JV game player notes

The Crimson Tide will dress 54 players for its junior varsity game with Georgia Military College. Of those 54 players, 19 have seen varsity action for the Crimson Tide.

Those with previous playing experience are Joel Babb, J.B. Closner, Nathan Cox, Brandon Dean, Von Ewing, Corey Ferguson, Tarry Givens, Hamid Haaq, Zac Holt, Matt Lomax, Danny Martz, Josh Smith, Roberto McBride, Carl McInnish, Spencer Pennington, Bart Raulston, Derek Sanders and Thurman Ward.

Bama JV Player Notes

  • Babb has played in four games this season and made his debut with the Crimson Tide in 1998.
  • Ferguson has appeared in 14 games for the Crimson Tide during his career. He played in all 11 games last season, recording nine tackles. Ferguson has played in three games this year and has added two tackles.
  • Givens has appeared in two games for the Crimson Tide this season (North Texas and Arkansas) and made his UA debut against UTEP on Oct. 6, 2001 at Legion Field.
  • Lomax has appeared in three games for Alabama, including two games this season (North Texas and Arkansas). He made his UA debut last year at South Carolina on Sept. 29, 2001 in Columbia.
  • Martz has also appeared in three games, including the North Texas and Arkansas games this season. Martz made his UA debut last year against UTEP (Oct. 6) at Legion Field.
  • McBride has played in 24 games for Alabama, recording 29 career tackles. He has also added one TFL (-3) and five PBUs since making his debut in 1999. McBride has played in three games this year, contributing two tackles and one PBU.
  • Pennington made his Alabama debut on special teams against Middle Tennessee and played his first game at quarterback against North Texas. He had two rushing attempts in the win over the Mean Green.
  • Stubbs has missed the last two seasons while serving a foreign mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He last played for Alabama during the 1999, when he appeared in seven games.
  • Raulston saw action in six games as a freshman, including the Orange Bowl game with Michigan. As a sophomore, he saw action in every game, primarily on special teams. Raulston only saw action in one game in 2001. Raulston played in the Crimson Tide's 33-7 win over North Texas (Sept. 14) earlier this season.
  • Sanders has played in 27 games for Alabama since making his UA debut in 1999. He has four career tackles. The senior has appeared in three games this season with no tackles.
  • Ward has played both offense and defense in his UA career. The Starkville, Miss., native has appeared in 14 career games, including all 11 games last year. He has made three appearances this season, his first year at wide receiver.
  • In addition, Closner, Cox, Dean, Ewing and Holt all made their debuts for the Crimson Tide this season against North Texas on Sept. 14th at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • Closner and Ewing made their SEC debut in the Crimson Tide's 30-12 win at Arkansas on Sept. 28, 2002 in Fayetteville.
  • Haaq and Smith have not played this season, but did see action in two games last year. Haaq appeared in UA wins over UTEP and Auburn, while Smith played against Miss. State and Auburn.

Historical JV Player Notes

  • Former All-American Joe Namath was the Alabama freshman quarterback in 1961.
  • The 1964 freshmen team posted a 2-2 record with the likes of Ken Stabler, Dennis Homan and Bobby Johns.
  • Alabama completed the 1966 season with a 4-0 record led by Scott Hunter and Mike Dean. Hunter threw five TD passes for the Crimson Tide in those four games.
  • In 1967, Alabama posted a 3-1, including wins over Miss. State, Tennessee and Auburn. The stars of the '67 freshmen team were Johnny Musso, Terry Davis, David Bailey and George Ranager.
  • John Croyle, the son of Alabama redshirt freshman quarterback Brodie Croyle, played on the 1968 Alabama freshman team along with future NFL Hall of Famer John Hannah.
  • Alabama posted a perfect 5-0 record in 1970, the most wins in school history. The 1970 freshman squad was led by quarterback Gary Rutledge (33-for-63, 3 TDs), halfback Paul Spivey (129-578-8 TDs), punter Greg Gantt (41 yard punting average), halfback Wilbur Jackson and placekicker Bill Davis. Spivey's eight TDs are a single-season freshman record.
  • Craig Turner led the UA offense in 1981 with 52 carries for 426 yards (8.2 per carry) and three TDs. Turner also averaged 142 yards per game for the UA freshman team.

GMC Statistical Leaders (Through 5 Games):

Rushing (Rushes-Yds-Avg-TD)
Andre Hill 121-866-7.15-7

Receiving (Rec-Yds-Avg-TD)
Rick Stokes 23-420-18.3-6

Passing (Comp-Att-%-INT-TD-Yards)
Franco Johnson 44-98 (44.9)-6-10-714

Punting (Punts-Yds-Avg.)
Clay Crisp 25-1,319-43.97

Interceptions (No-Yards-Avg.-TD)
Brian Staley 6-7-1.7-0

Running back Andre Hill (Tampa, Fla.) has provided much of the ground attack for GMC this season, rushing 121 times for 866 yards and seven TDs. He averages 7.15 yards per carry and leads the nation with 173.2 rushing yards per game. Hill has accounted for 67.3 percent of GMC's rushing total and seven of their 10 rushing TDs thus far. His best game of the season was a 36-carry, 213-yard, 2 TD performance at Blinn JC.


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