Bacon, Defensive Player of the Week

Waine Bacon

Alabama senior strong safety Waine Bacon has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, in an announcement Monday morning by the league office.

Bacon gives Alabama its second consecutive SEC Defensive Player of the Week winner. Junior strong safety Charles Jones was honored (Nov. 11) for his play agianst Miss. State.

The Fort Washington, Md., native was credited with eight tackles and one PBU in the Crimson Tide's 31-0 win at No. 14 LSU this past Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

The Crimson Tide held LSU to 196 total yards in the win, marking the third time this season an opponent was held to less than 200 yards.

In addition, the Tigers completed only nine of 23 passes for 65 yards in the loss to Alabama. The nine completions allowed are the fewest by Alabama since UTEP completed only eight passes in a 56-7 loss at Legion Field on Oct. 5, 2001.

The 65 passing yards is a marked improvement from last year's game when LSU completed 35 of 44 passes for 528 yards en route to a 611-yard day on offense. The 35 completions, 528 passing yards and 611 total yards were all school records against the Alabama defense in the 2001 game at Tuscaloosa.

LSU's 65 passing yards are the fewest agianst Alabama since the 1997 season. Ironically, Vanderbilt completed six of 26 passes for 58 yards in the last shutout recorded by the Alabama defense.

Alabama's 31-0 shutout of LSU marked the first by the Crimson Tide since beating Vanderbilt 20-0 on Sept. 11, 1997 in Nashville. The 67 game streak between shutouts was the longest in Alabama football history.

The Crimson Tide was also the first team to shutout LSU since the 1996 season, when Alabama also blanked the Tigers 26-0 in Baton Rouge.

For the season, Bacon is UA's fourth-leading tackler with 64 stops. He has also added six PBUs, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick in 11 games as a senior.

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