In his final drive as Alabama's starting quarterback, Brodie Croyle completed four of six passes for 53 yards, including a 23-yarder to Keith Brown that set up Jamie Christensen's game-winning field goal. Croyle's most impressive throws came on out cuts to Brown, Matt Caddell and Brandon Brooks...[details]
2004 (Junior): A starter in the final six games of the season, Freddie saw action in every game and finished with 548 snaps on the season. Roach was the Tide's fourth-leading tackler, turning in 57 stops on the season. He also had nine stops behind the line for 26 yards and two sacks for 10 yards. He added five quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass break-up. Freddie began the season as a back-up to Cornelius Wortham at middle linebacker, but moved to starter at the weak side after an injury to Juwan Garth.
2003 (Sophomore): The Tide's fifth-leading tackler, Freddie was a starter in 12 games and finished with 85 tackles. He also had seven stops behind the line for 25 yards and one sack for four yards. He had five quarterback pressures, two pass break-ups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He had two double-figure tackle games, getting 15 against Arkansas and 10 in the Southern Miss contest. He had a four-yard sack against Northern Illinois and two stops behind the line each against Kentucky (four yards), Northern Illinois (seven yards) and Southern Miss (nine yards). His other TBL was against LSU (five yards).
2002 (Freshman): What a sensational season for Freddie Roach. He started 10 of the Tide's 13 games (playing 580 snaps) and was the team's sixth-leading tackler with 63 stops. He had six tackles behind the line for 17 yards, one sack for four yards, five quarterback pressures and one pass break-up. He also
forced two fumbles and recovered another. Perhaps the biggest play of the season for Freddie came in the season opener against Middle Tennessee when he returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown with just under three minutes remaining in the game. He had a career-high 10 tackles in that game. He had two tackles for loss in back-to-back games against Southern Miss (six yards) and Arkansas (seven yards).
Personal: Freddie is the son of Linda and Frederick Roach. He has three brothers, Tim, Quentin and Will, who is a redshirt freshman at Alabama. Born 6-3-83. He is Human Environmental Sciences major.
Pros: Aggressive, steady inside 'backer who has been a productive part of the tough Tide defense over the past four seasons. He is best suited for the inside in either scheme where his tackling ability between the tackles may earn him some playing time. In run support, he is a big hitter who has forced many fumbles during his career. He is versatile, having played all three LB positions, though his marginal speed probably limits him to the inside. He has good size and toughness to play the middle and can fill the hole quickly and destroy blocking schemes. Cons: He is a one-dimensional defender who probably is limited to being a two-down performer. He needs further development in pass coverage and matching up vs. running backs, tight ends and H-backs. He has had surgery on his right knee that is a minor concern and has certainly affected his overall speed. In pass coverage, he is limited to the shorter zones and is vulnerable in matchups with backs or TE. His marginal speed makes him questionable on kick coverage units, which could limit him as a special teams player. Numbers: As a senior, he made 66 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss and nine passes defended. At the Combine, he ran a 4.93 with a 34-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot, 3-inch broad jump. At the Alabama pro day, he ran 4.87 and did 18 reps. Skinny: He has a good combination of size, toughness, instincts and initial quickness to make a roster as a run stuffer, but little else. Fifth- or sixth-round pick.
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