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Roydell Williams powers Alabama’s offense to victory over USF

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Alabama football potentially flirted with its second straight loss of the season.

It came out flat against South Florida at Raymond James Stadium, had to endure a lightning delay, and made several mistakes versus the Bulls. The Crimson Tide earned a 17-3 victory to improve to 2-1 on the season. Alabama’s musical chair game at quarterback needs to end. Jalen Milroe is the team’s best option, and Ty Simpson comes after him. Tyler Buchner got the start against South Florida; however, he could not establish a rhythm on offense. He completed just five of 14 passes for 34 yards.

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Alabama’s passing game was nonexistent, but senior running back Roydell Williams produced his finest career moment.

The Hueytown (Ala.) native pounded the Bulls for a game-high 129 yards.

He averaged 7.6 yards per carry on 17 attempts, including a rushing touchdown. Williams’ longest run went for 48 yards. He posted four attempts of 10+ yards rushing and took over in the second half for the Tide to put the game away. Williams has been patient in waiting for a moment like that. He worked on special teams, took advantage of opportunities as a short-yardage back, and excelled in pass protection. Nick Saban has thoroughly appreciated Williams for his efforts, so his outing meant a lot to him.

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Williams and the Tide will face Ole Miss at Bryant-Denny Stadium next Saturday to open SEC play.

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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 15 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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