Alabama Crimson Tide football under Nick Saban
|Alabama Crimson Tide football under Nick Saban|
|Athletic director||Mal Moore (2007–2013)
Bill Battle (2013–2017)
Greg Byrne (2017– )
|Head coach||Nick Saban
11 season, 127–20 (.864)
|All-time record||218–62–1 (.778)|
|Bowl record||10–4 (.714)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||5 (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017)|
Alabama Crimson Tide football under Nick Saban covers the history of the Alabama Crimson Tide football program 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 eleven years Saban has served as head football coach, Alabama has compiled an overall official record of 127-20[a] (.864) (132–20 on the field), 14 bowl game appearances with 10 victories, six SEC Western Division titles, five SEC championships, and five national championships. Since 2008, Saban's teams have spent all or part of each season ranked number 1 in national polls.
On January 7, Nick 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. 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. Saban won his 4th championship at Alabama in 2015 and his 5th at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2018.
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. in 2009, and Derrick Henry in 2015 became Alabama's first and second Heisman Trophy winners and 46 players have been recognized as First Team All-Americans, 30 of which were either consensus or unanimous selections. Additionally, 65 former Crimson Tide players have been drafted into the National Football League, with 22 being first round selections.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Rivalries
- 3 First Team All-Americans
- 4 NFL draftees
- 5 All-time assistant coaches
- 6 Bryant–Denny Stadium
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. At that time Saban also stated he had not personally interviewed at Alabama and told his players that he was not leaving. 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. After the Dolphins season ended, it was speculated again that Alabama was to offer their head coaching position to Saban. On January 3, 2007, Saban officially resigned from the Dolphins and became the head coach of the Crimson Tide. At that time he signed an eight-year contract worth a guaranteed $32 million to coach Alabama.
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. 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. 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.
In Saban's debut as head coach, the Crimson Tide defeated Western Carolina for his first win at Alabama. 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. 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. Alabama rebounded with three consecutive wins over Houston on homecoming, at Ole Miss and at home over Tennessee.
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. 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. After the NCAA reviewed the case, in June 2009 they determined all players that received the improper benefits to be retroactively ineligible. 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.
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." They followed that with a loss at Mississippi State and against Louisiana–Monroe in one of the bigger upsets of the 2007 season. 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.
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. The class featured many players that were later drafted into the NFL and formed the foundation for their championship run from 2009 through 2012. Players from the class included future first round draft picks Marcell Dareus, Julio Jones, Mark Barron, Dont'a Hightower, and Mark Ingram. The Crimson Tide then completed spring practice with another large A-Day crowd before the season started later in the fall.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Against an undefeated Utah team, Alabama was upset 31–17 and finished the season with an overall record of 12–2.
First 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. 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 AJ McCarron. 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.
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. 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. Alabama next went on a two-game road trip, defeated both Kentucky and Ole Miss and extended their record to 6–0.
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. 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. 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. Alabama then closed the season with wins over Mississippi State, Chattanooga and Auburn and completed their second consecutive, undefeated regular season.
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. 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. 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.
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. After again signing a highly rated recruiting class, the Crimson Tide opened the season in the No. 1 position in the polls. Alabama then won their first five games over San Jose State, Penn State, Duke, Arkansas, and Florida and retained their unanimous No. 1 ranking. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
Second national championship
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. 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.
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. After a 41–0 shutout over North Texas, Alabama opened conference play with a 38–14 victory over Arkansas. 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.
Against the Tigers, neither team scored a touchdown and LSU won by a final score of 9–6 in overtime. 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. 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.
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. 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.
Third national championship
After they captured their second national championship in three years, Alabama again signed one of the nation's top recruiting classes in February 2012. 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. Alabama opened the season with a 41–14 victory over Michigan in the Cowboys Classic. 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. The next week, Alabama posted their second consecutive shutout with their 52–0 win at Arkansas to open conference play. 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.
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. The Crimson Tide then defeated LSU at Tiger Stadium 21–17 when AJ 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. However, the next week, Alabama suffered their only loss of the season when Texas A&M upset the Tide 29–24 in Tuscaloosa.
