Alabama Begins Preparations for Auburn The University of Alabama football plays its final game of the 2007 regular season on Saturday, Nov. 24, when the Crimson Tide travels across state to face arch-rival Auburn in a nationally televised game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7
The 2007 Alabama-Auburn game will be the eighth night game in series history ... Other games under the lights were 1973, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2003 ... Alabama head coach Nick Saban will be making his Iron Bowl debut this weekend and becomes the fourth straight coach to make his debut at Jordan-Hare Stadium, joining Tommy Tuberville (1999), Dennis Franchione (2001) and Mike Shula (2003) ... Alabama coaches to win their first Auburn game includes W.B. Blount (1903), Jack Leavenworth (1905), J.W.H. Pollard (1906), Red Drew (1948), Gene Stallings (1990) and Dennis Franchione (2001) ... G.H. Harvey is the only coach to serve as head coach at both Alabama (1901) and Auburn (1893) ... Alabama and Auburn are both coming off losses, marking the ninth time in series history that both teams have lost the game preceding the Iron Bowl in the same year ... Alabama senior linebacker Darren Mustin and Auburn senior offensive tackle King Dunlap have been life-long friends and played together at Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy ... Mustin is the Godfather to Dunlap’s son ... Senior wide receiver DJ Hall needs one TD catch to tie Dennis Homan’s (1965-67) record with 18 career TD receptions ... Senior defensive end Wallace Gilberry has 30 career TFLs and is four shy of the all-time record held by Kindal Moorehead (34, 1998-2002) ... Gilberry leads the SEC with nine sacks and has recorded 17.5 TFLs in his last six games (2.91 per game) ... Alabama and Auburn are playing on Thanksgiving weekend for the first time since 1992 ... Alabama has not played on Nov. 24 since the 1956 season.
ALABAMA AND AUBURN MEET FOR 72ND TIME
The University of Alabama football plays its final game of the 2007 regular season on Saturday, Nov. 24, when the Crimson Tide travels across state to face arch-rival Auburn in a nationally televised game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (CST) and the game will be televised by ESPN, with Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) calling the action. 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 123). The game will also be aired nationally by Sports USA Radio Network with Tom Dillon (play-by-play), Doug Plauk (analyst) and Justin Cazana (sideline reporter). Alabama (6-5, 4-3 SEC) brings a three-game losing streak into the regular season finale, including last week’s 21-14 loss to Louisiana Monroe. The Crimson Tide football roster contains 65 players from the state of Alabama, including 15 starters on offense, defense and special teams. Auburn (7-4, 4-3 SEC) is coming off an open date and joins Arkansas, Florida State, LSU and Mississippi State as teams to play the Crimson Tide following an open date this season. The Tigers last played on Nov. 10 when they suffered a 45-20 loss to Georgia in Athens. The 2007 Alabama-Auburn game marks the eighth night game in series history.
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 97-47-1 (.672) 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 2-3 in his career against the Tigers. For more on Coach Saban, please see pages 46-48 of this notes package. Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville (Southern Arkansas, 1976) has compiled a 103-53 (.660) record in 13 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Tuberville is 78-33 (.703) in nine seasons at Auburn, including a 48-23 (.676) SEC record. He is the fourth-winningest coach in Auburn history and led the Tigers to seven consecutive bowl games entering the 2007 season. In 2004, Tuberville guided the Tigers to a 13-0 record and the SEC and Nokia Sugar Bowl championship. He has also led the Tigers to four other SEC Western Division titles (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005) titles. Prior to Auburn, Tuberville was the head coach at Ole Miss from 1995-98 and compiled a 25-20 (.556) record. He has also served as an assistant coach at Arkansas State (1980-84), Miami, Fla. (1986-93) and Texas A&M (1994). He is 6-6 in his career against Alabama, including a 6-2 mark with the Tigers.
THE ALABAMA-AUBURN SERIES
The Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers meet in the 72nd Iron Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.
Alabama holds a 38-32-1 (.542) lead in a series that dates back to the 1893 season. The Crimson Tide and Tigers first met on Feb. 22, 1893 at Birmingham’s Lakeview Park with the Tigers claiming 32-22 win in the inaugural meeting.
Auburn brings a five-game series winning streak into Saturday’s game, equaling their longest winning streak against Alabama. The Tigers also posted a five-game series winning streak from 1954-58.
