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Alabama Crimson Tide football under Nick Saban
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Athletic director Mal Moore (2007–2013)
Bill Battle (2013–)
Head coach Nick Saban
8 year, 85–17 (.833)
Home stadium Bryant–Denny Stadium
Conference SEC
Division SEC Western Division
All-time record 85–17 (.833)
Postseason bowl record 5–3 (.625)
Claimed national titles 3
Conference titles 3
Division titles 5
Heisman winners 1
Consensus All-Americans 19

Alabama Crimson Tide football under Nick Saban covers the history of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide college football team during the period from when Nick Saban was hired as head coach in 2007 through the present. Under Saban, Alabama plays as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), and is a member of the West Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Crimson Tide plays its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. During the seven years Saban has served as head football coach, Alabama has compiled an overall official record of 74[a]–15 (.831) (79–15 on the field), seven bowl game appearances with five victories, a share of five SEC Western Division titles, three SEC championships, and three national championships.

After repeated denials, on January 3, 2007, Saban officially accepted the head coaching position with the Crimson Tide. In his first season at Alabama, the team experienced many highs-and-lows, but the team finished with a winning record after a victory in the Independence Bowl. In the 2008 season, Saban led the Crimson Tide to their first undefeated regular season since the 1994 season, but the Tide then proceeded to lose their final two games in the SEC Championship Game and Sugar Bowl. In 2009, Saban led Alabama to a perfect 14–0 record and to their first BCS National Championship, and their first overall national championship since the 1992 season. After a relatively disappointing 10–3 2010 season, Saban then led the Crimson Tide to back-to-back BCS National Championships in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons.[1] The 2013 team won the first 11 games of the season, but failed to capture a third consecutive national championship for Alabama, losing the last two games. Saban's 2014 team won the SEC West division and SEC championship and lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the inaugural College Football Playoff's semi-final round at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans to finish 12-2.

Many players who have competed at Alabama during Saban's tenure have also been recognized for their on-field accomplishments. Under his tenure, Mark Ingram, Jr. became Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner and 28 players have been recognized as First Team All-Americans, sixteen of which were either consensus or unanimous selections. Additionally, 41 former Crimson Tide players have been drafted into the National Football League, with 16 being first round selections.

Year-by-year results[edit]

Season Record Bowl game Championship(s) Captains
2007 2–6[a] Won Independence Bowl Antoine Caldwell, Rashad Johnson, Darren Mustin
2008 12–2 Lost Sugar Bowl Division John Parker Wilson, Rashad Johnson, Antoine Caldwell
2009 14–0 Won BCS National Championship Game Division, Conference, National Javier Arenas, Mike Johnson, Rolando McClain
2010 10–3 Won Capital One Bowl Greg McElroy, Dont'a Hightower, Mark Barron
2011 12–1 Won BCS National Championship Game National Mark Barron, Dont'a Hightower, Trent Richardson
2012 13–1 Won BCS National Championship Game Division, Conference, National Barrett Jones, Damion Square, Chance Warmack
2013 11–2 Lost Sugar Bowl AJ McCarron, C. J. Mosley, Kevin Norwood
2014 12–2 Lost Sugar Bowl Division, Conference Landon Collins, Amari Cooper, Jalston Fowler, Blake Sims

Overview[edit]

Hiring[edit]

After four seasons as head coach in which he compiled an overall record of 26[b]–23 (.531) on November 26, 2006, Mike Shula was fired as head coach of the Crimson Tide.[2][3] At the time of his firing, athletic director Mal Moore promoted defensive coordinator Joe Kines into the roll of interim head coach for the Independence Bowl and that the search for a permanent replacement would begin immediately.[2][3] At that time several current coaches were rumored to be in consideration for the position at Alabama, with Steve Spurrier of South Carolina and Saban of the Miami Dolphins thought to be the preferred candidates.[2][4] On November 27, Saban publicly stated he had not been contacted by Alabama and that he had no interest in leaving the Dolphins to become the head coach of the Crimson Tide.[5]

