Alabama Begins Preparations for Final Home Game of Season Against Louisiana Monroe

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GAME 11: LOUISIANA MONROE (4-6) at ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (6-4)
Nov. 17, 2007 -- Bryant-Denny Stadium (92,138) -- Tuscaloosa, Alabama
1:30 p.m. (CST)

ALABAMA QUICK NOTES: 

DJ Hall needs one touchdown reception to tie Dennis Homan’s (1965-67) school record of 18 career TD catches ... Javier Arenas needs two kickoff returns and 14 yards to set UA single-season records in both categories ... Arvin Richard holds both records with 24 returns for 585 yards in 2003 ... Leigh Tiffin leads the SEC and ranks third nationally with 2.10 field goals made per game ... Tiffin has made nine straight field goals, including a pair of 50-yarders last week against Mississippi State ... His father, Van, also had two 50-yard field goals in the same game (Texas A&M, 1985) during his career at Alabama ... Tiffin has scored 93 points this season and needs eight more points to the break the single-season scoring record for Tide kickers ... Phillip Doyle holds the record with 100 points in 1989 ... Rashad Johnson leads the SEC and ranks third nationally with six interceptions this season ...There is no live television for the Alabama-ULM game, marking the first time since Nov. 9, 2002 (vs. Mississippi State) that the Crimson Tide has not appeared on television ...There is no live television for the Alabama-ULM game, marking the first time since Nov. 9, 2002 (vs. Mississippi State) that the Crimson Tide has not appeared on television ... DJ Hall needs one touchdown reception to tie Dennis Homan’s (1965-67) school record of 18 career TD catches ... Javier Arenas needs two kickoff returns and 14 yards to set UA single-season records in both categories ... Arvin Richard holds both records with 24 returns for 585 yards in 2003 ... Rashad Johnson leads the SEC and ranks third nationally with six interceptions this season ... Leigh Tiffin leads the SEC and ranks third nationally with 2.10 field goals made per game ... Tiffin has made nine straight field goals, including a pair of 50-yarders last week against Mississippi State ... His father, Van, also had two 50-yard field goals in the same game (Texas A&M, 1985) during his career at Alabama. 

TIDE SENIORS PLAY FINAL HOME GAME

The University of Alabama football plays its final home game of the 2007 season on Saturday, Nov. 17, with a non-conference game against Louisiana Monroe at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The kickoff time is set for 1:30 p.m. (CST) and there will be no live television for this game. The 62-station Crimson Tide Sports Network will air the game on radio, beginning three hours prior to kickoff, with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (analyst) and Barry Krauss (sideline reporter). Alabama broadcasts are also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 114). Alabama (6-4, 4-3 SEC) brings a two-game losing streak into Saturday’s game, following losses to LSU (41-34) and Mississippi State (17-12) the last two weeks.  The ULM game will mark the final home game for 22 Crimson Tide seniors. The senior class will be honored in a pregame ceremony prior to the ULM game. Alabama is playing just its fourth non-conference November game since the league expanded to 12 teams in 1992. The Crimson Tide played Southern Miss in 2001 (rescheduled due to the events of Sept. 11) and Hawai’i in 2002 and 2003. Prior to the SEC’s expansion in 1992, Alabama traditionally played a non-conference game in November and went 9-4 in those games from 1979-91.
UL Monroe (4-6, 3-3 Sun Belt) has won three of its last four games, including last Saturday’s 28-14 win over Grambling State. 
 

