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Nov. 11, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama junior running back Glen Coffee joined the school’s 1,000-yard club last weekend at LSU.  It is the 13th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history.  Read more about Coffee and the UA offense in this week’s offensive notebook.

COFFEE ECLIPSES 1,000 RUSHING YARDS FOR THE SEASON: Coffee moved past the 1,000-yard total for rushing yards for the season against LSU with 126 yards rushing on 26 carries, giving him 1,020 yards on 162 carries. The performance marks only the 13th time in Alabama football history that a running back has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season, the first time since Kenneth Darby rushed for 1,242 yards in 2005. Coffee eclipsed the 100-yard barrier against the Tigers, marking the third time he has done so this season and the fourth such performance of his Alabama career. Coffee is 17th on the school’s all-time rushing list with 1,744 yards on 339 carries with 12 touchdowns.

Alabama Single-Season Rushing Leaders
1. Bobby Humphrey (1986)        1,471
2. Shaun Alexander (1999)        1,383 
3. Shaud Williams (2003)          1,367
4. Sherman Williams (1994)      1,341
5. Bobby Humphrey (1987)       1,255
6. Kenneth Darby (2005)          1,242
7. Shaun Alexander (1998)       1,178
8. Johnny Musso (1970)           1,137
9. Johnny Musso (1971)           1,088
10. Dennis Riddle (1996)          1,079
 Siran Stacy (1989)                  1,079
12. Kenneth Darby (2004)        1,062
13. Glen Coffee (2008)            1,020

MR. COFFEE: Coffee set the Alabama single-game record with a 16.2-yard per carry average (minimum 10 attempts) at Arkansas on Sept. 20. Coffee ran 10 times for 162 yards and scored on runs of 87 and 31 yards in the Tide’s 35-point first half. The previous record was 14.9-yards per carry average by Santonio Beard against Mississippi in 2002. Beard had 10 rushing attempts for 149 yards and a school-record tying five touchdowns against the Rebels.

COFFEE HAS SEC’S TWO LONGEST RUNS: Coffee has the two longest runs in the Southeastern Conference this season. He busted loose on an 87-yard touchdown run at Arkansas, which was the fourth-longest run in Crimson Tide history and a career long for him at Alabama. He then ripped off a 78-yard touchdown run against Kentucky. Coffee has three rushes of 50 yards or more, including a 51-yard touchdown run against Western Kentucky. Coffee ranks fourth in the SEC and 30th nationally in rushing at 99.33 yards per game and is second among the top 10 SEC rushers at 6.6 yards per carry.

COFFEE HAS CAREER-BEST RUSHING DAY: Coffee rushed for a career-high 218 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries against Kentucky. The performance, the sixth-best single-game rushing performance in Alabama history, outpaced his previous single-game high of 162 yards accomplished against Arkansas on September 20 in Fayetteville. This season, Coffee has rushed for 838 yards on 127 carries (6.6-yard per carry average) and has scored five touchdowns. The performance vs. Kentucky marked Alabama’s first 200-yard rushing performance since Kenneth Darby rushed for 200 yards against Mississippi State on October 6, 2004, and the most since Shaun Alexander went for a school-record 291 yards against LSU on Nov. 9, 1996, in Baton Rouge.

JONES EARNS HELMET STICKER: Alabama freshman wide receiver Julio Jones earned a helmet sticker from’s Chris Low following his standout performance at LSU last Saturday. The Foley, Ala., native had a career-high seven catches for 128 yards. And, he was almost impossible to bring down after the catch, carrying defenders for extra yards. Jones has 18 catches for 293 yards (16.3 yards per reception) in his last three games.

“You can watch football a long time and not see a freshman as good and physically ready to play as Jones. He’s oozing talent, but works feverishly on his game. There’s not a tougher cover one-on-one in the SEC. Jones finished with seven catches for a season-high 128 yards in the win over LSU and set up the game-winning touchdown in overtime with a nifty 24-yard grab where he showed freakish body control to pull in the ball and then drag the defender to the 1.”
    - Chris Low,

SECOND-HALF STANDOUT: UA quarterback John Parker Wilson’s 59.1 completion percentage is a career best and a big part of his outstanding game management in 2008. But that number is even better in the second half and nearly perfect in the fourth quarter. Wilson is completing 64.0 percent of his passes in the second half this year (55 of 86) for 535 yards and two touchdowns. In the fourth quarter he has completed 19-of-28 passes (.679) for 223 yards. Wilson is 15 for 23 (.652) for 160 yards in the fourth quarter in his last six games. He did not have a fourth quarter incompletion against Georgia (3 for 3, 66 yards), Kentucky (1 for 1, 14 yards) or Tennessee (2 for 2, 17 yards).

First Quarter: 42-75 (.560), 525 yards, 1 INT, 1 TD, 3 sacks
Second Quarter: 44-73 (.603), 554 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT, 2 Sack
Third Quarter: 36-58 (.621), 312 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 4 SACKS
Fourth Quarter: 19-28 (.679), 223 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 0 Sacks

First Half Stats: 86-148 (.581), 1,079 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT, 5 Sacks
Second Half Stats: 55-86 (.640), 535 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 4 Sacks

TIME OF POSSESSION: An Alabama trademark this season has been its ability to control the line of scrimmage offensively and, consequently, control the tempo of the game. This has been particularly evident in games with Clemson, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Alabama (31:56) currently leads the SEC and ranks 19th nationally in time of possession. The Crimson Tide has won the time of possession battle in seven of 10 games this season.

TIGHT END TANDEM: Alabama’s senior tight end duo of Nick Walker and Travis McCall has played an important role in the Crimson Tide’s 10-0 start. Walker is the Tide’s No. 2 receiver with 24 receptions for 250 yards and two touchdowns. McCall, has just five catches on the year for 31 yards, but has good hands and is an outstanding blocker whose contributions are many times overlooked. While McCall is helping the Crimson Tide roll up 198.6 yards per game on the ground, Walker is compiling impressive numbers through the air. Walker’s 24 receptions equals his career high set last season, which are the most receptions by an Alabama tight end since Lamonde Russell had 28 in 1990. Russell set the school record for tight ends in 1989 with 51 receptions.