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November 2, 2006

MSU vs. Bama Preview

Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula on MSU:
"They (Mississippi State) are averaging 33 points a game offensively over the last three games. They are very good defensively. They've given up some big plays, but they are working on a short field in a lot of those situations. They are very physical and they make big plays. They are very athletic and their front seven are the strength of their defense. Their defense has seven or eight returning starters from last year. It's always a very physical game between us and Mississippi State. Their defense always does a good job versus our offense. Now they have some receivers who are making some big plays and a quarterback in Michael Henig who is much, much better than he was last year when we saw him."

Sylvester Croom on Alabama:
"Alabama is a typical Alabama team. They've lost some close games, but they've won some close games as well. The names and the faces may change, but the jerseys are the same. The traditions are still there. The expectations are still there. And that's what your playing against as much as anything. I try to keep my emotions out of it. I'm not playing in the game." On rushing numbers being down around the league... "I look around our conference and I don't think we have the runners. (Kenny) Irons - the kid at Auburn - is a top back, but you look just a few years ago and they had Cadillac and Ronnie Brown - two great backs. It's a cycle. The league is throwing the ball more this year, but there'll be balance (in years to come)."

Alabama Back-up tailback Jimmy Johns on playing quarterback
"Hopefully I'll get to see a few more reps at quarterback this week. I can remember right after we beat them on their home field last year, Coach Croom was a little upset and said that I would never take a snap at quarterback at Alabama. The next week I took one in the LSU game. That was a little something for him. I hope I get a lot of snaps at quarterback this week because I want to perfect that part of our offense and make it effective."

"This just might be the week I sit back and throw out of that package. There's so much we can do out of it. We can run the power, the quarterback read, play action drop-back passes, even the option. There's so much we can do out of that package and I hope we open it up this week."

Jimmy Johns on the MSU defense
"They've got a good defense. They're fast and they've got some good leaders. Quinton Culberson is probably one of the top linebackers right now. We've been against some of the best whether it's Florida, Ole Miss or Tennessee and we've moved the ball on all of them. This is just another challenge. We just have to stay away from mistakes because that's what kills our drives more than anything."


Notes:
*Alabama has won 5 consecutive games in the series, but only 6 of the last 10. Alabama leads the overall series 71-16-3.

*Alabama won 17-0 last year in Starkville.

*Alabama Tailback, Kenneth Darby, is 5th in the conference with 75.8 rushing YPG.

*Alabama Quarterback, John Parker Wilson, is 5th in the SEC in passing yards (205.3 YPG) and 7th in passing effeciency (134.12).

*Alabama has two players in the top ten in the SEC in receptions per game, Keith Brown (5.29 - 3rd) and DJ Hall (4.75 - 7th).

*DJ Hall is 2nd in the SEC in receiving yards at 91.5 YPG.

*Alabama return man, Javier Arenas, is currently 5th in the SEC in punt returns (8.2 AVG) and 7th in kick returns (21.33 AVG).

*Alabama's offense is ranked 7th in the SEC (341.1 YPG), while MSU ranks 11th (277.7 YPG)

*Alabama ranks 4th in conference in total defense (277.6 YPG) and MSU ranks 11th (345.8 YPG)

*Tony Burks has had 5 consecutive 100 yard receiving games after last weeks 7 catchs for 192 yards and 2 TD's for MSU. He is currently 4th in the conference at 79.8 receiving yards per game.

*Alabama leads the SEC and is second in the nation in turnover margin at +1.44 turnovers per game.

*Quinton Culberson currently is 3rd in the conference in tackles (8.67 per game).

*Titus Brown is currently 3rd in the SEC in tackles for loss (1.28 per game). Deljuan Robinson is 6th (1.19). Michael Heard is 8th (1.00) and Quinton Culberson is 10th (.94).




MSU offense vs. Bama defense


MSU Bama
SCORING 18.4 15.8
FIRST DOWNS 139 126
RUSHING YARDS 705 947
RUSHING AVG 2.4 3.7
RUSHING YPG 78.3 105.2
RUSHING TD'S 12 6
PASSING YDS 1794 1551
ATT-COMP-INT 267-131-12 243-136-14
PASS AVG 6.7 6.4
PASSING YPG 199.3 172.3
PASSING TD'S 6 8
TOTAL OFFENSE 2499 2498
AVG/PLAY 4.5 5.0
AVG/GAME 277.7 277.6
3RD DOWN % 41-118 35% 35-111 32%
RED ZONE SCORING 15-21 71% N/A
RED ZONE TD'S 13-21 62% N/A

Bama offense vs. MSU defense


Bama MSU
SCORING/GAME 24.7 27.2
FIRST DOWNS 171 155
RUSHING YARDS 1414 1098
RUSHING AVG 3.6 3.5
RUSHING YPG 133.4 122.0
RUSHING TD'S 8 16
PASSING YDS 1869 2014
ATT-COMP-INT 252-147-5 229-141-9
PASS AVG 7.4 8.8
PASSING YPG 207.7 223.8
PASSING TD'S 13 15
TOTAL OFFENSE 3070 3112
AVG/PLAY 5.2 5.7
AVG/GAME 341.1 345.8
3RD DOWN % 54-130 42% 41-108 38%
RED ZONE SCORING N/A 31-33 94%
RED ZONE TD'S N/A 24-33 73%


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