Alabama Football: Offensive Notebook

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ALABAMA OFFENSE

  • Alabama returns 20 lettermen and nine starters on offense from last year’s team.
  • The Crimson Tide’s 20 offensive lettermen  combined for 212 starts entering the 2007 season.
  • Alabama has used 20 different starters on offense this season.
  • Only four offensive players -- Mike Johnson, Andre Smith, Nick Walker and John Parker Wilson -- have started all 11 games.
  • The Tide is fifth in the SEC in passing offense (231.82), sixth in total offense (386.0) and seventh in scoring (28.4) and rushing offense (154.18) this season.
  • Alabama’s offense 831 plays this season, an average of 75.5 snaps per game.
  • The offensive attack has been very balanced through the first 11 games, with 417 rushing attempts and 414 pass attempts.
  • The Tide averages 37.9 rushing plays per game and 37.6 passing plays per game.
  • The Crimson Tide ran 80 offensive snaps against Florida State (Sept. 29) and Ole Miss (Oct. 14).  
  • Alabama ran 40 rushing plays and 40 passing plays in its 27-24 win at Ole Miss.
  • Against Florida State, the Tide threw the ball 53 times and ran only 27 rushing plays in the 21-14 loss.
  • Alabama ran a season-low 66 snaps in the loss to UL Monroe on Nov. 17.
  • The Tide averages 23.5 first downs per game this season. 
  • The Tide offense racked up 35 first downs against Western Carolina.  That total broke the previous mark of 34 set against Penn State in a 34-28 loss in 1983.
  • The Tide had a season-high 313 rushing yards (44 rushes) in its season opening win over Western Carolina on Sept. 1.
  • The 313 rushing yards were the most by an Alabama team since the Tide rushed for 338 in a win at South Carolina on September 17, 2005.
  • The Crimson Tide had a season-high 48 rushing attempts (221 yards) in the 24-10 win at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.
  • UA’s lowest rushing total of the season came in the loss to LSU on Nov. 3.  The Tide ran 33 times for 20 yards against the Tigers. 
  • Alabama had a season-high six rushing touchdowns in the win over Western Carolina.
  • Alabama threw for a season-high 363  yards (32-of- 46, 3 TDs) in the win over Tennessee on Oct. 20.
  • The Tide threw for a season-low 121 yards (16-for-35) in its loss to Mississippi State on Nov. 10. 
  • Alabama had a season-low 14 completions against Vanderbilt and LSU.
  • Alabama has played two turnover-free games this season against Western Carolina and Tennessee.
  • The Crimson Tide had a season-high four turnovers in its loss to UL Monroe. The Tide has eight turnovers in its last three games, resulting in 35 points.
  • Alabama has 20 scoring drives of two minutes of less this season.
  • The longest drive in terms of plays came against Western Carolina when the Tide put together a 17-play scoring drive.  The 17-play drive is the second-longest in the SEC this season.
  • The Crimson Tide had a 94-yard scoring drive against FSU, the longest of the season and sixth-longest in the SEC.
  • The Crimson Tide has scored 50 points off 21 turnovers this season.
  • Alabama is 6-3 when scoring first this season.
  • The 52 points scored in the season opener were the most points by Alabama on opening day since a 66-0 win over Cal at Legion Field to open the 1973 season.
  • The 46-point margin of victory over Western Carolina was the largest by an Alabama team in a season opener since a 66-0 victory over California to start the 1973 season.
  • Alabama accumulated 575 yards (313 rushing, 262 passing) of total offense against Western Carolina, the most by a Tide offense since gaining 588 yards in a 56-3 win over UTEP on October 6,  2001.
  • Alabama scored the game-winning touchdown with eight seconds remaining for the 41-38 victory over Arkansas on Sept. 15.  The win was Alabama’s first by scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown since a 14-13 win over Iowa State in the 2001 Independence Bowl (an Andrew Zow to Terry Jones TD pass). That game also marked the last time prior to the Arkansas game that the Crimson Tide had overcome a fourth-quarter deficit to win a game. Alabama trailed that I-Bowl contest, 13-7, before winning in the final stanza.
  • Before the last-minute comeback, the Crimson Tide lost a 21-point lead against the Razorbacks, the largest lead lost since Alabama lost a 21-point lead against Arkansas on September 27, 2003, at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Alabama led 21-0 with 1:27 left in the first quarter on Sept. 15, 2007, and regained that edge at 31-10 with 5:15 left in the third quarter.
  • The Razorbacks scored three touchdowns in the span of six minutes to tie the game with 12:05 left in the fourth quarter, and took the lead at 38-31 with 8:08 left in the fourth quarter.
  • In the 2003 game, Alabama held a 31-10 lead with 7:52 left in the third quarter, but watched Arkansas score the game's final 24 points to pull out the three-point win. The Razorbacks outscored Alabama 14-0 in the fourth quarter and put the game-winning points on the board at the end of the second overtime for the win.
  • Alabama scored 21 points in the first quarter against Arkansas, the most points scored by the Crimson Tide in a single quarter since UA scored 21 points in the third quarter against Arkansas on September 27, 2003, a game that Arkansas won 34-31 in double overtime.
  • The Crimson Tide scored 23 first-quarter points in its 30-24 win over Houston on Oct. 6.  The 23 points were the most scored by Alabama in a quarter since the Tide scored 31 points in the first quarter against Vanderbilt in 1990.
  • Despite playing the game without the services of two starting offensive linemen, the Alabama offense gained 510 total yards today and did not allow a quarterback sack in the win over Tennessee, the second-most this season, including a season-high 363 yards passing. 
  • Along the way, Alabama set new season highs in passing completions (32); offensive plays (84) and tied a season high for points (41). 
  • The 510 yards of total offense by Alabama against Tennessee is the most by the Tide against an SEC opponent since Alabama gained 552 against Arkansas on September 20, 2002, in Fayetteville, Ark., a 30-12 victory for the Crimson Tide.
  • Alabama averaged 7.9 yards on first down today.  The Tide ran 36 plays for 286 yards on first down in the win against Tennessee.

