2001 Birmingham Steeldogs

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The 2001 Birmingham Steeldogs played their second season at the BJCC Arena under second-year head coach Bobby Humphrey. The team's record was 12-4-0 with an average of 54.6 points per game scored and 43.9 points per game allowed. The Steeldogs eight home games were played before an average crowd of 6,447.

Roster

  • Brian Holmes, #1, kicker (7-29 on field goals and 86-109 on PATs for a total of 109 points)
  • Wayne Thomas, #2, offensive specialist (83 catches for 1,327 yards and 41 touchdowns)
  • Adlai Trone, #3, defensive specialist (4 interceptions and 29 kick returns with 2 going for touchdowns)
  • Johnny Anderson, #4, wide receiver/defensive back (15 catches for 289 yards and 6 touchdowns in addition to 60 tackles and 5 interceptions with 2 being returned for touchdowns)
  • Terrance Harris, #5, safety (59 tackles and 5 interceptions on defense. 24 returns and 6 touchdowns on special teams.)
  • Dejuan Washington, #6, fullback/linebacker (3 rushing touchdowns)
  • Johnathan Jackson, #10, wide receiver/linebacker (42 tackles on defense)
  • Alonzo Pogue, #11, safety
  • Robbie Ridley, #11, safety
  • Ernest Ross, #11, wide receiver/defensive back
  • Chris Windsor, #12, quarterback (Finished the season with 233 completions on 479 attempts for 3,542 yards with 76 touchdowns and 19 interceptions)
  • Ty Campbell, #14, quarterback
  • James Perry, #14, quarterback
  • Chris Foster, #14, wide receiver/defensive back
  • Montressa Kirby, #19, wide receiver/defensive back (13 catches for 204 yards and 1 touchdown in addition to 5 interceptions with 1 being returned for a touchdown)
  • Desmond Oden, #19, wide receiver/defensive back
  • Cedrick Buchannon, #29, wide receiver/defensive back (63 catches for 816 yards and 7 touchdowns on offense. 54 tackles and 4 interceptions with 2 being returned for touchdowns on defense. 11 returns and 1 touchdown on special teams.)
  • Paul Morgan, #33, fullback/linebacker (116 yards on 36 attempts with 5 touchdowns)
  • Terry Dollerson, #37, fullback/linebacker (10 catches for 226 yards and 5 touchdowns)
  • Scott King, #40, fullback/linebacker
  • Shaun Alexander, #48, fullback/linebacker
  • Ja Ja Dawson, #77, offensive line/defensive line
  • Ozell Powell, #78, offensive line/defensive line
  • Jerry Turner, #80, offensive line/defensive line
  • Reginald King, #82, offensive line/defensive line
  • William Mays, #85, offensive line/defensive line
  • Anthony Jordan, #87, wide receiver/linebacker (44 catches for 720 yards and 17 touchdowns in addition to 35 tackles on defense)
  • Jeff Hannah, #90, offensive line/defensive line
  • Jimmy Moore, #96, offensive line/defensive line
  • James Lewis, #98, offensive line/defensive line

2001 record (12-4-0)

