Hightower Gets SEC Recognition

It is somehow fitting that an Alabama starting football player from the state of Tennessee would be honored as one of the Southeastern Conference players of the week following the Crimson Tide's 37-6 smashing of the Volunteers.

Alabama junior linebacker Dont'a Hightower of Lewisburg, Tenn., received the honor of SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his play against the Tennessee Vols on Saturday night.

Hightower, 6-4, 260, totaled seven tackles with a sack. He also made an interception which he returned 29 yards to the Tennessee 9, setting up a Trent Richardson touchdown run. Hightower also had two pass break-ups and three quarterback pressures.

Alabama's defense gave up six total first downs (none in the second half), 155 yards (92 rush, 63 pass) and just two third down conversions on 14 Vols attempts. Tennessee had just 41 yards of offense in the second half.

Tennessee was held without a first down on 10 of 12 possessions.

Alabama ranks first in the nation in four major defensive categories – rushing defense, passs defense efficiency, total defense, and scoring defense.

Also being recognized for his achievement in the game was Crimson Tide right guard Alfred McCullough, who started in place of the injured Anthony Steen. McCullough, a 6-2, 311-pound senior from Athens, had no missed assignments, no penalties, and did not allow a sack or a quarterback pressure. He earned the highest grade of any Alabama offensive lineman in a game where Bama had 437 yards of total offense and averaged 6.6 yards per play.

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