October 6, 2007

Notebook: Another record day for Hall

While it was a day to forget for most of the Tide offense, Saturday's 30-24 win over Houston was a day for the record books as senior wide receiver DJ Hall set a new school record for career receptions. Hauling in three catches for 19 yards, Hall surpassed Freddie Milons former school record of 152 career receptions giving the senior wide out yet another school record.

"It's a blessing, along with the other records," said Hall after the game. "It's a blessing. Not many guys will get that opportunity. I'm just lucky to be one of them."

Hall now owns the Alabama career records for both catches and receiving yards as well as the single season record for receiving yards, 100-yard games in a season and 100-yards games in a career.

Through the first six games, Hall leads the Tide with 26 catches for 429 yards and three touchdowns.

Stover back in action

After playing in just three games so far this season and hauling in just one catch in the first five games, junior wide out Nikita Stover returned to action for the Tide in a big way against Houston, hauling in a key 23-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter to but the Tide up 16-0.

Stover came open along the sideline after his defender bit on a pump fake by John Parker Wilson, surprising even Stover himself.

"I saw him stop and I was a little surprised," Stover said. "I looked back and he was still standing there. I was surprised to be that open. Anytime you get an opportunity like that you have to make the most of it."

The junior said he was pleased to play a bigger role in the Tide offense and hopes to continue to compete for playing time as the season progresses.

"I've been working hard and improving in practice and trying to earn more playing time. It feels good to see that work pay off."

Do-it-all Caldwell comes through at guard

Junior center Antoine Caldwell continued to round out his football resume by starting at right guard, making him the only player on the team to have played center, guard and tackle during his career.

Caldwell slid over to fill in for Marlon Davis who missed practice this week after a death in the family while Evan Cardwell started at center for the Tide. Caldwell said he was pleased with his performance at guard but did not feel satisfied with the overall play of the offense.

"I felt good about the way I played but overall up front we've got to do a better job. We've got to develop a killer instinct on this football team," Caldwell said. "When we get up 23 points on a team there should be no way the team should be able to battle back. Not to take anything away from Houston but this team needs to develop a better attitude in terms of putting the game away."

As for Cardwell, the sophomore earned his first career start and felt pleased with his performance.

"I feel like I was ready to go. Coach Pendry did a good job as far as getting me ready and showing me the schemes," Cardwell said. "I feel like I made all the right calls and I was ready for what they gave us."

"I've been waiting for a while. It's really nice to get my first start. This is my third year and this is what I came here to do. The past few years I haven't had a big hand in any of the games so it feels good to play a prominent role in a game and get the win."

Cardwell's teammates were quick to praise his performance as well.

"I tip my hat to him," said Caldwell. "He did a great job out there. I don't think he missed one call all night. Off the field he does a lot of film work and I feel good about the way we played with him at center."

McCoy lets hands do talking

After hauling in a 23-yard touchdown pass at the end of the first quarter, sophomore wide receiver Mike McCoy leaned over to face his defender before leaving the field to celebrate. According to McCoy, the post-touchdown exchange was nothing more than a silent glare.

"I didn't say anything to him. I just looked at him," McCoy said. "He was talking a good bit before the snap so after I made the catch I just looked him in the eye and didn't say anything."

AUDIO: Castille describes final play

Click the link to listen to senior cornerback Simeon Castille give his thoughts on his game-saving interception on the final play.

POSTGAME AUDIO: Simeon Castille

Notes and Quotes

* Sophomore running back Glen Coffee on his 30-carry, 122-yard performance:

"We just want to win the game and whatever back gets in there, we know he's going to get the job done. I don't consider myself a starter, I'm just another person on the team trying help the team."

* This was the fourth consecutive Alabama game that has been in doubt on the final play of the game.

* Alabama moves to 73-13-1 all-time in homecoming games.

* The win also gives the Tide a 10-0 record all-time against Houston and an 84-27-1 record against teams from Conference USA.

* John Parker Wilson's fourth quarter interception ended a streak of 132 pass attempts without an interception, the fourth-best streak by an Alabama passer in history.

* Defensive end Wallace Gilberry set a new career-high for tackles picking up 11 includign two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss.

* Safety Rashad Johnson had a career-high 9 tackles as well as his third career interception. Johnson currently leads the team in interceptions.

* In addition to earning his first career start, Glen Coffee set new career-highs with 121 yards rushing and 30 carries.

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