  • April 7: Won 63-57 at Bossier Battle Wings. Quarterback Chris Windsor completed 8 TDs, with tree in the 3rd to break away for the win. Wayne Thomas caught three TD passes and Adlai Trone returned a kickoff for another.
  • April 14: Won 39-21 at Louisville Fire.
  • April 20: Won 73-46 vs. Arkansas Twisters. Up by only 4 points going into the 4th, 4 fourth quarter touchdowns would seal the victory for the Steeldogs in their home opener. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 228 yards with 6 touchdowns passing and another two rushing. Wayne Thomas caught three TD passes and Adlai Trone returned a kickoff for another.
  • April 28: Lost 42-51 vs. Tennessee Valley Vipers. Down the entire game, the Steeldogs' first loss of the 2001 season would come at home against their rivals from Huntsville. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 177 yards with 6 touchdowns passing. Wayne Thomas caught four TD passes.
  • May 5: Won 60-49 at Lafayette Roughnecks. Up 48-14 at the half, the Steeldogs would recover from their previous week’s loss with a dominating victory in the bayous of southern Louisiana. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 208 yards with 5 touchdowns passing and another one rushing. Wayne Thomas caught two TD passes.
  • May 12: Won 65-42 vs. Peoria Pirates. 26 second quarter points would put the game out of reach in securing this 65-42 victory. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 294 yards with 6 touchdowns passing. Wayne Thomas caught two TD passes and Anthony Jordan caught another three for touchdowns.
  • May 19: Lost 60-27 at Arkansas Twisters. A trio of costly interceptions resulted in the Steeldogs' most lopsided loss of the '01 season. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 200 yards with 3 touchdowns passing.
  • May 26: Won 50-49 at Lincoln Lightning. Wayne Thomas would score with only :18 seconds remaining to give the Steeldogs a one point victory on the road. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 244 yards with 5 touchdowns passing and another two rushing. Wayne Thomas caught three TD passes.
  • June 2: Won 57-48 vs. Pensacola Barracudas. Up 36-14 at the half, the Steeldogs would cruise to victory against visiting Pensacola. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 214 yards with 3 touchdowns passing. Wayne Thomas caught three TD passes; Cederick Buchannon returned the opening kickoff for a score and Montressa Kirby returned and interception for a touchdown late in the first.
  • June 8: Won 64-14 vs. Columbus Wardogs. 29 second quarter points would seal victory against expansion Columbus at the BJCC. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 237 yards with 5 touchdowns passing. Wayne Thomas caught three TD passes; Terrance Harris returned a kickoff in the second for a score.
  • June 15: Won 75-31 vs. Lafayette Roughnecks. Scoring the most points in a single game, the Steeldogs would rout Lafayette by a final score of 75-31. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 203 yards with 6 touchdowns passing. Both Jonathan Jackson and Johnny Anderson would each return an interception for a touchdown. Additionally, Terrance Harris would also return a kickoff 55 yards for a score in the third.
  • June 23: Won 38-28 at Peoria Pirates. Down 14-10 at the half, 28 second half points would secure victory on the road. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 196 yards with 1 touchdown passing and one rushing. Terrance Harris would return a kickoff 55 yards for a score to open the third.
  • June 29: Won 69-48 vs. Baton Rouge Blaze. Up only 6 at the half, 22 second quarter points secured victory against expansion Baton Rouge. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 298 yards with 7 touchdowns passing and another rushing. Wayne Thomas caught seven TD passes and had 223 receiving yards.
  • July 7: Lost 48-52 at Tennessee Valley Vipers. Up 35-33 at the half, the rival Vipers were able to squeak out victory after quarterback Matt Sauk hit Andy Fuller of the game winning touchdown as time expired. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 257 yards with 5 touchdowns passing and another rushing. Wayne Thomas caught two TD passes and Harris would return a kickoff 50 yards for a score in the second.
  • July 14: Lost 26-68 at Baton Rouge Blaze. After a disappointing loss to Tennessee Valley in the previous week, the 'dogs would lose for the second week in a row on the road in Baton Rouge. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 142 yards with 1 touchdown passing and another two rushing.
  • July 21: Won 67-39 vs. Memphis Xplorers. Coming off their only losing streak of the season, Birmingham would close the regular season with this 67-39 victory at home. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 176 yards with 6 touchdowns passing and another rushing. Wayne Thomas caught three TD passes and Anthony Jordan would return a kickoff 22 yards for a score in the fourth.
  • July 30: Lost 60-67 at Richmond Speed. After an 11-3 regular season, the ‘Dogs would falter and loose 67-60 in the opening round of the af2 playoffs. Quarterback Chris Windsor threw for 247 yards with 8 touchdowns passing. Wayne Thomas caught five TD passes and Anthony Jordan would return a kickoff 11 yards for a score in the third.

2001 awards

  • Player of the Week: Week 14, QB Chris Windsor
  • Ironman of the Week: Week 2, WR/DB Cederick Buchannon
  • Ironman of the Week: Week 4, WR/DB Cederick Buchannon
  • Ironman of the Week: Week 7, WR/DB Anthony Jordan

Reference

  • Birmingham Steeldogs (2002) Birmingham Steeldogs 2002 Media Guide.