Alabama's Barron Gets SEC Honor

On a Saturday when offense was the name of the game in most college stadiums, it was not a huge surprise that an Alabama man would be selected as Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week. That proved to be the case after the Crimson Tide held Penn State to 251 yards in a 27-11 Bama win.

Alabama safety Mark Barron was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Penn State.

Barron, a 6-2, 218-pound senior from Mobile, had an interception, a fumble recovery, and was in on a team-high seven tackles on the road against the 23rd-ranked Lions.

The interception ended a Penn State drive at the Bama nine-yard line in the third quarter and the fumble recovery stopped the Nittany Lions at the Alabama 35-yard line.

The Alabama defense held Penn State to 251 total yards on 69 offensive plays and forced three turnovers.

Barron leads a secondary that ranks third in the NCAA in pass efficiency defense.

Barron's pick was the 11th of his career, which is 11th all-time at Alabama.

Also receiving mention for his play was senior Alabama center William Vlachos, who had the highest grade among offensive linemen. The Tide offensive line did not allow a sack or have a penalty against Penn State.

This week Alabama hosts North Texas. Kickoff Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium is at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Fox Sports will televise the game.

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