Alabama’s last win in the series was a 31-7 victory in Auburn on Nov. 17, 2001. Andrew Zow completed 22 of 29 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Santonio Beard (20-199-2) and Ahmaad Galloway (14-127-0) both eclipsed 100-yards rushing in the win.
The Crimson Tide earned its first series win in 1894, claiming an 18-0 victory over the Tigers.
Auburn built a 6-1 series lead after a four-game winning streak from 1895-1902, in which the Tigers outscored the Crimson Tide, 141-5.
Alabama answered the Tigers winning streak with a 3-1-1 mark over the next five meetings, ending with a 6-6 tie in 1907. The Crimson Tide posted victories in 1903 (18-6), 1905 (30-0) and 1906 (10-0), while Auburn won in 1904 (29-5).
Following a 6-6 tie after the 1907 season, Alabama and Auburn would not play football again for 41 seasons.
When the series finally resumed in 1948, the Tide emerged as a 55-0 winner at Birmingham’s Legion Field. After the Tigers eked out a 14-13 victory in 1949, Bama rebounded to win the next four meetings from 1950-53.
The next five years (1954-58) momentum swung to Auburn’s side of the state as the Tigers put together a five-game winning streak, its longest in the series history.
Auburn posted easy wins over the Tide in 1954 (28-0), 1955 (26-0), 1956 (34-7) and 1957 (40-0) before “Mama called” and Paul Bryant took over the coaching reigns at Alabama.
After losing by an average of 30 points per game from 1954-57, the Tide lost by only six points (14-8) in Bryant’s first meeting with the Tigers. If not for a fourth quarter interception on the Tide’s potential winning touchdown drive in 1958, Bryant’s team may have pulled off the upset.
Following that narrow loss, Bryant directed Alabama to four straight wins over the Tigers (1959-62), outscoring its arch-rival, 85-0.
Alabama dominated the series from 1959-68, winning nine of 10 games, including five in a row from 1964-68. A 10-8 Auburn upset of Alabama during the 1963 season kept the Tide from reeling off 10 straight wins over its in-state nemesis. In 1963, reserve quarterback Mailon Kent came off the bench to lead Auburn to victory.
The Pat Sullivan-to-Terry Beasley combination proved costly to the Tide in 1969-70, snapping Alabama’s five-game winning streak. In 1969, Auburn defeated Alabama 49-26, and followed with a 33-28 win in 1970. In 1969, Bama signal caller Scott Hunter out dueled Sullivan, but the Tiger star won the game. Hunter completed 30 of 55 passes for 469 yards in a losing effort for the Tide. Hunter’s marks all remain in the Alabama record books as single-game records.
In 1970, Alabama halfback Johnny Musso carried the ball a school-record 42 times for 221 yards in a loss to the Tigers.
The following year, Sullivan brought his Heisman Trophy award to Legion Field, but lost to the Crimson Tide before a national television audience, 31-7.
Musso, who came to the game on crutches with a sore big toe, ran the ball 31 times for 167 yards and two TDs as Alabama beat Auburn, 31-7. He was named Associated Press’ National Back of the Week for his efforts against the Tigers.
In 1972, Auburn pulled off a stunning 17-16 win over the second-ranked Crimson Tide. Alabama outgained Auburn (the Tigers had only 57 yards of offense) in total offense and led 16-3 late in the game, when lightning struck not once, but twice. Bill Newton blocked two consecutive Gregg Gantt punts and David Langer scooped them both up and scored two fourth quarter touchdowns as Auburn pulled off the upset.
Alabama got revenge in 1973, winning 35-0, and beginning a decade of domination over the Tigers. In addition to its 35-0 win over the Tigers, the UA defense limited Auburn to one first down.
The win in 1973 began a nine-game series winning streak by the Crimson Tide. It is the longest winning streak in series history.
Alabama won all nine games by an average of 16.5 points per game. Alabama also posted shutout wins in 1973 (35-0) and 1975 (28-0). The 1975 game marked the final Alabama-Auburn game for Tiger coaching legend Ralph “Shug” Jordan.
Bama’s most narrow margin of victory was a 17-13 win in 1974. After four straight double-digit wins (1975-78), the Crimson Tide rallied from a fourth quarter deficit to defeat Auburn, 25-18, in 1979. Steadman Shealy’s run with eight minutes left in the game, preserved Alabama’s first undefeated regular-season since 1971.
