Greatest Player of the Saban Era: Round #1, Match #6 - Mark Barron vs. Javier Arenas

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Who was the greatest player to wear the Crimson and White while Coach Saban has roamed the sidelines at Bryant-Denny? Let's Check:

Who is the Greatest of the Greatest? Who is the Champion among Champions? There can be only one. We have seeded our 16-player field into a single elimination bracket, and it's up to you, the commentariat, to decide who advances to the next round. So cast your vote, then get down in the comments and explain why you are right, and those who voted for the other guy are clearly misinformed.


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Round #1, Match #6

Stats gathered from 2012 Alabama Football Record Book, www.cfbstats.com and www.sports-reference.com. (I understand that some of these records will have changed after the 2012 season.)

[Author's Note: I understand that it can be as difficult to compare across positions as it is to compare across generations - if not more so. Please bear in mind that some positions, particularly offensive linemen, simply aren't going to generate measurable statistics - not positive ones, at any rate.]

Mark Barron, S

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Official Alabama Profile.

Stats

235 tackles (149 solo)

13.0 tackles for a loss

5.0 sacks

12 interceptions, returned for 145 yards (12.08 yards per return), 1 touchdown

34 passes defended

1 forced fumble

1 punt return, returned for 1.00 yards (1.00 yards per return)

1 reception for 7.00 yards (7.00 yards per reception) [I had forgotten that he caught a pass against Ole Miss in 2009]

- http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/mark-barron-1.html

Alabama Records

#6 in terms of interception return yards in a season (125, 2009)

#9 in terms of interception return yards in a career (131)

#10 in terms of longest interception return (79 yards for a touchdown, 2009 vs. South Carolina)

#4 (5-way tie) in terms of interceptions in a season (7, 2009)

#4 (4-way tie) in terms of interceptions in a career (12)

#9 in terms of passes broken up in a career (22)

Awards

Unanimous 1st Team All-American (2011 - AFCA, AP, FWAA, TSN, WCFF, CBS, ESPN, PFW, Scout.com, SI, Yahoo!

1st Team All-American (2010 - FWAA)

1st Team All-SEC (2009, 2010, 2011)

#7 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Barron

Javier Arenas, CB

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Official Alabama Bio.

Stats

154 tackles (104 solo)

17.5 tackles for a loss

7.0 sacks

6 interceptions, returned for 88 yards (14.67 yards per return), 1 touchdown

19 passes defended

125 punt returns for 1,752 yards (14.02 yards per return), 7 touchdowns

90 kickoff returns for 2,166 yards (24.07 yards per return)

- http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/javier-arenas-1.html

Alabama Records

#4 in terms of all-purpose yardage in a career (4,006)

#3 in terms of punt returns in a season (41; 2008)

#7 in terms of punt returns in a season (32; 2009)

#1 (tie) in terms of punt returns in a career (125)

#1 in terms of punt return yards in a game (153; vs. Tulane in 2008)

#2 in terms of punt return yards in a game (147; vs. Mississippi State in 2008)

#6 in terms of punt return yards in a game (101; vs. FIU in 2009)

#9 in terms of punt return yards in a game (90; vs. North Texas in 2009)

#10 in terms of punt return yards in a game (86; vs. Oklahoma State in 2006)

#1 in terms of punt return yards in a season (650; 2008)

#2 in terms of punt return yards in a season (493; 2009)

#1 in terms of punt return yards in a career (1,752) (Interesting Fact: Harry Gilmer is #2, at 1,119)

#3 in terms of average yards per punt return in a season (minimum 20 returns) (15.9; 2008)

#4 in terms of average yards per punt return in a season (minimum 20 returns) (15.41; 2009)

#5 in terms of average yards per punt return in a season (minimum 20 returns) (15.38; 2007)

#1 in terms of average yards per punt return in a career (14.1) (Interesting Fact: Harry Gilmer is #2, at 13.4)

#5 in terms of longest punt return (87 yards; vs. Tulane in 2008)

#6 in terms of longest punt return (86 yards; vs. Oklahoma State in 2006)

#1 in terms of kickoff returns in a game (8; vs. LSU in 2007)

#3 (6-way tie) in terms of kickoff returns in a game (5; vs. Utah in 2009)

#1 in terms of kickoff returns in a season (27; 2007)

#2 in terms of kickoff returns in a season (26; 2008)

#7 in terms of kickoff returns in a season (19; 2009)

#8 in terms of kickoff returns in a season (18; 2006)

#1 in terms of kickoff returns in a career (90) (Interesting Fact: Arvin Richard is #2, at 59)

#1 in terms of kickoff return yards in a season (657; 2007)

#3 in terms of kickoff return yards in a season (614; 2008)

#10 (tie) in terms of kickoff return yards in a season (344; 2006)

#1 in terms of kickoff return yards in a career (2,166) (Interesting Fact: Arvin Richard is #2, at 1,261)

#2 in terms of average yards per kickoff return in a season (minimum 10 returns) (29.0; 2009)

#9 in terms of average yards per kickoff return in a season (minimum 10 returns) (24.3; 2007)

#10 in terms of average yards per kickoff return in a season (minimum 10 returns) (23.6; 2008)

#8 in terms of average yards per kickoff return in a career (minimum 15 returns) (24.07)

#6 in terms of tackles for a loss in a game (4.5; vs. Tennessee in 2009)

Awards

Consensus 1st Team All-American (2009 - AP, AFCA and SI as a CB; CBS and Rivals as a PR)

1st Team All-SEC (2009)

#50 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javier_Arenas_%28American_football%29

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