Coaches Pick Nine Tiders For Honors
It was no surprise that Alabama tailbacks Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy were selected for the weekly honor. They were joined as an offensive player of the week by tight end Brad Smelley.
Safety Mark Barron, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, safety Robert Lester, and linebacker Courtney Upshaw represented the defense.
On special teams, the honorees were linebacker Jerrell Harris and safety Will Lowery.
Richardson ran for a career-high 167 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries. He is now tied for the national lead in scoring with eight touchdowns on the year. Lacy ran nine times for a career-best 161 yards with two scores. It marked the first time in school history that two backs ran for 150 or more yards in a single game.
Smelley tied for the team lead with four catches for 46 yards with a long of 20 yards while also contributing as a blocker in the run game.
UA ranks second in the Southeastern Conference in rushing offense (242.0 yards per game) and total offense (475.4 yards per game) while scoring 38.7 points per game.
The defense recorded the first shutout for the Crimson Tide since the Chattanooga game on November 11, 2009. Barron had seven tackles to tie for the team lead while Hightower added five, Upshaw totaled four and Lester had two.
Upshaw tallied a team-high three tackles for loss and also led the way with three QB hurries. Hightower was credited with two stops behind the line of scrimmage with one hurry. Lester blocked a field goal to preserve the shutout.
North Texas had just one first down and 25 total yards in the first half Saturday night. Alabama leads the SEC in total defense, scoring defense and pass defense.
Harris and Lowery were in on three special teams tackles each and they both had a tackle inside the 20 along with a big hit. Harris is a member of the kickoff and punt team while Lowery is on kickoff return, punt return and kickoff.
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