Monday, November 08, 2004
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama sophomore tailback Kenneth Darby and senior place kicker Brian Bostick were selected as SEC Offensive Player of the Week and SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, following their performances in the Crimson Tide's 30-14 win over Mississippi State this past Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.
Darby, who had a career night for the Crimson Tide, ran wild for the fourth week in a row. The Huntsville, Ala., native ran the ball 36 times for 200 yards and one touchdown in the win over Miss. State. The 36 rushing attempts and 200 rushing yards are both career highs.
Darby's 200-yard performance is the 12th in Alabama football history and first by an Alabama player since Shaun Alexander ran for 214 yards in a 30-27 win at Ole Miss on Oct. 16, 1999. The 200 rushing yards rank 12th on the school's single-game rushing list.
Darby's 36 rushing attempts tied Alexander (vs. Ole Miss, 1999 and Southern Miss, 1998) for fifth-place on the school's single-game charts for most rushing attempts. In addition, Darby's 36 rushing attempts are the most by an Alabama player since Shaud Williams had 40 rushing attempts in a five-overtime loss to Tennessee last year.
His 36 rushing attempts accounted for almost 60 percent of Alabama's offensive plays (36 of 62, 58.1 percent) while his 200 rushing yards were 52.8 percent of the Tide's total yards (379). He had 150 rushing yards in the first half alone and score on a 14-yard run to give the Crimson Tide a 17-7 lead at the half.
In his last four games, Darby has rushed for 585 yards for the Crimson Tide and is averaging 146.25 yards per game.
For the season, Darby is second in the SEC in rushing with 933 yards on 169 carries and seven TDs. He is 67 yards shy of the 1,000-yard mark for the season, which would make him the 11th player in school history to record a 1,000-yard season on the ground. In addition, he his bidding to become just the second sophomore in school history to hit the 1,000-yard plateau. Bobby Humphrey, who set the UA single-season record with 1,471 yards in 1986, is the only other sophomore with 1,000 rushing yards in a season.
Darby is the first Alabama player to be named SEC Offensive Player of the Week since Shaud Williams was honored twice last season.
Bostick, a native of Cullman, connected on 3-of-3 field goals and made all three of his PAT attempts as Alabama defeated Mississippi State, 30-14. The three made field goals matched his career high for the Crimson Tide.
Perhaps his most significant kick was a 47-yard field goal that gave Alabama a 23-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The 47-yard field goal matched his season high set two weeks earlier against Tennessee. He also made a 34-yard field goal midway through the third quarter which put Alabama ahead 20-14. His first field goal of the game was a 24-yarder early in the second quarter, cutting the Mississippi State lead to 7-3.
Bostick finished the game with 12 points, missing his career high for points in a game by one point.
For the season, Bostick is 13-of-16 in field goals, second in the SEC in field goals per game and field goal percentage, and he has hit all 31 of his PAT attempts. He is second among SEC kickers in league in scoring with 7.2 points per game, which ranks him fourth among all players this year.
Bostick is the second Alabama player to win SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors this season, joining sophomore Tyrone Prothro for his efforts against Kentucky (Oct. 9). Bostick is the first Alabama kicker to win the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week award since its inception in 2003.
South Carolina's free safety Ko Simpson (Defensive Player of the Week), Georgia guard Nick Jones (Offensive Lineman of the Week) and Tennessee defensive tackle Jason Mahelona (Defensive Lineman of the Week) were also honored by the league office on Monday.