Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tide Players Looking to Set Records:

There are a few Tide players looking to add their names to the record books. They include Mark Ingram, Javier Arenas and Leigh Tiffin.

Mark Ingram is no stranger to hearing how great his season is going. He is the first Alabama candidate for the Heisman trophy in some time and has already broke one Alabama rushing record this season. He rushed for 246 yards against South Carolina earlier in the season to set the new record for rushing yards in a game at Bryant Denny Stadium. Now, after rushing for 102 yards last weekend against UTC, he now has the Alabama record for most rushing yards in a season. He passed both Glenn Coffee and Alabama great Shaun Alexander on Saturday, both had 1,383 in their respective seasons. Ingram who now has 1,399 yards is now in 2nd place behind Bobby Humphrey who rushed for 1,471 yards in 1986. He now only trails him by 72 yards, which given the way he has been running the ball, should be easily in reach this weekend against Auburn. He passed both Glenn Coffee and Alabama great Shaun Alexander on Saturday, both had 1,383 in their respective seasons.

Javier Arenas, who may be the fan favorite on the field, broke the SEC record for punts returned for a touchdown in a career with his 7th career touchdown Saturday against UTC. His 66 yard sprint lifted all 92,012 fans at Bryant Denny out of their seats. Now in his sites are two more punt return records. With his 1,658 punt return yards, he is only 37 yards behind Vandy’s Lee Nalley for the SEC career punt return yards and 103 yards back of Texas Tech’s Wes Welker and his NCAA record with 1,761 yards. Though he has been quiet in the return arena lately due to his game changing ability, Saturday’s 68 yard performance puts him back the hunt for the records. It will all come down to whether teams are willing to give him a chance in the remaining games of the season.
Alabama’s place kicker Leigh Tiffin has had an All-American season as well. However, as most kickers do, his season and achievements have gone under the radar. This weekend Leigh kicked his 25th field goal of the season and the 78th field goal of his career. It tied him as the Tide’s all time place kicker both for a season and career tying him with Phillip Doyle. He has already broken the Alabama all time scoring mark when he scored his 347 point against LSU this year. This year has been his best by far. He has made 25 of his 28 field goal attempts, and made 34 of his 36 extra points. As it stands now, Leigh is 6 field goals shy of the NCAA single season record and only 9 shy of the NCAA career field goal number. With three games to go including the SEC Championship and bowl game, he should have a good chance at both records. He is also a semifinalist for the Lou Groza award, which goes to the nation’s top place kicker every year.

While all of these guys are having unbelievable season personally, the best part is that each of them credit their teammates for helping them with their success and stats. So let’s hope these guys get a chance to add their names to the record books as the season comes to an end.


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