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Alabama coaches name 12 Players of the Week from Ole Miss game

Jordan Battle signals fourth down against Ole Miss
Photo by Crimson Tide Photo

The Alabama coaching staff selected 12 players of the week following Alabama’s dominant 42-21 win over Ole Miss last Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The starting offensive line (Evan Neal, Javion Cohen, Darrian Dalcourt, Emil Ekiyor Jr., Chris Owens and Kendall Randolph) and Brian Robinson Jr. on offense; Will Anderson Jr., Jordan Battle, DeMarcco Hellams and Phidarian Mathis on defense; and Jaylen Moody on special teams all earned the recognition for their play in the win over the Rebels.

OFFENSE

Offensive Line

  • Alabama’s starting five of Evan Neal, Javion Cohen, Darrian Dalcourt, Emil Ekiyor Jr. and Chris Owens, along with hybrid tight end/offensive lineman Kendall Randolph helped provide holes for the Tide to rack up 210 yards rushing on 50 carries
  • The group also provided a pocket for Bryce Young to finish 20-of-26 passing for 241 yards
  • UA’s offense finished with 451 yards and 27 first downs on 76 total plays as the Tide cruised to victory

Brian Robinson Jr.

  • Rushed for a career-high 171 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries, also a career-best
  • Became one of just nine players in Alabama history to rush for four-plus touchdowns and the first since Trent Richardson in 2011
  • Converted eight first downs on top of his four scores while averaging 4.8 yards per carry on the night

DEFENSE

Will Anderson Jr.

  • Finished with a career-high nine total tackles in the top-15 matchup
  • Spent the night in the Ole Miss backfield, recording a team-high 2.5 tackles for loss (-9 yards) to go with one sack (-6 yards)
  • Also added a pair of quarterback pressures, part of the Tide’s seven against the Rebels

Jordan Battle

  • Posted nine total tackles on the night
  • Came up big on multiple occasions, including a stop on fourth down to force a turnover at the Tide’s six-yard line on Ole Miss’ first drive of the game
  • His stop set the tone for the defense as UA limited the Rebels to 5-of-14 on third down and 2-of-5 on fourth downs

DeMarcco Hellams

  • Led the Crimson Tide defense in tackles with 11
  • Totaled four key third-down stops to help force two punts and a pair of turnovers on downs
  • Helped Alabama limit the high-powered Ole Miss offense to only 21 points, a staggering 31.7 points below their season average

Phidarian Mathis

  • Accounted for three total tackles, including a sack (-7 yards)
  • Also pressured the quarterback once while forcing a fumble that led to Crimson Tide points
  • Played a key role on the Tide’s defensive front that limited the Rebels to only 78 yards rushing

SPECIAL TEAMS

Jaylen Moody

  • Made a big stop on kickoff coverage to limit the Ole Miss returner to a 22-yard gain
  • His stop put the Rebels in unfavorable field position with an eventual fumble giving the Tide the ball inside the red zone

**This information was acquired from a recent press release from Alabama Athletics.**

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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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