Countdown to kickoff: 94

May, 30, 2012
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From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down the days before Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 94 and what it means to UA football.

John Copeland was arguably the biggest name on one of the best defenses college football has ever seen. The defensive lineman from Lannett, Ala., who wore No. 94 took the junior college route on his way to the Crimson Tide, but when he landed it was with a bang.

He and defensive end Eric Curry became the anchors to the 1992 defense that beat Miami 34-13 to win the national title. Both were named All-Americans and both were taken in the top 10 of the NFL Draft in 1993. The St. Louis Dispatch would call Copeland and Curry the "Tide's Twin Terrors" and history would recall them as two of the most successful defensive ends in Alabama history.

Just a few months ago, ESPN SEC blogger Chris Low wondered why Copeland, Curry and others haven't been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Copeland went on to enjoy an eight-year career in the NFL and is currently an assistant coach at Tuscaloosa Academy in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

One for the road: In 1992, the Alabama defense allowed just 194 yards per game. They pitched three shutouts and surrendered 9.1 points per game. By comparison, the 2011 UA defense gave up 183 yards per game.

Alex Scarborough | email

Alabama/SEC reporter

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