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Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Landon Dickerson receive SEC weekly honors

Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

The University of Alabama football team collected 576 yards offensively and 47 points in a victory over South Carolina on last week. While it starts Southeastern Conference play at 1-0, the league’s front office recognized two Crimson Tide players for weekly accolades. 

Tua Tagovailoa (quarterback) and Landon Dickerson (offensive lineman) were named as SEC Players of the Week, following their performance against the Gamecocks. 

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For Tagovailoa, this is the second time the junior has been honored. 

He put on a passing clinic versus South Carolina’s secondary, carving up Will Muschamp’s group for a career-high 444 yards and five touchdowns on 28 of 36 passes completed. 

His output in yards finished third all-time in school history for a single game, while he tied his previous career high for scoring tosses in a game.

He became the first quarterback in program history to throw for 400-plus yards and five touchdowns in the same game.

Tagovailoa is now 11 touchdowns shy of tying former Tide quarterback, AJ McCarron (77) for most in school history.

He also has 5,609 career passing yards, which places eight all-time among signal callers.

The native Hawaiian needs 18 yards to surpass Jalen Hurts (now at Oklahoma) and be seventh on the Tide’s all-time list. 

Dickerson, a graduate transfer from Florida State, earns his first SEC honor as a member of Alabama.

Through 58 snaps on last week, he did not allow a quarterback hurry, pressure or sack from his right guard spot. He was solid on all assignments, helping Tagovailoa record a career day and assisting the Tide to its first win in conference play. The 6-foot-6, 308-pounder can play at either center, guard or tackle.

He looks to now help the team get its run game started. 

After its 47-23 win over the Gamecocks, the Tide will host Southern Mississippi this week at Bryant-Denny Stadium at 11:00 a.m. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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