After their loss to the Aggies, Alabama dropped into the No. 4 ranking for their 49–0 win over Western Carolina. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. After again signing a highly rated recruiting class, the Crimson Tide opened the season in the No. 1 position in the polls. Alabama then won their first eleven games and retained their unanimous No. 1 ranking throughout. The Crimson Tide opened the season with a victory over Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
Fourth national championship
Alabama started the 2015 season with a win against 20th ranked Wisconsin. Alabama would start 2-0 but would lose their next game against Ole Miss 43-37. Following the loss the Crimson Tide would go in to win the next twelve games including the 2015 Cotton Bowl Playoff Semifinal 38-0 over Michigan State and winning the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship over undefeated Clemson 45-40 to claim Alabama's sixteenth National Championship and Saban's fourth national championship at the Capstone.
Alabama entered the 2016 season ranked number #1 in the polls. The reigning national champions began 2016 with a resounding 52-6 win over #9 USC in Arlington, Texas, led by true freshman quarterback, Jalen Hurts. In what was the first meeting between the Tide and the Trojans since 1985, Blake Barnett started the game, but was soon replaced by Hurts, who would then go on to be the starting QB for the season. Hurts was the first true freshman QB to start for the Crimson Tide since 1984. For the first time since 2009, Alabama would go undefeated all the way through the SEC Championship Game. Alabama crushed Florida 54-16 to win their third consecutive SEC Title. This made the Tide the first three peat SEC Champion since the Florida Gators won four in a row from 1993-1996. It also marked the first three peat for Alabama since the late 1970s when Alabama won SEC Championships from 1977-1979. The Tide would once again go on to the Playoffs where they would defeat the Washington Huskies 24-7 in the Peach Bowl to advance to their second consecutive College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Tampa, Florida. In the first ever national title game rematch, Alabama would fall to Clemson, 35-31. In the closing seconds of the game, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson found Hunter Renfrow for a two-yard touchdown pass to give Clemson the win and their first national championship since 1981. The loss ended Alabama's 26 game winning streak, the second longest in program history. It marked the first time that Nick Saban had ever lost in a national championship game.
Fifth national championship
Alabama entered the 2017 season ranked number 1 in the polls once again. The season began with the Tide defeating number 3 Florida State 24-7 in the Chick Fila Kick off Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Alabama would then go on to win their next 10 games, heading into the Iron Bowl undefeated and still ranked number 1. However, the regular season was not without its issues. The Tide lost several key defensive players to injury throughout the season. There were some impressive blow outs, but also some very close games against Texas A&M, LSU, and Mississippi State. With the SEC West on the line, the Tide would fall to Auburn, 26-14 in a game that saw the worst performance by an Alabama team since the Mike Shula era. However, the season was not over for the Tide by a long shot. Auburn would go on to the SEC Championship Game, where they would face Georgia in a rematch. The Bulldogs would prevail the second time around, crushing the tigers 28-7. This led to the playoff selection committee selecting both Alabama and Georgia for the playoffs. Alabama was selected to face Clemson in the Sugar Bowl Playoff Semifinal. In a rematch of the previous season's College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the Tide would prevail, blowing out Clemson 24-6. Georgia's 54-48 overtime win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl Playoff semifinal set up an all-SEC National Championship Game where the Tide would win it's 17th national championship by defeating Georgia 26-23 in overtime. With Alabama trailing 13-0 at halftime, a change was made at quarterback with freshman Tua Tagovailoa replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts. Tagavailoa went 14 of 24 passing for 166 yards and 3 touchdowns, including the game winning touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver, DeVonta Smith in overtime. The 2017 national title was the sixth for head coach Nick Saban, and his fifth at the Capstone. This accomplishment tied coach Saban with iconic Alabama head coach, Paul W. Bryant, who also won six national titles in his storied career.
