Alabama team and player notes

Alabama's record currently stands at 1-1. Though the Tide opened with a victory over MTSU in Birmingham, Saturday's contest against North Texas will mark Bama's first game this season at Bryant-Denny. The Mean Green will be Alabama's third straight out-of-conference opponent.

Alabama Football Notebook

  • Alabama ranks third in the SEC and 48th nationally with 214 passing yards per game this season.
  • The Crimson Tide recorded six sacks against Oklahoma, the second-most in the SEC this season. Arkansas had seven sacks in a win over Boise State (Sept. 7).
  • Alabama had three turnovers in its 37-27 loss at Oklahoma, with two miscues resulting in OU touchdowns. The Sooners scored 14 points off Bama turnovers in the game, marking the first time in nine games (Sept. 30, 2001) an opponent has scored points off an Alabama turnover. South Carolina scored 10 points off three UA turnovers in a 37-26 win last year in Columbia.
  • Oklahoma scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes of each half, giving the Sooners 28 total points in the final two minutes of both halves against Alabama.
  • The Crimson Tide was penalized 16 times for 126 yards in its win over Middle Tennessee, matching the single-game record for most penalties. The Crimson Tide was also penalized 16 times in a 1995 against Georgia.
  • UA's 126 penalty yards against Middle Tennessee fell just seven yards shy of the single-game record for most penalty yards. Alabama was flagged for 133 yards in a 1957 game with Vanderbilt.
  • Alabama's 16 penalties and 126 penalty yards against Middle Tennessee are the most in the SEC this season.
  • Sophomore safety Carlos Andrews recorded a career-high two tackles in the loss at Oklahoma. His previous high was one tackle, three different times.
  • Senior safety Waine Bacon recorded his second career blocked kick at Oklahoma as he blocked a first quarter field goal attempt. Bacon teamed with Marc Miller to block an Iowa State put to set up Alabama's game-winning TD in the 2002 Independence Bowl.
  • Bacon had a career high 13 tackles in UA's season opener against Middle Tennessee. His previous best was 11 tackles last year at Ole Miss.
  • Junior tailback Santonio Beard had an 11-yard reception in the loss at Oklahoma, his second career catch for the Crimson Tide. Beard's only other career reception was an eight-yard grab last year against Tennessee.
  • Senior punter Lane Bearden equaled the highest punting average of his career with a 47-yard average at Oklahoma. The Pelham, Ala., also posted a 47-yard average against Central Florida (2000) and UTEP (2001).
  • Alabama senior punter Lane Bearden ranks third in the latest NCAA statistics with a 46.8 average. The Pelham, Ala., native leads the SEC. Through two games, Bearden has eight punts for 374 yards, including three inside the 20-yard line.
  • Bearden also handles UA kickoffs and has become a special teams weapon for the Crimson Tide, throwing a a two-point pass conversion against Middle Tennessee and adding a three-yard TD run off a fake field goal against Oklahoma.
  • Junior tight end Donald Clarke made his first career reception for Alabama at Oklahoma. Clarke hauled in a 22-yard pass from Tyler Watts.
  • Senior wide receiver Sam Collins had six catches for 82 yards in the loss at Oklahoma (Sept. 7), both career highs. Collins previous best was five catches for 58 yards in a loss at Ole Miss last year. In addition, Collins had his first career rushing attempt against Oklahoma, a three-yard gain.
  • The Fayette, Ala., native had eight catches for 136 yards and one TD so far this season to rank fifth in the SEC with five receptions per game and 68 yards per game.
  • Collins had a 35-yard touchdown reception against Middle Tennessee, his fifth career TD catch. Dating back to last year, Collins has five TD receptions in his last eight games. He had none in his first 28 games at Alabama.
  • Redshirt freshman quarterback Brodie Croyle made his Alabama debut in the Oklahoma, completing one of three passes for seven yards. Croyle, a highly touted prep quarterback at Westbrook Christian, had not taken a snap in more than two years. He was redshirted in his first season at Alabama (2001) and missed all but the first quarter of the season opener in his senior year in high school (2000) because of an injury. His UA debut at Norman was his first "live game" football action in 105 weeks.
  • Junior Brooks Daniels matched his career high with 16 tackles in the win over Middle Tennessee. Daniels also had 16 tackles in last year's loss at Ole Miss. For Daniels, the Middle Tennessee game marked his sixth career double figure tackle game at Alabama and his fourth game of 12 or more tackles. In addition to his 16 tackles against the Blue Raiders, Daniels also added three TFLs for minus four yards, both career highs for the junior.
  • Daniels three tackles for loss in the win over Middle Tennessee are the most by an SEC defender this year.
