A Look at AU's Regular Season Finale Opponent

Undefeated Alabama enters Saturday's game vs. Auburn with a strong team on both sides of the ball.

The two-time defending BCS national champions, Alabama enters this year's showdown with the No. 4 Auburn Tigers undefeated with only two teams (Texas A&M and Mississippi State) staying within three touchdowns.

Strong on offense and defense with veteran leaders on both sides of the football, Alabama will present Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers with their toughest test of the season.

On offense the Crimson Tide is one of the most balanced teams in the country, averaging 233.3 yards passing and 211.5 yards rushing per game while scoring 39 points per contest. Outscoring the opposition 437 to just 102 this season, Alabama has had plenty of opportunities to roll up the yardage this season and that has worked out well for senior quarterback A.J. McCarron.

A steady game manager, McCarron rarely makes mistakes and that shows on the field as he enters the game with 36 career wins, the most in school history for a starting QB. Completing 68.6 percent of passes for 2,399 yards and 23 touchdowns and only five interceptions this season and the school career leader in passing yards and touchdowns, the senior has plenty of help to go around in the receiving corps with a load of talented pass catchers at his disposal.

With four players having at least 27 receptions and four more with at least a dozen, Alabama spreads the ball around as well as any team in the country. That makes it difficult for a defense to key in on any one receiver. Christion Jones leads the team with 35 receptions for 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Kevin Norwood has become the go-to guy in the red zone with six touchdown grabs as part of his 33 catches this year. Throw in explosive Amari Cooper (30-437, 3 TDs) and DeAndrew White (27-282, 3TDs) along with true freshman tight end O.J. Howard (12-246, 2 TDs) and you have the toughest task of the season for the Auburn secondary.

While Alabama can throw very effectively, the key is still running the football with talented sophomore T.J. Yeldon. Rushinbg 164 times for 1,022 yards (6.4 yards per carry) and scoring 12 touchdowns, Yeldon is a weapon for the Crimson Tide. Also with 16 catches out of the backfield, he will be someone that Auburn must keep an eye on no matter where he is on the field. Backup running back Kenyan Drake is no slouch either with 661 yards and eight scores while averaging a healthy 7.5 yards per attempt.

T.J. Yeldon

Up front veterans Cyrus Kouandjio and brother Arie Kouandjio man the left side with senior Ryan Steen at right guard. Combined they have 70 career starts between them and lead a group that is sixth nationally in percentage of offensive possessions scoring a touchdown. This season Alabama has scored touchdowns on 47.5 percent (57-120) its possessions this year.

Defensively, Alabama has been stifling, giving up just 9.3 points and 263.9 yards of total offense per game and holding opponents to an average of just 91 yards rushing per game. While the defensive front is strong with ends Ed Stinson and A'Shawn Robinson combining for 64 tackles, six and a half sacks and eight tackles for losses, the leader of the group and one of the best in the country is senior linebacker C.J. Mosley.

One of the top tacklers in the league with 88 stops and a team-high nine tackles for losses, Mosley has double-figure tackles in four games this season with 12 against Texas A&M, 10 against Arkansas, 12 against LSU and 10 against Mississippi State. Fellow linebacker Trey DePriest is third on the team with 47 tackles and has also added five tackles for losses.

In the secondary sophomore Landon Collins is second on the team with 52 tackles and has also added an interception return 89 yards for a touchdown despite starting just seven games following the injury to Vinnie Sunseri. Fellow safety HaHa Clinton-Dix has 45 tackles and two interceptions with cornerback Deion Belue making just 11 tackles in nine games with one of his team's 10 interceptions.

Alabama Defense

DE 49 Ed Stinson 6-4 292 Sr. Homestead, Fla.
86 A'Shawn Robinson 6-4 320 Fr. Fort Worth, Texas

NG 99 Brandon Ivory 6-4 310 Jr. Memphis, Tenn.
95 Darren Lake 6-3 324 So. York, Ala.
85 Korren Kirven 6-5 281 Fr. Lynchburg, Va.

DE 8 Jeoffrey Pagan 6-4 290 Jr. Asheville, N.C.
93 Jonathan Allen 6-2 264 Fr. Leesburg, Va.

SAM 42 Adrian Hubbard 6-6 252 Jr. Lawrenceville, Ga.
25 Dillon Lee 6-4 242 So. Buford, Ga.

MIKE 33 Trey DePriest 6-2 245 Jr. Springfield, Ohio
9 Reuben Foster 6-1 244 Fr. Auburn, Ala.