The Iron Bowl is the name given to Alabama's annual game against the in-state Auburn University Tigers. Through the 2017 season, Saban has compiled an overall record of seven wins and four losses (7–4) against the Tigers. After the Crimson Tide lost 17–10 in his first Iron Bowl, Alabama shutout Auburn in the 2008 game 36–0. 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. 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. 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. 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. In 2013, both teams came into the game ranked in the top five and Auburn won, 34–28, in what has since been dubbed "the kick six", after Chris Davis returned a missed Adam Griffith field goal 109 yards for the game-winning score with no time left on the clock. 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. Alabama would defeat Auburn in 2015 by a score of 29-13 in Auburn.It was Bama's first trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium since the "kick-six" game. However, the result would be different as Adam Griffith hit 5 field goals, accounting for 15 of Alabama's 29 points.In 2016, Alabama true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts overcame two first half interceptions with a stellar 2nd half performance as Alabama topped Auburn 30-12 in Tuscaloosa. The 2016 win marked the first time that Alabama had defeated Auburn three consecutive years since 1990-1992. Alabama would fall to Auburn in 2017, 26-14 in the Tide's only loss of the season. It marked the first time since 1969 that the tigers had defeated the Tide by a margin of more than 10 points.
The Third Saturday in October is the name given to Alabama's annual game against the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Through the 2017 season, Saban has compiled an overall record of eleven wins and zero losses (11–0) against the Volunteers. In the period between the 1995 and 2006 seasons prior to the arrival of Saban, the Volunteers were 10–2 against the Crimson Tide. Since Saban has been Alabama's head coach, they have outscored Tennessee 396 to 126 in their eleven victories (average score 36 to 11). The only games 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 and in 2015 when the tide won 19-14 due to a game clinching fumble recovered by A'shawn Robinson. 2016 and 2017 saw blowout wins of 49-10 and 45-7 for the Tide over the Volunteers. At the conclusion of the 2017 season, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was hired as the Tennessee head coach.
Louisiana State University (LSU) and Alabama first met on the field in 1895 and continuously since 1964. 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. Through the 2016 season, Saban has compiled an overall record of nine wins and three losses (9–3) against the Tigers. After a 41–34 loss in their first matchup, Alabama won at Baton Rouge in overtime 27–21 in 2008. 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. 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. The Crimson Tide won their second straight in the series in 2012 after they defeated LSU 21–17 when AJ McCarron threw a 28-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to T. J. Yeldon in the final two minutes of the game. 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. 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 Tigers. In 2015, Alabama won handily against an undefeated LSU team, 30-16 in Tuscaloosa. Bama had 250 rushing yards and A'shawn Robinson blocked one of LSU's extra points in spectacular fashion. In 2016, the game was scoreless going into the fourth quarter. However, true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts ran 21 yards for a touchdown. That put Alabama up 7-0, and the Tide never looked back as they would shut out LSU 10-0 in Baton Rouge. In 2017, Alabama would defeat LSU 24-10 in Tuscaloosa, marking the seventh consecutive win over the Tigers.
