Friday, September 2, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

#2 David Palmer

2 more days till Bama's first game!

Wearing number 2 and nicknamed "The Deuce", during his career for theCrimson Tide, Palmer became the school's first 1000 yard receiver in a single season. During his junior season, Palmer was an All-Americanat Alabama and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy finishing 3rd in the voting. Palmer, arguably, was one of the first "wildcat" quarterbacks. He was often known to take snaps directly under center and run to the right side of the line.He is said to be one of the greatest players to ever come out of the University of Alabama.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

#3 Van Tiffen

3 more days!

#3 Van Tiffen was best known with "The Kick" in the 1985 Al vs AU game.  Check out the video below.

#3 Trent!

3 More Days till Bama Football!

Trent, 5'-11", 224 lb junior, will be the starting tailback for Bama this season.  Last year, Richardson started the first two games of the season with Mark Ingram sitting out due to an injury. In the season opener, he had 10 carries for 66 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had 3 receptions for 46 yards. The following week against Penn State, he ran for a career-high 144 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. He also had 4 catches for 46 yards. Trent was named Co-SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

For the season he had 112 carries for 700 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns and 266 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns. Richardson also has 634 kick return yards with a touchdown.

5 More Days till College Football

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

#4 Marquis Maze

4 more days till Bama football!!!

#4 Marquis Maze was part of Saban's first recruiting class.  He has worked his way into the starting lineup as a wide receiver.  The photo below shows Maze's great catch in the 4th quarter against Auburn in 2008.
Maze will be a senior this year.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

#7 Don Hutson

Don Hutson was a receiver ahead of his time by a half-century. That's how long it took for the National Football League to catch up with the "Alabama Antelope." Hutson didn't merely catch more passes and score more touchdowns than anybody imagined possible. He changed the way football was played.
Few teams threw the ball in 1935 unless they were desperate or wanted to surprise the opponent. Hutson was football's Copernicus, proving that the universe did not revolve around the run.
By the time he retired in 1945, passing was part of the game. As for the receiving part, nobody played the game like Hutson. Statistically, his only rivals weren't born when Hutson left the game.
He led the NFL in touchdowns eight times. More than 50 years later, nobody else has led the league more than three times.
He also led the league in catches a record eight times, including 1942, when he had a then-astonishing 74 receptions. His nearest rival caught 27 passes that season.
In nine seasons he was the top touchdown receiver in the league (Rice is second all-time with six). 

Friday, August 26, 2011

#8 Julio Jones

Julio Jones - 6'-4"  220lbs.
"Quintorris Lopez" Jones from Foley Alabama, is one of the most gifted athletes ever to put on a Bama uniform.  Jones was a starter from Opening Day as a true freshman.  He is the only player in the history of the program to receive that honor.
Jones totaled 2,604 yards along with 15 touchdowns.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

#9 Victor Ellis

Victor Ellis will be remembered as an inspiration, for the manner in which he lived, played and represented the University of Alabama on and off the football field and for his gallant struggle with a disease that ultimately claimed his life. He went long before his time.  Ellis passed away at age 28,  falling victim to a rare form of cancer he was diagnosed with approximately 8 months before his death. 
Ellis played all four seasons at Alabama from 1998-2001. He finished second on the team in tackles in 2000 with 94, including nine for a loss and 2.5 sacks.

He was an academic all-SEC performer and one of the more beloved members of Alabama's program.

Monday, August 22, 2011

#12 Joe/Kenny/Greg

12 more days till bama football!!

Since there were several great players with the #12, we are going to highlight several.

Kenny Stabler came to Alabama in 1964.  As a junior in 1966, he took over the quarterback position full-time. He led the team to an undefeated, 11–0 season which ended in 34–7 rout of Nebraska in the Sugar Bowl.

Between 1962–64, Namath played for the Alabama Crimson Tide football program under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. A year after being suspended for the final two games of the season, he led the Crimson Tide to a National Championship in 1964. During his time at Alabama, Namath led the team to a 29–4 record over 3 seasons.

