Tide Notes

Here are some notes from Alabama's 24-13 victory over Arkansas at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday:

Is Alabama ever going to throw to the tight end? Would you believe on the first play of the game? Bama quarterback Brodie Croyle connected with Nick Walker (who had lined up outside the left tackle) on a quick pass over the middle and Walker turned his first college reception into a 24-yard gain. On the day, Walker had three catches for 34 yards. Alabama had not completed a pass to a tight end in its first three games.

When Brodie Croyle looked across the line of scrimmage and saw 11 defenders, he knew that unless Arkansas had 12 men on the field (okay, that is a possibility) that no one was on wide receiver D.J. Hall, who had come out of Alabama's time out and gone straight to his position split wide on the right side. Croyle and Hall made quick eye contact and then connected on the final touchdown of the day, assuring Bama's victory. Croyle and Hall had seen that situation earlier this year. In the first scrimmage of the year Hall was unguarded on the left side and Croyle hit him for about a 70-yard touchdown.

The game was the first in his college career that sophomore D.J. Hall has had two touchdown receptions.

Tyrone Prothro made his first reception in the third quarter. The junior finished with three catches for 48 yards and extended his streak to 22 consecutive games with at least one reception. That is the longest streak by any active Southeastern Conference player.

When DeMeco Ryans recovered a fumble in the third quarter, it marked the 21st consecutive game Alabama has forced a turnover by the opponent. Bama forced two turnovers and the Tide turned them into 10 points. Alabama did not have a turnover

Alabama has started the season 4-0, the first time Bama has opened a season with four consecutive victories since 1996 (when Bama went 7-0 to start the year). And the Crimson Tide has started the season 2-0 in the SEC for the first time since 2001. It is the 37th time in Alabama football history the Crimson Tide has opened the season with at least four consecutive victories.

Among Alabama players with first time statistics was junior fullback Kyle Bennett. The walk-on from Boaz is used as an up man on kickoff returns with responsibility for blocking for the return men. But when Arkansas squibbed its kickoff down the middle, Bennett picked it up and returned it 13 yards to the Alabama 36. From there Bama went to its first touchdown.

No one thinks about punter Jeremy Schatz having a strong leg, but the sophomore uncorked a 72-yard effort in the third quarter. The kick was with the wind and got over the head of the Arkansas punt return man, then bounded towards the end zone. Rashad Johnson was able to down the ball at the two-yard-line. It was the 10th longest punt in Alabama history.


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