THE HEAD COACHES

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban (Kent State, 1973) was named the school’s 27th head coach on Jan. 3, 2007.  Saban has compiled a 97-46-1 (.677) record as a college head coach.  He led LSU to a 13-1 record and the BCS National Championship in 2003.  He was 48-16 (.750) in his five years at LSU, including two SEC championships.  Overall, Saban has coached three conference championship teams (1990 Mid-American, 2001 SEC and 2003 SEC) and eight of his 11 teams have played in post-season bowl games.  Saban also has a wealth of coaching experience in the National Football League, serving as secondary coach (Houston, 1988-89), defensive coordinator (Cleveland, 1991-94) and head coach Miami Dolphins (2005-06).  Saban is 1-0 in his career against ULM.  Louisiana Monroe head coach Charlie Weatherbie (Oklahoma State, 1977) has compiled a 19-37 (.339) record in five years with the Warhawks.  Overall, Weatherbie is 64-101 (.388) in 15 seasons at Utah State (1992-94), Navy (1995-2001) and ULM (2002-present).  He led the Warhawks to a 5-6 record and the Sun Belt Conference championship in 2005, the school’s first conference title in 13 years.  A former quarterback at Oklahoma State and for the Edmonton Eskimos (CFL), Weatherbie was also an assistant coach at Oklahoma State (1977), Wyoming (1981-83), Air Force (1984-89) and Arkansas (1990-91).  He is 0-1 in his career against Alabama.

FINAL HOME GAME FOR 22 SENIORS

  • The UL Monroe game marks the final home game and non-conference game of the 2007 season for the Crimson Tide.
  • The game also marks the final home game for 22 Crimson Tide seniors, who will play their last game at Bryant-Denny Stadium this Saturday.
  • The senior class has played 596 games in their UA careers, including 239 starts.
  • Justin Britt is one of three Britt brothers to start a game for the Crimson Tide, joining his older brothers Wesley and Taylor.
  • Keith Brown is sixth all-time with 107 career receptions and fifth with 1,732 yards in his UA career.
  • Matt Caddell has played all 48 games in his Crimson Tide career.
  • Marcus Carter has played 45 career games in his UA career and he is expected to make his 20th career start against ULM.
  • Simeon Castille has also played in 45 games and made 26 career starts for the Tide.  He is Alabama’s current leader with 12 interceptions and 32 career pass breakups. He is second on the team with 161 career tackles.
  • Jamie Christensen had a school-record three game-winning field goals for Alabama against Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas Tech during the 2005 season.
  • Wallace Gilberry has played 47 consecutive games and made 35 consecutive starts for the Tide defense.  He leads UA with 167 career tackles, 19 1/2 sacks and 46.5 career TFLs.
  • DJ Hall holds seven Alabama receiving records, including career receptions, career yards and most 100-yard games.
  • Demarcus Waldrop has never missed a game in his UA career, playing all 48 games for the Tide.


2007 ALABAMA SENIOR CLASS

Name, Pos  Hometown 
Justin Britt, LG  Cullman, Ala. 
Keith Brown, WR  Pensacola, Fla. 
Matt Caddell, WR  McCalla, Ala. 
Chris Capps, RT  Jonesboro, Ga. 
Marcus Carter, DB  Ft. Payne, Ala. 
Simeon Castille, CB  Birmingham, Ala. 
Jamie Christensen, PK  Norcross, Ga. 
Matt Collins, LB  Clay, Ala. 
Joshua Curry, OL  Tuscaloosa, Ala. 
Trent Dean, DB  Decatur, Ala. 
Morgan Garner, OL  Deatsville, Ala. 
Wallace Gillberry, DE  Bay Minette, Ala. 
Eric Gray, DB  Trinity, Ala. 
DJ Hall, WR  Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. 
Courtney Moore, DB  Florence, Ala. 
Darren Mustin, LB  Brentwood, Tenn. 
Foress Rayford, DB  Mobile, Ala. 
Layne Rinks, DL  Florence, Ala. 
Darwin Salaam, WR  Madison, Ala. 
Keith Saunders, LB  Willingboro, N.J. 
Marcel Stamps, LB  Brantley, Ala. 
Demarcus Waldrop, LB  Pinson, Ala. 

TOUGH SCHEDULE

  • Alabama has three opponents ranked in the latest AP Top 25, including LSU (1), Georgia (9) and Tennessee (19).
  • The Crimson Tide posted a 1-2 record against those three teams this season.
  • The combined record of those three teams is 24-6 (.800) heading into Saturday’s games.
  • Three other teams - Auburn, Arkansas and Florida State - have also been ranked at some point and time during the 2007 season.
  • The combined record of those six teams is 43-18 (.705) heading into Saturday’s game.
  • There are six opponents on Alabama’s schedule this year who won nine or more games last season. Houston (10-4), Arkansas (10-4), Georgia (9-4), Tennessee (9-4), LSU (11-2) and Auburn (11-2) each had nine or more wins in 2006.

