On Monday following Alabama’s win over Florida in the SEC Championship game, the Crimson Tide coaching staff selected six Players of the Week for their performances in the biggest game to date.
The staff selected three offensive players, one defender and two special teams players.
On offense quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris and wide receiver DeVonta Smith were recognized. Defensively the lone player notified was freshman outside linebacker Will Anderson. On special teams, the coaches recognized defensive back DeMarcco Hellams and punter Charlie Scott.
- Contributed as both a rusher and receiver, finishing with a game-high 245 all-purpose yards
- Rushed 31 times for 178 yards with two touchdowns while averaging an impressive 5.7 yards per carry
- Added five receptions for 67 yards and a team-high three receiving touchdowns
- Matched his career-high total for touchdown passes with five as part of his 33-of-43 night
- Set the SEC Championship Game passing yardage record with 418 yards
- The 400-plus yard outing was his fourth of 2020, setting the career record for 400-yard passing performances by a Crimson Tide quarterback and tying for the most in a single season in SEC history
- Posted a new SEC Championship Game and career-high mark for catches with 15 against the Gators
- Totaled a game-high 184 yards receiving to go with two touchdowns
- Finished with 208 all-purpose yards, adding 20 on a punt return that he nearly broke for a score to and a four-yard return on kickoff coverage as part of UA’s hands team
Will Anderson Jr.
- Tied for the team lead in tackles with six, including a team-high five solo stops
- Contributed two sacks (-9 yards) to Crimson Tide defense’s five on the evening
- Also added one forced fumble, part of four forced fumbles by UA
- Finished with two key stops on special teams
- Made one of the biggest tackles of the game, stopping the Florida returner on punt coverage with just seconds left to play to place the Gators at their own 12-yard line for the final play of the night
- Added one stop on kickoff coverage, tackling the UF returner for a minimal gain
- Totaled 87 yards on his two punts with one dropped inside the 20-yard line
- His final punt of the night was near perfect as it placed Florida at its own 12-yard line with just 16 seconds left to play
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