Alabama player notes

Williams an all-purpose threat

Comprehensive football notes for Tide players, including Shaud Williams, Tyler Watts and Santonio Beard. <br><br>Two Tiders hit the century mark. Two more Bama players approaching 1,000 rushing yards for their careers.

All-Purpose Threat

Junior A-back Shaud Williams is also becoming an all-purpose threat for the Crimson Tide offense. The Andrews, Texas native is sixth in the SEC and 41st nationally, averaging 132.4 all-purpose yards per game. He is coming off his best game of the season at Arkansas, where he posted 216 all-purpose yards for the Crimson Tide. Williams had 119 rushing yards, 88 receiving yards and nine punt return yards against the Hogs.
  • In his last three games, he has accounted for 549 all-purpose yards, an average of 183 yards per game.
  • Against Southern Miss, Williams recorded 177 all-purpose yards. He added 156 all-purpose yards in the win over North Texas.
  • In addition, Williams ranks eighth in the SEC and 77th nationally, averaging 70.8 rushing yards per game.
  • Junior A-back Shaud Williams recorded an 80-yard TD run and a 75-yard pass reception in the Tide's win at Arkansas. The 80-yard run is the third-longest TD run from scrimmage since 1990 for the Crimson Tide. Chris Anderson's school-record 96-yard run (Temple, 1991) and Danny Woodson's 85-yard run (Temple, 1991) are longer.
  • The 75-yard pass reception is the longest of his career.
  • Williams had his best game at Alabama, rushing 21 times for 135 yards in the win over Southern Miss. The 21 rushing attempts equaled the second-most by Williams in his three-year career. Williams also had 21 rushing attempts against Colorado (230 yds, 2 TDs) and Iowa State (148 yds, 2 TDs) in 1999 at Texas Tech. The most rushing attempts by Williams was 24 carries against North Texas (151 yds, 2 TDs) also in 1999 while at Texas Tech.
  • In addition, Williams eclipsed with the 1,000-yard rushing mark in his career with a 43-yard run in the first quarter. Williams 43-yard run was his first rushing attempt of the game and set up the Crimson Tide with a first-and-goal at the USM six-yard line. Through 26 career games, Williams has 197 rushing attempts for 1,119 yards and seven TDs. The bulk of those numbers came in his two-year career at Texas Tech, where he rushed 167 times for for 884 yards and six TDs. In four games this season, Williams has 30 rushing attempts for 235 yards and one TD.
  • Against North Texas, Williams had seven carries for 93 yards and one TD in th Tide's 33-7 win. He averaged 13.3 yards per carry against UNT.

Williams, Beard Hit the Century Mark

For the 10th time in school history, Alabama had two tailbacks break the century mark in its win over Arkansas. Beard ran a career-high 21 times for 134 yards, while Williams added 11 carries for 119 yards in the 30-12 win in Fayetteville. The last time Alabama had two backs topple the century mark in the same game was Beard (199) and Galloway (127) in a 31-7 win at Auburn last year.

Watts, Beard Closing on 1,000 Career Rushing Yards

Two more Alabama players have a chance to surpass the 1,000-yard career rushing mark this Saturday when Alabama hosts the No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Senior quarterback Tyler Watts and junior tailback Santonio Beard are on the verge of joining 43 other Crimson Tide players who have rushed for 1,000 or more yards in their career. Junior A-back Shaud Williams joined that fraternity against Southern Miss (Sept. 21), when he rushed for 135 yards on 21 carries.
  • Williams has 208 rushing attempts for 1,238 yards and eight TDs in his three-year career. The junior rushed for 884 yards while at Texas Tech (1999-2000), which is included in that career total.
  • Watts enters the Georgia game 70 yards shy of the 1,000-yard career rushing mark.
  • Watts is seventh on the all-time Alabama rushing list among quarterback with 930 career yards. In his four-year career, Watts has 215 rushing attempts for 930 yards and six TDs.
  • Watts ran the ball two times for six yards in the win over Southern Miss (Sept. 21). The senior now has 215 career rushing attempts, which ranks 10th on the all-time rushing attempts for quarterbacks.
  • Watts' two rushing attempts against USM moved him past Steve Sloan (1963-65) on the all-time list for most career rushing attempts. Sloan had 213 career rushes. Jay Barker (1991-94) is ninth on the list with 241 career rushing attempts.
  • Watts is currently seventh on the all-time rushing list for UA quarterbacks with 930 career yards. He is 25 shy of Ed Salem's (1947-50) sixth place mark of 955 career rushing yards. Against North Texas, Watts moved past Terry Davis (1970-72) into 7th place with 924 rushing yards. Davis is now 8th place with 865 career rushing yards.
  • Senior quarterback Tyler Watts ranks among the SEC leaders in passing efficiency (4th, 136.6) and total offense (8th, 186.5). Nationally, Watts ranks 36th in pass efficiency and 74th in total offense.
  • Watts completed one of two passes against Southern Miss for six yards, tying Joe Namath (1962-64) for 10th place on the school's all-time passing yardage list at 2,714 career passing yards.
  • In the 2002 season opener with Middle Tennessee, Watts completed 16 of 22 passes (.727) for a career high 236 yards in the win over Middle Tennessee. Watts' previous best was 231 yards in a 37-36 loss at South Carolina last year.
  • Junior tailback Santonio Beard had a career-high 21 rushing attempts at Arkansas (134 yards). His previous high was 12 rushing attempts against Tennessee (2001) and Southern Miss (2002).
  • Beard enters the Georgia game just 93 yards shy of 1,000 career rushing yards. In 24 games, Beard has 130 carries for 907 yards and six TDs.

