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Alabama coaching staff names eight Players of the Week from Iron Bowl

DeVonta Smith runs up field against Auburn
11/28/20 MFB vs Auburn Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) Photo by Crimson Tide Photo

Following a 42-13 victory in the Iron Bowl last weekend, the Alabama coaching staff has named eight Players of the Week.

The staff selected three players of offense which included quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris and wide receiver DeVonta Smith. Defensively it was broke down to linebacker Christopher Allen, defensive backs Patrick Surtain, Josh Jobe, and Malachi Moore along with linebacker Christian Harris.

Jobe was also honored as a player of the week for his special teams contributions throughout the game.

OFFENSE

Najee Harris

  • Led all Tide backs with 11 rushes for 96 yards and a score
  • Averaged a whopping 8.7 yards per carry with a long rush of 39
  • Found the end zone from 39 yards out, making the cut at the line before outrunning the Auburn defense

 Mac Jones

  • Totaled a career-high five touchdown passes to tie the all-time record for passing touchdowns in an Iron Bowl
  • Connected from 66, 7, 24, 58 and 24 yards out for his scores
  • Finished 18-of-26 for 302 yards for a passer rating of 230.26
  • Averaged 16.8 yards per completion and completed six throws of at least 24 yards

DeVonta Smith

  • Led all Tide receivers once again with seven catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns
  • Averaged 24.4 yards per reception with scores from 66 and 58 yards out
  • The 100-plus yard effort was his fifth this season and 10th for his career to tie him with Jerry Jeudy (2017-19) for third in Alabama history in career 100-yard receiving games

 

DEFENSE

Christopher Allen

  • Spent the night in the Tiger backfield, totaling a team-high two tackles for loss (-4 yards) and a pair of quarterback pressures
  • Added one sack (-3 yards) as part of his four total tackles

 Christian Harris

  • Played a key role in containing Bo Nix
  • Recorded two quarterback pressures and a pass breakup
  • Added eight total tackles to rank second on the Tide defense

 Josh Jobe

  • Led all Crimson Tide defenders with a career-best 10 tackles, including half a tackle for loss
  • Also broke up one pass while helping limit the AU passing game to only 227 total yards

 Malachi Moore

  • Contributed three total tackles, including one for loss (-3 yards)
  • Intercepted his third pass of the season to stall an Auburn scoring drive just before halftime

 Patrick Surtain II

  • Locked down his half of the field to help limit AU to a passer efficiency rating of just 100.2
  • Finished with three tackles, including one for loss (-4 yards)

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Josh Jobe

  • Made two tackles on kickoff coverage to set the tone early
  • Helped limit the Tigers to only 68 yards on five kickoff returns for the day

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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