FLAG ON THE PLAY

  • Alabama is the least penalized team in the SEC this season.  Alabama has been flagged 47 times for 478 yards in 10 games. 
  • The Tide averages 4.7 penalties and 37.8 penalty yards per game this season to lead the conference.
  • Alabama has been penalized just three times in the last two weeks for 20 yards.
  • The Tide was penalized once for five yards (offside in first quarter) in its loss last weekend at Mississippi State. 
  • UA was flagged two times for 20 yards in the loss to LSU on Nov. 3, the fewest penalties since the 2000 Auburn (2 penalties, 7 yards) game.
  • The Crimson Tide was penalized a season-high eight times for 66 yards in its 41-17 win over Tennessee on Oct. 20.  Alabama was flagged seven times against Arkansas (63) and Houston (69) this season.
  • Alabama also leads the SEC in opponents’ penalties this season. 
  • The Crimson Tide’s opponents have been flagged 85 times for 733 yards this season, an average of 8.5 penalties and 73.3 penalty yards per game.
  • In the last three games, UA opponents have been flagged 33 times for 286 yards, an average of 11 penalties and 95.3 yards per game.
  • LSU was penalized 14 times for 130 yards on Nov. 3, both season highs for the a Tide opponent and the Tigers.
  • Tennessee was flagged 10 times for 81 yards on Oct. 20, both season highs for the Vols.
  • Mississippi State was penalized eight times for 75 yards on Nov. 10 against the Tide.
  • As a result of the penalties, Alabama has recorded 16 first downs (5.33 per game) in the last three by penalty, including six each against Tennessee and LSU.
  • Houston is the only other UA opponent with double-digit penalties this season.  The Cougars were penalized 10 times for 79 yards in the loss to Alabama on Oct. 6.
  • All 10 opponents have been penalized at least five times this season.  Vanderbilt was flagged the fewest with five penalties for 50 yards in the SEC opener in Nashville on Sept. 8.

JOHNSON LEADS SEC WITH SIX PICKS

  • Junior free safety Rashad Johnson (Sulligent, Ala.) leads the SEC and ranks third nationally with six interceptions this season.
  • He also leads the league and ranks third nationally with 0.6 interceptions per game.
  • Johnson’s six interceptions have netted 64 return yards, including a season-high 28-yard return against Houston (Oct. 6).
  • He has at least one interception in four of his last five games, including back-to-back games against Houston and Ole Miss and LSU and Mississippi State.
  • In addition, Johnson leads the Tide with 69 tackles this season, including a team-best 43 solo stops. He is second on the teams with six pass breakups.

NCAA INTERCEPTION LEADERS (Total)

Player (School)  Number 
Tavious Polo (Florida Atlantic) 

Elbert Mack (Troy) 

Rashad Johnson (Alabama) 

Carson Bird (Air Force) 

Christopher Owens (San Jose St.) 

Tracy Porter (Indiana) 

Ryan Downard (Eastern Michigan) 

Shane Carter (Wisconsin) 

NCAA INTERCEPTION LEADERS (Per Game)

Player (School)  Per Game 
Tavious Polo (Florida Atlantic) 

0.78 

Elbert Mack (Troy) 

0.70 

Rashad Johnson (Alabama) 

0.60 

Carson Bird (Air Force) 

0.60 

Christopher Owens (San Jose St.) 

0.60 

P.J. Mahone (Bowling Green) 

0.56 

Taheem Acevedo (Florida Atlantic) 

0.56 

Tracy Porter (Indiana) 

0.55 

Ryan Downard (Eastern Michigan) 

0.55 

Shane Carter (Wisconsin) 

0.55 

ON THIS DATE

  • Alabama is 9-4 (.692) in games played on Nov. 17, including a five-game winning streak.
  • The Crimson Tide’s last game on this date was a 31-7 win at Auburn during the 2001 season at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
  • Alabama and Georgia Tech have played five times on this date, with the Jackets winning four games.
  • The Crimson Tide posted a 71-0 win at Vanderbilt during the 1945 season, one of the most-lopsided wins in school history.

