Castille Just Misses A Couple

Simeon Castille was glad to have contributed one interception and he was pleased that Alabama was able to get a win in Oxford Saturday, but the Crismon Tide senior knew what could have been.

Alabama took a 27-24 win over Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday night and the Crimson Tide turned in three interceptions against the Rebels. Senior cornerback/nickel back Simeon Castille – who had the game-clinching interception a week earlier against Houston—had one of those interceptions Saturday.

But Castille wasn't as happy with his play this week. For one thing, he had a touchdown pass thrown over him on a third-and-long situation that gave the Rebels their least lead of the game at 24-17.

After the game Castille was asked if he had said something to Ole Miss receiver Mike Wallace. "I wasn't saying anything," Castille said. "He scored the touchdown. He may have said something."

Castille said he thought he was going to make an interception on the play. "I didn't watch the receiver," he said. "They had a little screen and go and because my guy came out, I turned back and sure enough the quarterback was throwing. I have to go up and get the balll. I can't just wait. He went up and got it. They've been making plays all year. They've got good players."

Castille said the defense should not have let Ole Miss drive late in the game. "We should have ended the game," he said. "I had a chance to end it when they threw a deep ball at me on the far sidelines. I got my hands on it and didn't hold it."

Castille plays a special role on special teams. He is one of the protect men when Alabama is receiving punts. Return man Javier Arenas had two runbacks for 71 yards. Castille said, "I was able to hold their gunner up a little bit and let Javier get going. He only needs a little bit of room and he's gone."

Castille said, "I'm glad to have this win against a good team. Now I'm looking forward to the Tennessee game."

Alabama plays Tennessee in Tuscaloosa Saturday. Gametime will be announced Sunday, either 11:30 a.m. CDT with television coverage by Lincoln Financial or 2:30 p.m. CDT with CBS broadcasting.

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