In early December, Moore made a preliminary offer to Saban's agent Jimmy Sexton to coach at Alabama for $5 million per season for seven years with a $7 million signing bonus.[6] At that time Saban also stated he had not personally interviewed at Alabama and told his players that he was not leaving.[6] After West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez turned down an offer to coach the Crimson Tide, speculation again focused on Saban. As the rumors persisted that he was prepared to take the Alabama job, on December 21 Saban stated "I guess I have to say it, I'm not going to be the Alabama coach" in an effort to stop the Alabama rumors.[7] After the Dolphins season ended, it was speculated again that Alabama was to offer their head coaching position to Saban.[8] On January 3, 2007, Saban officially resigned from the Dolphins and became the head coach of the Crimson Tide.[9] At that time he signed an eight-year contract worth a guaranteed $32 million to coach Alabama.[10]

First season[edit]

American football players line up in a goal line formation on an American football field surrounded by crowded stands.
Alabama attempts a two-point conversion in their 24–10 victory at Vanderbilt on September 8.

After his hiring, Saban worked to hire his first staff and complete his first recruiting class with the Crimson Tide. His staff did not include any of Shula's former staff, and Kevin Steele was hired as defensive coordinator and Major Applewhite as offensive coordinator.[11][12] On February 7, he landed his first recruiting class that was highly ranked by the major recruiting services in spite of having just over a month to complete it.[13] Anticipation for his first season continued to build through his first spring practices, and reached its peak when an overflow crowd of 92,138 attended the A-Day spring game on April 21.[14]

In Saban's debut as head coach, the Crimson Tide defeated Western Carolina for his first win at Alabama.[15] They followed that victory with his first road win at Vanderbilt and his first win over a ranked opponent against No. 16 Arkansas for a 3–0 record to open the season.[16][17] They entered the polls at the No. 16 position, but then lost in overtime at home against Georgia and in the River City Showdown at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium to Florida State.[18][19] Alabama rebounded with three consecutive wins over Houston on homecoming, at Ole Miss and at home over Tennessee.[20]

Prior to their game against the Vols, Antoine Caldwell, Marlon Davis, Glen Coffee, Marquis Johnson and Chris Rogers were suspended as a result of violating NCAA rules.[21] The violation was a result of a failure in the distribution system of textbooks that was deemed to be an improper benefits as defined by the NCAA.[22][23] After the NCAA reviewed the case, in June 2009 they determined all players that received the improper benefits to be retroactively ineligible.[22][23] As part of their penalty, the NCAA forced Alabama to vacate football victories that dated back to the 2005 season through the first five games of the 2007 season.[22][23]

After their victory over Tennessee, the Crimson Tide lost their four remaining regular season games. Against his former team LSU, the Crimson Tide lost to the eventual national champions in what was dubbed as the "Saban Bowl."[24] They followed that with a loss at Mississippi State and against Louisiana–Monroe in one of the bigger upsets of the 2007 season.[25] After their sixth consecutive loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl, Alabama closed the season with a victory over Colorado in the Independence Bowl and finished the season with a winning record at 7-6 in Saban's first season.[26][27]

2008 season[edit]

American football players in play midfield.
Alabama lines up on defense during their 34–10, season opening victory against Clemson at the Georgia Dome.

Looking to improve on their 7–6 record from the previous season, Alabama signed the top recruiting class as determined by a wide variety of selectors.[28][29] The class featured many players that were later drafted into the NFL and formed the foundation for their championship run from 2009 through 2012.[29] Players from the class included future first round draft picks Marcell Dareus, Julio Jones, Mark Barron, Dont'a Hightower, and Mark Ingram.[29] The Crimson Tide then completed spring practice with another large A-Day crowd before the season started later in the fall.[30]

The Crimson Tide opened the season ranked No. 24, and they defeated No. 9 Clemson in the inaugural Chick-fil-A College Kickoff to open the season.[31] They followed the victory with home wins over Tulane and WKU and won on the road over Arkansas before a much-hyped game at Georgia.[32][33] Ranked No. 8 and playing against the No. 3 Bulldogs in what was deemed a "blackout" game by Georgia head coach Mark Richt, the Crimson Tide took a 31–0 halftime lead en route to a 41–30 upset victory.[34][35] After their win, the Crimson Tide moved into the No. 2 ranking and then defeated Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Arkansas State on homecoming to extend their record to 9–0.[36]

