November 28, 2007

Numbers don't lie takes a statistical glance at Alabama's 2007 football season.

The biggest edges
Final-season statistics typically show up relatively even with opponents' cumulative stats, especially when a given team plays as many close games as Alabama did. Below BOL takes a look at some of the categories where there was - for better or worse - a major disparity:

Penalty yards per game: Alabama 36.0, Opponents 69.4
First downs by penalty: Alabama 33, Opponents 11
Punt return average: Alabama 13.7, Opponents 6.6
Interception return average: Alabama 12.8, Opponents 21.1
Red-zone touchdowns: Alabama 56%, Opponents 67%
First-quarter points: Alabama 97, Opponents 44

A look at who led the Crimson Tide in various individual categories:

Rushing yards: Terry Grant, 891
Yards per carry: Roy Upchurch, 5.3
Longest rush: Grant, 47 (TD vs. WCU)
Passing yards: John Parker Wilson, 2,590
Longest pass: Wilson, 67 (TD vs. LSU)
Receiving yards: DJ Hall, 947
Yards per catch: Keith Brown, 15.3
Tackles: Rashad Johnson, 81
TFLs: Wallace Gilberry, 22
Sacks: Gilberry, 9
Interceptions: Johnson, 6
PBUs: Simeon Castille, 10
QB Hurries: Gilberry, 15

Textbook tally
Wonder how much of an impact the four-game suspensions of Antoine Caldwell, Marlon Davis and Glen Coffee had on Alabama's offense? BOL breaks it down:

"Textbook" impactRush avg.Yds/carrySacks allowed/gm.TO ratio
Eight games with165.64.271.87plus 6
Four games without120.73.32.25minus 2

Nine in a row: Leigh Tiffin connected on nine consecutive field goals from the Tennessee game through the Mississippi State game. Ironically, he finished the season better from 40 yards and beyond (9 of 14, 64.3%) than he did from the 30-39 range (3 of 6, 50%).

Return yardage: Javier Arenas' 904 total return yards gave him an 82.2 per game in all-purpose yardage, second on the team behind Grant.

One-stop shopping: A total of 13 Alabama players finished the season with one tackle: Forress Rayford, Andre Smith, Josh Chapman, Baron Huber, Travis McCall, Brian Selman, Terry Grant, Mike McCoy, Mike Johnson, Nikita Stover, Milton Talbert, Alfred McCullough and Matt Caddell.

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