Stats and Notes: Bama Bumps Pile Up

Quarterback John Parker Wilson's injured ankle was the most talked about of the bumps and bruises the Crimson Tide football team had coming out of Saturday's 38-3 homecoming win over Florida International, but it wasn't the only one by any means.

Game Stats:

Wilson re-sprained an already bothered ankle late in the second quarter after letting go of a pass and being dragged to the ground.

"It felt pretty bad, it's loosened up since then," said Wilson, who walked to the media room for post game interviews in an untied shoe and torn sock. "It happened a couple of weeks ago and it took me a couple of days to get over it. I think by Tuesday's practice I will be fine."

Late in the first half Kenneth Darby appeared to be getting attention on his right lower leg, below the knee. He had tape wrapped around the leg (not around the foot) in the first half, took it off on the sideline and had it re-taped before he returned to the field.

"He kind of turned his ankle a little bit, but I think he's probably feeling better than the others," Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula said after the game. "We just wanted to get him some rest."

Jimmy Johns entered the game with a gimpy ankle, and carried for 10 yards on 9 rush attempts during the game. John's said after that game "I'm not 100 per cent, but I'm full go. It was a sprain. I'm fine."

Alabama sophomore right guard B.J. Stabler did not start, nor play in Saturday's homecoming contest, yielding to sophomore Marlon Davis, who earned the second start of his career. Stabler had started all eight prior games this season and had 18 starts in his career. He had arthroscopic knee surgery back in the spring, and has been spelled more than any other starter on the offensive line do to pain and swelling.

"(Stabler has) been hurting all year," Shula said. "If he had to have gone today, he would have gone. We felt like we would have chance to rest him, and with Marlon improving our plan is to use both throughout the rest of the year."

Antoine Caldwell sprained his ankle, too, and came into the media room with ice around his right ankle, although walking with ease.

"I just got an ankle sprain," he said. "I don't know how severe it is. I'll probably get a better look at it tomorrow. It shouldn't be a big deal. I should be ready to go on Saturday."

It was the left ankle that Caldwell had surgery on during his true freshman season. The ankle that got rolled Saturday was his right.

Javier Arenas injured his shoulder on his final punt returner and was wearing a sling with ice underneath his shirt. The true freshman who returned a punt for touchdown Saturday, said "It's alright. It's just sore" and said he did not think he would get x-rays or an MRI on the shoulder.

Starters Notes

For the second game in a row sophomore Will Oakley started in place of injured receiver Keith Brown (knee strain). Shula said "I don't know if he could have gone" when asked about Brown after the game. He is still questionable for next week's game against Mississippi State.

Rashad Johnson earned his second straight start at safety, and the third of his career against Florida International (against Hawaii, Johnson started in Bama's five defensive back package.)

FIU quarterback Josh Padrick completed a 68-yard pass to Jeremy Dickens which stands as the longest play allowed by Alabama's defense all year. Jeffrey Dukes made the touchdown-saving tackle at the 22 yard line avoiding what might have been a 90 yard touchdown.

Don't be fooled

The trivia question at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the second quarter asked which Alabama receiver has the most career 100-yard receiving games. The choices were A.) David Bailey, B.) Dennis Homan or C.) Ozzie Newsome. The real answer? – none of the above. DJ Hall broke Newsome's record against Ole Miss and extended his number of 100-yard receiving games to eight last week against Tennessee. Newsome, who held the record until this year.

Hall's streak of 100-yard receiving games ended Saturday against FIU as he managed just 27 yards on two receptions. He was riding a five-game streak of consecutive 100-yard receiving games before Saturday.

Walk-on Forress Rayford blocked Chris Cook's punt, which went forward for three yards, in the second quarter to set up Alabama's two-play, 33-yard touchdown drive. It was Alabama's third blocked punt of the season. All three have been blocked by a different player.

"There's a lot of different ways you can contribute to help win football games," Shula said. "Forress Rayford was getting ready to come in and meet with you guys - he didn't know where the media room was, by the way."

Freshman Javier Arenas scored with 9:34 remaining in the third quarter on a 65-yard punt return to break the game open. The return was Alabama's longest punt return since Shaud Williams had a 73-yarder in Bama's 2003 season opener against South Florida, Mike Shula's first game at Alabama.


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