After No. 1 Texas lost to Texas Tech, the Crimson Tide achieved their first regular season No. 1 ranking in the AP Poll since the 1980 season and their first ever No. 1 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) ranking prior to their game at LSU.[37] In what was Saban's first game at Tiger Stadium since he resigned as LSU's coach after their 2004 season, the Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers 27–21 in overtime.[38] The victory over LSU also allowed the Crimson Tide to clinch the SEC West Division championship, and earned a spot in the SEC Championship Game.[38] Alabama then closed with wins over Mississippi State and Auburn, that ended their six-game losing streak in the Iron Bowl, and finished the regular season undefeated 12–0.[39] Although favored, a two touchdown rally led by Florida's Tim Tebow in the fourth quarter resulted in the Crimson Tide failing to capture the SEC championship and instead of playing for a national championship, they accepted an invitation to play in the Sugar Bowl.[40] Against an undefeated Utah team, Alabama was upset 31–17 and finished the season with an overall record of 12–2.[41]

First national championship[edit]

American football players in formation at the 50-yard line on a green field.
Alabama defeated Texas for the first time in school history 37–21 for the BCS national championship.

Although they reached their first BCS game since the 1999 season, Alabama looked improve for the 2009 season after they closed 2008 on a two-game losing streak after a 12–0 start to the year. Again, the Crimson Tide secured one of the top ranked recruiting classes for the third consecutive season in February 2009.[42] Just as in the previous year, the 2009 class included many players that played significant roles in their championship run. These players included first round NFL draft picks James Carpenter, Dre Kirkpatrick, Trent Richardson, D. J. Fluker, and Chance Warmack in addition to Eddie Lacy and A. J. McCarron.[43] In the annual A-Day game, the Crimson team defeated the White team by a score of 14–7 before 84,050 fans at Bryant–Denny Stadium.[44]

For the second year in a row, Alabama opened the season at Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Against Virginia Tech, the Crimson Tide trailed at halftime, but an 18-point rally in the fourth quarter gave Alabama the 34–24 win.[45] After consecutive wins over non-conference Florida International and North Texas, the Crimson Tide defeated Arkansas 35–7 to open conference play at Bryant–Denny Stadium.[46] Alabama next went on a two-game road trip, defeated both Kentucky and Ole Miss and extended their record to 6–0.[47]

The Crimson Tide then returned home where they played South Carolina on homecoming. Against the Gamecocks, Mark Ingram had a career high with 246 rushing yards and entered the Heisman Trophy conversation as he led Alabama to a 20–6 victory.[48] In their next game, a pair of Terrence Cody blocked field goals, one of which came as time expired, preserved a 12–10 win over rival Tennessee.[49] With a berth in the SEC Championship Game on the line, the Crimson Tide clinched the West division championship with a 24–15 victory LSU in their next game.[50] Alabama then closed the season with wins over Mississippi State, Chattanooga and Auburn and completed their second consecutive, undefeated regular season.[51]

In the SEC Championship Game, Alabama faced East division champion Florida for the second season in a row in a No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup. With both the conference championship and a berth in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game on the line, the Crimson Tide defeated the Gators 32–13 and won the SEC for the first time since 1999.[52] At the conclusion of the regular season, Mark Ingram won the first Heisman Trophy in Alabama history with the closest margin of victory in the history of the award over Toby Gerhart.[53] The Crimson Tide then closed the season with a 37–21 victory over Texas to finish a perfect 14-0 and recorded their first national championship since the 1992 season and their thirteenth overall in the history of the program.[54]

2010 season[edit]

A holder receives the snap with the kicker preparing to kick the ball.
Jeremy Shelley made two field goals in Alabama's 30–10 win over Mississippi State.

As the defending national champions, Alabama entered the 2010 season as the favorite to repeat and win their second national championship in as many years.[55] After again signing a highly rated recruiting class, the Crimson Tide opened the season in the No. 1 position in the polls.[55] Alabama then won their first five games over San Jose State, Penn State, Duke, Arkansas, and Florida and retained their unanimous No. 1 ranking.[56] However, in their sixth game, the Crimson Tide lost their first regular season game since the 2007 season when they were upset at South Carolina 35–21.[57]

They rebounded the next week with a 23–10 win over Ole Miss on homecoming and at Tennessee by a margin of 41–10 before their top ten matchup at LSU.[58] Against the Tigers, a late Stevan Ridley touchdown run set up by a 23-yard DeAngelo Peterson run on a fourth-down play gave LSU the upset victory and effectively ended the opportunity for an Alabama repeat of the national championship.[59] The Crimson Tide then defeated Mississippi State and Georgia State prior to their season finale against Auburn. With the No. 2 Tigers still in the national championship picture, Auburn overcame a 24–0 deficit and won 28–27 in what was the largest comeback in Iron Bowl history.[60] Alabama then closed the season with a 49–7 victory over Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl and finished with an overall record of 10–3.[61]

Second national championship[edit]

American football players prior to running a play.
The Alabama offense lines up against the LSU defense in their 9–6 overtime loss.

