A look around the SEC

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Originally Published: December 7, 2004
By Chris Low | Special to
What would Alabama have accomplished with a healthy Brodie Croyle? Will Steve Spurrier be able to do what Lou Holtz couldn't? Can Tennessee reverse its recent bowl history? Our SEC notebook addresses those questions and much more.

Who knows what might have been had Brodie Croyle not blown out his knee against Western Carolina in the third game of the season?

The nauseating thing for the Crimson Tide (6-5) was that head coach Mike Shula had already decided to take Croyle out at the end of the series. Alabama was leading 31-0 to open the second half. Without Croyle, the passing game was non-existent the rest of the season, but the defense rose to the challenge time and time again. The Tide finished the season ranked second nationally in total defense and 10th in scoring defense.

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