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November 6, 2010

Notebook: Week of rest helped most, but not enough

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Some of the University of Alabama players who went into the bye week nursing bumps and bruises appeared to have greatly benefited from the down time during Saturday's game at LSU.

For example, junior linebacker Courtney Upshaw, who had struggled with a high ankle sprain earlier this season, was in on six tackles, and sophomore linebacker Dont'a Hightower had a season-high 10 tackles.

"I came in feeling good, ready to go," Upshaw said. "I just came in with the mindset that we had to make plays."

However, not everyone was healthy. Sophomore running back Trent Richardson came into the game with a sore knee that he appeared to aggravate when scoring the only touchdown of the first half. He did return and had one more carry in the fourth quarter, but was pulled from special teams.

Junior Alfred McCullough started at right tackle, with redshirt freshman D.J. Fluker (groin) backing him up. True freshman Arie Kouandijo was one of 12 offensive linemen to make the trip.

Junior defensive back Phelon Jones, an LSU transfer, was the star for the second consecutive game with DeQuan Menzie (groin) a reserve.

Sophomore defensive lineman Kerry Murphy started, but essentially split time with Damion Square.

Moving up the charts

A number of Alabama players moved up various career and season all-time lists, including Julio Jones moving into third on the Alabama all-time receptions list:

Career receptions
194 DJ Hall (2,923 yards), 2004-07
152 Freddie Milons (1,859 yards), 1998-2001
156 Julio Jones (2,245 yards), 2008-present
132 David Bailey (1,857 yards), 1969-71
117 Keith Brown (1,863 yards), 2004-07

Season receptions
67 DJ Hall (1,005 yards), 2007
65 Freddie Milons (733 yards), 1999
62 DJ Hall (1,056 yards), 2006
61 David Palmer (1,000 yards), 1993
58 Julio Jones (924 yards), 2008
56 David Bailey (781 yards), 1969
55 Julio Jones (715 yards), 2010
55 David Bailey (790 yards), 1970
54 Dennis Homan (820 yards), 1967
51 Lamonde Russell (622 yards), 1989

Season receiving yards
1,056 DJ Hall (62 catches), 2006
1,005 DJ Hall (67 catches), 2007
1,000 David Palmer (61 catches), 1993
924 Julio Jones (58 catches), 2008
820 Dennis Homan (54 catches), 1967
804 Ozzie Newsome (36 catches), 1977
790 David Bailey (55 catches), 1970
781 David Bailey (56 catches), 1969
758 Julio Jones (50 catches), 2010
756 Al Lary (35 catches), 1950
733 Freddie Milons (65 catches), 1999

Career touchdown passes
41 Brodie Croyle, 2002-05
47 John Parker Wilson, 2005-08
35 Andrew Zow, 1998-01
35 Mike Shula, 1983-86
32 Greg McElroy, 2007-present
30 Freddie Kitchens, 1993-97
30 Jeff Rutledge, 1975-78
29 Harry Gilmer, 1944-47
29 Walter Lewis, 1980-83
27 Scott Hunter, 1968-70

Career rushing touchdowns
41 Shaun Alexander, 1996-99
38 Mark Ingram, 2008-present
34 Johnny Musso, 1969-71
33 Bobby Humphrey, 1985-88
29 Tony Nathan, 1975-78

Career total touchdowns
52 Harry Gilmer (2 PR, 1 KR, 1 IR, 19 rush, 29 pass) 1944-47
50 Shaun Alexander (41 rush, 8 rec., 1 KR), 1996-99
43 John Parker Wilson (37 pass, 6 rush), 2005-07
42 Walter Lewis (13 rush, 29 pass), 1980-83
41 Jeff Rutledge (11 rush, 30 pass), 1975-78
41 Mark Ingram (38 rush, 3 rec.), 2008-present
40 Joe Namath (15 rush, 25 pass), 1962-64
40 Johnny Musso (34 rush, 4 rec., 2 pass), 1969-71
40 Bobby Humphrey (33 rush, 7 rec.), 1985-88



The first quarter interception snapped McElroy's streak of 124 attempts without a pickoff, the sixth longest in school history.

1. 190 Brodie Croyle, 2004-05
2. 155 Jay Barker, 1993-94
3. 149 Greg McElroy, 2009-10
4. 141 Greg McElroy, 2009
5. 135 Freddie Kitchens, 1997

Tide-bits

Alabama is 35-2 under Nick Saban when leading at the half.

The only loss came against LSU in 2007 when the Tide held a 20-17 halftime lead before losing, 41-34, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. ...

The 75-yard touchdown pass was the longest Alabama has given up this season. ... Both of linebacker Kelvin Sheppard's interceptions have been against Alabama. ... Matt Austin's crew officiated the game. The replay official was James Allison. Kickoff temperature was 62 degrees with winds 5-10 mph north-northwest. ... Team captains were Julio Jones, Mark Barron and McElroy.


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