After a disappointing 2010 season in which they opened the year as a national title favorite and ended with three losses, the Crimson Tide looked to regain their championship form for the 2011 campaign. After again signing one of the top recruiting classes in the country, and going through spring practice, tragedy struck Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011, when an EF4 rated tornado devastated the city.[62] The tornado resulted in the deaths of 43 people in the city, and the team later would dedicate their season to both the victims and survivors of the storm.[62]

The Crimson Tide opened the season with a 48–7 victory over Saban's alma mater, Kent State and then traveled to Beaver Stadium and defeated Penn State 27–11.[63] After a 41–0 shutout over North Texas, Alabama opened conference play with a 38–14 victory over Arkansas.[64] After they defeated Florida 38–10 at Gainesville, the Crimson Tide shutout Vanderbilt 34–0, and defeated both Ole Miss and Tennessee to set up a "Game of the Century" against LSU.[65][66]

Against the Tigers, neither team scored a touchdown and LSU won by a final score of 9–6 in overtime.[67] With the loss, Alabama dropped into the No. 3 BCS position prior to their game against Mississippi State. However, they regained the No. 2 ranking in all of the polls after Oklahoma State was upset by Iowa State, and they defeated the Bulldogs at Starkville.[68][69] Alabama then closed the regular season with wins over both Georgia Southern and Auburn and finished in second place in the West division behind LSU.[70]

After the Tigers won the SEC Championship Game, a rematch against the Crimson Tide became the likely pairing for the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. Alabama qualified for the BCS National Championship Game after they received a final BCS score of .942, just slightly ahead of Oklahoma State's BCS score of .933.[71] In their rematch against LSU at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, the Crimson Tide shutout the SEC champion Tigers 21–0 and captured Alabama's second BCS championship and 14th overall national championship.[72]

Third national championship[edit]

American football players during a play.
The Alabama defense in motion during their 49–0 victory over Auburn.

After they captured their second national championship in three years, Alabama again signed one of the nation's top recruiting classes in February 2012.[73] After they completed spring practice in April, the Crimson Tide entered the season with a No. 2 ranking and as a favorite to repeat as national champions.[74] Alabama opened the season with a 41–14 victory over Michigan in the Cowboys Classic.[75] After their win over the Wolverines, the Crimson Tide moved into the No. 1 ranking prior to their game against WKU that they won 35–0 in their home opener.[76] The next week, Alabama posted their second consecutive shutout with their 52–0 win at Arkansas to open conference play.[77] The Crimson Tide then returned to Tuscaloosa and defeated Florida Atlantic and Ole Miss prior to their first win over Missouri as conference foes at Faurot Field.[78]

Next Alabama defeated rival Tennessee 44–13 at Neyland Stadium and followed that with a 38–7 win over then undefeated and No. 13 ranked Mississippi State.[79] The Crimson Tide then defeated LSU at Tiger Stadium 21–17 when A. J. McCarron threw a screen pass to T. J. Yeldon that he took 28-yards for the game-winning touchdown within the final minute of play.[80] However, the next week, Alabama suffered their only loss of the season when Texas A&M upset the Tide 29–24 in Tuscaloosa.[81]

After their loss to the Aggies, Alabama dropped into the No. 4 ranking for their 49–0 win over Western Carolina.[82] In the evening after their win over the Catamounts, Alabama moved back into the No. 2 position as a result of upset losses for both Kansas State and Oregon.[83] Alabama then closed the regular season with a 49–0 win over Auburn and captured the SEC West division title to play Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.[84] In the championship game, Alabama escaped with a 32–28 win after the Bulldogs were stopped inside the Crimson Tide's five-yard line as time expired and captured the SEC Championship and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame.[85] In the BCS Championship Game, the Tide defeated the Irish 42–14 and captured their third national championship in four years and the schools 15th overall football championship.[1]

2013 season[edit]

American football players in motion during a play.
AJ McCarron takes a snap for the White team at the 2013 A-Day Game.