First Team All-Americans
|2008||Caldwell, AntoineAntoine Caldwell||Center||AFCA, AP, TSN, SI|
|Cody, TerrenceTerrence Cody||Defensive tackle||AFCA, AP, FWAA, TSN, SI, Rivals.com, CBS|
|Johnson, RashadRashad Johnson||Safety||AFCA, Rivals.com|
|Smith, AndreAndre Smith||Offensive tackle||AFCA, AP, FWAA, TSN, WC, ESPN, FN, SI, CBS, Rivals.com|
|2009||Arenas, JavierJavier Arenas||Cornerback||AFCA, AP, SI|
|Arenas, JavierJavier Arenas||Punt returner||CBS, Rivals.com|
|Cody, TerrenceTerrence Cody||Defensive tackle||AP, FWAA, WC, CBS|
|Ingram, MarkMark Ingram||Running back||AP, FWAA, AFCA, WC, TSN, SI, ESPN, CBS, Rivals.com|
|Johnson, MikeMike Johnson||Offensive guard||AP, AFCA, WC, TSN, SI, ESPN, CBS, Rivals.com|
|McClain, RolandoRolando McClain||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 Barron||Safety||AFCA, AP, FWAA, WC, TSN, CBS, ESPN, PFW, Scout.com, SI|
|Hightower, Dont'aDont'a Hightower||Linebacker||AFCA, AP, WC, PFW|
|Jones, BarrettBarrett Jones||Tackle||AP, AFCA, FWAA, WC, CBS, ESPN, Scout.com, TSN|
|Kirkpatrick, DreDre Kirkpatrick||Cornerback||FWAA, CBS, PFW|
|Menzie, DeQuanDeQuan Menzie||Cornerback||AFCA|
|Richardson, TrentTrent Richardson||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 Jones||Center||WCFF, AP, FWAA, TSN, CBS, Scout.com, ESPN, SI|
|Milliner, DeeDee Milliner||Cornerback||WCFF, AFCA, AP, FWAA, TSN, CBS, Scout.com, ESPN, PFW|
|Mosley, C. J.C. J. Mosley||Linebacker||WCFF, AFCA, AP, TSN, CBS, Scout.com, SI|
|Warmack, ChanceChance Warmack||Offensive guard||WCFF, AFCA, AP, TSN, FWAA, CBS, Scout.com, ESPN, SI, PFW|
|2013||Clinton-Dix, Ha HaHa Ha Clinton-Dix||Safety||AFCA, FWAA, TSN, ESPN|
|Kouandjio, CyrusCyrus Kouandjio||Offensive tackle||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, AP, CBS, Athlon|
|McCarron, AJAJ McCarron||Quarterback||AFCA, WCFF|
|Mosley, C. J.C. J. Mosley||Linebacker||AFCA, FWAA, TSN, WCFF, AP, USAT, CBS, ESPN, Athlon|
|2014||Collins, LandonLandon Collins||Safety||AP, WCFF, TSN, AFCA, FWAA, CBS, ESPN, Scout, SI|
|Cooper, AmariAmari Cooper||Wide Receiver||AP, WCFF, TSN, AFCA, FWAA, USAT, CBS, ESPN, Scout, SI|
|DePriest, TreyTrey DePriest||Linebacker||AFCA|
|Kouandjio, ArieArie Kouandjio||Offensive Guard||AFCA, USAT, SI|
|Scott, JKJK Scott||Punter||TSN, USAT, ESPN, SI|
|2015||Henry, DerrickDerrick Henry||Running back||AP, WCFF, FWAA, AFCA, TSN, USAT, CBS, SI, ESPN, FOX|
|Ragland, ReggieReggie Ragland||Linebacker||AP, WCFF, FWAA, AFCA, TSN, USAT, CBS, SI, ESPN|
|Kelly, RyanRyan Kelly||Center||WCFF, FWAA, AFCA, TSN, USAT, ESPN|
|Robinson, A'ShawnA'Shawn Robinson||Defensive tackle||AP, FWAA, AFCA, TSN, CBS, SI, FOX|
|2016||Allen, JonathanJonathan Allen||Defensive end||AFCA, FWAA, AP, WCFF, TSN, SI, USAT, ESPN, FOX, CBS|
|Foster, ReubenReuben Foster||Linebacker||AFCA, FWAA, AP, WCFF, TSN, SI, USAT, ESPN, FOX, CBS|
|Robinson, CamCam Robinson||Offensive tackle||AFCA, FWAA, AP, WCFF, TSN, SI, ESPN, FOX, CBS, Athlon|
|Fitzpatrick, MinkahMinkah Fitzpatrick||Defensive back||AFCA, AP, ESPN|
|Humphrey, MarlonMarlon Humphrey||Defensive back||FWAA|
|Howard, O. J.O. J. Howard||Tight end||FOX|
|2017||Fitzpatrick, MinkahMinkah Fitzpatrick||Defensive back||(AP, AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, TSN, SI, USAT, ESPN, CBS, CFN, Athlon)|
|Evans, RashaanRashaan Evans||Linebacker||AFCA|
|Scott, JKJK Scott||Punter||CFN|
|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||2x Pro Bowl (2014, 2015)|
|1||6||6||Jones, JulioJulio Jones||Wide receiver||Atlanta Falcons||3x Pro Bowl (2013, 2015, 2016)|
|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||Pro Bowl (2015)|
