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Alabama coaches name 10 Players of the Week from NMSU win

Bryce Young drops back to pass against New Mexico State
Photo by Crimson Tide Photo

The Alabama coaching staff selected 10 players of the week following the Crimson Tide’s 59-3 win over New Mexico State last Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Evan Neal, Brian Robinson Jr. and Bryce Young on offense; Will Anderson Jr., Jalyn Armour-Davis and Jordan Battle on defense; and Slade Bolden, Demouy Kennedy, Christian Leary and DeVonta Smith on special teams were all recognized for their play in UA’s final non-conference matchup of the 2021 regular season.

 

OFFENSE

Evan Neal

  • Did not allow a sack or hurry in 44 plays before exiting the game early in the second half
  • Recorded a team-high three knockdown blocks and did not commit a penalty on the day
  • Helped open holes for 247 rushing yards and provided time for UA quarterbacks to throw for 340 yards

 

Brian Robinson Jr.

  • Carried nine times for a team-high 99 yards with a career-long touchdown run of 63 yards
  • Added five receptions for 36 yards to finish with 135 all-purpose yards by day’s end

 

Bryce Young

  • Put together an efficient effort, finishing 21-of-23 for 270 yards and a career-high tying five touchdowns
  • Completed his first 13 throws on his way to posting an Alabama single-game completion percentage record at 91.3 percent (min. 20 completions)
  • Also rushed four times for seven yards against the Aggies

 

DEFENSE

Will Anderson Jr.

  • Made two tackles, both of which were sacks (-6 yards)
  • Helped the Tide defense finish with a season-high tying seven sacks (-35 yards)

 

Jalyn Armour-Davis

  • Led UA in tackles with six solo stops while adding one pass breakup
  • Played a key role in the Tide’s secondary that held NMSU to just 129 yards passing

 

Jordan Battle

  • Totaled five tackles to rank second on the defense
  • Directed a Tide defensive unit that limited the Aggies to only 138 yards of offense on the day

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Slade Bolden

  • Made an impact in the return game, returning a pair of punts and one kickoff
  • Combined for 37 yards on his two punt returns with a long of 24 while adding 15 yards on his kick return
  • Added one catch for 13 yards as a receiver

 

Demouy Kennedy

  • Made one stop on kickoff coverage to pin the Aggies back at their own six-yard line
  • Also saw his first career minutes at running back, rushing seven times for 16 yards

 

Christian Leary

  • Blocked a punt by New Mexico State that was recovered by the Tide and returned 20 yards
  • Earned minutes at tailback as well, rushing three times for 22 yards and catching one pass for no gain

 

DeVonta Smith

  • Raced down the sideline to make a stop on kickoff coverage, limiting the Aggie returner to only 18 yards
  • Saw his most extensive time on special teams to date

**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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