All-Time Games on November 17th

Year  Result  Site 
1900  Auburn 53, Alabama 5  Montgomery 
1906  Alabama 10, Auburn 0  Birmingham 
1917  Alabama 27, Kentucky 0  Lexington 
1928  Georgia Tech 33, Alabama 13  Atlanta 
1934  Alabama 40, Georgia Tech 0  Atlanta 
1945  Alabama 71, Vanderbilt 0  Nashville 
1951  Georgia Tech 27, Alabama 7  Birmingham 
1956  Georgia Tech 27, Alabama 0  Atlanta 
1962  Georgia Tech 7, Alabama 6  Atlanta 
1973  Alabama 43, Miami, Fla. 13  Tuscaloosa 
1979  Alabama 30, Miami, Fla. 0  Tuscaloosa 
1984  Alabama 29, Cincinnati 7  Cincinnati 
1990  Alabama 45, Cincinnati 7  Birmingham 
2001  Alabama 31, Auburn 7  Auburn 

JOHN PARKER WILSON

  • Wilson is slated to make his 24th consecutive start for Alabama this Saturday against UL Monroe.
  • Wilson is tied for 13th among active NCAA quarterbacks for consecutive starts.
  • He is 12-11 (.522) as Alabama’s starting quarterback over the last two seasons.
  • In his 12 career wins, Wilson has completed  217 of 361 passes (.601) for 2,619 yards, with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions.
  • In his 11 career losses, Wilson has completed 209 of 412 passes (.507) for 2,418 yards, with 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
  • He is 6-8 (.429) in his 14 career SEC starts for the Crimson Tide. 
  • In the six SEC wins, Wilson has completed 130 of 226 passes (.575) for 1,518 yards, with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions.
  • In the eight SEC losses, he has completed 156 of 305 passes (.511) for 1,911 yards, with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
  • In 28 career games, Wilson has completed 426 of 763 passes (.558) for 5,036 yards, with 33 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
  • In 18 career SEC games, he has completed 291 of 527 passes (.552) for 3,516 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
  • He has 14 career 200-yard passing games, which currently ties Brodie Croyle (2002-05) and Andrew Zow (1998-2001) for the all-time record at UA.
  • Wilson is among the Crimson Tide career leaders in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns.
  • He is third all-time with 763 career pass attempts and 426 career completions.
  • Wilson is fourth all-time with 5,036 career passing yards and 33 TDs.
  • In 10 games this season, he has completed 203 of 373 passes (.544) for 2,231 yards, with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
  • Wilson is second on the UA single-season charts with 373 pass attempts.  He needs seven attempts to break his own school record of 379 set in 2006.
  • He is third on UA’s single-season charts with 203 completions and needs 14 to break his own record of 216 set in 2006. Gary Hollingsworth is currently second with 205 completions in 1989.
  • Wilson is fifth on the school’s single-season chart with 2,231 passing yards.   He needs 269 passing yards to move into second place on the school’s single-season chart. 
  • He set the school record with 2,707 passing yards (needs 477 yards) set in 2006.
  • He and Brodie Croyle are the only two Alabama quarterbacks to have two 2,000-yard passing seasons at UA.
