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Safety Ronnie Harrison captained Tide’s defense to statement win over Tennessee

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

TUSCALOOSA—His emotions get the better of him at times, but one cannot deny the talent Ronnie Harrison has in Alabama’s defensive backfield. The sophomore is becoming a leader on defense, and evidence of this showed in a 49-10 dominating win for the Crimson Tide at Neyland Stadium against Tennessee.

The Tide had nine non-offensive touchdowns entering last week.

Harrison pushed it to double-digits (10) and earned his second defensive score of the year, when he intercepted a pass off Volunteers’ quarterback Joshua Dobbs and returned it 58 yards in the first quarter.

Running back Jalen Hurd was the intended target on a screen pass, however, Alabama’s defense smothered him. Pressure caused Dobbs’ throw to land in Harrison’s hands and he took it the distance untouched.

The 6-foot-3, 216-pound safety collected a team-high seven tackles and two pass breakup.

He aided the Tide in limiting Tennessee to 11 first downs, 163 total yards and three third down conversions on 16 attempts. His touchdown gave Alabama’s defense its ninth score of the year, which leads the nation.

Harrison is fourth on the team in tackles with 32, while adding three pass breakups, two quarterback hurries, two interceptions and a fumble recovery to his credit.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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