Ironing out wrinkles in the kicking game

Football can be a funny game. From one week to the next a player can go from goat to hero, which is precisely what happened with Bo Freelend.
October 24, 2003

Kicking game playmaker

Thanks to a renewed emphasis on the kicking game this season, Chris James had already blocked two punts before. So that part was old hat. <br><br>But a fortunate bounce Saturday against Ole Miss let him complete a rare special-teams double play.
October 21, 2003

Photos from Saturday's loss

For an Alabama team not devoid of talent, the frustrating 2003 season continues. <br><br>The Tide did have some significant moments during the game, and some players turned in very good individual performances. But none of it was nearly good enough, as Ole Miss took out decades of frustration in crusing to a 43-28 home win.
October 19, 2003

Specializing in special teams

With Alabama ahead just 10-3 in the fourth quarter, it was still anyone's game. But on two consecutive possessions, Chris James and Alabama's punt-block team rose up to make plays that put the Southern Miss contest out of reach.
October 14, 2003

Player of the Week nominees

Alabama submitted three nominees to the SEC Office Sunday for consideration as Players of the Week: Shaud Williams, Demeco Ryans and Chris James.
October 13, 2003

Photo report: Bama vs. Oklahoma

It was a great game to watch, as two of college football's greatest programs battled toe-to-toe on national television.
September 7, 2003

Secondary status report

Some coaches are able to ease into the season slowly, with their players not really being tested until the start of conference play. But Tide Defensive Backs Coach Chris Ball won't have that luxury. <br><br>"We're really going to find out how good we are right off the bat," he said.
August 22, 2003