Crimson Tide Player Notes

  • Redshirt freshman Mark Anderson has made the most of his playing time this season for the Crimson Tide. Anderson has appeared in all five games, but has just 21 snaps from scrimmage. In those 21 snaps, Anderson has four tackles, two sacks (-15) yards and one forced fumble. Against North Texas, Anderson had three tackles, two sacks (-15) and one pressure in just nine plays from scrimmage.
  • Sophomore safety Carlos Andrews recorded a career-high five tackles in Alabama's 33-7 win over North Texas on Sept. 14th. Andrews' previous best was two tackles in the loss at Oklahoma (Sept. 7).
  • Strong safety Waine Bacon has been impressive in the Crimson Tide's last two games, recording 13 tackles, two caused fumbles and one interception in wins over Southern Miss and Arkansas.
  • Bacon had six tackles and his second career interception last week against the Razorbacks. Against Southern Miss, he added seven tackles and caused two fumbles.
  • Bacon recorded his second career blocked kick at Oklahoma as he blocked a first quarter field goal attempt. Bacon teamed with Marc Miller to block an Iowa State put to set up Alabama's game-winning TD in the 2002 Independence Bowl.
  • Bacon had a career-high 13 tackles in UA's season opener against Middle Tennessee. His previous best was 11 tackles last year at Ole Miss.
  • Sophomore defensive end Todd Bates recorded his second career sack in the Tide's win at Arkansas.
  • Senior punter Lane Bearden equaled the highest punting average of his career with a 47-yard average at Oklahoma. The Pelham, Ala., also posted a 47-yard average against Central Florida (2000) and UTEP (2001).
  • Redshirt sophomore Brian Bostick (Cullman) made his Alabama debut against Southern Miss and capped a 12-play, 39-yard drive with a 39-yard field goal to give the Crimson Tide a 17-7 lead with 10:06 left in the game. The 12-play scoring drive included 10 rushing plays by the Bama offense.
  • Against Arkansas, Bostick scored a career-high 12 points for the Crimson Tide, including three FGs and three PATs.
  • Through two games, Bostick (5-for-6 FG) would lead the SEC, averaging 2.5 FG per game, but he does not meet the minimum standards to qualify among the SEC leaders.
  • Junior defensive end Ahmad Childress matched his career high with two tackles against North Texas. He also had two stops a week earlier at Oklahoma.
  • Junior tight end Donald Clarke had his best game at Alabama tonight, hauling in three passes for 80 yards in the win over UNT. Clarke caught passes of 43, 24 and 16 yards to lead all UA receivers. Clarke had his first career reception for Alabama at Oklahoma (Sept. 7), hauling in a 22-yard pass from Tyler Watts.
  • Senior wide receiver Sam Collins had six catches for 82 yards in the loss at Oklahoma (Sept. 7), both career highs. Collins previous best was five catches for 58 yards in a loss at Ole Miss last year.
  • Redshirt freshman Brodie Croyle completed 12 of 24 passes for 285 yards and two TDs in his first career start at Arkansas. He had a 75-yard pass completion (Shaud Williams) and a 50-yard TD pass (Zach Fletcher) in the win over the Hogs.
  • The 50-yard TD pass to Fletcher was the longest by Alabama since Tyler Watts threw a 58-yard TD pass to Sam Collins last year at Ole Miss.
  • Junior Brooks Daniels matched his career high with 16 tackles in the win over Middle Tennessee. Daniels also had 16 tackles in last year's loss at Ole Miss. For Daniels, the Middle Tennessee game marked his sixth career double figure tackle game at Alabama and his fourth game of 12 or more tackles. In addition to his 16 tackles against the Blue Raiders, Daniels also added three TFLs for minus four yards, both career highs for the junior.
  • Daniels three tackles for loss in the win over Middle Tennessee are the most by an SEC defender this year.
  • Senior cornerback Gerald Dixon matched his career high with nine tackles against Arkansas. Dixon also had nine stops against the Razorbacks last year.
  • In addition, Dixon graded 90% in the Arkansas game, drawing prasie from Coach Fran about his play in the Tide's 30-12 win.
  • JuCo transfer Zach Fletcher scored his first career touchdown at Alabama, hauling in a 50-yard TD pass from Croyle in the fourth quarter.
  • Wide receiver Dre' Fulgham had a career-high four receptions for 74 yards in the win at Arkansas. His previous best was three catches for 39 yards in the season opener with Middle Tennessee.
