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Alabama coaches named seven Players of the Week from Cincinnati game

Alabama vs Cincinnati CFP Semi-Final Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. (4) Photo by UA/CrimsonTidePhotos
Photo by UA/CrimsonTidePhotos

The Alabama coaching staff named seven players of the week following the Crimson Tide’s 27-6 win over No. 4/4/4 Cincinnati in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic last Friday. Evan Neal and Brian Robinson Jr. on offense; Will Anderson Jr., Jordan Battle and Brian Branch on defense; and Demouy Kennedy and Drew Sanders on special teams were all honored for their play against the Bearcats.

 

OFFENSE

Evan Neal

  • Blocked for an Alabama offense that racked up 482 yards by day’s end
  • Helped open holes to allow the Tide backs to rush for a season-high 301 yards on the ground
  • Also provided time for Bryce Young to throw for 181 yards and three touchdowns through the air

 

Brian Robinson Jr.

  • Posted a record-setting day in the Semifinal matchup
  • Rushed for a career-high 204 yards on 26 carries to average a whopping 7.8 yards per carry
  • His 204 yards were the most rushing yards by an Alabama back in a bowl matchup in program history

 

DEFENSE

Will Anderson Jr.

  • Led Alabama with two sacks (-12 yards) while tying for the team-high mark for tackles for loss with two
  • The pair of tackles behind the line were part of his six total stops against the Bearcats
  • Anderson Jr. moved his sack total to 17.5 (-108 yards) on the season, half a sack short of tying Derrick Thomas (1987) for second on Alabama’s single-season list

 

Jordan Battle

  • Totaled seven tackles against UC to tie for second on the Tide defense
  • Contributed six solo stops to tie for the team-high mark
  • Directed an Alabama secondary that limited the Bearcats to only 144 yards passing

 

Brian Branch

  • Made an impact all over the field in the Semifinal
  • Finished with a team-high eight tackles, including half a sack (-2 yards)
  • Added a pair of pass breakups to the Tide’s season-high tying six in the game

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Demouy Kennedy

  • Made a key stop on punt coverage to limit the UC returner to a 12-yard gain
  • Also saw time on kickoff coverage

 

Drew Sanders

  • Impacted the game on both special teams and defense
  • Worked on the Tide’s punt and kickoff coverage units against Cincinnati

**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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