From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down from 100 to 1 until Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 62 and what it means to UA football. See all the previous editions here.
In the history of junior college transfers at the University of Alabama, few registered a higher impact than the former nose tackle who wore No. 62 for the Crimson Tide. Terrence Cody, better known to some as Mount Cody for his other worldly size, was an instant impact at UA.
Cody tipped the scales at 6-foot-5, 365 pounds in Tuscaloosa after spending two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Coach Nick Saban plugged in the space eater into the heart of his defense in 2008, and never looked back. In his first season with the Tide, Cody became a consensus All-American. The following year his impact was felt on another level. In the Tide's championship run in 2009, it was Cody who saved UA's title chances with a play that would be known simply as "Rocky Block."
On the Third Saturday in October -- or, as it were, Oct. 24 -- the Crimson Tide hosted the Tennessee Volunteers in a game that had all the earmarks of a blowout in favor of UA. Tennessee was adjusting to a new coach and struggled to a .500 record in the first six games of the season. Meanwhile, Alabama was No. 1 in the country with a future Heisman Trophy running back, a first round pick at receiver and a defense that was dominating competition. But when the two schools hooked up in Tuscaloosa, it came down to the wire. Alabama couldn't pull away from Tennessee, and with four seconds left and winning by two points, the Vols had a shot to pull off the upset. But 44-yard field goal attempt never got off the ground as Cody ripped through the offensive line to block the kick. The block ended the game and secured UA's spot at No. 1.
Cody would go on to help Alabama stifle Texas in the national championship game in Pasadena, Calif., securing the Tide's first title in more than a decade. In Cody's two seasons with UA, no running back would rush for more than 100 yards against the defense. He was a two-time consensus first team All-American and went on to become a second round pick of the Baltimore Ravens. He was the starting nose tackle for the Ravens in 2011, registering 34 tackles.