What Tide Players Had To Say
Although Alabama nose tackle Terrence Cody wasn't credited with a tackle by the Ole Miss statistics crew, he made his presence known in different ways against the Rebels in Bama's 22-3 win in Oxford Saturday.
He had a tipped pass, he had a quarterback hurry, and he stopped up the middle of the Ole Miss offensive line, resulting in little or no rushing success for the Rebels (23 carries for 72 yards).
"In the first half, we just dominated," Cody said. "In the second half they changed to some sort of trick plays."
Cody, the 6-5, 354-pound All-America, just missed getting his first sack. "I was a little mad," he said. "If I would have gotten to him, I would have forced a fumble and we would have scored."
Cody said the emphasis "this who season and the whole summer was to get better as a defensive front and to rush better than we did last year."
He said, "It's always up to the defense. We know we have to win the game, have to create turnovers. I think we made a statement. We dominated."
Cody said Bama's success against Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead was due to "showing him some things he hadn't seen before. I think it affected him. The coaches told us he didn't play well under pressure, that he will throw a lot of balls up."
Cody said the key to continued improvement is that "Coach Saban tells us not to relax, not to think that we're going to win just because we're Alabama, and that we can't be complacent."
Mark Ingram had a big day rushing the football, 28 carries for 172 yards and a touchdown. He gave credit to everyone else for his success. Did he do anything? "I just do my job," said the sophomore. "You have to give credit where credit is due. I give credit to the offensive line for making the seams and to the wide receivers for blocking downfield."
Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy said the fourth-and-one play on which Ingram went 36 yards for a touchdown in the first half was well-conceived by Offensive Coordinator Jim McElwain. "We fast-balled," them McElroy said. "We were in an unbalanced line and went on a quick count before they could adjust."
McElroy did not have his best day. "It was frustrating at times," he said. "We'd have 10 guys do the right thing and one--whether me or someone else--miss his assignment."
He did give Ole Miss credit. "They do a great job of changing the look," he said.
Alabama cornerback and kick return specialist Javier Arenas declined to compare this year's Bama team with last year's Crimson Tide. "I really don't like to compare the two because we're in the present," he said. "We're just trying to get better each day and move forward."
Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain said, "We played good, sound defense; we were solid against a real fine team. Our philosophy is that if they can't score, they can't win, and that's what we tried to do."
McClain said he thought some of the hits on Snead affected him. "We know why kind of quarterback he is and what he's capable of and we were trying to get to him," he said.
Leigh Tiffin, who connected on a personal best five field goals and was responsible for 16 of Alabama's 22 points, was asked how long he had been playing football.
"I'm not a football player," he said. "I've never been a football player. All I've ever done is kick."
He admitted he did feel a part of Alabama's football team, "but my job is different he said." Nevertheless,Tiffin said he continues to work on tackling in practice.
"It was good to contribute and help the team," he said. "It was good to get a win."
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