Tiders on pace for good years

Assume nothing, and you'll likely remain safe. Today we completely ignore that rule, projecting forward to the end of the year based on current five-game production. <br><br>Several Tide athletes are on pace for remarkable seasons.

(Above left) Strong safety Roman Harper currently totals 50 tackles. If he continues on the same pace he'll finish with 130.


Defensive end Antwan Odom sacks the Northern Illinois quarterback. Double-teamed most of the time, so far this season Odom has just three sacks and eight quarterback hurries. Projecting for the whole season, if Odom continues at the same pace he'll finish with 52 tackles, five forced fumbles, 21 quarterback hurries and eight sacks, two below his 2002 total. (Barry Fikes photo)


After five games Brodie Croyle has passed for 1,076 yards and has accumulated 1,119 yards of total offense. For a 13-game season, that would project to 2,798 yards passing and 2,909 yards of total offense. Walter Lewis totaled 2,329 yards in 1983. (Barry Fikes photo)


After five games Demeco Ryans is credited with 63 total tackles. Projecting forward at the same pace, Ryans would end the 2003 season with 163 tackles, which would eclipse Woodrow Lowe's current record of 134, set in 1973. (Barry Fikes photo)


Shown stiff-arming a would-be Oklahoma tackler, halfback Shaud Williams has been Bama's most consistent offensive player this season. Projecting forward and assuming the same rate of production, Williams would finish the season with 1,544 yards rushing and 2,043 yards of total offense. Bobby Humphrey currently holds the single-season record for yardage at 1,471 set in 1986. Williams would also score 21 touchdowns. Shaun Alexander had 24 touchdowns in 1999. (Barry Fikes photo)


Linebacker Derrick Pope draws a bead on his man. Pope's current tackle total stands at 55. Continuing the same pace he'd finish with 143 stops, also eclipsing Lowe's record. On the same pace Pope would also finish with eight sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. Derrick Thomas, of course, holds those records at 27 and 44 respectively. (AP photo)


Triandos Luke (#84) and Dre Fulgham (#3) high-five each other following a touchdown. The two seniors lead the Tide in receiving. At the current pace, Luke would finish with 52 receptions for 676 yards. Fulgham would end with 31 receptions for 640 yards. The Tide records for the two categories are 65 receptions set by Freddie Milons in 1999 and 1,000 receiving yards set by David Palmer in 1993. (AP photo)


Charlie Peprah returns his interception last year versus Georgia. At his current pace Peprah would finish with five picks. Bama's season record for interceptions was set by Hootie Ingram, who totaled 10 in 1952. Peprah is also on pace to finish with 67 tackles (very good for a cornerback) and eight pass breakups.



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