Tide Players Discuss Win Over Arkansas

Alabama strong safety Justin Woodall was selected as one of the Crimson Tide's defensive players of the week for his play against Western Kentucky. This week against Arkansas he was even more spectacular.



Justin Woodall had been only a spot player for Alabama prior to this season. Now the junior is making big plays for the Crimson Tide at strong safety.

He had a huge play in Alabama's 49-14 win over Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday.

Midway through the second quarter, Alabama was comfortably in front of the Razorbacks, 28-7, but Arkansas was putting together a little drive. The Hogs had reached the Alabama 30 when Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick threw a ball out to his right. The only man who could catch it was Woodall.

Not only did Woodall catch it, he started back the other way, 74 yards to a touchdown and a 35-7 Alabama lead.

"I didn't want the quarterback to tackle me," he said after the game. That didn't happen as he gave Dick a move and coasted into the end zone.

"I was thinking touchdown and not getting caught from behind," he said. "It was fun out there today and winning by that big of a margin."

Woodall said, "We had a good week of practice this week and all three phases of the game came together today."

Alabama running back Glen Coffee had the best game of his Alabama career with 10 carries for 162 yards, including touchdown runs of 87 and 31 yards.

Of the 87-yard touchdown run, he said, "We were ready to play, but I feel like when I broke that run, the team took it to a whole new level. I feel like we answered the call. You visualize plays like that every game and when it comes true, you have to give thanks to the Lord. I also give thanks to the (offensive) line for their hard work and thank the coaching staff for the hard work this week and the good schemes."

Coffee said, "We have one of the best offensive lines in the country. They blocked well today. You can't do a better job of blocking than they did today"

Javier Arenas, Alabama's junior cornerback, also had a touchdown return for an interception, a 63-yard return that gave Alabama a 21-0 first quarter lead.

Arenas said, "It was one of those situations where the receiver ran an option route and made a slight mistake. I was able to adjust and take it back for six. All week Coach (Nick Saban)was talking about coming out firing and hitting them in the mouth quick. I think we did that. It seemed like they knew we were here to play a little football from the get-go."

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