McElroy graduated from Alabama in three years with a degree in business marketing, and is a graduate student in his second year. As an undergraduate he had a 3.85 GPA, receiving only one B, and applied for, but did not win, a Rhodes Scholarship in 2010. It is therefore not accurate to describe him as a "Rhodes scholar", despite some sports writers doing so. 
In September 2010, McElroy was named as one of the smartest athletes in America by Sporting News  During the NFL Combine in February 2011, McElroy scored a 43 out of 50 on theWonderlic Test of intelligence. His score was originally reported as a 48, tying the all-time high for a quarterback set by Buffalo Bills Ryan Fitzpatrick.[ 

Photos show Kenny Stabler first, then Joe Willie, then Greg McElroy. 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

#13 George Teague

13 more days till Bama kicks off the season!

George Teague first came to note as a college athlete in the 1993 Sugar Bowl on the University of Alabama football team. This game marked his first interception with a return for a touchdown. Five plays later, he raced downfield and caught up with sprinting University of Miami wide receiverLamar Thomas and stripped the ball from him in full stride, maintaining possession of the ball as he returned it upfield. Although the play was called back on an offsides penalty against Alabama, it effectively quashed Miami's effort to regain their offensive momentum: Miami was forced to punt soon afterward, and never mounted another substantial offensive threat in the Crimson Tide's 34-13 victory.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

#17 Greg Richardson

17 more days till college football!!

Greg Richardson enjoyed a full and productive college football career at Alabama. He started for three years and lettered for four. He caught 65 passes. He ran the ball five times and returned three kic koffs. He set the Alabama career record, which Javier Arenas matched last season, with 125 punt returns.
That's 198 touches in all, but he's remembered for one.
The 1985 Iron Bowl may have been the most dramatic of all. There were four scores, two by each team, and four lead changes in the fourth quarter alone.
On the game's final play, Alabama's Van Tiffin kicked a 52-yard field goal to win 25-23. It's known as The Kick.
All Richardson did was make that kick possible.
There were 15 seconds left when Richardson ran a delay route underneath the defense. Quarterback Mike Shula looked off the defender to give Richardson time and hit him in stride.
That was only half the battle.
Richardson had to get up field to put Tiffin in range but also get out of bounds because Alabama had no timeouts left. The 5-foot-7, 175-pound receiver dragged Auburn defensive back Luvell Bivins from the hash mark to the sideline.
That 19-yard gain left just enough time for the field-goal unit to take the field and for Tiffin to make the kick.  Check out the video to see what happens next...

Monday, August 15, 2011

#19 Jeremiah Castille

19 more days till College Football.

It was during Bear Bryant's final game as a head coach that Jeremiah Castille recorded three interceptions in the 1982 Liberty Bowl.
Castille held the school record with 16 career interceptions for nearly 30 years.
He was named an All-American his final season.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

#21 Dre Kirkpatrick

21 more days till college football~

Dre Kirkpatrick is a big, physical defensive back with speed and agility ... earned the starting job at corner in 2010 and will look to develop into an All-America caliber player in 2011 ... has played in 25 games at Alabama with 60 total tackles ... won the Bobby Johns Defensive Back Award following 2010 spring practice ... captured the Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award in the spring of 2011.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

#22 Mark Ingram

22 more days till college football!

Mark Ingram was able to do something no other player in Alabama history has been able to accomplish.
In 2009, Mark Ingram won the Heisman Trophy.
Ingram ran for 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns last year.

#22 Johnny Musso

22 more days!  

Today, we have to split the day with 2 great running backs.  Most people younger than 45 years old wont remember the first one... Johnny Musso was a great running back in the Bear Bryant era in the 70s.

Musso, the Italian Stallion, was a two time All-American running back for the Tide in 1970 and 1971.

His 34 career rushing touchdowns remained the Alabama school record for 28 seasons.
He finished fourth in Heisman voting his senior season.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

#25 Rolando McClain

25 more days till college football!!

Rolando McClain was possibly the best defensive player on the 2010 national championship team.
McClain registered 270 tackles and five interceptions during his three years with the Crimson Tide.
He was the Dick Butkus and Jack Lambert Award winner in 2009. He also received All-American honors.
He was drafted eighth overall by the Raiders in the 2010 NFL draft.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

#26 Bobby Humphrey

26 more days till College Football!

Humphrey never seemed to receive enough credit for his success at Alabama.
He rushed for 3,420 yards in his career. He also caught 60 passes for 523 yards and scored 40 total touchdowns.

In 1986, he rushed for 1,471 yards, which was a school record at the time. 

#27 Siran Stacey

27 more days!