The 1981 game will go down as the most memorable day in this state’s sports history. Saturday, Nov. 28, 1981, Alabama defeated Auburn 28-17 to make legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant the winningest coach in major college football history. The Tide’s fourth quarter rally gave the “Bear” his 315th coaching victory moving him ahead of Amos Alonzo Stagg as the winningest coach in college football. The game also marked the first meeting between Coach Bryant and former assistant coach Pat Dye, the first-year Auburn coach.
Auburn ended Alabama’s winning streak with a 23-23 win in 1982. Despite out-gaining the Tigers, Alabama lost to its arch-rival for the first time since 1972. AU freshman halfback Bo Jackson scored the winning touchdown on a fourth-and-goal from the Bama one. Jackson and Auburn made it two in a row the following year, 23-20. Jackson rushed for 258 yards and scored two touchdowns before heavy rains and the threat of a tornado hovered over Legion Field for the final quarter.
In 1984 and 1985, Alabama gained the upper-hand winning two games decided by field goals on the final play. In 1984, Auburn’s Robert McGinty missed a 35-yarder in the final 30 seconds as Alabama upset Auburn, 17-15.
In 1985, junior Van Tiffin nailed a 52-yard field goal as time expired to give Alabama a dramatic 25-23 win. The lead changed hands four times in the final 15 minutes with Tiffin’s field goal providing the winning margin.
Auburn won four straight games over Alabama from 1986-89, including a 30-20 decision in the first meeting at Jordan-Hare Stadium. AU’s four-game winning streak was the school’s longest since winning five in a row from 1954-58.
In Gene Stallings’ first year as head coach (1990), Alabama ended Auburn’s run with a 16-7 win.
The victory made Stallings the first coach to win his Alabama-Auburn debut since Harold “Red” Drew directed the Tide to a 55-0 rout in 1948, the first meeting between the two schools since 1907.
The 1992 game marked the final game for Auburn coach Pat Dye, who announced his retirement from coaching. The former assistant coach at Alabama under Paul Bryant, suffered his only career shutout (17-0) in the final game of his career.
In 1993, Auburn capped a perfect season with a 22-14 win over the Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Trailing 14-8 in the third quarter, Patrick Nix, subbing for the injured Stan White, completed a 35-yard TD pass on fourth down, cutting Alabama’s lead to 14-12 with six minutes left in the third quarter. Auburn won the game with 10 fourth quarter points, including a 70-yard run by James Bostic with just over two minutes to play.
In 1994, Bama jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and held the Tigers on a fourth-down play in the final period to win 21-14.
In 1995, the Tigers won 31-27 at Jordan-Hare Stadium, as Alabama’s fourth quarter drive ended on a fourth down near the Tigers’ 20-yard line.
In 1996, Alabama defeated the Tigers in coach Gene Stallings’ final regular-season game as the Tide’s head coach. The seven-year Tide mentor announced his retirement after the Tide’s emotional 24-23 win over the Tigers. Freddie Kitchens’ six-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Riddle with 32 seconds to play provided the winning margin.
In 1997, Alabama (4-6 record) played its most inspired game of the season, and if not for a fumble in the final minute of the game, would have pulled off the series’ biggest upset since 1972. After the Ed Scissum fumble, Auburn moved into field goal range when Jaret Holmes nailed the game-winner giving the Tigers an 18-17 win and sending the home crowd into a frenzy.
In 1998, Auburn, playing its most inspired game of the season, jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead over the Crimson Tide, but could not hold on to the lead. Alabama cut the deficit to 17-14 at halftime and cruised in the second half to an easy 31-17 win.
The 31 points scored by Alabama were the most in the series since the Tide scored a 34-18 win in 1980.
Alabama registered its first-ever win in Jordan Hare Stadium with 28-17 to clinch the SEC Western Division title in 1999. Kindal Moorehead’s sack, which resulted in a safety, ignited the Crimson Tide. Shaun Alexander rushed for over 100 yards in the final quarter and added three TDs for the Crimson Tide.
