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ALABAMA FOOTBALL: Special Teams Notebook



Nov. 6, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama junior place kicker Leigh Tiffin was named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award last week.  Tiffin has made nine of 10 field attempts on the road this season, including a perfect 3-for-3 in the season opener against Clemson and 2-for-2 at Tennessee on Oct. 25.

TIFFIN A SEMIFINALIST FOR LOU GROZA AWARD: Alabama place-kicker Leigh Tiffin was named a semifinalist for the 2008 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl. Tiffin is one of 20 place-kickers selected as semifinalists by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. The Muscle Shoals, Ala., native has connected on 13 of 18 field goals this season and all 33 extra points. He is tied for second in the Southeastern Conference and tied for 24th nationally in field goals per game at 1.44. Tiffin also ranks tied for fourth in the league and tied for 38th nationally in scoring at 8.00 points per game. He is 9 for 11 this season from inside 40 yards with a long of 54 yards vs. Clemson. His 54-yarder against the Tigers ranks third in UA history, exceeded only by a 57-yarder by his father, Van Tiffin, against Texas A&M in 1985 and a 55-yarder by Ryan Pflugner against Arkansas in 1998. Tiffin is responsible for 67 points this season and 214 in his Crimson Tide career, which ranks seventh on the all-time list.

FITZGERALD FLIPPING FIELD FOR TIDE: Junior punter P.J. Fitzgerald's performance at Arkansas was one of his best punting games at Alabama. He averaged 45.2 yards on five punts, including a 56-yarder that was his longest kick of the season. Fitzgerald also pinned the Razorbacks inside their 20-yard line twice. He is averaging a career-best 41.76-yard per kick to rank fifth in the SEC with seven punts inside the 20. Fitzgerald has been outstanding in five SEC games, averaging 42.6 on 19 punts. He averaged 45.2 at Arkansas, 44.5 at Georgia and 43.2 against Kentucky.

TIDE TIED FOR NATIONAL LEAD IN NON-OFFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS: Alabama is tied for the nationally lead in the Football Bowl Subdivision with six non-offensive touchdowns in 2008. The Crimson Tide has three interceptions returns for touchdowns - a 74-yarder by Justin Woodall, a 63-yarder by Javier Arenas and a 32-yarder by Rashad Johnson - to go along with an 87-yard punt return from Arenas, a 17-yard return of a blocked punt by Chris Rogers and a four-yard fumble return by Rolando McClain. UA is joined by Oklahoma State (2 PR, 2 INT, 1 KOR and 1 FR), Kansas State (5 PR and 1 FR) and Florida (4 INT and 2 PR) with six non-offensive touchdowns. Missouri has five with four interception returns and one kickoff return.