Beating Alabama, Nick Saban provided a thrill for Redskins CB Chris Culliver

The following is part of a series that will run each day, talking to a handful of Washington Redskins players about their best and most memorable games. Today: Corner Chris Culliver.

The problem, Chris Culliver realized, was picking out one memorable game.

“I have to think about that one,” he said. “Last year I had a couple good games. The Eagles … the Cardinals.”

OK, it could be from college or high school.

“I was dominating a lot of times,” he said. “I’ve been the No. 1 out of high school. I don’t know; there’s not one game.”

Ah, but there was. Anytime Nick Saban and Alabama are involved, it has the makings of a memorable game and that’s what it became for Culliver, who played at South Carolina. He covered Julio Jones at times in this game, but the Alabama wideout still finished with eight catches for 118 yards. Culliver did recall dropping running back Trent Richardson for a loss on one play. Culliver also averaged 23.3 yards on three kick returns with a long of 37.

But what mattered to Culliver is that the Tide had been ranked No. 1 -- and had won 19 straight games and were the defending BCS champions. Also, South Carolina had never defeated a top-ranked team.

“They had Nick Saban and they’re going on runs as far as winning the championship,” Culliver said. “They came into our house and we beat them. It was everything -- the streak, Saban. They had Mark Ingram and those guys. Those were fun, physical games. It was a good game.”