Shaud Williams (Offense)Tailback
5-8 * 191 * Senior * 1VL
Senior running back Shaud Williams ran 28 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Southern Miss. Williams scored on a 44-yard touchdown run with 2:01 left in the first quarter to give Alabama a 7-0 lead.
With that 44-yard TD run, Williams' three previous touchdowns had averaged 59.3 yards. Williams had touchdown runs of 54 yards vs. Northern Illinois (Sept. 20), 80 vs. Arkansas (Sept. 27) and 44 vs. Southern Miss (Oct. 11).
Williams added a one-yard TD run in the fourth quarter of today's game to extend Alabama's lead to 17-3.
In seven games this season, Williams has accounted for all nine of Alabama's rushing touchdowns. Dating back to the 2002 Hawai'i game, he is responsible for the Crimson Tide's last 10 rushing TDs.
Demeco Ryans (Defense)Strong Linebacker
6-2 * 225 * Sophomore * 1VL
Crimson Tide linebacker Demeco Ryans recorded 13 tackles in the Tide's win over Southern Miss Saturday. Those included 7 solo tackles and 1.5 sack for minus 11 yards.
The sophomore leads Alabama and the Southeastern Conference in tackles with 85 on the season.
The Crimson Tide recorded its best rushing defensive performance of the season, limiting the Golden Eagles to 35 rushing attempts and 17 rushing yards. Alabama's previous best rushing defense effort this season was against Kentucky, limiting the Wildcats to 23 attempts and 26 rushing yards.
Chris James (Special Teams)Free Safety
6-0 * 198 * Junior * 2VL
Junior strong safety Chris James (Albany, Georgia) recorded his second blocked punt of the 2003 season, setting up Williams' one-yard TD run in the 4th quarter.
James first career blocked punt came in the Crimson Tide's 20-13 loss to No. 1 ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 6, 2003. James was credited with a 14-yard punt return Saturday against USM, while Greg McClain added 11 more yards setting up UA at the USM one-yard line.
James also added two special teams tackles on the day, one of which came after a mishandled snap on a Southern Miss punt, resulting in a 24 yard loss on the play.