The 2000 game was played in Tuscaloosa for the first time since 1901 as Auburn posted a 9-0 win. Three Damon Duval field goals were all the scoring the two teams could muster on a cold, dreary day in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
It was the first shutout since 1992 when Alabama blanked Auburn, 17-0. It marked the Tigers’ first shutout of the Crimson Tide since a 10-0 win in 1987. In addition, the 2000 game marked the first time since 1960 that neither team scored a touchdown. Alabama posted a 3-0 win in that 1960 clash.
The 2000 Iron Bowl also marks the last time the Crimson Tide has been shutout. The Crimson Tide brings a 00-game scoring streak into Saturday’s game.
Alabama made it two in a row at Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 31-7 victory in 2001. Andrew Zow led the Crimson Tide offense in the air, while Ahmaad Galloway and Santonio Beard ran for more than 100 yards each in the Crimson Tide’s most-lopsided win since a 48-21 victory at Legion Field in 1977. For his efforts, Zow was named the SEC Player of the Week.
Auburn has won the last five meetings, including last year’s 22-15 win in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers also posted a 28-18 win over the Tide in the last meeting in Auburn in 2005. In that game, AU recorded a school-record 11 sacks.
MORE SERIES LORE
Just about everyone knows of the rich history and tradition associated with the Alabama-Auburn series, but some people may not be aware that the rivalry was discontinued for more than 40 years in the first half of the century. A few seemingly minor disagreements between the teams resulted in the series being cancelled in 1908. It was not resumed until the 1948 season.
Though there are myths about fighting and other violence necessitating a dismissal of the series, the truth is that only problems between the two teams emerged over the referee and per diem money for the players.
In winning the 1906 game, Alabama used an offensive formation that Auburn head coach Mike Donahue declared illegal. After Alabama implemented a similar formation in 1907, Auburn insisted that their next meeting be officiated by an umpire from outside the South. Alabama thought this request to be ludicrous, and that became the first matter of disagreement between the two schools.
The second conflict, which was over per diem, essentially amounted to $33. Each team was allowed 22 players on its roster. Auburn wanted each player to receive $3.50, while Alabama thought the amount should be only two dollars.
After arguing for several months over these two matters, the teams finally reached a compromise and decided not to play in 1908. By this point, however, their schedules had been set for the season, and neither team's opponents were willing to move.
Alabama suggested playing the game after Thanksgiving, but Auburn's Board of Trustees would not allow them to play beyond the holiday.
Thus, the game was not played in 1908, and it was not placed on the schedule the following year. Attempts to revive the game in 1911, 1919, 1932 and 1944 all failed. Finally, in the spring of 1948, behind the initiative of Alabama President John Galilee, an agreement was reached to resume the series in Birmingham that fall.
Prior to the game, student body presidents Gilis Cammock of Alabama and Willie Johns of Auburn participated in a symbolic "burying of the hatchet" ceremony at Woodrow Wilson Park in Birmingham.
The two teams rekindled their rivalry at Legion Field on Dec. 4, 1948 and have played annually since then.
UA-AU WINNER GETS "FOY TROPHY"
On July 13, 1948, the two circles of Omicron Delta Kappa, national leadership honor society from the University of Alabama and Auburn University joined together to sponsor a trophy devoted to sportsmanship between the two universities.
The ODK-James E. Foy V Sportsmanship Trophy is a tradition which symbolizes the good relationship between the two schools. Originally the trophy was displayed in Birmingham in Loveman's store window the week prior to the football game between the two universities. Then, in a parade preceding the game, the trophy would be carried in a convertible with the Omicron Delta Kappa presidents from each school on either side.
The parade was stopped in the 1960s but the trophy has continued to be awarded every year. The trophy is now awarded to the winner at halftime of the Alabama-Auburn basketball game on their home court. The trophy remains in their care until next year's presentation takes place.
In January 1978, the trophy was dedicated to Dean James E. Foy, V upon his retirement as the Dean of Student Affairs at Auburn University. He began serving in that position in 1950 after serving as Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Alabama. TIDE-TIGER FAST FACTS
Alabama and Auburn have never had losing records in the same season since the series renewed in 1948.
There has been one close call over the years. In 1951, Alabama concluded the year with a 5-6 record, while Auburn was 5-5.
The Crimson Tide beat the Tigers 25-7 at Legion Field to deny AU of a winning record, but the Tigers did escape with a .500 ledger.
In the previous 70 meetings, Alabama has outscored Auburn, 1,358 to 1,178.