  • Wilson threw for an Alabama record 2,707 yards last year as a sophomore.  He has 2,231 yards this year.
  • Croyle had 2,499 yards in 2005 and 2,303 yards in 2003.
  • Wilson has 14 touchdown passes this season to rank fourth on the single-season charts.  He needs four TDs to surpass his own record of 17 TD passes set last year.  Croyle and Mike Shula are tied for second with 16 TD passes in a season.
  • Wilson also ranks among the UA leaders in terms of total offense. 
  • He is currently second on the single-season charts with 440 plays from scrimmage.  He needs 22 more plays to break his own record of 461 plays set in 2006.
  • Wilson has 2.302 yards of total offense this season and ranks sixth on the single-season charts.  He is 42 total yards shy of second place.  Wilson set the single-season record in 2006 with 2,790 total yards (needs 488 yards).
  • Wilson joins Croyle and Walter Lewis as the only three UA quarterbacks with two or more seasons of 2,000 yards of total offense.
  • Croyle had 2,000 or more yards in 2003 (2,311) and 2005 (2,393), while Lewis did it in 1982 (2,087) and 1983 (2,329).
  • Wilson and Lewis are the only two UA quarterbacks to post 2,000 yards of total offense in back-to-back seasons.
  • He is fourth all-time with 915 total plays from scrimmage.  Jay Barker (1991-94) is third with 949 plays.
  • Wilson is also fifth all-time with 5,184 yards of total offense.  He needs 222 yards to move past Jay Barker’s (1991-94) fourth-place total of 5,409 total yards.
  • Wilson tied the Alabama single-game record with 32 pass completions in the 41-17 win over Tennessee on Oct. 20.  Gary Hollingsworth also had 32 completions against the Vols in 1989.
  • Wilson completed 32 of 46 passes for a career-high 363 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Tennessee.
  • He threw for a career-high 327 yards in the win over Arkansas and a career-high four touchdowns. His previous career-high for passing yards in a game was 291 against LSU in 2006.
  • Wilson completed 28 of 53 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 loss to Florida State on Sept. 29. 
  • The 28 completions and 53 pass attempts were both career highs, surpassing his totals from the Arkansas game on Sept. 15.
  • Wilson’s 53 pass attempts were two shy of the Alabama single-game record held by Scott Hunter.  Hunter completed 33 of 55 passes for 484 yards in a 49-26 loss to Auburn at Legion Field in Nov. 29, 1969.
  • In 13 games last season, Wilson completed 216 of 379 passes (57 percent) for 2,707 yards and 17 touchdowns.  He is one of seven quarterbacks in UA history with 2,000 passing yards in a season.
  • He set seven single-season school records, including most plays, total offense, pass attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns in 2006.
  • Wilson set UA records for pass attempts (379), completions (216), passing yards (2,707) and touchdowns (17) in 2006.
  • He also owns the single-season record for most plays (461) and total offense (2,790 yards).
  • Wilson also set Alabama single-season records for most 200-yard passing games (9) and consecutive 200-yard games (7) in 2006.

