Connect with us

Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Monroe will serve as a stepping stone for a few freshmen that took to Bryant-Denny Stadium. On offense, Calvin Ridley shined as Alabama’s leading wide receiver. He caught four passes for 38 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Jacob Coker found him for a 15-yard touchdown in the second quarter, lengthening Alabama’s lead to 14-0.

Wideout Daylon Charlot emerged in the stat column, catching an 8-yard pass in the fourth quarter off quarterback Cooper Bateman. Running back Damien Harris averaged 5.8 yards per carry, accounting for 23 yards on four attempts. He busted a 14-yard run in the third quarter, to set up a 16-yard touchdown pass from Coker to tight end Michael Nysewander.

On defense, cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick emerged as a star. He led the defense with seven total tackles, including one for loss. Marlon Humphrey registered three tackles with two for loss and a pass breakup. Defensive lineman Daron Payne chimed in with a solo tackle.

Safety Ronnie Harrison accounted for one of two turnovers created on defense.

He intercepted a pass off Louisiana-Monroe’s quarterback Garrett Smith. Alabama’s offense cashed in with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Coker to ArDarius Stewart. Harrison added a tackle and a pass breakup to go along with his interception returned for 12 yards.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

More in Alabama Football News