— Carson Tinker (@carsontink) December 26, 2012
Each day until the BCS National Championship Game, Daily Bama Blog contributor Brett Hudson will count down to kickoff, giving us bits and pieces of that day’s significance to Alabama and Notre Dame. Today is 12 days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “12.”
–Alabama has lost 12 of its 24 fumbles this season. Notre Dame has only lost seven fumbles this season.
–Alabama’s opponent’s have attempted 12 field goals and only made five. Two of those misses were blocked.
–Alabama’s 63.45 yards per kickoff from the foot of Cade Foster ranks 12th in the nation. Notre Dame ranks 33rd in the nation with an average of 62.53.
–Alabama held Michigan wide receiver Roy Roundtree to 12 receiving yards. Roundtree ended the season with 64-, 139-, 83- and 92-yard performances against Minnesota, Northwestern, Iowa and Ohio State, respectively.
–Alabama has one player who wears jersey No. 12: redshirt freshman quarterback Phillip Ely. Ely, a Tampa product, has split time as the AJ McCarron‘s backup with Blake Sims. Ely has attempted four passes, completing three of them for 42 yards and one touchdown.
–Of course, Alabama’s jersey No. 12 belonged to several guys who went on to play in the NFL: Joe Namath, Ken Stabler and Brodie Croyle.
–Notre Dame’s No. 12 is also an out-of-state quarterback, junior Andrew Hendrix of Cincinnati. Hendrix is labeled as a “change-of-pace” quarterback in his official bio, providing the Irish with a mobile quarterback threat. Last season, Hendrix came in for the second half of the Stanford game and contributed 249 yards and a touchdown through the air while adding 162 yards and a touchdown on the ground. This season, Hendrix has played in three games, gaining 41 rushing yards and 55 passing yards, but no touchdowns.