DJ HALL

  • Senior wide receiver DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) owns seven receiving records at Alabama.
  • He enters the UL Monroe game with 184 career catches for 2,804 yards and 17 touchdowns in 45 career games. 
  • Hall averages 15.2 yards per catch and 62.3 yards per game in his UA career. 
  • In 31 career SEC games, Hall has 128 catches for 2,003 yards and 12 touchdowns.
  • He averages 15.6 yards per catch and 64.6  yards per game in his 31-game SEC career.
  • In 10 games this season, Hall leads Alabama with 57 catches for 886 yards and a career-high six touchdowns.
  • He is averaging a team-leading 15.5 yards per catch and an SEC-best 88.6 yards per game.
  • Hall’s 57 catches rank fourth on UA’s single-season charts. 
  • He needs nine more receptions to break the single-season record of 65 receptions set by Freddie Milons in 1999.
  • Hall ranks third with 886 yards this season.  He needs 114 yards to become the first player in school history with two 1,000-yard seasons. 
  • He is 171 yards shy of his own single-season record (1,056 yards) set in 2006.
  • Hall is Alabama’s career leader in receptions and receiving yards.
  • Hall became Alabama’s all-time leader for receiving yards during the Tide’s win over  Arkansas on Sept. 15.
  • He broke the previous record of 2,070 career yards held by Ozzie Newsome (1974-77).
  • He had six catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Razorbacks. 
  • Hall had a huge first quarter against Arkansas with four catches for 118 yards (29.5-yard average) and two touchdowns.
  • Hall’s outing continued a trend against the Razorbacks as the senior has enjoyed much success against Arkansas.
  • In four games against Arkansas, Hall has 16 catches for 378 yards and five touchdowns. He has averaged 23.6 yards per catch and 94.5 yards per game in his career against the Razorbacks.
  • Hall became the Crimson Tide’s all-time receptions leader with three catches against Houston on Oct. 6.
  • He surpassed the previous record of 152 career catches set by Freddie Milons (1998-2001).
  • He had seven catches for 83 yards and one touchdown in the loss to Florida State on Sept. 29.
  • Hall caught 11 passes for 140 yards in the Tide’s 27-24 win at Ole Miss on Oct. 13.
  • He added a school-record 13 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns in the Tide’s 41-17 win over Tennessee on Oct. 20.  He also caught a two-point pass play from Wilson in the third quarter.
  • Hall’s 13 catches broke the previous school record of 12 catches set by David Bailey against Tennessee in 1969 and 1970.
  • Hall’s 185 receiving yards was his 13th career 100-yard game, extending his own school record.
  • Hall now has five games of 10 or more catches in his UA career which is also the most in school history.
  • Hall owns five of the Top 10 single-game receiving marks in school history.  He owns the record with 13 receptions (Tennessee, 2007) and has added 11 receptions (twice) and 10 receptions (twice) in his career.
  • He also owns three of the Crimson Tide’s Top 10 single-season reception marks.  He posted the second-best mark in school history in 2006 with 62 catches.  Hall has 50 catches this season, which ranks eighth on the single-season list.  He had 48 catches (9th place) in 2005.
  • Hall also owns three of the Crimson Tide’s Top 10 single-game receiving yards marks.  The 185 yards against Tennessee on Oct. 20, 2007 ranks as the third-best in school history.  He also posted the fifth-best total (172 vs. Arkansas, 2007) and 10th best total (157, Arkansas, 2006) in the last two seasons.

HALL EYES TD MARK

  • Hall enters the ULM game with 17 career touchdown receptions, which leaves him one shy of Alabama’s all-time record.
  • Dennis Homan (1965-67) holds the Alabama career record with 18 touchdowns.

WALLACE GILBERRY

  • Alabama senior defensive end Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette, Ala.) is having a solid senior season on the Crimson Tide defensive line this season.
  • Gilberry was recently named a semi-finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, presented annually to the nation’s best defensive end.
  • He leads the Tide with eight sacks and 18 TFLs this season.
  • Gilberry is second in the SEC and sixth nationally with 1.8 tackles for loss per game.
  • He has at least one TFL in eight of 10 games this season, including four of his last five games.
  • Over the course of the last five games, Gilberry has recorded 13 1/2 TFLs.  He had only 4 1/2 TFLs in his first five games of the 2007 season.
  • Gilberry had a career-high 4 1/2 TFLs (-12) in the Tide’s homecoming win over Houston, including a first-quarter safety that helped the Tide build a 23-0 lead.
  • He added three TFLs against Tennessee, LSU and Mississippi State.
  • He is tied with Mississippi State’s Titus Brown with for second in the SEC with eight total sacks and 1.0 sacks per game. 
  • Gilberry is 20th nationally with 1.0 sacks per game.
  • All eight of his sacks have come in the Tide’s last five games, including a career-best three sacks (-19 yards) against No. 3 LSU on Nov. 3 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • At one point in the second quarter, Gilberry sacked LSU quarterback Matt Flynn on consecutive plays.
  • Gilberry had two sacks in wins over Houston (Oct. 6) and Ole Miss (Oct. 13).
  • Overall, he is Alabama’s second-leading tackler with 59 stops in 10 games.
  • He also leads the Tide with 12 quarterback hurries and has added two breakups and two forced fumbles.
  • In 47 career games, Gilberry has 167 tackles, including 99 solo stops.
  • Gilberry is sixth in Tide history with 19 1/2 career sacks.  He moved past Jeremy Nunley (1990-93) with his one sack last week against Mississippi State.
  • He is third all-time with 27 career TFLs.  He had three at Mississippi State
  • He is fourth all-time with 46 1/2 total tackles for loss (sacks and TFLs combined).  Johnson ranks third all-time with 48 combined TFLs.
  • In six SEC games this season, Gilberry leads UA with six sacks and 12 1/2 total tackles for loss and nine quarterback pressures. He is second on the team with 38 tackles.
  • In 31 career SEC games, Gilberry has 108 tackles, 13 1/2 sacks, 20 1/2 tackles for loss and 34 total tackles for loss (sacks and TFLs combined). 

