Notes From River City Shootout

Over the years Alabama football teams have played before record crowds at home, on the road, and in bowl games. Another record was set Saturday in Jacksonville Memorial Stadium. Additional seats were crammed into the facility and official attendance was a record 85,412.



There were a couple of changes in Alabama's defensive starting lineup against Florida State with Darren Mustin returning to his weakside linebacker position and Marquis Johnson starting at right cornerback ahead of Lionel Mitchell. Brian Motley, who was injured in pre-season work, made his first appearance of the year at noseguard Linebacker Matt Collins and wide receiver Travis Sikes also played for the first time this season.

Both of AlabamaÕs starting defensive ends were injured. Brandon Deaderick replaced Bobby Greenwood and Milton Talbert replaced Wallace Gilberry. Gilberry returned to the game.

On offense, tight end Preston Dial, who had been out with an injury, was back in the line-up, replacing Travis McCall, who was injured.

The loss to the Seminoles was Bama's first to FSU in a series of only four games. Alabama won two previous meetings -- including the last meeting between the two in 1974 -- and tied one.

The game was Alabama's first neutral site regular season game since August 25, 1986, when the Crimson Tide and Ohio State opened the season in the Kickoff Classic at The Meadowlands in New Jersey. Bama was a 16-10 winner in that game.

Alabama had a very large following, perhaps in excess of 40,000, for the RiverCity Shootout against Florida State in Jacksonville, Fla. Ronny Robertson, an associate athletics director involved in Crimson Tradition fund raising, was on hand a day early and mixing with some of BamaÕs big donors as they prepared to play golf at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass.

One of the most famous holes in golf is number 17 on the Stadium Course, site of the TPC Championship. Robertson didnÕt have time to play golf Friday, but he and Jon Gilbert, a Bama administrator involved in maor gifts, got permission to dash out to 17 before the dayÕs first group reached the hole. Robertson borrowed a nine-iron and took one ball. He knocked it on the famous island green, then used the club to two putt for a par.

Alabama captains were wide receiver D.J. Hall, defensive end Keith Saunders, and wide receiver Matt Caddell.


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