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Alabama coaches name 16 Players of the Week from the SEC Championship

Jordan Battle celebrates a stop against Georgia
Photo by Crimson Tide Photo

The Alabama coaching staff named 16 players of the week to 17 spots following the Crimson Tide’s dominant 41-24 win over top-ranked Georgia in the 2021 SEC Championship Game. Javion Cohen, Emil Ekiyor Jr., Seth McLaughlin, John Metchie III, Evan Neal, Chris Owens, Kendall Randolph, Jameson Williams and Bryce Young on offense; Will Anderson Jr, Jordan Battle, DeMarcco Hellams and Henry To’oTo’o on defense; and James Burnip, Khyree Jackson, Will Reichard and Williams again on special teams were all selected for their efforts in Atlanta.

 

OFFENSE

Offensive Line

  • Alabama’s starting group of Javion Cohen, Emil Ekiyor Jr., Seth McLaughlin, Evan Neal, Chris Owens and Kendall Randolph helped the offense rack up 536 yards against the nation’s top-ranked defense
  • The line opened holes for 115 rushing yards and provided time for 421 yards through the air to average a whopping 9.6 yards per play on the day
  • Kept Bryce Young upright, allowing the Tide signal-caller to throw for an SEC Championship Game-record 421 yards

 

John Metchie III

  • Saw his day come to an end just before halftime after suffering a game-ending injury
  • Caught six passes for 97 yards and a score during his time on the field
  • Found the end zone from 13 yards out and converted a pair of first downs across his six grabs

 

Jameson Williams

  • Posted his seventh 100-plus yard performance of the season with 184 yards on seven catches
  • Scored twice on the afternoon on a pair of explosive plays from 67 yards and 55 yards away
  • Has gone over 150 yards receiving four times in the last five games

 

Bryce Young

  • Finished 26-of-44 passing for 421 yards and three touchdowns through the air
  • Added three rushes for 40 yards with a score on the ground
  • Set an SEC Championship Game record for passing yards and total offense (461)

 

DEFENSE

Will Anderson Jr.

  • Dominated up front against Georgia’s highly regarded offensive line unit
  • Totaled six tackles in the game, including two for loss (-8 yards) and one sack (-6 yards)
  • Also added one quarterback pressure, part of the Tide’s five in the game

 

Jordan Battle

  • Recorded his second pick-six of the season, taking the interception into the end zone from 42 yards away
  • Contributed six tackles and a quarterback hurry to go with his interception

 

DeMarcco Hellams

  • Led the Crimson Tide defense in tackles with nine
  • Added his team-high tying third pick of the season to go with a pass breakup

 

Henry To’oTo’o

  • Directed a Tide defense that forced two UGA turnovers and help the Bulldogs to 24 points
  • Tallied seven tackles against the Bulldogs

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

James Burnip

  • Put together his best game as a member of the Crimson Tide
  • Accumulated 219 yards on five punts for a 43.8 yards per punt average
  • Boomed a 50-yarder for his longest punt of the season while dropping one kick inside the 20

 

Khyree Jackson

  • Continued his consistent play on special teams
  • Helped the Tide limit the Bulldogs from breaking a big return

 

Will Reichard

  • Contributed 10 points on the day thanks two a pair of field goals and four made PATs
  • Hit from 33 and 41 yards away on his pair of three-point tries
  • Also kicked off eight times for 520 yards to average a perfect 65.0 yards per kick average with six touchbacks

 

Jameson Williams

  • Made a huge stop on the Tide’s first punt of the day to pin the Bulldogs deep in their own territory
  • The tackle added to his already impressive day at wideout where he finished as the team-leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns

**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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