QUARTERBACKS

  • Junior quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) directs the Tide offense for the second straight year.  He is 12-12 (.500) as the starting quarterback.
  • In 29 career games, Wilson has completed 447 of 794 (.563) passes for 5,282 yards, with 34 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
  • He became the fourth quarterback in school history to pass for 5,000 yards with his 121 yards at Mississippi State on Nov. 10.
  • He directed the Alabama offense to a pair of late-scoring drives in back-to-back games against No. 16 Arkansas and forced overtime with No. 22 Georgia.
  • During those two games, he completed 9-of-12 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown and added a 6-yard TD run.
  • Against the Razorbacks, Wilson led the Tide to a 9-play, 73-yard drive in the final two minutes which resulted in a 4-yard pass to Matt Caddell with eight seconds left in the game as UA won 41-38.
  • Wilson completed 7-of-9 passes for 56 yards and one touchdown in the game-winning drive against Arkansas.
  • Against Georgia, Wilson led the Tide to a 10-play, 88-yard drive which resulted in his 6-yard run to tie the game at 20-20.
  • Wilson completed 2-of-3 passes for 51 yards and accounted for 57 yards of total offense on the drive.
  • Wilson’s 53 pass attempts against Florida State are the second-most by an Alabama quarterback.  Scott Hunter had 55 pass attempts against Auburn in 1969.
  • He threw 132 passes without an interception this season, the fourth-longest streak in school history. 
  • Wilson tied the UA single-game record with 32 completions in the win over Tennessee.  Gary Hollingsworth also completed 32 passes against Tennessee in 1989.
  • Redshirt freshman Greg McElory (Southlake, Texas) has played in two games (Western Carolina and Tennessee) this season.
  • McElroy completed 8-of-9 passes for 73 yards and one touchdown against the Catamounts.
  • True freshman Nick Fanuzzi (San Antonio, Texas) saw limited action under center in the season opener against Western Carolina.
  • Fanuzzi does not have a pass attempt, but did lead the Tide to scoring drive on his lone series against the Catamounts.
  • For the first time in school history, Alabama has a 3,000-yard passer and a 2,000-yard receiver on its roster.

