Countdown to kickoff: 53

July, 10, 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. 53 and what it means to UA football. See all the previous editions here.

The University of Alabama has never had a pass-happy football program. Since 1970, only once has a Crimson Tide quarterback attempted 50 or more passes. The last time: In 2007 against Florida State, John Parker Wilson completed 28 of 53 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Alabama lost, 21-14.

In 2007, Wilson attempted a school-record 462 passes. Averaged over 13 games, he threw the ball 35.5 times per contest.

Compare that with last season. In 2011-12, AJ McCarron threw 134 passes in the same number of games. McCarron waited until the final game of the season against LSU to attempt a season-high 34 passes. In all but five games, he attempted 25 or fewer passes.

Since 2007, no Alabama quarterback has attempted more than 328 passes in a season.

From 2008-11, the most passes attempted in a single season was 700 from Case Keenum at Houston. Last season, Keenum attempted the most passes in college football again, slinging the ball 603 times.
LEADERS IN PASS ATTEMPTS

2011-12
1. Case Keenum -- HOU: 607
2. Seth Doege -- TTU: 581
3. Brandon Weeden -- OKST: 564
62. AJ McCarron -- ALA: 328

2010-11
1. Landry Jones -- OKLA: 617
2. Dominique Davis -- ECU: 609
3. Bryant Moniz - HAW: 555
67. Greg McElroy -- ALA: 313

2009-10
1. Case Keenum -- HOU: 700
2. Tyler Sheehan -- BGSU: 575
3. Tyler Hiller -- WMU: 514
57. Greg McElroy -- ALA: 325

2008-09
1. Graham Harrell -- TTU: 626
2. Case Keenum -- HOU: 589
3. Chase Daniel -- MIZZ: 528
T-66. John Parker Wilson -- ALA: 321

2007-08
1. Graham Harrell -- TTU: 713
2. Matt Ryan -- BCU: 654
3. Curtis Painter -- PUR: 569
23. John Parker Wilson -- 462

Alex Scarborough | email

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