The average score of the Alabama-Auburn game is 19.4 to 16.8 in favor of the Crimson Tide.
The team leading at halftime has won 72.8 percent (51 of 70) of the games in this series.
The game has been tied at halftime seven times, with Alabama winning six of those games.
There have been 22 shutouts in the series.
Alabama has 14 shutout wins, most recently a 17-0 win in 1992.
Auburn’s last shutout was a 9-0 win in the 2000 finale in Tuscaloosa.
From 1958-62, Alabama shutout Auburn five years in a row.
The two teams have played five one-point games. Auburn is 4-1 (.800) in those games.
SERIES GAMES DECIDED BY ONE POINT
Auburn 14, Alabama 13
Auburn 17, Alabama 16
Auburn 23, Alabama 22
Alabama 24, Auburn 23
Auburn 18, Alabama 17
Former Alabama coach Paul W. Bryant posted a 19-6 (.760) record against Auburn in his 25-year career. Bryant’s 19 wins are as many as all the other Alabama coaches combined against the Tigers.
Alabama is 19-25-1 (.443) against Auburn in non-Bryant coached games.
Alabama beat both of Auburn’s Heisman Trophy winners -- beating Pat Sullivan (1971) and Bo Jackson (1985). Sullivan lost to Alabama 31-7 in 1971, while Jackson lost 25-23 in 1985.
Alabama is 3-4 (.429) all-time against teams with Heisman Trophy winners.
ALABAMA VERSUS HEISMAN WINNERS
Result of Game
Danny Wuerffel (1996)
Florida 45, Alabama 30
Gino Torretta (1992)
Alabama 34, Miami 13
Tim Brown (1987)
Notre Dame 37, Alabama 6
Bo Jackson (1985)
Alabama 25, Auburn 23
Doug Flutie (1984)
B. College 38, Alabama 31
Pat Sullivan (1971)
Alabama 31, Auburn 7
Frank Sinkwich (1942)
Georgia 21, Auburn 10
SABAN VS. AUBURN
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 2-3 (.400) in his career against the Auburn Tigers.
TUBERVILLE VS. ALABAMA
Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville is 6-6 (.455) in his head coaching career against Alabama.
Tuberville is 6-2 (.750) against Alabama as head coach at Auburn, including an AU series record five-game winning streak.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban will be making his Iron Bowl debut this Saturday in Auburn.
Alabama head coaches are 6-10 (.375) in their first game against Auburn.
The winning coaches in their first Alabama-Auburn game includes W.B. Blount, Jack Leavenworth, JWH Pollard, Red Drew, Gene Stallings and Dennis Franchione.
Only Drew and Stallings won their first analyst Alabama-Auburn game.
Saban is the fourth straight coach in the Alabama-Auburn series to make his series debut in Auburn. Mike Shula (2003), Tommy Tuberville (1999) and Mike DuBose (1997) also made their Iron Bowl debuts on the Plains.
Former UA head coach Dennis Franchione became only the sixth coach in Alabama history to win his first Alabama-Auburn game when he beat the Tigers 31-7 in Auburn in 2001.
In addition, Franchione became just the third Alabama coach to win his first Alabama-Auburn game since World War II as he joined Harold “Red” Drew (1948) and Gene Stallings (1990).
Auburn coaches have compiled a 6-8-1 (.433) record in their first Alabama game.
Auburn coaches have lost their last two Alabama-Auburn debuts and six of the last seven, dating back to 1948.
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville lost his first Alabama-Auburn game, falling 28-17 at Jordan Hare Stadium in 1999.
Former AU coach Terry Bowden (1993) is the only Auburn coach since World War II to beat Alabama in his first game.
Alabama and Auburn both made coaching debuts in 1997 (DuBose) and 1998 (Oliver) in this series. The last time coaches debuted in back-to-back seasons was Auburn’s Ralph “Shug” Jordan in 1957 and Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant in 1958.
Here are the results of Alabama and Auburn coaches in their first Alabama-Auburn football game.