As the two-time defending national champions, Alabama entered the 2013 season as the favorite to repeat and win their third consecutive national championship and their fourth in five years.[86][87] After again signing a highly rated recruiting class, the Crimson Tide opened the season in the No. 1 position in the polls.[86][87] Alabama then won their first eleven games and retained their unanimous No. 1 ranking throughout.[88] The Crimson Tide opened the season with a victory over Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta.[89] After their first bye week Alabama traveled to Kyle Field where they defeated Texas A&M in a 49–42 shootout that saw the Aggies have the best offensive day against a Crimson Tide defense in the history of the program.[90]

The defense responded after the A&M game and did not allow a touchdown over the next 14-quarters in victories over Colorado State, Ole Miss, Georgia State and Kentucky.[91] AFter the touchdown-free streak ended, started a three game homestand that saw Alabama shutout Arkansas and defeat both Tennessee and LSU in back-to-back rivalry games.[92][93][94] They next defeated Mississippi State and Chattanooga that set up a top five matchup against Auburn.

In the Iron Bowl, Alabama kicker Adam Griffith attempted and missed a 57-yard field goal attempt as time expired in regulation. In what was since dubbed "Kick Bama Kick", Chris Davis returned the missed field goal 109 yards for the game-winning score with no time left on the clock to clinch a 34–28 Auburn victory.[95] As the loss also cost the Crimson Tide an opportunity to play for both the SEC and national championships, they were selected to play in the 2014 Sugar Bowl. In the game, Alabama was defeated by Oklahoma 45–31 and closed the season with an overall record of 11–2.[96]

2014 season[edit]

Alabama entered the 2014 season ranked #3 in the polls. The Crimson Tide rolled off four straight victories before losing to Ole Miss 17-23. Their loss to Ole Miss dropped them down to #7 in the rankings. However, Alabama rebounded by winning eight straight games, including victories against #14 LSU, #1 Mississippi State, and #15 Auburn in the Iron Bowl. They then defeated #14 Missouri in the SEC Championship 42-13 and earned a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff, where they lost to the eventual national champion Ohio State 35-42.

Rivalries[edit]

Auburn[edit]

Main article: Iron Bowl

The Iron Bowl is the name given to Alabama's annual game against the in-state Auburn University Tigers. Through the 2014 season, Saban has compiled and overall record of five wins and three losses (5–3) against the Tigers.[97] After the Crimson Tide lost 17–10 in his first Iron Bowl, Alabama shutout Auburn in the 2008 game 36–0.[39] Their win in that game ended a six-game losing streak against the Tigers, was the largest margin of victory in the Iron Bowl since the 1962 season and was the first all-time Iron Bowl win for the Crimson Tide at Tuscaloosa.[39] The next year, Auburn took a 14–0 first quarter lead, but Alabama eventually won 26–21 after Greg McElroy threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Roy Upchurch with just under 2:00 left in the game.[51] The next year, Alabama surrendered a 24-point lead and lost to the eventual national champions 28–27 in what was the largest comeback in Iron Bowl history.[60] The Crimson Tide rebounded from that loss and did not allow the Tigers' to score an offensive touchdown in either the 2011 or 2012 edition of the Iron Bowl.[70][84] In 2013, both teams came into the game ranked in the top five and Auburn won, 34–28, in what has since been dubbed "Kick Bama Kick", after Chris Davis returned a missed Adam Griffith field goal 109 yards for the game-winning score with no time left on the clock.[95] The 2014 Iron Bowl saw the highest-scoring game in history between the two rivals, as Alabama came behind from a 12-point deficit and defeated Auburn 55–44.[98]

Tennessee[edit]

The Third Saturday in October is the name given to Alabama's annual game against the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Through the 2014 season, Saban has compiled an overall record of eight wins and zero losses (8–0) against the Volunteers.[99] In the period between the 1995 and 2006 seasons prior to the arrival of Saban, the Volunteers were 10–2 against the Crimson Tide.[100] Since Saban has been Alabama's head coach, they have outscored Tennessee 283 to 85 in their eight victories (average score 35.4 to 10.6).[100] The only game that the Crimson Tide did not win by at least two touchdowns came in the 2009 game when Terrence Cody blocked a field goal as time expired and preserved the 12–10 Alabama victory.[49][100]

