Hudson Started, and Stayed Strong

Although he'd played in 37 games for Alabama in his career, senior halfback Ray Hudson logged the first start of his career Saturday night and made it a memorable performance in the Tide's 28-7 victory over Ole Miss.

"I've been waiting patiently and filling my role and now I was able to get a starting role," Hudson said following Saturday night's game. "I hope I can do well as those other guys I was behind (Shaud Williams and Ahmaad Galloway)."

Hudson finished the night as the Tide's leading rusher and receiver. He gained 116 yards on 14 carries and added four catches for 34 yards. He also accounted for two of Alabama's four touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving.

Alabama's first offensive play was a pass to Hudson in the flats for seven yards, but Hudson's fumble later during the opening drive put the Rebels in position to score first. The Bama defense was stingy, though, and Mississippi was unable to score.

"It was a sigh of relief because they didn't get any points," Hudson said. "When I mess up I can let it get in my head, but everyone on the sidelines picked me up."

Later, Bama zip-locked the game with Hudson's 46-yard touchdown run up the left sideline, which included a move that left Mississippi defensive back Trumaine McBride quaking.

"That's one of the better moves I have seen since I've been in college," quarterback Brodie Croyle said.

Ray Hudson said he veered slightly from the drawing board rendition of the play in order to reach the end zone. "I'll probably hear about that one," he said. "I was supposed to go inside but I went outside instead. I'm supposed to stick my nose in it."

Instead of sticking his nose in the pile, however, Hudson sniffed the end zone because he knows most of his touchdowns runs will have to come from a distance.

"Me and KD (Kenneth Darby) talk about it on the sidelines - if we get inside the 20 we know they're going to put those big boys in there," Hudson said. "When we break a long run we know it might be our last chance to score."

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