Redshirt freshman DT Kyle Tatum made his Crimson Tide debut against Northern Illinois ... Soph. Clint Johnston made his first start of the 2003 season at the F-Back position ... He is the third player to start at that position this season (Tim Castille/Le'Ron McClain) ... Senior SE Zach Fletcher had his first TD reception of the season ... The Tide's average starting field position vs. NIU was its' 19-yardline.
Scores from last week's SEC gamesTennessee 24, Florida 10
LSU 17, Georgia 10
Kentucky 34, Indiana 17
Northern Illinois 19, Alabama 16
Arkansas 31, North Texas 7
Texas Christian 30, Vanderbilt 14
South Carolina 42, UAB 10
Houston 42, Mississippi State 35
SEC on TV this week(Thu.) Sept. 25
6:30 p.m. FOX SN/SUN SEC-TV Weekly (Live)
(Sat.) Sept. 27
12:30 a.m. FOX SN/SUN SEC-TV Weekly (Taped from Sept. 25)
12 p.m. JP Sports SEC Football Today (Live)
12:30 p.m. JP Sports Florida at Kentucky Football (Live)
3:30 p.m. CBS Sports Arkansas at Alabama Football (Live)
7:45 p.m. ESPN South Carolina at Tennessee Football (Live)
9 p.m. ESPN2 LSU at Mississippi State Football (Live)
Associated Press Poll1. Oklahoma, 4-0
2. Miami, 4-0
3. USC, 3-0
4. Ohio State, 4-0
5. Virginia Tech, 3-0
6. Florida State, 4-0
7. LSU, 4-0
8. Tennessee, 3-0
9. Arkansas, 3-0
10. Oregon, 4-0
11. Michigan, 3-1
12. Georgia, 3-1
13. Iowa, 4-0
14. Texas, 3-1
15. Nebraska, 3-0
16. Kansas State, 4-1
17. Pittsburgh, 2-1
18. Washington, 2-1
19. TCU, 3-0
20. Northern Illinois, 3-0
21. Washington State, 3-1
22. Purdue, 2-1
23. Missouri, 4-0
24. Minnesota, 4-0
25. Florida, 2-2
Others receiving votes (SEC only): Alabama (36th), South Carolina (43rd)
Individual team notes
ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (3-0, 0-0 SEC)
Senior RB Cedric Cobbs leads the SEC in rushing, averaging 121.3 yards per game ... Cobbs has hit the 100-yard mark in the first three games of the season, marking the first time since 1975 that a Razorback has eclipsed the century mark in the initial three games of a season ... In 1975, Jerry Eckwood rushed for 100-plus yards in the first five games of the season ... The Razorbacks have lost just one turnover this season while gaining seven ... Arkansas scored 3 TDs against North Texas in a span of 2:32 in the second quarter ... Arkansas scored all of its points (31) in the first half.
AUBURN TIGERS (1-2, 1-0 SEC)
The Tigers won their 11th straight SEC opener ... 38 points was the largest margin of victory for the Tigers in an SEC game since defeating Vanderbilt, 56-6, in 1990 ... WR Jeris McIntyre set career highs with 117 receiving yards and 2 TDs and tied a career-high with four receptions ... The Tigers had three RBs each rush for more than 50 yards for the first time since 1996 (vs. Georgia) ... Carnell Williams had 69 yards and a TD, Brandon Jacobs rushed for 68 yards and Ronnie Brown had 50 yards and a TD ... DE Reggie Torbor forced two fumbles and recovered one.
FLORIDA GATORS (2-2, 0-1 SEC)
13 true freshmen have played for Florida this season. This is the third highest amount of true freshmen to ever play for Florida in a single season. The true freshmen that have played for the Gators this season are Andre Caldwell, Joe Cohen, Channing Crowder, Earl Everett, Chad Jackson, Chris Leak, Howard Lingard, Jarvis Moss, Marcus Thomas, Steve Rissler, Skyler Thornton, Dee Webb and Eric Wilbur) ... Of the 52 freshmen on Florida's roster this year, 31 have seen action ... Freshmen have accounted for nine of UF's 22 TDs this season (40 percent). Two true freshmen have scoredTDs (Chad Jackson and Skyler Thornton).
GEORGIA BULLDOGS (3-1, 1-1 SEC)
Junior DB Sean Jones has three interceptions in the first four games of the season, which is tied for first in the SEC and sixth in the nation ... The Bulldogs lead the SEC and are fourth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 8.5 points per game ... QB David Greene's consecutive attempt without an interception streak ended at 174, the third longest streak in SEC history and second at Georgia (176, Eric Zeier) ... Greene's 93-yard TD pass to Tyson Browning is tied for the longest pass play in Georgia history (Talley/Maxwell vs. Vandy, 1989; Belue/Scott vs. Florida, 1980).
