this season, which is the second-highest average (minimum 15 returns) in school history.
  • He is second in the SEC and ranks sixth nationally with a 17.16 yard punt return average this season.
  • He had a season-high six punt returns in the win over Arkansas on Sept. 15. 
  • He recorded a season-high 79 yards in wins over Vanderbilt (3 returns) and Arkansas (6 returns) on Sept. 8 and 15 respectively.
  • Arenas had a season-best 69-yard punt return to set up the Tide’s first touchdown in the win at Vandy.
  • He added two returns for 71 yards at Ole Miss and three returns for 69 yards, including a 61-yard TD against No. 3 LSU on Nov. 3.
  • Arenas has also added 23 kickoff returns for 547 yards and a 23.8-yard average this season.
  • His best game of the season came against No