LSU[edit]

Louisiana State University (LSU) and Alabama first met on the field in 1895 and continuously since 1964.[101] However, the annual game against the Tigers was not considered a rivalry until Saban (a former LSU head coach) was hired in the same capacity at Alabama for 2007 season.[102] Through the 2014 season, Saban has compiled an overall record of five wins and three losses (5–3) against the Tigers.[101] After a 41–34 loss in their first matchup, Alabama won at Baton Rouge in overtime 27–21 in 2008.[24][38] After the Tigers upset the Crimson Tide 24–21 in 2010, they again were victorious the following season 9–6 in a No. 1 versus No. 2 "Game of the Century" during the regular season.[59][67] They met again in a rematch for the 2011 national championship in the BCS National Championship Game where Alabama won 21–0 in the rematch for the national championship.[72] The Crimson Tide won their second straight in the series in 2012 after they defeated LSU 21–17 when A. J. McCarron threw a 28-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to T. J. Yeldon in the final two minutes of the game.[80] In 2013, Alabama turned a 17-17 tie in the third quarter into a 38-17 rout behind a 372-yard rushing effort, including 133 yards and two touchdowns from T. J. Yeldon.[103] At Baton Rouge in 2014, Blake Sims drove Alabama 55 yards in the final 50 seconds of regulation for a tying field goal, and then threw a 6-yard touchdown to DeAndrew White in overtime to lead the Tide to a 20-13 win over the Bengal Tigers.[104]

First Team All-Americans[edit]

Year Player name Position Selector(s)
2008 Caldwell, AntoineAntoine Caldwelldagger Center AFCA, AP, TSN, SI
Cody, TerrenceTerrence Codydagger Defensive tackle AFCA, AP, FWAA, TSN, SI, Rivals.com, CBS
Johnson, RashadRashad Johnson Safety AFCA, Rivals.com
Smith, AndreAndre Smithdouble-dagger Offensive tackle AFCA, AP, FWAA, TSN, WC, ESPN, FN, SI, CBS, Rivals.com
2009 Arenas, JavierJavier Arenasdagger Cornerback AFCA, AP, SI
Arenas, JavierJavier Arenas Punt returner CBS, Rivals.com
Cody, TerrenceTerrence Codydagger Defensive tackle AP, FWAA, WC, CBS
Ingram, MarkMark Ingramdouble-dagger Running back AP, FWAA, AFCA, WC, TSN, SI, ESPN, CBS, Rivals.com
Johnson, MikeMike Johnsondagger Offensive guard AP, AFCA, WC, TSN, SI, ESPN, CBS, Rivals.com
McClain, RolandoRolando McClaindouble-dagger Linebacker AP, FWAA, AFCA, WC, TSN, SI, ESPN, CBS, Rivals.com
Tiffin, LeighLeigh Tiffin Placekicker AP, CBS
2010 Barron, MarkMark Barron Safety FWAA
2011 Barron, MarkMark Barrondouble-dagger Safety AFCA, AP, FWAA, WC, TSN, CBS, ESPN, PFW, Scout.com, SI
Hightower, Dont'aDont'a Hightowerdagger Linebacker AFCA, AP, WC, PFW
Jones, BarrettBarrett Jonesdouble-dagger Tackle AP, AFCA, FWAA, WC, CBS, ESPN, Scout.com, TSN
Kirkpatrick, DreDre Kirkpatrick Cornerback FWAA, CBS, PFW
Menzie, DeQuanDeQuan Menzie Cornerback AFCA
Richardson, TrentTrent Richardsondouble-dagger Running back AP, AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, CBS, ESPN, Scout.com, TSN
Upshaw, CourtneyCourtney Upshaw Linebacker FWAA, TSN, CBS, ESPN, PFW, Scout.com, SI
2012 Fluker, D. J.D. J. Fluker Offensive tackle CBS, Scout.com
Jones, BarrettBarrett Jonesdagger Center WCFF, AP, FWAA, TSN, CBS, Scout.com, ESPN, SI
Milliner, DeeDee Millinerdouble-dagger Cornerback WCFF, AFCA, AP, FWAA, TSN, CBS, Scout.com, ESPN, PFW
Mosley, C. J.C. J. Mosleydagger Linebacker WCFF, AFCA, AP, TSN, CBS, Scout.com, SI
Warmack, ChanceChance Warmackdouble-dagger Offensive guard WCFF, AFCA, AP, TSN, FWAA, CBS, Scout.com, ESPN, SI, PFW
2013 Clinton-Dix, Ha HaHa Ha Clinton-Dixdagger Safety AFCA, FWAA, TSN, ESPN
Kouandjio, CyrusCyrus Kouandjiodagger Offensive tackle AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, AP, CBS, Athlon
McCarron, AJAJ McCarron Quarterback AFCA, WCFF
Mosley, C. J.C. J. Mosleydouble-dagger Linebacker AFCA, FWAA, TSN, WCFF, AP, USAT, CBS, ESPN, Athlon
dagger Consensus selection
double-dagger Unanimous selection

