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Alabama safety DeMarcco Hellams gets Senior Bowl honor for game versus MSU

Alabama safety DeMarcco Hellams (#2) celebrates a pass breakup in matchup versus Mississippi State
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DeMarcco Hellams earned his nickname “Hitman Hellams” last week against Mississippi State for Alabama.

After a rough performance versus Tennessee, the senior safety was the enforcer against the Bulldogs.

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Hellams excelled in run support and nailed several Bulldogs’ wide receivers in coverage. Will Rogers and Mississippi State’s offense did not record a lot of chunk yardage plays in the passing game. Hellams and the Crimson Tide’s defense limited the Bulldogs to 7.7 yards per catch and 3.4 yards per play in a 30-6 victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium for homecoming. Hellams bounced back with 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops. He tallied two pass breakups, a sack, and a tackle for loss.

The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder also had a leadership moment with redshirt sophomore Jahquez Robinson. Alabama gave up a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and Hellams was not happy with it. He held Robinson accountable. Hellams is one of several players getting looked at for the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Jim Nagy and his staff named Hellams as its Senior Bowl Defensive Player of the Week for his performance. He needs to continue to develop in pass coverage, but Hellams is a big-time tackler.

He will lead Alabama’s secondary against Louisiana State University on Saturday, Nov. 5.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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