Countdown to kickoff: 38

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. 38 and what it means to UA football. See all the previous editions here.

Paul 'Bear' Bryant had a lot of good tailbacks in his decades coaching the Crimson Tide. But the best may have been Johnny Musso. The former Alabama great was a scoring machine for Bryant, finding the end zone 38 times in his career.

Until running backs like Bobby Humphrey, Shaun Alexander, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson came around, it was Musso who stood out as the most prolific running back in Alabama history.


1. Shaun Alexander: 50 (41 rushing, 8 receiving, 1 kickoff return)

2. Mark Ingram: 46 (42 rushing, 4 receiving)

3. Trent Richardson 43 (35 rushing, 7 receiving, 1 kickoff return)

4. Bobby Humphrey 40 (33 rushing, 7 receiving)

5. Johnny Musso 38 (34 rushing, 4 receiving)

Musso is one of 12 Alabama players to ever be nominated for the Heisman Trophy, finishing fifth in 1971 when he ran for 1,088 yards and scored 100 points. He twice led the SEC in rushing, going for 1,137 yards in 1970 and 1,088 yards in 1971. He was an All-SEC selection both seasons.

Musso was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, and the College Football Hall of Fame 11 years later.