ALABAMA FOOTBALL: 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 fifth in passing offense (242.56 yards), sixth in total offense (395.89 yards) and sixth in scoring offense (31.78 points per game).
  • The Tide’s offense has run 693 plays this season and averages 77 snaps per game.
  • The offensive attack has been very balanced through the first nine games, with 348 pass attempts and 345 rushing 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 averages 23.6 first downs per game this season. 
  • 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 LSU on Nov. 3.  The Tide ran 33 times for 20 yards against the Tigers. 
  • Alabama had minus three rushing yards on its first 32 rushing attempts against LSU, but finished with 20 yards after Wilson ran 23 yards on the Tide’s last possession.
  • 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.
  • Alabama had a season-low 14 completions against Vanderbilt and LSU.
  • Alabama has played two turnover-free games this season against Western Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Alabama has 19 scoring drives 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 47 points off 20 turnovers this season.
  • Alabama is 6-1 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 12-10 (.545) as the starting quarterback.
  • In 27 career games, Wilson has completed
    410 of 729 (.562) passes for 4,915 yards, with 33 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
  • He needs 85 yards to become the fourth quarterback in school history to throw for 5,000 yards.
  • Wilson is third in the SEC in total offense (238.2) this season.
  • He directed the Alabama offense to a pair of late-scoring drives in back-to-back games against No. 16 Arkansas and forced 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) this season.
  • McElroy completed 8-of-9 passes for 73 yards and one touchdown against the Catamounts.
  • True freshman Nick Fanuzzi (San Antonio, Texas) saw limited action under center in the season opener against Western Carolina.
  • 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 (179) and receiving yards (2,758) heading into Saturday’s game.
  • In nine games this season, Hall leads the team with 52 catches for 840  yards and five touchdowns.  He also leads UA with 16.2 yards per catch.
  • Hall leads the SEC with 93.3 yards per game this season.  He ranks third with 5.78 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.
  • 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 129 passes for 1,633 yards and 12 touchdowns.
  • Senior Matt Caddell (McCalla) is the second-leading receiver with 30 catches for 312   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 seven games.
  • Sophomore Mike McCoy (Rankin, Miss.) is the Tide’s third-leading receiver with 24 catches for 172 yards and one touchdown. 
  • McCoy and Hall are the only two UA players to have at least one catch in all nine 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 12 passes for 193 yards (15.6 average) and three touchdowns in eight games.
  • He had two catches for 43 yards and two TDs in the loss to LSU on Nov. 3.  He had a 29-yard TD catch that gave UA a 20-17 halftime lead.  His 14-yard TD grab extended the Tide’s lead to 27-17 in the third quarter.
  • 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.
  • He hauled in his 100th career reception against Georgia on Sept. 22.
  • In 40 career games, Brown has 107 receptions for 1,720 yards and 11 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 21 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Junior Nick Walker (Brundidge, Ala.) is fifth on the team with 16 catches for 144 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.
  • 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 nine games, Grant has 140 rushing attempts for 720 yards and seven touchdowns. He also averages 5.1 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 were 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.
  • Junior Jonathan Lowe (Phenix City, Ala.) made his running back debut against LSU on Nov. 3.  He finished as the Tide’s leading rusher with 10 carries for 31 yards.
  • The Crimson Tide’s running backs have caught 44 passes for 354 yards and one touchdown this season.
  • Grant has the most catches among the Tide running backs and fourth-most on the team.  In nine games, he has 21 receptions for 152 yards and one TD.
  • He had a career-high six catches for 31 yards, including his first career receiving 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.
  • Injuries and suspensions have forced the offensive line to make significant changes over the last month of the season.
  • The Tide has started seven different offensive linemen this season.
  • Sophomore left tackle Andre Smith (Birmingham, Ala.) and sophomore right tackle Mike Johnson (Pensacola, Fla.) are the only offensive linemen to start all nine games for the Tide.
  • Smith has started every game in his UA career and is slated to make his 23rd consecutive start this weekend at Mississippi State.
  • 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 eight games this season and 25 in his career.
  • Sophomore Evan Cardwell (Killen, Ala.) has started the last four games at center for the Tide.  The Houston game (Oct. 6) was his first collegiate start.  Overall, he has six career starts.
  • Senior B.J. Stabler (Grove Hill) has started the last two games at right guard.  He made his first start of the 2007 season against Tennessee.  Overall, Stabler has 22 career starts for the Tide.
  • The offensive line played without two starters in the Tennessee and LSU games 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, Tennessee or LSU.  Overall, Davis has appeared in 24 career games with 11 starts.
  • Senior Chris Capps (Jonesboro, Ga.) is the backup at left and right tackle.  He has played four games this season.
  • His streak of 25 consectuive starts came to an end in the 2007 season opener against Western Carolina.
  • 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, Taylor Pharr and David Ross have also played this season.

 

 

     
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