TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama senior DJ Hall became the Crimson Tide’s all-time leader in receiving yards on Saturday, and it didn’t take long.
Hall hauled in a 43-yard pass from John Parker Wilson on Alabama’s first offensive snap against Arkansas, moving him past former Crimson Tide All-American Ozzie Newsome into first place on the all-time list. Newsome, a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, had 2,070 receiving yards at Alabama from 1974-77.
Hall’s long reception also marked the first time this season the Crimson Tide did not score on its first play from scrimmage. Terry Grant had scored on Alabama’s first snap in both of its previous games, a 47-yard run against Western Carolina and a 1-yard run against Vanderbilt.
Hall, who entered the game with 2,037 career yards, did pick up Alabama’s first touchdown Saturday, a 9-yard scoring pass from Wilson later in the quarter. That score was set up by a Darren Mustin interception deep in Arkansas territory.
Tiffin banged up
Alabama was forced to go with its third-string kicker for its first extra-point attempt after Leigh Tiffin suffered an apparent shoulder injury on the game’s opening kickoff.
While trainers worked on Tiffin on the sideline, sophomore walk-on Andrew Friedman connected on the extra point with 8:35 remaining in the half. It was the first field goal or extra-point attempt of Friedman’s career.
Tiffin, a sophomore walk-on himself, returned later in the quarter to handle kickoff and placement duties the rest of the day. Backup kicker Jamie Christensen, Alabama’s starter most of the last two seasons, missed his third straight game on Saturday due to a strained quad suffered in the preseason.
Not only did Marcus Monk not play in Saturday’s game, but Arkansas’ star wide receiver did not even make the trip with the Razorbacks.
Monk, a preseason All-Southeastern Conference selection, stayed behind in Fayetteville, Ark., to continue his rehab on an injured right knee. Monk has had surgery on torn knee cartilage twice since the beginning of fall camp.
In 36 career games, Monk has 122 receptions for 2,007 yards and 24 touchdowns. According to Arkansas’ pre-game notes package, the senior from Lepanto, Ark., is also doubtful for next week’s game with Kentucky.
A quartet of former Crimson Tide standouts served as honorary pre-game captains on Saturday, including three members of Alabama’s 1992 national championship team.
Assembling for the pregame coin toss were former Alabama defensive tackle Paul Boschung (1967-69), running back Derrick Lassic (1989-92), cornerback Antonio Langham (1990-93) and safety Sam Shade (1991-94).
Boschung was a three-year starter for coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and played in three bowl games — the 1967 Cotton, 1968 Liberty and 1969 Gator.
Lassic was the Most Valuable Player of the 1993 Sugar Bowl, when the Crimson Tide beat Miami 34-13 to win its most recent national championship.
Langham had 19 interceptions in his career, still and Alabama record. He was a first-team All-America pick in 1993, when he won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back.
Shade was a three-year starter at safety for the Crimson Tide, ending his career with 207 tackles in 47 games played.
Saturday’s game marked Alabama’s 278th televised game, but its first home appearance on ESPN since 2003. The Crimson Tide lost to LSU 27-3 on Nov. 15, 2003.
After Saturday’s game, Alabama is 165-108-5 in televised games.
TBA todayThe kickoff time for next Saturday’s Georgia-Alabama game in Tuscaloosa will be announced today by the SEC office.
CBS Sports was awaiting the winner of Saturday’s Alabama-Arkansas game before deciding which game it will broadcast at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday. The other possibility is South Carolina at LSU, with the game CBS does not choose to be shown by ESPN at 7:45 p.m.