November 25, 2007

The Sunday Rewind: Auburn 17, Alabama 10

The Sunday Rewind is a weekly collection of notes and quotes from the Alabama football game of the weekend.

Auburn 17, Alabama 10: Rolando McClain - 15 tackles, interception … Simeon Castille - nine tackles, 1 sack, 1 PBU … Jonathan Lowe - 41-yard KO return …

The future
Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain closed his freshman campaign with 15 tackles, including eight solos, on Saturday at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium. With that performance, the Decatur native finished with 70 tackles on the season, including 4.5 TFLs, one sack, and one interception. Below is a look at Alabama players who have led the freshman class in tackles over the last six years.

2007Rolando McClain36704.5 TFLs, 1 sack, 1 INT, 2 PBUs
2006Prince Hall467710.5 TFLs, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries
2005Bobby Greenwood9155 TFLs, 3 sacks
2004Wallace Gilberry142813 TFLs, 6.5 sacks, 2 fumbles caused, 2 recovered
2003Juwan Garth39622 TFLs, 2 sacks, 3 PBUs, 2 fumble recoveries
2002Freddie Roach37636 TFLs, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 2 fumbles caused, 1 recovered

By the numbers
A look at a few numbers from Alabama's 17-10 loss to Auburn.

0 Alabama wide receiver Mike McCoy was shut out of the receiving column Saturday night for the first time. McCoy had made at least one catch in each of UA's first 11 games.

7 The Crimson Tide and the Tigers traded punts on seven consecutive possessions in the second half, amounting to most of the third quarter and part of the fourth.

12 Auburn's John Thompson led the Tigers in tackles (12) from a defensive tackle position.

5.1 Alabama's Roy Upchurch led all running backs in the game in average per carry at 5.1 yards.

5 Alabama's defense did not allow a 100-yard rusher over its last five games. The last was Ole Miss' BenJarvus Green-Ellis.


Quote of the day

"I'd bet my last dollar that next year, there will be 11 guys that think the same way, that do it the same way, that get it done the right way." - Senior Wallace Gilberry.

Hall remarks on youth at receiver
With the eligibility exits of DJ Hall. Keith Brown and Matt Caddell, Alabama will have plenty of competition at wide receiver in spring practice.

"We've still got guys that can make plays," said Hall. "Mike McCoy and Earl Alexander will come in and be a spark. Those guys play hard."

The most experienced returners will be McCoy, Nikita Stover and Will Oakley. Alexander will be a third-year sophomore, and three redshirt freshmen - Marquis Maze, Darius Hanks and Brandon Gibson - will also compete.

Quick hits
Senior Darren Mustin on the loss: "It hurts to swallow this. … It's one of those things that will haunt me for the rest of my life." … Alabama's six losses this season came by margins of 3, 7, 7, 5, 7 and 7 points, an average of 6 points. It's six victories came by margins of 44, 14, 3, 7, 3 and 24 points, an average of 15.8 points. … Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore was spotted conversing with a Liberty Bowl representative following Saturday's loss. The Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., is one of only a few conceivable bowl destinations for an Alabama team hoping to receive a bid.

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