Bama Defense Dominating Stats

After the past weekend's games, the Alabama defense leads the nation in three defensive categories: total defense, passing defense and pass efficiency defense.

The Crimson Tide ranked third in total defense entering the UT game, but after holding the Vols to 195 total yards leaped over NC State and Wisconsin into the top spot.

Through eight games, Alabama has allowed just 221.6 yards per games en route to a 5-3 overall record. The Crimson Tide had allowed just 106.6 passing yards per game, besting the next closest Southeastern Conference team by more than 40 yards per game. Bama opponents have compiled an 83.3 rating this season.

In addition, Alabama leads the SEC in opponents' third down conversion percentage, holding them to a 22.8 percent (23-for-101) conversion rate.

Tennessee entered the game averaging more than 400 yards per game. UT is the third straight opponent with less than 200 total yards. Overall, Bama has held five opponents below 200 yards this year.

Tennessee managed just 132 passing yards in the win over Alabama, and the Vols were the seventh straight opponent to pass for less than 200 yards against UA this season. Utah State (205) is the only team to break the 200-yard barrier through the air this season. The Bama defense also held UT to 63 rushing yards (34 attempts), marking the fourth time this season an opponent had failed to rush for 100 yards against UA.

Roman Harper and DeMeco Ryans celebrate after a big play.

On offense, Alabama continues to lead the SEC with 226 rushing yards per game despite only 105 yards in the loss at UT. Sophomore Kenneth Darby ranks fifth with 91.6 yards per game.

Alabama also leads the SEC in time of possession (33:59) for the third straight week. And for the third straight week, Alabama leads the nation with a 32.6 kickoff return average.

The Alabama coaching staff named Kenneth Darby (offense), DeMeco Ryans (defense) and Brian Bostick (special teams) as its players of the week for the Tennessee game.

Receiver Tyrone Prothro, who had five catches for 71 yards against Tennessee, and he is the only UA player with at least one pass reception in all eight games this season. Prothro has at least one catch in 14 straight games for the Tide.

SEC Weekly Awards are Numerous

The Southeastern Conference gives out weekly awards to players around the league recognizing outstanding performances. In 2002 there were two weekly awards, an offensive and defensive player of the week.

A year ago the conference added a special teams player of the week, and this year has added an award for offensive and defensive lineman of the week.

Despite having three legitimate All-Star caliber players on the offensive line and the league's best running game, no Alabama player has been a recipient of an offensive award this season.

Roman Harper was named defensive player of the week after the Alabama-Ole Miss game, Prothro the special teams player of the week for his performance against Kentucky, and Todd Bates was lineman of the week after Alabama-Southern Miss.


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