Tide Players Honored For Victory Over Vols
Kareem Jackson, an Alabama freshman cornerback from Macon, Ga., had the best game of his career against Tennessee. Jackson tallied six tackles, had two pass breakups and recorded two interceptions in the game en route to SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
The first pick came early in the third quarter, when Jackson stepped in front of an Erik Ainge pass to thwart a Vol drive in Alabama territory. The second ended the final Tennessee possession late in the fourth quarter.
Jackson becomes the second Alabama player to win SEC Freshman of the Week this season. Running back Terry Grant earned the honor three times earlier this season in wins over Western Carolina, Vanderbilt and Arkansas.
In addition to Jackson's league award, the Tide coaching staff included eight players in their weekly honorees for team player of the week recognition.
On offense, the staff selected quarterback John Parker Wilson, wide receiver D.J. Hall, and running back Terry Grant. The trio helped the UA offense put up 41 points and compile 510 yards against Tennessee.
Wilson, a junior from Hoover, had a career day against the Vols, passing for 363 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the win. Wilson completed 32-of-46 of his attempts in the air and also ran for 28 yards.
Hall, the Tide's record-setting wide receiver from Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., added another record to his resume by catching 13 passes in the win over UT, setting a new Alabama single-game record for catches. Hall had 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns and caught a 42-yard strike from Wilson to set up the team's first score. His double-digit catch total was the second in as many weeks, as Hall tallied 11 in a win over Ole Miss on Oct. 13.
In addition to his SEC Freshman of the Week honor, Jackson was also selected by the coaching staff as one of two defensive players of the week for the Tide. He was joined by senior linebacker Darren Mustin, who led the team with eight tackles against Tennessee. Mustin tallied five solo tackles and three assists in the win over the Vols.
On special teams, return man Javier Arenas and linebacker Demarcus Waldrop were selected as players of the week for the second straight game. Arenas had another key return against Tennessee, this one a 62-yard effort in the second quarter. Waldrop tallied two tackles on special teams units and also recovered an onsides kick to start the game. They were joined by junior running back Jimmy Johns, who recorded one tackle on the afternoon.
The Tide has an open date this Saturday and returns to action against highly-ranked LSU in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally by CBS.
Alabama will have a few practices this week, but the open week also gives players an opportunity to rest and to let nicks and bruises have healing time.
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