WIDE RECEIVERS

  • Alabama senior wide receiver DJ Hall (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) is the school’s all-time leader in both career receptions (187) and receiving yards (2,836) heading into Saturday’s game.
  • In 11 games this season, Hall leads the team with 60 catches for 918 yards and six touchdowns. 
  • Hall set the UA single-game record with 13 catches for 185 yards in the win over Tennessee on Oct. 20.
  • He added 11 catches (140 yards) in the win over Ole Miss on Oct. 13.
  • The Tide has had 15 different players catch at least one pass this season.
  • Alabama has had seven different receivers catch a touchdown pass this season.
  • Alabama’s wide receivers have caught 155 passes for 1,943 yards and 13 touchdowns.
  • The Tide’s wide receivers caught 15 passes for 189 yatrds and one TD in the loss to ULM on Nov. 17.
  • Senior Matt Caddell (McCalla) is the second-leading receiver with 35 catches for 395 yards and one touchdown this season.
  • Caddell had seven catches for 49 yards, all in the first half, at Ole Miss on Oct. 14.
  • Caddell and Hall (11-140) combined for 18 catches and 189 yards against the Rebels.
  • Caddell had nine catches for 91 yards and one TD in the Tide’s 41-38 win over Arkansas on Sept. 15.  He had four catches for 41 yards on UA’s game-winning drive, including a 4-yard TD catch with eight seconds left in the game.
  • Caddell has caught at least one pass in each of his last nine games.
  • In 48 career games, he has 81 receptions for 1,055 yards and four TDs.
  • Sophomore Mike McCoy (Rankin, Miss.) is the Tide’s third-leading receiver with 28 catches for 212 yards and one touchdown. 
  • McCoy and Hall are the only two UA players to have at least one catch in all 11 games this season.
  • He caught his first career touchdown pass on the final play of the first quarter against Houston on Oct. 6 to give the Tide a 23-0 lead.
  • Senior wide receiver Keith Brown (Pensacola, Fla.) has caught 20 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games.
  • He had his best game of the season against ULM (Nov. 17) when he caught six passes for 97 yards and one TD.
  • Brown had two catches for 43 yards and two TDs in the loss to LSU on Nov. 3. He had a 29-yard TD catch that gave UA a 20-17 halftime lead.  His 14-yard TD grab extended the Tide’s lead to 27-17 in the third quarter.
  • He had three catches for 73 yards (24.3 average) in the loss to Georgia and three catches for 34 yards (11.3 average) and one TD against Florida State.
  • He hauled in his 100th career reception against Georgia on Sept. 22.
  • In 42 career games, Brown has 115 receptions for 1,829 yards and 12 touchdowns.
  • Hall (2,836), Brown (1,829) and Caddell (1,055) all have 1,000 career receiving yadrs at Alabama.
  • The trio has combined for 383 catches, 5,720 yards and 33 TDs.
  • Junior Nikita Stover (Hartselle, Ala.) has six   catches for 71 yards and one touchdown this season, a 23-yard catch against Houston on Oct. 6.

TIGHT ENDS

  • The tight ends have 23 catches for 206  yards and two touchdowns.
  • Junior Nick Walker (Brundidge, Ala.) is sixth on the team with 17 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns. He also has a two-point conversion.
  • Junior Travis McCall (Prattville) has five catches for 45 yards this season. 
  • He had three catches for 21 yards in the win over Tennessee on Oct. 20.
  • Redshirt freshman Preston Dial (Mobile, Ala.) has played in nine games this season and earned his first career start at Vanderbilt (Sept. 8) when UA opened in a three tight-end set. 
  • He recorded his first career reception (21 yards) in the loss to UL Monroe on Nov. 17.


RUNNING BACKS

  • Alabama has used five runinng backs this season and started three different running backs in the first 11 games.
  • The Tide’s running backs have 341 rushing attempts for 1,634 yards and 14 TDs.
  • The UA backfield entered the 2007 season with only 733 combined rushing yards and three touchdowns in 43 career games. 
  • No UA running back had started a game prior to the 2007 season.
  • The Tide’s four running backs accounted for 296 rushing yards and six touchdowns in the win over Western Carolina. 
  • The six rushing TDs were the most by Alabama since scoring six rushing touchdowns in a 56-3 win over UTEP on Oct. 6, 2004.
  • Redshirt freshmen running back Terry Grant (Lumberton, Miss.) has set UA single-season freshman records for rushing attempts, rushing yards and touchdowns this season.
  • In 11 games, Grant has 180 rushing attempts for 891 yards and eight touchdowns. He also averages 4.9 yards per carry.
  • He was named the SEC Freshman of the Week following wins over Western Carolina, Vanderbilt and Arkansas.
  • Grant rushed for 134 yards and three  touchdowns on 18 carries in the season opener against Western Carolina. He scored on the Tide’s first play from scrimmage and had 68 yards rushing on eight carries (8.5-yard average) through the first period of action.
  • He scored on the first play from scrimmage with a 1-yard TD run at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.  He finished the game with 24 carries for 173 yards and two TDs.
  • He added his third 100-yard game of the season against Tennessee (26-104-1), where he set UA single-season freshman records for rushing attempts, rushing yards and touchdowns.
  • Sophomore Glen Coffee (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.),  who has missed the last four games  while serving a University suspension for improper receipt of textbooks, has been reinstated by the NCAA and is expected to return to the running back rotation this week against Auburn.
  • Coffee had 90 carries for 413 yards and three touchdowns through the first seven games.  He averages 4.6 yards per rushing attempt.
  • He made his first career start against Houston on Oct. 6 and had 30 rushing attempts for 121 yards and one touchdown. It was the first 100-yard game of his career for the Tide.
  • The 30 rushing attempts were the most by an Alabama back since Kenneth Darby had 35 rushing attempts against LSU in 2004.
  • Coffee had nine carries for a season-high 76 yards and one TD in the season opener against Western Carolina.
  • Junior Jonathan Lowe (Phenix City, Ala.) emerged as the Tide’s No. 2 rusher in Coffee’s absence. 
  • Lowe has 24 carries for 99 yards in limited action this season.
  • He made his running back debut against LSU on Nov. 3.  He finished as the Tide’s leading rusher with 10 carries for 31 yards.
  • Lowe added seven carries for 40 yards in the loss to Mississippi State.
  • Sophomore Roy Upchurch (Tallahassee, Fla.) is third on the team with 30 carries for 162 yards (5.4 average) and one touchdown.
  • Upchurch has been slowed the last couple of weeks with some nagging injuries.
  • Upchurch had six carries for 55 yards in the season opener against Western Carolina.  He added two carries for 19 yards against Georgia on Sept. 22.
  • The Crimson Tide’s running backs have caught 53 passes for 395 yards and one touchdown this season.
  • Grant has the most catches among the Tide running backs and fourth-most on the team.  In 11 games, he has 26 receptions for 176  yards and one TD.
  • He had a career-high six catches for 31 yards, including his first career receiving TD against Tennessee on Oct. 20.
  • Coffee has 14 catches for 122 yards in seven games.

