Even In Defeat, Five Tiders Excel
Each week, the Alabama coaching staff selects players of the game. Even though Bama was a 24-21 loser to LSU in Baton Rouge Saturday, the coaching staff selected five players for their play in Baton Rouge.
The staff no doubt hopes to have many more to choose from next week. Alabama will be home for the remainder of the regular season, beginning Saturday when the Crimson Tide hosts the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Kickoff will be at 6:15 p.m. CST with television coverage by ESPN2.
Alabama players selected by the staff from Saturday were wide receiver Julio Jones on offense, linebacker Dont'a Hightower and nose tackle Josh Chapman on defense, and Marquis Maze and John Fulton on special teams.
Jones earns the honor for the seventh time this season and the second week in a row. Jones caught 10 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. It was his second straight double-digit reception game. His touchdown came on a nine-yard completion from Greg McElroy late in the fourth quarter to pull the Tide within three with just over three minutes remaining. The Foley native has earned the honor five times on offense and twice on special teams.
On defense, Hightower and Chapman earned the nod from the coaching staff. Hightower led the team with 10 tackles with one tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry. The 10 tackles were a season high –one off his career-best - and the second most this season registered by an Alabama player. Chapman registered the Tide's only sack for a loss of 12 yards. He finished with a career-best eight tackles. The unassisted sack was a career-first for the junior defensive tackle. The honor is the second of the season for the both players.
Special teams honors from the coaching staff went to true freshman John Fulton and junior Marquis Maze. Fulton was excellent on both his coverage unit and his return unit. Maze made one tackle on special teams while returning three kickoffs for 73 yards, including a long of 26 yards. Fulton and Maze were each honored for the second time this season.
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