JAVIER ARENAS

  • Alabama sophomore return specialist Javier Arenas (Tampa, Fla.) is rapidly becoming the most prolific return man in Crimson Tide annals.
  • In 10 games this season, Arenas has 43 total kick returns for 907 yards and one touchdown.  He is averaging 21.1 yards per return this season.
  • The speedster has 19 punt returns for 326 yards and one touchdown. Arenas averages 17.2  yards per punt return this season, which is the second-highest average (minimum 15 returns) in school history.
  • He is second in the SEC and ranks fifth nationally with a 17.16 yard punt return average this season.

NCAA PUNT RETURN LEADERS

Player (School)  Yards/Return 
Leodis McKelvin (Troy) 

19.5 

Shiloh Keo (Idaho) 

18.9 

Brandon James (Florida) 

18.7 

Kevin Robinson (Utah State) 

18.2 

Dwight Lowery (San Jose State) 

17.5 

Javier Arenas (Alabama) 

17.1 

Deon Murphy (Kansas State) 

16.8 

Eddie Royal (Virginia Tech) 

16.5 

Phillip Beck (Louisiana Tech) 

15.9 

Jeremy Trimble (Army) 

15.5 

  • He had a season-high six punt returns in the win over Arkansas on Sept. 15. 
  • He recorded a season-high 79 yards in wins over Vanderbilt (3 returns) and Arkansas (6 returns) on Sept. 8 and 15 respectively.
  • Arenas had a season-best 69-yard punt return to set up the Tide’s first touchdown in the win at Vandy.
  • He added two returns for 71 yards at Ole Miss and three returns for 69 yards, including a 61-yard TD against No. 3 LSU on Nov. 3.
  • Arenas has also added 24 kickoff returns for 581 yards and a 24.2-yard average this season.
  • The 24 kickoff returns rank second on the Tide’s single-season charts.  Arvin Richard (1998) holds the record with 25 kickoff returns.
  • The 581 kickoff return yards are also second on the Tide’s single-season charts.  He needs 15 yards to break the current school record of 585 yards set by Arvin Richard in 1998.
  • His best game of the season came against No. 3 LSU on Nov. 3 when he had eight kickoff returns for 168 yards. 
  • The eight kickoff returns set an Alabama single-game record, breaking the previous mark of five kickoff returns held by five other players.
  • Arenas also had four returns for 93 yards at Ole Miss on Oct. 13.
  • Arenas’ 237 all-purpose yards against LSU (Nov. 3) is the most in his UA career.
  • In 23 career games, Arenas has 50 punt returns for 612 yards and three touchdowns.  He averages 12.2 yards per punt return.
  • He has tied Harry Gilmer for second place all-time with three punt returns for touchdowns.
  • David Palmer (1991-93) holds the all-time record with four punt returns, including a single-season record three punt returns for touchdowns in 1991.  Palmer had 24 returns for 386 yards that season.
  • Arenas had 31 punt returns for 286 yards (9.2 average) and two touchdowns as a freshman in 2006.
  • The two touchdowns tied Harry Gilmer for the second-most in school history.  Gilmer also had two punt return for touchdowns in 1947.
  • Palmer holds the single-season record with three in 1991.
  • Arenas had five punt returns for 81 yards, including a 56-yard TD, against Florida International on Oct. 28, 2006.
  • He added an 81-yard punt return to set an Alabama bowl game and Independence Bowl game record against Oklahoma State on Dec. 28, 2006 in Shreveport.
  • In addition, Arenas has 42 career kickoff returns for 925 yards and a 22.02-yard average in 23 games.
  • He had 18 kickoff returns for 334 yards (19.1 average) as a freshman in 2006.