Alabama Coaching Debuts vs. Auburn
L 32-22 Feb. 22, 1893
L 40-16 Nov. 30, 1893
L 53-5 Nov. 17, 1900
L 17-0 Nov. 15, 1901
W 18-6 Oct. 23, 1903
W 30-0 Nov. 18, 1905
J.W. H. Pollard
W 10-0 Nov. 17, 1906
W 55-0 Dec. 4, 1948
L 26-0 Nov. 26, 1955
L 14-8 Nov. 29, 1958
L 23-20 Dec. 3, 1983
L 10-0 Nov. 27, 1987
W 16-7 Dec. 1, 1990
L 18-17 Nov. 22, 1997
W 31-7 Nov. 17, 2001
L 28-23 Nov. 22, 2003
Auburn Coaching Debuts vs. Alabama
W 32-22 Feb. 22, 1893
W 40-16 Nov. 30, 1893
L 18-0 Nov. 29, 1894
W 48-0 Nov. 23, 1895
W 53-5 Nov. 17, 1900
W 23-0 Oct. 18, 1902
L 18-6 Oct. 23, 1903
W 29-5 Nov. 12, 1904
T 6-6 Nov. 16, 1907
L 55-0 Dec. 4, 1948
L 25-7 Dec. 1, 1951
L 38-7 Nov. 27, 1976
L 28-17 Nov. 28, 1981
W 22-14 Nov. 20, 1993
Bill Oliver (Interim)
L 31-17 Nov. 22, 1998
L 28-17 Nov. 20, 1999
CROSSING ENEMY LINES
Auburn alumnus G.H. Harvey is the only person to serve as head football coach at both Auburn University and The University of Alabama.
Harvey coached Auburn to a 3-0-2 record in his lone season with the Tigers in 1893. Included in that record was a 40-16 win over Alabama on Nov. 30 at Montgomery’s Riverside Park.
Harvey also served as head coach at Alabama during the 1901 season, compiling a 2-1-2 record, which included a 17-0 loss to Auburn in the first ever meeting in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 15, 1901.
Harvey’s combined coaching record with Auburn and Alabama was 5-1-4 in 10 games as head coach.
Bill “Brother” Oliver, who played at Alabama in 1960s and then later served as an assistant coach under Bryant and Stallings at Alabama, was Auburn’s interim head coach in 1998.
Oliver took over midway through the season for Terry Bowden, who resigned in October, and coached the Tigers to a 2-3 record, including a 31-17 loss to the Crimson Tide.
IRON BOWL CONNECTIONS
Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has worked for Alabama head coach Nick Saban at LSU from 2001-04, serving as the linebackers coach his first season and the defensive coordinator the next three years. Muschamp went with Saban to the Miami Dolphins, serving as assistant head coach in charge of defense in 2005.
Muschamp also worked with Alabama outside linebackers coach Lance Thompson when Thompson served as the assistant head coach for recruiting and tight ends coach at LSU from 2002-03.
Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis was also at LSU with Muschamp and Saban from 2002-04, serving as the assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Alabama assistant head coach for defense and secondary coach Kirby Smart was the defensive backs coach on Muschamp’s 2004 defense at LSU.
Alabama tight ends/special teams coach Ron Middleton was a standout tight end at Auburn from 1982-85. He was named Auburn’s Offensive Most Valuable Player in 1984 and 1985.
JOHN PARKER WILSON
Wilson is slated to make his 25th consecutive start for Alabama this Saturday against Auburn
Wilson is tied for 13th among active NCAA quarterbacks for consecutive starts.
He is 12-12 (.500) 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 12 career losses, Wilson has completed 230 of 443 passes (.519) for 2,664 yards, with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
He is 6-9 (.400) 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 nine SEC losses, he has completed 177 of 336 passes (.511) for 1,911 yards, with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
In 28 career games, Wilson has completed 426 of 763 passes (.528) for 5,282 yards, with 34 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
In 19 career SEC games, he has completed 312 of 558 passes (.559) for 3,762 yards, with 22 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
He has 15 career 200-yard passing games to set the all-time Alabama record. He threw for 246 yards in the loss to UL Monroe on Nov. 17 to surpass Brodie Croyle (2002-05) and Andrew Zow (1998-2001) on the all-time charts.
Wilson is among the Crimson Tide career leaders in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns.
He is third all-time with 794 career pass attempts and 447 completions. Wilson is also fourth all-time with 5,282 passing yards and 34 touchdowns.
In 11 games this season, he has completed 224 of 404 passes (.554) for 2,477 yards, with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
He completed 21 of 31 passes in the loss to UL Monroe on Nov. 17 to break his own single-season records for attempts and completions.
