ESPN is coming to Tuscaloosa Saturday, this time for an all-day, all-night celebration of Crimson Tide football. Alabama coach Nick Saban confirmed Monday afternoon that the cable television giant will be televising its wildly popular College GameDay show live from the Quad beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Alabama takes on Georgia on Saturday.
Entering the Arkansas game last Saturday,Bama senior receiver DJ Hall from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., needed only 34 yards to eclipse the 2,070 yards receiving record set by Hall of Fame end Ozzie Newsome. He got it on the first play of the game. Hall and quarterback John Parker Wilson teamed for a 43-yard pass play. Hall beat Arkansas defensive back Jerrel Norton on the play. That put him at 2,079 yards. He got nine more yards later in the first quarter on a touchdown catch. With 1:27 to go in the first, he caught a 35-yard TD pass from Wilson. Hall finished with 172 yards and two touchdowns on six catches in Alabama's 41-38 come-from-behind victory. He injured a quad muscle in the third quarter. He returned briefly, catching one pass for 44 yards and serving as a decoy on the Tide's final drive.
Bama linebacker Darren Mustin didn't play after halftime of the Arkansas game due to at least one painful stinger near his shoulder. He remained on the sideline to cheer his teammates and could be a cause of concern this week. Receiver DJ Hall sat for much of the second half to rest a sore quadriceps muscle, while safety Rashad Johnson and linebacker Keith Saunders returned to action after brief absences.