Reference:[105]

NFL draftees[edit]

Year Round Pick Overall Player name Position NFL team Notes
2009 1 6 6 Smith, AndreAndre Smith Offensive tackle Cincinnati Bengals
3 10 74 Coffee, GlenGlen Coffee Running back San Francisco 49ers
3 13 77 Caldwell, AntoineAntoine Caldwell Center Houston Texans
3 31 95 Johnson, RashadRashad Johnson Defensive back Arizona Cardinals
2010 1 8 8 McClain, RolandoRolando McClain Linebacker Oakland Raiders
1 20 20 Jackson, KareemKareem Jackson Cornerback Houston Texans
2 18 50 Arenas, JavierJavier Arenas Defensive back Kansas City Chiefs
2 25 57 Cody, TerrenceTerrence Cody Defensive end Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Champion (XLVII)
3 34 98 Johnson, MikeMike Johnson Offensive guard Atlanta Falcons
7 4 211 Johnson, MarquisMarquis Johnson Defensive back St. Louis Rams
7 40 247 Deaderick, BrandonBrandon Deaderick Defensive end New England Patriots
2011 1 3 3 Dareus, MarcellMarcell Dareus Defensive tackle Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl (2014)
1 6 6 Jones, JulioJulio Jones Wide receiver Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl (2013)
1 25 25 Carpenter, JamesJames Carpenter Offensive tackle Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Champion (XLVIII)
1 28 28 Ingram, MarkMark Ingram Running back New Orleans Saints
7 5 208 McElroy, GregGreg McElroy Quarterback New York Jets
2012 1 3 3 Richardson, TrentTrent Richardson Running back Cleveland Browns
1 7 7 Barron, MarkMark Barron Safety Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1 17 17 Kirkpatrick, DreDre Kirkpatrick Cornerback Cincinnati Bengals
1 25 25 Hightower, Dont'aDont'a Hightower Linebacker New England Patriots
2 3 35 Upshaw, CourtneyCourtney Upshaw Linebacker Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Champion (XLVII)
5 1 136 Chapman, JoshJosh Chapman Defensive tackle Indianapolis Colts
5 11 146 Menzie, DeQuanDeQuan Menzie Cornerback Kansas City Chiefs
7 40 247 Smelley, BradBrad Smelley Tight end Cleveland Browns
2013 1 9 9 Milliner, DeeDee Milliner Cornerback New York Jets
1 10 10 Warmack, ChanceChance Warmack Guard Tennessee Titans
1 11 11 Fluker, D. J.D. J. Fluker Offensive tackle San Diego Chargers
2 29 61 Lacy, EddieEddie Lacy Running back Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl (2014)
4 2 99 Johnson, NicoNico Johnson Linebacker Kansas City Chiefs
4 16 113 Jones, BarrettBarrett Jones Center St. Louis Rams
5 4 137 Williams, JesseJesse Williams Defensive tackle Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Champion (XLVIII)
5 24 157 Dial, QuintonQuinton Dial Defensive end San Francisco 49ers
7 5 211 Williams, MichaelMichael Williams Tight end Detroit Lions
2014 1 17 17 Mosley, C. J.C. J. Mosley Linebacker Baltimore Ravens
1 21 21 Clinton-Dix, Ha HaHa Ha Clinton-Dix Safety Green Bay Packers
2 12 44 Kouandjio, CyrusCyrus Kouandjio Offensive tackle Buffalo Bills
4 23 123 Norwood, KevinKevin Norwood Wide receiver Seattle Seahawks
5 20 160 Stinson, EdEd Stinson Defensive end Arizona Cardinals
5 24 164 McCarron, AJAJ McCarron Quarterback Cincinnati Bengals
5 27 167 Sunseri, VinnieVinnie Sunseri Safety New Orleans Saints
6 1 177 Pagan, JeoffreyJeoffrey Pagan Defensive end Houston Texans

