Alabama’s senior inside linebacker Reggie Ragland had a proud moment to start the week. He was named defensive player of the week Monday morning, courtesy of the Southeastern Conference. The award is Ragland’s first of his career, and it came on the heels of a great performance against Arkansas. He led Alabama’s defense with eight total tackles.
Arkansas’ offense averaged 476 yards per game, prior its meeting with Alabama.
Ragland anchored a front line that allowed 220 yards of total offense, with 44 of it coming on the ground. Arkansas’ Alex Collins totaled just 25 rushing yards, while the Razorbacks averaged 1.8 yards per carry as a team. Ragland chimed in with a tackle for loss, sack, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries to along with eight tackles.
The Crimson Tide defeated Arkansas 27-14.
Ragland and company will face Texas A&M this weekend.
Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.