Stacy played at the University of Alabama from 1989–91, after spending two years at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas. For the Crimson Tide, he was a two-year starter and two-time All-SEC performer.
During his time at Alabama, Stacy rushed for 2,113 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also had 62 receptions for 574 yards for one touchdown.
On November 19, 2007, Stacy and his family were involved in a car accident in which six people were killed. Four of Stacy's children were killed in the accident, as well as his wife and the driver of the other car. Though severely injured, Stacy and one daughter survived the wreck.  On November 29, 2008, Stacy was the honorary captain of the 2008 Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

#29 Dennis Riddle

29 more days!

Dennis Riddle made a key play at the end of the 1996 Al vs Au game.  This was truly one of the most bittersweet moments in Al football history because moments after the Iron Bowl win, one of the best Bama coaches ever announced his retirement from college football.  Watch the end of the video to hear a true gentleman. Enjoy.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

#30 Dont'a Hightower

30 more days!

Dont'a Hightower could be Bama's best defensive player this year.

 Dont'a Hightower returns for his fourth season in Tuscaloosa after bypassing the NFL Draft for another season at the helm of the Tide defense in 2011 ... emerged as one of the stars of the 2008 freshman class, but a knee injury in the fourth game of the 2009 season ended his sophomore campaign ... granted a medical redshirt after knee injury in 2009 will be a junior in 2011 ... a physically imposing linebacker with great speed and a nose for the football ... has made 29 starts at linebacker while playing in 31 games ... has 149 career tackles with 10.0 tackles for loss, one sack and 17 quarterback hurries 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

#31 Sam Shade

31 more days till college football!

#31 Sam Shade played on the 1992 Championship team and had a great interception against Miami in the Sugar Bowl.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

#32 CJ Mosely

32 more days until 'you know what'!!!

#32 CJ Mosely - 6'-2" 234 lbs linebacker for Alabama.

C.J. Mosley stepped on campus in the summer of 2010 and quickly developed into one of the Tide primary linebackers ... possesses a very high football IQ while playing with speed and toughness ... made three starts as a true freshman while seeing action in all 13 games ... has 67 career tackles with two interceptions and 10 pass breakups ... a first-team Freshman All-American and Freshman All-SEC performer ... won the Woodrow Lowe Linebacker Award following the spring of 2011.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

#34 Kenneth Darby

34 more days!

Kenneth Darby #34, played his high school ball at Butler High here in Huntsville.

Darby entered 2005 as a preseason All-SEC player and finished the season as one of the top running backs in the SEC. That year, the Crimson Tide finished 10-2 with a victory over Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl Classic. He was a First-team All-SEC after starting all 12 games, with 239 carries for a career-high 1,242 yards (5.2 avg.) and three touchdowns and had 29 catches for 132 yards (4.6 avg.).

Saturday, July 30, 2011

#35 Demeco Ryans

35 more days till College Football!!

Some of you may remember Demeco Ryans!  Check out this awesome video below!

Friday, July 29, 2011

#37 Shaun Alexander

37 more days till college football!!

Shaun Alexander, one of the more remarkable running backs in the history of Alabama football!  Check out the video for one of the highlights of his career vs. the Gators in overtime!!

in the 1999 Iron Bowl where he had three touchdowns and 199 total yards. This capped off a great career for Alabama.
When he left, Alexander was the all-time rushing leader at the school.
He also rushed for a school record 291 yards against LSU as a freshman.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

#38 Glen Coffee

38 More Days till College Football!

In his best statistical season at Alabama, Coffee ran for 1,383 yards and ten touchdowns, while averaging 5.9 yards per carry. With his season's performance, Coffee was named to the Associated Press All-SEC first team

Monday, July 25, 2011

#39 E.J. Junior

39 more days to college football!!!

E.J. Junior was one of the many successful linebackers to come out of Alabama.
Junior was known for his ability to rush the passer. It ultimately earned him a spot as a top pick in the 1981 NFL draft.
Junior went on to have a very successful pro career, earning spots in the Pro Bowl twice.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

#40 Baron Huber

40 More Days till football season!!

#40 Baron Huber  6'-3"  249lbs running back for Bama.

Huber was the first fullback on the field for Alabama in 2008 ... helped a running game that averaged 184.6 yards per game to rank third in the SEC ... was a staple on the kickoff return unit ... played in all 14 games.