Reference:[106]

All-time assistant coaches[edit]

Coach Position Alma mater Years served
Applewhite, MajorMajor Applewhite Offensive coordinator Texas 2007
Brown, GregGreg Brown Secondary UTEP 2013–present
Burns, BurtonBurton Burns Running backs Nebraska 2007–present
Cignetti, CurtCurt Cignetti Wide receivers West Virginia 2007–2010
Cristobal, MarioMario Cristobal Offensive line Miami 2013–present
Davis, BoBo Davis Defensive line LSU 2007–2010
Groh, MikeMike Groh Wide receivers Virginia 2011–2012
Kiffin, LaneLane Kiffin Offensive coordinator Fresno State 2014–present
McElwain, JimJim McElwain Offensive coordinator Eastern Washington 2008–2011
Napier, BillyBilly Napier Wide receivers Furman 2013–present
Nussmeier, DougDoug Nussmeier Offensive coordinator Idaho 2012–2013
Pendry, JoeJoe Pendry Offensive line West Virginia 2007–2010
Pruitt, JeremyJeremy Pruitt Secondary West Alabama 2010–2012
Rumph, ChrisChris Rumph Defensive Line South Carolina 2011–present
Smart, KirbyKirby Smart Defensive coordinator Georgia 2007–present
Steele, KevinKevin Steele Defensive line Tennessee 2007–2008
Stoutland, JeffJeff Stoutland Offensive line Southern Connecticut 2011–2012
Sunseri, SalSal Sunseri Linebackers Pittsburgh 2009–2011
Thompson, LanceLance Thompson Linebackers The Citadel 2007–2008
2012–present
Williams, BobbyBobby Williams Tight ends
Special teams
Purdue 2008–present
Willis, JamesJames Willis Linebackers Auburn 2009

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Bryant–Denny Stadium[edit]

Bronze statue outside a stadium.
Nick Saban statue located at the Walk of Champions outside Bryant–Denny Stadium.

During Saban's tenure as head coach of the Crimson Tide, Alabama has played all home games on-campus at Bryant–Denny Stadium. Prior to the 2006 season, the north endzone expansion brought the total seating capacity of Bryant–Denny to 92,138, the seventh largest stadium in college football.[108] After Saban became head coach, in February 2009, the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees unanimously approved a proposal to expand the south endzone with an upper deck that seated approximately 9,000 spectators and added 36 luxury boxes.[109] The expansion was budgeted at $80.6 million and Davis Architects of Birmingham, Alabama served as the architect of record for the project.[109] The expansion was completed just prior to the start of the 2010 season on August 20 and increased Bryant–Denny's capacity to 101,821, the fifth largest in college football.[109][110]

Outside the stadium on its northern side is the Walk of Champions. This areas pays tribute to past championship teams at Alabama in addition to featuring bronze statues of all five head coaches that won national championships with the Crimson Tide. After he led them to the 2009 national championship, athletics director Mal Moore indicated that a statue of Saban would be erected in the Walk of Champions just as the previous four coaches.[111] The nine-foot statue was designed by Alabama student Jeremy Davis and fabricated by MTM Recognition of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[112] It was officially unveiled prior to the 2011 A-Day spring game on April 16, 2011, and has since been updated to include subsequent championships.[112]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Saban's record for the 2007 season was 7-6. In March 2009, the NCAA ruled that Alabama must vacate 21 victories due to sanctions stemming from textbook-related infractions discovered during the 2007 season, including 5 for the 2007 season. As such Saban's official record for the 2007 season stands at 2-6.[22]
  2. ^ Shula's overall record at time of his firing was 26-23. In March 2009, the NCAA ruled that Alabama must vacate 21 victories due to sanctions stemming from textbook-related infractions discovered during the 2007 season, including 16 for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. As such Shula's official record at Alabama stands at 10-23[22]

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