Eight UA Players Cited By Coaches
Barrett Jones, Mark Ingram and Preston Dial all played big roles in an Alabama ground game that totaled 227 yards at Arkansas. Jones received the top grade on the offensive line as he and Dial cleared the way for Ingram's 157-yard rushing day. Jones did not get called for any penalties and did not allow a sack, and also had key blocks on Richardson's 20-yard TD catch and Ingram's go-ahead 1-yard TD run. In addition to his blocking at tight end, Dial caught a pair of passes for 18 yards.
Ingram had two scores on the day as he opened the Alabama scoring with a 54-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He now ranks fifth on the Alabama all-time rushing list with 2,695 yards and is tied for third with 33 career touchdowns.
Defensively, Mark Barron and Robert Lester came up big to help hold Arkansas to three points in the second half as Alabama came back for the victory. Lester had a career-high two interceptions in the game and was also credited with seven tackles (five solo). He ended an Arkansas drive with an interception in the end zone in the first half and then had a key fourth quarter pick that was returned 33 yards to the Arkansas 12-yard line to set up the go-ahead score. Lester was selected Defensive Player of the Week by the Southeastern Conference.
Barron finished the game with eight total tackles, including a sack, while also contributing a pass break-up.
Alabama leads the nation in scoring defense (9.75 ppg) and is first in the SEC and fifth nationally in pass efficiency defense (92.35).
Trent Richardson totaled 227 all-purpose yards against the Razorbacks including 137 yards on four kickoff returns. He carried eight times for 85 yards and caught two passes for 25 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown. Richardson, who had two tackles on kickoff coverage, leads the SEC and ranks fourth nationally in all-purpose yardage (191.0 yards per game).
Jeremy Shelley was good on his only field goal attempt, a 36-yarder that cut the Arkansas lead to three with 6:01 left in the game. He also converted all three extra point attempts.
Julio Jones once again handled the punt return duties and served as the other deep returner on kickoffs with Richardson, contributing several key blocks on his four returns. Jones is also a gunner on the punt team and downed a punt in that role.
Leading the way in terms of appearances as the coaching staff's players of the week are Richardson and Julio Jones, who have been recognized all four weeks this season.
Alabama, the nation's number one ranked team, is back in action Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Bama will host seventh-ranked Florida. CBS will televise the game with kickoff at 7 p.m. CDT.
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