  • Redshirt freshman safety Roman Harper had four tackles, including one sack (-7). The four tackles matched his career high set in the 2002 season opener against Middle Tennessee.
  • Sophomore tailback Ray Hudson ran seven times for a career high 87 yards against North Texas, including a career long 47-yard run in the second quarter. Hudson's previous best was 69 rushing yards at Vanderbilt last year. He also added one kickoff return for 14 yards against the Mean Green.
  • Redshirt freshman Clint Johnston also grabbed his first career reception at Oklahoma, hauling in a five-yard pass.
  • Free safety Charles Jones had eight tackles and one PBU in the win at Arkansas.
  • Senior nose tackle Kenny King matched his career high with two sacks at Oklahoma, the fourth multiple sack game of his Alabama career.
  • King matched his career high with eight tackles in the win over Middle Tennessee. King also had eight stops against Southern Miss and South Carolina in 2000.
  • Junior wide receiver Triandos Luke hauled in a career high nine receptions for 84 yards in Alabama's 39-34 win over Middle Tennessee in the season opener (Aug. 31).
  • Luke entered the Middle Tennessee game with only 17 career receptions for 158 yards and three TDs. Last year, he had 15 catches for 152 yards in 11 games.
  • Luke's nine receptions against Middle Tennessee are the second-most in the SEC this season. Kentucky's Artose Pinner had 10 receptions in a win over Indiana on Sept. 14.
  • Cornerback Anthony Madison has posted solid games for Alabama the last two weeks. Against Arkansas, Madison had four tackles and four PBUs, both career highs, in the Tide's 30-12 win. Against Southern Miss, he added two stops and three PBUs.
  • In his last two games, Madison has six tackles and seven PBUs for the Crimson Tide defense.
  • His four PBUs at Arkansas fell two short of the single-game Alabama record held by John Mangum (Vandy, 1989 and USL, 1989).
  • Sophomore defensive end Antwan Odom had the best game of his career against North Texas. Odom had a career-high six tackles, including one TFL (-1) and one sack (-7).
  • Odom was also credited with his first career blocked kick in the win over North Texas, blocking a 22-yard FG attempt in the first quarter.
  • Redshirt freshman cornerback Charlie Peprah recorded his first career interception for the Crimson Tide in the second quarter of the USM game. The Plano, Texas native picked off a USM pass at the UA 38-yard line and added a seven-yard return to the UA 45-yard line. Alabama followed with a six-play, 35-yard drive, but missed a 37-yard FG attempt.
  • Peprah recorded a career high five tackles in the win over North Texas.
  • Junior linebacker Derrick Pope recorded his first career interception at Arkansas and posted a 61-yard return to set up a fourth quarter field goal.
  • Freddie Roach's 41-yard interception return was the first touchdown return for Alabama since Thurman Ward raced 61 yards last year in a 31-10 win over Arkansas on Sept. 22 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Reggie Myles had a 91-yard interception return for a touchdown in the 2000 season opener at UCLA, giving Alabama an interception return for a TD in two of its last three season openers.
  • Roach's 41-yard interception return against Middle Tennessee (Aug. 31) is the second-longest in the SEC this season.
  • Freshman linebacker DeMeco Ryans matched his career high with two tackles at Arkansas. He also had two stops against Middle Tennessee in his UA debut.
  • Senior Theo Sanders had four rushing attempts for 13 yards and added two receptions for 43 yards in the win over Middle Tennessee. Prior to the 2002 season opener, Sanders had never had a career rushing attempt at Alabama. In addition, his two receptions and 43 receiving yards are both career highs. In his previous 24 games with Alabama, Sanders had only one catch for 26 yards and that came last year in a 12-9 win at Vanderbilt (Sept. 8, 2001).
  • Sanders caught a career-high three passes in the loss at Oklahoma. Sanders previous best was two receptions in the 2002 season opener against Middle Tennessee.
  • Junior linebacker Cornelius Wortham recorded the second sack of his UA career against North Texas (-1). Wortham's only other career sack came last year against UTEP (Oct. 6) at Legion Field.
  • Sophomore kicker Michael Ziifle punted for the first time in his UA career against Arkansas and averaged 31 yards on two punts.
  • In addition, Ziifle ranks fourth in the SEC in field goals per game (1.00) and eight in scoring among kickers (5.4 ppg).

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