Taking What The Defense Gives

D.J. Hall knows only one way to catch passes. "I don't want to be anxious," he said. "I try to stay calm." He was calm enough to catch 11 passes for 140 yards at Mississippi Saturday.



D.J. Hall, the all-time Alabama leader in receptions and in yards receiving, added to both totals Saturday as he caught 11 passes for 140 yards in the Crimson Tide's 27-24 win over Ole Miss in Oxford.

Although Hall seemed to be running free at times, he said, "Actually, I was getting doubled a lot, but I thought we had great play-calling. That's the main thing. I worked a little bit to get open, but I think it was mainly the play-calling."

Hall also had compliments for the man getting him the ball. He said, "They were putting me in the right position and John Parker (Wilson) was putting the ball in there. I thought he stepped up today. It was one of his better games. You could tell in the huddle he was comfortable and in the rhythm."

Hall hasn't overlooked the fact that Alabama has played close game after close game. "Man," he said. "We've had a few of them. This was a tough one. We fought hard to the end. We didn't give up and executed.

"As long as we execute, we can score. We didn't panic when they went ahead. We wanted to get back on the field. We scored when we had to."

Hall said that Alabama executed a game plan based on practice. He said, "We worked on a lot of things in practice. When they play off, you work on that, running underneath, the short routes. The short underneath stuff was working so good we stayed with it."

Hall said, "We can always execute better. I know I left a few plays out there."

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