WILL 32 C.J. Mosley 6-2 238 Sr. Mobile, Ala.
11 Tana Patrick 6-3 238 Sr. Bridgeport, Ala. OR
18 Reggie Ragland 6-2 259 So. Madison, Ala.

JACK 30 Denzel Devall 6-2 250 So. Bastrop, La. OR
47 Xzavier Dickson 6-3 265 Jr. Griffin, Ga.

CB 13 Deion Belue 5-11 183 Sr. Tuscumbia, Ala.
10 John Fulton 6-0 186 Sr. Manning, S.C. OR
21 Maurice Smith 6-0 180 Fr. Sugarland, Texas

CB 5 Cyrus Jones 5-10 196 So. Baltimore, Md. OR
16 Bradley Sylve 5-11 180 So. Port Sulphur, La.
4 Eddie Jackson 6-0 175 Fr. Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

SS 26 Landon Collins 6-0 215 So. Geismar, La.
20 Jarrick Williams 6-1 210 Jr. Mobile, Ala.

FS 6 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 6-1 208 Jr. Orlando, Fla.
24 Geno Smith 6-0 186 So. Atlanta, Ga.

STAR 20 Jarrick Williams 6-1 210 Jr. Mobile, Ala.
24 Geno Smith 6-0 186 So. Atlanta, Ga.

Alabama Offense

LT 71 Cyrus Kouandjio 6-6 310 Jr. Hyattsville, Md.
72 Leon Brown 6-6 313 Jr. Riverdale, Md.

LG 77 Arie Kouandjio 6-5 315 Jr. Hyattsville, Md.
63 Kellen Williams 6-3 302 Sr. Lawrenceville, Ga. OR
68 Isaac Luatua 6-2 313 So. La Mirada, Calif.

C 70 Ryan Kelly 6-5 290 So. West Chester, Ohio
78 Chad Lindsay 6-2 302 Jr. The Woodlands, Texas

RG 61 Anthony Steen 6-3 309 Sr. Clarksdale, Miss.
50 Alphonse Taylor 6-5 335 Fr. Mobile, Ala.

RT 79 Austin Shepherd 6-5 315 Jr. Buford, Ga.
64 Grant Hill 6-6 301 Fr. Huntsville, Ala.

TE 84 Brian Vogler 6-7 260 Jr. Columbus, Ga.
88 O.J. Howard 6-6 237 Fr. Prattville, Ala. OR
89 Brandon Greene 6-5 307 Fr. Ellenwood, Ga.

TE/H 45 Jalston Fowler 6-1 250 Jr. Mobile, Ala.
82 Harrison Jones 6-4 241 Jr. Germantown, Tenn.

QB 10 AJ McCarron 6-4 214 Sr. Mobile, Ala.
6 Blake Sims 6-0 202 Jr. Gainesville, Ga.

RB 4 T.J. Yeldon 6-2 218 So. Daphne, Ala.
17 Kenyan Drake 6-1 201 So. Powder Springs, Ga. OR
45 Jalston Fowler 6-1 250 Jr. Mobile, Ala.
1 Dee Hart 5-9 187 So. Orlando, Fla.

X 2 DeAndrew White 6-0 190 Jr. Houston, Texas OR
9 Amari Cooper 6-1 202 So. Miami, Fla.
80 Raheem Falkins 6-4 203 Fr. New Orleans, La.

Z 83 Kevin Norwood 6-2 195 Sr. D'Iberville, Miss. OR
7 Kenny Bell 6-1 180 Sr. Rayville, La.
8 Robert Foster 6-3 187 Fr. Monaca, Penn.

H 22 Christion Jones 5-11 185 Jr. Adamsville, Ala.
5 Chris Black 5-11 182 Fr. Jacksonville, Fla.

PK/KO 43 Cade Foster 6-1 224 Sr. Southlake, Texas
99 Adam Griffith 5-10 187 Fr. Calhoun, Ga.

P 29 Cody Mandell 6-3 213 Sr. Lafayette, La.
99 Adam Griffith 5-10 187 Fr. Calhoun, Ga.

PR 22 Christion Jones 5-11 185 Jr. Adamsville, Ala.
1 Dee Hart 5-9 187 So. Orlando, Fla.

KOR 22 Christion Jones 5-11 185 Jr. Adamsville, Ala.
83 Kevin Norwood 6-2 195 Sr. D'Iberville, Miss.
5 Cyrus Jones 5-10 196 So. Baltimore, Md.
2 DeAndrew White 6-0 190 Jr. Houston, Texas


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