OFFENSIVE LINE

  • The offensive line has played without the services of two starters the last four games, but those two starters were reinstated by the NCAA last week and are available to play in the regular-season finale at Auburn.
  • Juniors Antoine Caldwell (Montgomery, Ala.) and Marlon Davis (Columbus, Ga.) were suspended on Oct. 19 for impermissible receipt of textbooks.  The NCAA reinstated the duo along with three Tide players on Nov. 18.
  • Caldwell has played in seven games this season and started at three different positions.  He started the first five games at center, before switching to left guard against Houston (Oct. 6) and right guard at Ole Miss (Oct. 13).
  • He began his career as a guard but was moved to center for the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl due to a sudden rash of injuries on the offensive line two years ago. 
  • He started 19 straight games at center before moving back to guard for the Houston game on Oct. 6, his first start at guard since the final regular season game at Auburn in 2005.  He made his first career start at right guard at Ole Miss on Oct. 13.
  • He saw his streak of 32 consecutive starts come to an end against Tennessee.
  • Junior Marlon Davis (Columbus, Ga.) has started six of the first seven games at right guard. Overall, Davis has appeared in 24 career games with 11 starts.
  • Sophomores Andre Smith (Birmingham, Ala.) and Mike Johnson (Pensacola, Fla.) are the only offensive linemen to start all 11 games for the Tide.
  • Smith has started all 11 games at left tackle and is the only offensive lineman to start the same position in each game.
  • He has also started all 24 games in his UA career and had one rushing touchdown (2-yard lateral) against Oklahoma State in the 2006 PetroSun Independence Bowl.
  • Smith is also on the 2007 Outland Trophy Watch List.
  • Johnson has started all 11 games, including nine starts at right tackle and two at right guard (Mississippi State & ULM).
  • Senior Justin Britt (Cullman, Ala.) is another veteran lineman for the Tide and starts at left guard.  He has started 10 games this season and 27 in his UA career.
    Sophomore Evan Cardwell (Killen, Ala.) has started the last six games at center for the Tide.  The Houston game (Oct. 6) was his first collegiate start. 
  • Senior B.J. Stabler (Grove Hill) started the Tennessee and LSU games at right guard.  Overall, Stabler has 22 career starts for the Tide.
  • *Senior Chris Capps (Jonesboro, Ga.) became the eighth different offensive lineman to start for the Tide with his first start of the season at Mississippi State on Nov. 10. He also started at right tackle against ULM.
  • Capps entered the season with 32 consecutive games and 25 consecutive starts, but both ended the first two weeks of the season.
  • His streak of 25 consecutive starts came to an end in the 2007 season opener against Western Carolina.
  • He saw his 32-game playing streak come to an end when he did not see action at Vanderbilt on Sept. 8.
  • Freshmen William Vlachos (Mountain Brook), Taylor Pharr (Irondale) and David Ross (Homewood, Ala.), have also played this season.

 


 

 

     
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