The most dramatic Alabama opening play came against Florida. The Crimson Tide got the ball at its own 13-yard line. On first down, quarterback Brodie Croyle connected with Tyrone Prothro just behind the single defender (what were the Gators thinking?) for an 87-yard touchdown and Bama, then ranked 15th in the nation, went on to a 31-3 win over the then fifth-rated Gators.
Against Southern Miss, Alabama's first play was Croyle finding Prothro down the sideline for a 52-yard gain as Bama went on to a 30-21 win over the Golden Eagles.
After the Florida game, the Tide went to Oxford to take on the Ole Miss Rebels. Walker was again the first-play recipient, an 18-yard gain to start off the Tide's 13-10 win.
Over the years, Tennessee has made a lot of yardage with the screen pass. When Bama opened against the Vols, the Crimson Tide opened with a screen pass, Croyle connecting with Brown for six yards. Alabama ran its record to 7-0 with a 6-3 decision.
Against Mississippi State, Croyle opened the game with a 19-yard completion to Brown in Bama's 17-0 win.
Alabama's opening play linescore is nine-for-nine for 240 yards, an average of 26.7 yards, and one touchdown.
Prothro, who was lost for the season with a broken leg in the fourth quarter of the Florida game, had two receptions for 149 yards. Walker has had two receptions for 42 yards, Brown three for 34 yards, Caddell one for 19, and Hall one for six.