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Chris Rogers
Chris Rogers
Special to BamaMag.com
Posted Oct 1, 2009


The Alabama Crimson Tide has started the 2009 season in dominant fashion. Explosive plays propelled No. 3 Alabama to a 35-7 win over Arkansas in the SEC opener at Bryant-Denny Stadium last Saturday afternoon. After a scoreless first quarter, Alabama took the lead on its first touch of the second quarter and would never look back.

Alabama strengthened its argument as one of the most complete teams in the nation. However, the performance of the special teams unit was average.

POSITIVES:
The Alabama coaching staff recognized a trio of special teams players following the Crimson Tide’s 35-7 win on Saturday. Chris Rogers, Tyrone King and Lorenzo Washington were tabbed with the special teams honors. Lorenzo Washington’s blocked punt eventually lead to another Tide touchdown.

Senior return specialist Javier Arenas is one of the all-time great punt returners in college football history. He has shattered all of the Crimson Tide punt return records, and has his sights on the SEC and NCAA records.

After returning four punts for 59 yards against Arkansas, Arenas is 165 punt return yards shy of the SEC record (1,472). Arenas needs 231 yards to become the NCAA’s all-time leader in punt return yards.

NEGATIVES:
Alabama continues to struggle with getting the coverage figured out. Tiffin delivered another strong kickoff performance, yet the coverage unit fails to come up with the tackles. The Razorbacks managed a few returns that should have been eliminated. I can assure you the returns will only get better.

The Tide plays its first true road game of the season this Saturday, when they face the Kentucky Wildcats (2-1) in Lexington.

Kentucky’s kickoff return unit is third in the SEC and 12th nationally this season. UK speedster Derrick Locke is second in the SEC and ninth in the NCAA with a 34.12 kickoff return average this year.

Locke returned four kickoffs for 191 yards, including a 100-yard jaunt for a touchdown, in Kentucky's 31-27 win over Louisville. His 191 kickoff return yards broke the UK single game record of 185.

A taste of Kentucky’s return specialists may be the wake up call Alabama needs before they move deeper into SEC play.


Jamie Christensen is the only player in Crimson Tide history to kick consecutive game winning field goals, as well as three last second, game winning field goals in one season: vs. Ole Miss on October 15, 2005, vs. Tennessee on October 22, 2005, and The Cotton Bowl vs. Texas Tech on January 2, 2006.

Christensen was in Tuscaloosa from 2003-2007 and played under coach Mike Shula (4 years) and coach Nick Saban (1 year).

He is a graduate of the Culverhouse College of Commerce with a B.S. in Business Management, B.S. in Marketing and a minor in Finance.

Christensen is a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Atlanta [click here].



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