|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 time Super Bowl Champion (XLIX)(LI)|
|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||Pro Bowl (2015)|
|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||—|
|2015||1||4||4||Cooper, AmariAmari Cooper||Wide receiver||Oakland Raiders||Pro Bowl (2016)|
|2||1||33||Collins, LandonLandon Collins||Safety||New York Giants||—|
|2||4||36||Yeldon, T. J.T. J. Yeldon||Running back||Jacksonville Jaguars||—|
|4||9||108||Fowler, JalstonJalston Fowler||Fullback||Tennessee Titans||—|
|4||13||112||Kouandjio, ArieArie Kouandjio||Guard||Washington Redskins||—|
|7||11||228||Shepherd, AustinAustin Shepherd||Offensive tackle||Minnesota Vikings||—|
|7||36||253||Dickson, XzavierXzavier Dickson||Linebacker||New England Patriots||—|
|2016||1||18||18||Kelly, RyanRyan Kelly||Center||Indianapolis Colts||—|
|2||10||41||Ragland, ReggieReggie Ragland||Linebacker||Buffalo Bills||—|
|2||14||45||Henry, DerrickDerrick Henry||Running back||Tennessee Titans||—|
|2||15||46||Robinson, A'ShawnA'Shawn Robinson||Defensive tackle||Detroit Lions||—|
|2||18||49||Reed, JarranJarran Reed||Defensive tackle||Seattle Seahawks||—|
|2||29||60||Jones, CyrusCyrus Jones||Cornerback||New England Patriots||—|
|3||10||73||Drake, KenyanKenyan Drake||Running back||Miami Dolphins||—|
|2017||1||16||16||Humphrey, MarlonMarlon Humphrey||Cornerback||Baltimore Ravens||—|
|1||17||17||Allen, JonathanJonathan Allen||Defensive end||Washington Redskins||—|
|1||19||19||Howard, O.J.O.J. Howard||Tight End||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||—|
|1||31||31||Foster, ReubenReuben Foster||Linebacker||San Francisco 49ers||—|
|2||2||34||Robinson, CamCam Robinson||Offensive tackle||Jacksonville Jaguars||—|
|2||17||49||Anderson, RyanRyan Anderson||Linebacker||Washington Redskins||—|
|2||23||55||Tomlinson, DalvinDalvin Tomlinson||Defensive tackle||New York Giants||—|
|3||14||78||Williams, TimTim Williams||Linebacker||Baltimore Ravens||—|
|3||15||79||Stewart, ArDariusArDarius Stewart||Wide receiver||New York Jets||—|
|4||5||121||Jackson, EddieEddie Jackson||Safety||Chicago Bears||—|
All-time assistant coaches
|Coach||Position||Alma mater||Years served|
|Applewhite, MajorMajor Applewhite||Offensive coordinator||Texas||2007|
|Brown, GregGreg Brown||Secondary||UTEP||2013|
|Burns, BurtonBurton Burns||Running backs||Nebraska||2007–present|
|Cignetti, CurtCurt Cignetti||Wide receivers||West Virginia||2007–2010|
|Cristobal, MarioMario Cristobal||Offensive line||Miami||2013–2016|
|Davis, BoBo Davis||Defensive line||LSU||2007–2010|
|Daboll, BrianBrian Daboll||Offensive Coordinator||Rochester||2017–Present|
|Groh, MikeMike Groh||Wide receivers||Virginia||2011–2012|
|Kiffin, LaneLane Kiffin||Offensive coordinator||Fresno State||2014–2016|
|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
|Rumph, ChrisChris Rumph||Defensive Line||South Carolina||2011–present|
|Sarkisian, SteveSteve Sarkisian||Offensive coordinator||BYU||2017|
|Smart, KirbyKirby Smart||Defensive coordinator||Georgia||2007–2015|
|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
|Williams, BobbyBobby Williams||Tight ends
|Willis, JamesJames Willis||Linebackers||Auburn||2009|
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. 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. The expansion was budgeted at $80.6 million and Davis Architects of Birmingham, Alabama served as the architect of record for the project. 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.
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. The nine-foot statue was designed by Alabama student Jeremy Davis and fabricated by MTM Recognition of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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
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