Wilson has 404 pass attempts this season, breaking his own record of 379 set in 2006.
He also has 224 completions this season, breaking his own record of 216 set in 2006.
He is third on the single-season list with 2.477 passing yards and fourth with 15 touchdown passes.
Wilson 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 2,477 yards this year.
Croyle had 2,499 yards in 2005 and 2,303 yards in 2003.
Wilson also ranks among the UA leaders in terms of total offense.
He is currently third all-time with 949 total plays and fourth with 5,435 yards of total offense.
In 11 games this season, Wilson has set Alabama records with 474 plays and 2,477 yards of total offense. He broke his own school records of 461 plays and 2,790 total yards set in 2006.
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.
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.
Senior wide receiver DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) owns seven receiving records at Alabama.
He enters the Auburn game with 187 career catches for 2,836 yards and 17 touchdowns in 46 career games.
Hall averages 15.2 yards per catch and 61.7 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 11 games this season, Hall leads Alabama with 60 catches for 918 yards and a career-high six touchdowns.
He is averaging a team-leading 15.3 yards per catch and an SEC-best 83.5 yards per game.
Hall’s 60 catches rank fourth on UA’s single-season charts. He needs six catches to break the UA single-season record of 65 receptions held by Freddie Milons in 1999.
Hall ranks third with 918 yards this season. He needs 92 yards to become the first player in school history with two 1,000-yard seasons.
He is 138 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.
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 nine sacks and 22 TFLs this season.
Gilberry leads the SEC with 22 tackles for loss (-80) yards this season. He also leads the league with two TFLs per game this year.
He has at least one TFL in nine of 11 games this season, including five of his last six games.
Gilberry has 17.5 tackles for loss in his last six games. He had only 4.5 TFLs in his first five games.
He has recorded 7.5 TFLs in his last two games against Mississippi State (3) and UL Monroe (4).
Gilberry had a career-high 4.5 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 also added three TFLs against Tennessee, LSU and Mississippi State.
Gilberry is tied with Ole Miss’ Greg Hardy for first place in the SEC with nine total sacks and two sacks per game.
Gilberry is also third nationally with two sacks per game this season.
All nine sacks have come in the Tide’s last six 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 69 stops in 11 games.
He also leads the Tide with 12 quarterback hurries and has added two breakups and two forced fumbles.
In 48 career games, Gilberry has 177 tackles, including 94 solo stops.
Gilberry is third in Tide history with 30 career TFLs and is just four shy of the all-time record held by Kindal Moorehead (34). DeMeco Ryans is second all-time with 33 TFLs.
Gilberry is also third in school history with 50.5 combined tackle behind the line (sacks and TFLs combined).
He is sixth in Tide history with 20.5 career sacks.
Alabama has recorded 16 sacks (-102 yards) in its last six games, compared to only five sacks (-46 yards) in the first five games of the season.
A total of 10 different players have at least one sack this season.
Gilberry leads the Crimson Tide with nine sacks (-48 yards) this season.
All nine of his sacks have come in the last six games, including a career-high three sacks against No. 3 LSU on Nov. 3.
Gilberry had three sacks for -19 yards against the Tigers, including sacks on back-to-back plays in the second quarter.
He had two sacks each against Houston (Oct. 6) and Ole Miss (Oct. 13).
Ezekial Knight is second on the team with sacks (-31). Brandon Deaderick and Lorenzo Washington have two sacks.
Rashad Johnson, Rolando McClain, Darren Mustin, Bobby Greenwood, Prince Hall and Simeon Castille also have a sack.
The Crimson Tide had a season-high five sacks in its win over Houston on Oct. 6. Gilberry had two sacks, while Deaderick, Washington and Mustin added one each.
The five sacks against Houston were the most by Alabama since the 2005 season opener against Middle Tennessee.
ON THIS DATE
Alabama is 7-1-2 (.800) in games played on Nov. 24 and has not played on this date since the 1956 season.
The Crimson Tide’s last game on Nov. 24 was a 13-13 tie with Southern Mississippi in Tuscaloosa during the 1956 season.
Alabama and Auburn have never met on this date.
Coach Saban is 0-1 in games played on Nov. 24 as LSU lost at Arkansas 14-3 during the 2000 season.