LEIGH TIFFIN

  • Alabama sophomore kicker Leigh Tiffin (Muscle Shoals, Ala.) has made nine consecutive field goals and now leads the SEC and ranks third nationally with 2.10 field goals made per game this season.

NCAA FIELD GOAL LEADERS (Avg. Per Game)

Player (School)  FG/Game 
John Sullivan (New Mexico) 

2.56 

Gary Cismesia (Florida State) 

2.20 

Leigh Tiffin (Alabama) 

2.10 

Swayze Waters (UAB) 

2.00 

Tony Claravino (Connecticut) 

2.00 

Brooks Rossman (Kansas State) 

2.00 

Travis Bell (Georgia Tech) 

2.00 

Thomas Webb (Arizona State) 

1.90 

Jeremy Ito (Rutgers) 

1.90 

Kai Forbath (UCLA) 

1.90 

Colt David (LSU) 

1.90 


  • Tiffin is also fourth in the SEC and tied for 22nd nationally with 9.3 points per game.
  • For the season, Tiffin has made 21-of-28 (.750) field goal attempts this season, both career highs.
  • He has not missed a field goal since missing a 48-yard kick in the second quarter against Tennessee on Oct. 27.
  • Since the fourth quarter of the Arkansas game (Sept. 15), Tiffin has made 16 (88.9 percent) of his last 18 field goal attempts.
  • Tiffin leads the SEC with eight field goals of 40 or more yards this season. 
  • He is 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) from 40 yards are longer this season and his 66.7 percent success rate is second in the league. 

TIFFIN EYES SCORING RECORD

  • Tiffin has collected 93 points in the first 10 games of the season and is seven points shy of tying single-season scoring record for an Alabama kicker.
  • Phillip Doyle currently holds the record with 100 points during the 1989 season.  Doyle converted 34 PATs and 22 FGs during his junior season.
  • Tiffin has 30 PATs and 22 FGs this season through 10 games.
  • Tiffin is also seven points shy of becoming the seventh player in school history to score 100 points in a season.  All-American running back Shaun Alexander scored an Alabama record 144 points (24 TDs) in 1999.

TIFFIN EYES FIELD GOAL RECORD

  • Tiffin has made 21 of 28 field goal attempts this season, leaving him three shy of the single-season school record.
  • Doyle holds the record with 24 field goals during the 1990 season.  He had 29 attempts.
  • Michael Proctor and Doyle are tied for second place on the UA single-season list with 22 field goals.  Proctor hit 22 of 29 field goals in 1993, while Doyle made 22 of 25 in 1998.
  • Tiffin’s 21 field goals this season currently rank fourth on the UA single-season charts.

FIFTY-FIFTY

  • Tiffin went 4-for-4 on field goals against Mississippi State, including two from 50 yards or more.
  • His 51-yarder in the first quarter tied for the ninth-longest in school history and was Alabama's first 50-yard-plus field goal since Neal Thomas made a 50-yarder against Tennessee in 2000.
  • Tiffin then made a 50-yarder in the fourth quarter, becoming the second Alabama kicker ever to make two 50 yarders in the same game.
  • His father, Van, was the other, with a school-record 57-yarder and a 51-yarder against Texas A&M in 1985.
  • The elder Tiffin also had one 53-yard field goal, two 52-yarders and three 51-yarders in his career, though all those came when college kickers still used a tee for field goals.
  • Alabama's record for the longest field goal without a tee is a 55-yarder by Ryan Pflugner against Arkansas in 1998.
  • Tiffin has two of the Crimson Tide’s seven 50-yard field goals without a kicking tee.  Neal Thomas holds the single-season record with three 50-yard kicks in 2000.

NEXT GAME

Alabama closes out the 2007 regular season next Saturday, Nov. 24 when the Tide travels to face arch-rival Auburn (7-4, 4-3 SEC) at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  The kickoff time has not been announced. 


 

 

     
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