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20/20 Hindsight: Alabama vs Chattanooga

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Alabama cornerback Javier Arenas: For a guy who was supposedly too small to play at this level, Arenas has had one dynamite career. He played his final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday in a 45-0 rout of Chattanooga and bid farewell with the seventh punt return for a touchdown in his illustrious career. He took one back 66 yards to set an SEC record and also intercepted a pass in his home finale. Arenas might be known more for his punt return skills, but he’s developed into one of the better all-around cornerbacks in the league with his ability to blitz, play the run and the cover the pass.

Arenas sets SEC record for punt return touchdowns in final home game |

Arenas said that while an SEC record is an achievement he’s proud of, he won’t likely let it fully sink in for many years.

"It was gratifying for our whole punt return team because we all worked hard to earn it. You think about it for a second, then you keep moving on," Arenas said. "That’s for when you’re sitting in the rocking chair, you’re old, you can get cocky and tell everybody you got the SEC record. Until that point, you just keep moving forward — and think about it every once in a while to build your confidence up if you need it."

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When Ingram left the field, he was met by head coach Nick Saban, who told him he would spend the rest of the day as a spectator.

"I’m sure we could have left him in there today and he would have had a huge day," Saban said, "but he gained 100 yards, that’s a good day’s work when you come out with 10 minutes to go in the second quarter, or whatever it was."

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Which of the 11-0 teams impressed you more? Did either even impress you? Florida won 62-3 against Florida International while Alabama defeated Chattanooga 45-0. The Tide outgained the Mocs 422-84 and had 26 first downs to five -- yes, five -- for Chattanooga. The Gators amassed 584 yards to the Golden Panthers' 189, including 361 passing yards and solid performances by both Tim Tebow and John Brantley.

Cody Counting on a Call from Tiger's Freeman | Tide Source

Cody said he personally knows just one player on this year's Au­burn team. He and linebacker El­toro Freeman played together at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2007. That team went 11-0.

Will they talk trash on the phone this week before the game?

"I'm counting on him calling me," Cody said. "Before the season started, he called me talking trash, saying they were going to beat us. I was like, 'Nah. I don't see it happening.' "

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Saban has jokingly said that he would allow Cody to carry the football if the defensive lineman could beat him in a footrace between drills at practice. 

"He hasn't beat me yet," Saban said on his weekly radio show. "Now he will argue that point, but I'm the commissioner, so I determine who wins the race." 

Cody does indeed insist that isn't correct. 

"Yeah, I beat him like six times last week," he said.


Final Thoughts on the Game Before The Game | Tide Source

The first-team defense held Chattanooga to 67 yards and five first downs in the first half on 34 plays. Pretty good.

The second- and third-team defense held the Mocs to 17 yards and no first downs in the second half. Some of those players were seniors who got a chance to play on Senior Day. Most of them were underclassmen who will replace many of the veteran starters who will be gone next year.

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"I was pleased with the focus our players had and what they did," said Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban. "We were pleased to be able to play as many players as played today. It was good that the (starters) came out and played Alabama football and got ahead in the game to give those players as opportunity to play."

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