  • JuCo transfer Zach Fletcher had his first career reception at Oklahoma, hauling in a 12-yard pass from Tyler Watts.
  • Wide receiver Dre' Fulgham had two receptions for 39 yards, including a 34-yarder that set up an Alabama touchdown in the first quarter, in the season opener against Middle Tennessee. Prior to the 2002 season opener, Fulgham had only three catches for 88 yards in his previous 19 career games.
  • Senior Ahmaad Galloway is the SEC's 10th leading rusher with 71.5 yards per game.
  • Galloway has at least one rushing touchdown in four consecutive regular season games.
  • Redshirt freshman safety Roman Harper had four tackles, including one sack (-7). The four tackles matched his career high set in the 2002 season opener against Middle Tennessee.
  • Redshirt freshman Clint Johnston also grabbed his first career reception at Oklahoma, hauling in a five-yard pass.
  • Senior nose tackle Kenny King matched his career high with two sacks at Oklahoma, the fourth multiple sack game of his Alabama career. He last had two sacks in a loss to Southern Miss during the 2000 season.
  • King matched his career high with eight tackles in the win over Middle Tennessee. King also had eight stops against Southern Miss and South Carolina in 2000.
  • King's two sacks tie for the most in the SEC this season in a single-game.
  • Junior wide receiver Triandos Luke is third in the SEC with 5.5 receptions per game. In two games, Luke has 11 catches for 109 yards against Middle Tennessee and Oklahoma.
  • In his first career start, Luke had nine catches for 85 yards against Middle Tennessee, both career highs. Luke's previous best was three catches (vs. UCLA and UTEP, 2001) and 33 yards (at South Carolina, 2001).
  • Luke entered the Middle Tennessee game with only 17 career receptions for 158 yards and three TDs. Last year, he had 15 catches for 152 yards in 11 games. The nine catches against Middle Tennessee in the 2002 season opener represents one-third of his career receptions.
  • Junior cornerback Roberto McBride made his first career start at Alabama in the Oklahoma game. McBride was the fifth defensive back in UA's nickel package to open the game.
  • Sophomore defensive end Antwan Odom recorded four tackles against Oklahoma, matching his career high. Odom has had four tackles in a game four times in his UA career, including the 2002 season opener with Middle Tennessee.
  • Redshirt freshman cornerback Charlie Peprah posted a career high four tackles at Oklahoma. His previous best was two stops against Middle Tennessee in the 2002 season opener.
  • Freddie Roach's 41-yard interception return was the first touchdown return for Alabama since Thurman Ward raced 61 yards last year in a 31-10 win over Arkansas on Sept. 22 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Reggie Myles had a 91-yard interception return for a touchdown in the 2000 season opener at UCLA, giving Alabama an interception return for a TD in two of its last three season openers.
  • Roach's 41-yard interception return against Middle Tennessee (Aug. 31) is the longest in the SEC this season.
  • Junior college transfer David Scott made his Alabama debut in the Oklahoma game, playing on special teams for the Crimson Tide.
  • Senior Theo Sanders had four rushing attempts for 13 yards and added two receptions for 43 yards in the win over Middle Tennessee. Prior to the 2002 season opener, Sanders had never had a career rushing attempt at Alabama. In addition, his two receptions and 43 receiving yards are both career highs. In his previous 24 games with Alabama, Sanders had one catch for 26 yards and that came last year in a 12-9 win at Vanderbilt (Sept. 8, 2001).
  • Sanders caught a career-high three passes in the loss at Oklahoma. Sanders previous best was two receptions in the 2002 season opener against Middle Tennessee.
  • Senior quarterback Tyler Watts ranks among the SEC leaders in passing yards (3rd, 210.5), total yards (3rd, 254.5) and passing efficiency (3rd, 133.3 rating). Watts is also 23rd among NCAA quarterbacks with 254.5 total yards per game.
  • Watts threw a first-quarter interception at Oklahoma, his first in a span of 82 pass attempts, dating back to the fourth quarter of the Ole Miss game last year.
  • In the 2002 season opener with Middle Tennessee, Watts completed 16 of 22 passes (.727) for a career high 236 yards in the win over Middle Tennessee. Watts' previous best was 231 yards in a 37-36 loss at South Carolina last year.
  • Sophomore kicker Michael Ziifle ranks among the SEC leaders in scoring (6th, 8.0 ppg), scoring among kickers (2nd, 8.0 ppg), field goals attempted (2nd, 1.5 per game) and extra point percentage (T1st, 7-7, 100%).
  • Ziifle kicked two 45-yard FGs at Oklahoma on Sept. 7, the second-longest field goal in the SEC this season.
  • September birthdays: Derek Sanders (7th), Jeremy Brandon Greer (13th), Lannis Baxley (15th), Antwan Odom (24th) and Dennis Alexander (28th).

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