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Ty Perine, No. 3 impact player for Alabama versus LSU

Brian Pride - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

With this being the biggest week of the college football regular season, ESPN’s College Football GameDay has chosen to take in the Alabama-LSU matchup.   

Both teams will square off on Saturday inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, as CBS Sports will have the call at 2:30 p.m.    

In honor of the game, Touchdown Alabama Magazine is doing a series of the top five marquee players for the Crimson Tide against the Tigers. 

The third most important player is punter, Ty Perine. 

During his four years at Alabama (2014-17), JK Scott consistently served as one of the team’s most valuable players against LSU.

He was magnificent in every matchup with an opponent facing the Crimson Tide; however, his best performances were reserved the Tigers. 

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Scott averaged 49.2 yards a punt on his 25 attempts versus LSU and dropped 11 kicks – 44 percent – inside the 20-yard line.

His expertise in flipping field position went a long way in to Alabama winning two national championships.

After showing Nick Saban that he could handle the moment in battling Tennessee and providing consistency against Arkansas, Ty Perine expects to create an advantage for the Tide in any way he can. This meeting between the Tide and Tigers always seems to come down to field position and after Perine showed he’s the one for the job, Alabama fans feel comfortable about the freshman walk-on setting LSU up in tough spots. 

He has been called on to punt four times thus far, netting an average of 47 yards. 

The idea in this game is to put the Tide’s defense in situations where it can be aggressive and having Joe Burrow try to navigate the Tigers’ offense in front of the student section at Bryant-Denny Stadium is no small task. If Perine can control the return specialists of LSU, as well as give the coverage team time to make a play, the Tigers will not have favorable field position. 

This could be the moment that lands the Prattville (Ala.) a scholarship. 

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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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