Alabama's Greatest Hits of 2009, Part One
"Make their asses quit!" That was the goal of the Crimson Tide entering every game. To do that, the Tide had to hit hard and play hard every down.
Let me tell you folks, 50 slides won't hold all of these hits.
Both sides of the ball were unmercifully relentless in their attacks.
Here are Bama's greatest hits of 2009, both on offense and defense, all the way up to the Third Saturday in October.
Check back in two weeks for Part Two of Alabama's Greatest Hits.
Roy Upchurch vs. Dorian Porch
Running behind the superb blocking of Colin Peek, William Vlachos, and James Carpenter, Upchurch set his sights on the VT end zone. The only thing that stood in his way toward six points was the unfortunate Dorian Porch.
Upchurch lowered his right shoulder and ran straight through Porch's attempt at a tackle, sending the defender three yards back across the goal line.
Robby Green vs. Tyson Lee
Robby Green tosses Tyson Lee around like a rag doll.
Javier Arenas vs. Tyrod Taylor
Arenas breaks up a pass.
Dont'a Hightower vs. Ryan Williams
Helmet-less Hightower stays on Williams and makes the tackle.
Eryk Anders vs. Ryan Williams
Anders sends Williams backwards for no gain.
Damion Square vs. Paul McCall
It's hits like this why you don't miss a single Alabama game, no matter who they play.
Terrence Cody, Rolando McClain, and Lorenzo Washington vs. Darriet Perry
I'll take "Three People I Never Want To Be Tackled By" for 500, Alex.
Terrence Cody vs. Darriet Perry
Mt. Cody was all over Perry that day. The hit may not be that hard, but when Cody takes you to the ground, you'll know it was him.
Terrence Cody vs. Darius Carey
Unless you want to look like a pretzel, this is not the position you want to find yourself in when being tackled by Terrence Cody.
Kerry Murphy, Luther Davis, and Nick Gentry vs. Jeremi Mathis
No other team's defense converged on the ball as the Tide's defense did. A gang tackle only made things worse for the ball carrier.
Eryk Anders vs. Ryan Mallett
Anders brings down Mallett.
Javier Arenas vs. Ryan Mallett
Arenas slings Mallett to the turf for a sack.
Javier Arenas vs. Ryan Mallett, Round Two
Arenas blitzes and gets the shoestring tackle for an 11-yard loss.
Marcell Dareus vs. Ryan Mallett
Marcell breaks up a pass play with a little love tap to Mallett.
Robby Green vs. Greg Childs
Green hit Arkansas' Childs so hard it sent him out of bounds without ball in hand.
Alabama's Offensive Line vs. Arkansas' Defensive Line
The wall of the Crimson Tide O-line gave Greg McElroy plenty of time to connect with Julio Jones for a 50-yard touchdown.
Julio Jones vs. the Entire Arkansas Defense
Hard to see all 11, but that is the entire Arkansas defense trying to bring down one Alabama receiver.
Terrence Cody vs. the Left Side of Arkansas' Defense
No. 62 Mt. Cody takes out two defenders for a Mark Ingram TD.
Nico Johnson vs. Randall Cobb
Johnson putting Cobb on his back.
Eryk Anders vs. Mike Hartline
Alabama didn't give the QBs a lot of time to get rid of the ball. Hartline was no exception.
Anders vs. Hartline, Round Two
Screen shot of the Anders hit. Hartline was able to tuck the ball.
Mark Ingram vs. Trevard Lindley
Ingram gives as well as takes, as CB Lindley found out.
Rolando McClain vs. Derrick Locke
Oakland Raiders savior Rolando McClain wreaks havoc on TB Derrick Locke, allowing Courtney Upshaw to run the fumble back 44 yards for the touchdown.
Colin Peek vs. Josh Gibbs
Colin Peek sends safety Gibbs to the turf with a well-placed stiff arm. That hit gained him another seven yards.
Ingram vs. Lindley, Round Two
Tough day for Lindley. Ingram crashes through his tackle for an additional five yards.
Alabama's Offensive Line vs. Kentucky's Defensive Line
A quarterback's dream. Blocking doesn't get any better than this. This flawless execution led to an eight-yard, perfectly thrown TD pass to Darius Hanks.
Rolando McClain vs. Brandon Bolden
Rolando McClain never stops tackling until his man is in the turf. Bolden hit the ground hard on this one.
Eryk Anders vs. Jevan Snead
This was just the beginning of a long day for Snead. This hit by Anders resulted in a Justin Woodall interception.
Corey Reamer vs. Brandon Bolden
Reamer stuffs Bolden for a two-yard loss.
McClain vs. Bolden, Round Two
Bolden loses more yards at the hands of McClain.
McClain vs. Bolden, Round Three
Another loss. Bolden had the toughest day of his career this game.
Mark Ingram vs. Marshay Green
This tackle started on the Rebels' 45-yard line but ended on the 39.
Julio Jones vs. Marshay Green
Jones puts a lick on Green, clearing the way for Ingram to run 36 yards for the touchdown.
Cory Reamer vs. Jevan Snead
Reamer is just a blur as he closes the gap on Snead.
Terrence Cody vs. Jevan Snead
Cody didn't block the pass...
Cody vs. Snead, Part Two
... but he did come down on top of Snead.
Rolando McClain and Justin Woodall vs. Oliver Young
McClain and Woodall double-teaming Young for a three-yard loss.
Terrence Cody vs. Kenny Miles
RB Kenny Miles has a Mountain crashing down on top of him.
Julio Jones vs. Thomas Williams
Jones showing defensive skills as he causes Williams to fumble this interception. Alabama's Darius Hanks recovers.
Cory Reamer vs. Lawrence Davis
Reamer takes out Davis while Terrence Cody sets his sights on OL Sam Hammond. Mark Barron returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown behind the defensive blockers.
Rolando McClain vs. Kenny Miles
McClain slung Miles to the ground with such force he left the ball on the turf.
Trent Richardson vs. C.C. Whitlock
Richardson runs roughshod over Whitlock. This hit gained him 12 more yards and a first down.
Tyrone King vs. Stephen Garcia
Garcia suffered his fourth sack of the game at the hand of Tyrone King.
King vs. Garcia, Round Two
King records another sack against Garcia, this time with a diving tackle.
Cory Reamer vs. Montario Hardesty
Reamer stands up Hardesty at the line of scrimmage.
Javier Arenas vs. Montario Hardesty
Javy gets the penetration and brings Hardesty down for a loss.
Terrence Cody vs. Cory Sullins, Rocky Block No. 1
Cody bulled his way through Sullins to spoil Daniel Lincoln's field goal attempt.
Javier Arenas vs. Jonathan Cromptom
Javy gets to Crompton for a big loss.
Marcell Dareus vs. Jonathan Crompton
Dareus drops Crompton for another loss.
Terrence Cody vs. Daniel Lincoln, Rocky Block No. 2
Terrence Cody making Crimson Tide history.