ALABAMA FOOTBALL: Special Teams Notebook

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ALABAMA SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Alabama returns all but one of its specialists from last season.
  • The Crimson Tide’s special teams have shown marked improvement during the first nine games of the 2007 season.
  • Alabama leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally with its 17.45-yard punt return average.
  • Sophomore place kicker Leigh Tiffin (Muscle Shoals, Ala.) leads the SEC with 1.88 field goals made per game.
  • Arenas is second nationally with five 50-yard kick returns this season.
  • Arenas is also second in the SEC and sixth nationally with a 17.16-yard punt return average.
  • For the season, he has 19 returns for 326 yards and one touchdown. In 21 career games, he has 50 punt returns for 612 yards and three touchdowns. 
  • He has three punt returns for touchdowns which ties Harry Gilmer for second place all-time at UA.  David Palmer (1991-93) owns the school record with four punt return TDs.
  • Arenas has 23 kickoff returns for 547   yards (23.8 average) this season.  In 21 career games, he has 41 kickoff returns for 891 yards.
  • He has been named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week twice this season against Ole Miss (Oct. 13) and LSU (Nov. 3).
  • Arenas had a season-best 237 all-purpose yards, including a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown against LSU on Nov. 3. He had a career-high eight returns for 168 yards against LSU.
  • He had 164 all-purpose yards (93 KOR and 71 PR) against the Rebels.
  • Arenas also added a season-high 62-yard kickoff return against Tennessee on Oct. 20.
  • Junior Jonathan Lowe (Phenix City, Ala.) is the backup to Arenas. 
  • Lowe has nine kickoff returns for 224 yards (17.6 average) this season.  He made his Alabama debut with a 23-yard kickoff  return and a 17-yard punt return against Western Carolina on Sept. 1.
  • Tiffin is the Crimson Tide’s starting kicker, handling all kickoffs, field goal and extra attempts.
  • Tiffin is 30-for-30 in extra points this season and 41-of-42 in his two-year career.
  • Tiffin is 17-of-24 on field goal attempts this season and has been successful on nine of his last 11 attempts.
  • He has converted 25-of-38 career field goal attempts for the Tide.
  • He appeared in five games last season and hit 8-of-13 field goals and 12-of-13 extra point attempts. 
  • His father, Van (1983-86), was an All-American kicker at Alabama in 1986 and set the UA record with 135 consecutive career extra points.
  • Sophomore Andrew Friedman (Fairhope, Ala.) made his 2007 season debut with his first career extra point attempt against Arkansas on Sept. 15.  He has played in four games at UA.
  • Senior Jamie Christensen (Norcross, Ga.), who has also handled kickoffs the last three years, has hit 29 of 42 career field goal attempts and 40 of 42 career extra points. 
  • He also has three-game winning field goals to his credit, beating Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas Tech during the 2005 season.
  • Sophomore punter P.J. Fitzgerald (Coral Springs, Fla.) is back for his second year as the Crimson Tide’s punter and holder.
  • Fitzgerald has punted 47 times for 1,788 yards.  He averages 38 yards per kick.
  • He had a career-high 58-yard punt at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.
  • He had a career-high 10 punts in the loss to Florida State, including two that traveled more than 50 yards.
  • Fitzgerald punted 10 times for a 40-yard average against Houston on Oct. 6.
  • He ranks second in the SEC with 14 punts inside the 20-yard line.
  • In 20 career games, Fitzgerald has 104 punts for 3964 yards (38.1 average).  He has 30 punts inside the opponents 20-yard line. 
  • The Crimson Tide is breaking in its third long snapper in as many years this season as they replace last year’s snapper Luke Spaulding. 
  • Junior Brian Selman (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) has handled all snapping duties this year.



 

 

     
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