— Carson Tinker (@carsontink) December 27, 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 11 days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “11.”
–Alabama has recovered 11 of their opponent’s 23 fumbles.
–Alabama has gotten 11 first downs because of an opponent’s penalty. That is four percent of the 275 first downs the Crimson Tide has accumulated this season: 147 on the ground, 117 through the air and the other 11 through penalty.
–Notre Dame’s Stephon Tuitt has 11 sacks on the season, enough to put him in a tie for 12th nationally with Cornellius Carradine of Florida State and Phillip Steward of Houston. Tuitt’s sacks have resulted in 85 yards of losses.
–T.J. Yeldon had 11 carries in his collegiate debut against Michigan for 111 yards, making for a season-high 10.1 yards a carry for the freshman.
–Both Yeldon and Eddie Lacy had 11 carries against LSU. Lacy led the Tide with 83 rushing yards, while Yeldon ran for 76.
–Alabama has two players who wear No. 11, which is one of 24 numbers that is worn by two or more players. On the offensive side, freshman quarterback Alec Morris, a product of Allen (Texas) High, is heading for a redshirt season. Alabama’s
defensive No. 11 is junior linebacker Tana Patrick. Patrick, who is from Bridgeport, has seen action in every game this season, coming out with 16 tackles.
–Notre Dame has two No. 11′s of their own. Junior quarterback Tommy Rees of Lake Forest, lll., has been the backup quarterback to Everett Golson all season for the Irish, but has come in at times in Golson’s inconsistent moments. Rees has 59 attempts and 34 completions this season for 436 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Notre Dame’s other No. 11, sophomore linebacker Ishaq Williams of Brooklyn, has recorded 21 tackles this season: 3.5 for a loss and 11 solo.