KENTUCKY WILDCATS (2-2, 0-1 SEC)
WR/RS Derek Abney is second in the SEC in all-purpose rushing, averaging 158.8 yards per game ... Abney has now become the school's career leader in average yards per all-purpose play with 15.2 (4,670 yards on 307 attempts) ... Soph. DB Muhammad Abdullah has three interceptions in the first four games, tying for the SEC lead ... LB Deion Holts had three QB sacks against Indiana ... DE Vincent Burns had one TFL against Indiana upping his streak of consecutive games with at least one TFL to 10 ... QB Jared Lorenzen is now fifth in the SEC career total offensive yardage record list with 9,090 yards.
LSU TIGERS (4-0, 1-0 SEC)
Junior DB Corey Webster has three interceptions in four games and is tied for the SEC lead ... He now has 10 interceptions in his career, which is tied for most among active SEC players ... WR Michael Clayton leads the SEC in receiving yards (446) and total receptions (25) ... Clayton has now caught at least one pass in every game of his career (30 games) ... By holding Georgia without a TD in the first half, LSU has not allowed an opponent to score in the first half during a regular season game since Ole Miss scored a TD on Nov. 23, 2002. The streak extends to 11 straight quarters, including all eight first half quarters this season.
OLE MISS REBELS (2-1, 1-0 SEC)
Ole Miss had 612 total offensive yards against ULM, the second highest total in school history (623 vs. Auburn, 1951) ... With the win, Ole Miss becomes the 30th team in Division I-A history to record 575 all-time wins ... The school's all-time record is 575-426-35 (57.1 percent) ... QB Eli Manning threw for 353 yards and 3 TDs vs. ULM ... It is the fourth 350+ passing yardage game of his career, a school record ... WR Chris Collins extended his streak to 25 straight games with at least one catch (9 for 121 yards) ... WR Taye Biddle had a career-high 105 receiving yards ... Ole Miss' first 100+ receiving yards duo since 1995.
MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS (0-3, 0-0 SEC)
So. RB Nick Turner leads the SEC and is fifth in the nation in all-purpose rushing, averaging 183.3 yards per game ... Sr. WR Justin Jenkins leads the SEC in receptions per game (24 in 3 games) and receiving yards per game (132.3) ... With nine receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns vs. Houston, Jenkins had the best game of his career for the second straight week (9 for 164, 2 TDs vs. Tulane) ... State's 0-3 start marks its first such beginning based upon on-the-field results since 1968 ... MSU's current eight-game losing skid ties for the third-longest streak in school history.
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (3-1, 0-1 SEC)
South Carolina leads the SEC in pass defense, allowing 143.0 yards per game ... RB Demetris Summers rushed for 161 yards on 21 carries and 3 TDs against UAB ... He tied the school record for TDs by a freshman and had the third highest rushing yards total by a freshman in school history ... Summers' 54-yard TD run was the longest run from scrimmage since Oct. 6, 2001 (58 yards) ... The last time USC scored 28 points in the first half and 42 points in a game was against Temple last season ... Ten of 14 UAB's offensive drives against South Carolina were four-plays-or-less and nine drives were less than 10 yards.
TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (3-0, 1-0 SEC)
The Vols lead the SEC and are sixth in the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 53.3 yards per game ... Opponents are averaging just 1.95 yards per rushing attempt against Tennessee ... QB Casey Clausen anks to No. 2 on Vols' career passing yardage list (7,368 yds), completions (593) and touchdowns (54) ... Clausen is 27-7 as a starting QB and 11-0 in opponents' stadiums ... PK James Wilhoit's 51-yard field goal in the third quarter was a career-long (previous: 42 vs. Marshall) ... His 51-yard FG was the longest for the Vols since Alex Walls hit a 51-yarder vs. LSU in the 2001 SEC Championship.
VANDERBILT COMMODORES (1-3, 0-2 SEC)
Freshman Brian Stamper earned his first collegiate start at right offensive tackle, replacing Kenan Arkan, who saw his consecutive start streak end at 14 due to a high-ankle sprain ... QB Jay Cutler passed for a career-high 250 yards against TCU ... The Commodores are -6 in turnover margin in their three losses ... Sr. P Abtin Iranmanesh is fourth in the SEC in punting average (41.4 yards per punt) ... Soph. WR Erik Davis is third among SEC receivings with 10-or-more receptions in yards per catch ... Davis has 12 catches for 254 yards, an average of 21.17 yards per catch.