Tide Coaches Pick Seven As Honorees
Even without the quarterback, Alabama had plenty of worthy candidates for Player of the Week following the Crimson Tide's 34-0 victory over Vanderbilt last Saturday night at Bama's homecoming. Presumably A.J. McCarron would have been one of them after he passed for four touchdowns and 237 yards on 23-30 passing with no interceptions.
No Alabama players were selected as Southeastern Conference players of the week, although the league did note that safety Mark Barron and wide receiver Marquis Maze were worthy of recognition. Both Maze and Barron, who both were number 4 for Bama, were among seven Crimson Tide players recognized by the coaching staff for outstanding play against Vandy.
Maze and tight ends Brad Smelley and Michael Williams were named players of the week on offense.
Barron and linebacker Dont'a Hightower were named on defense.
On special teams, Cade Foster and DeQuan Menzie were selected.
Maze led the Crimson Tide with a career-high nine catches and totaled 93 yards against the Commodores. He had seven catches for 67 yards in the first half and five of his receptions resulted in first downs.
Smelley hauled in three passes for 19 yards and one touchdown. He scored the first TD of the game with a six-yard reception, which was also the first of his career.
Williams did not have a catch, but was credited along with Smelley, for his outstanding blocking. The run game produced 153 yards, led by Trent Richardson's fifth-straight 100-yard performance.
The defense recorded the second shutout of the season and held Vandy to just 190 total yards with eight first downs. Alabama leads the SEC in all four major categories and leads the nation in scoring defense (7.0 ppg) and rushing defense (39.8 ypg).
Barron led the team with six total tackles (four solo) with 1.5 TFL and 2 pass break-ups.
Hightower was next with five stops (two solo) and helped hold the Commodores to 41 yards on the ground.
Foster handled the kickoff duties for the Tide and recorded a pair of tackles while covering kicks. He averaged 63.2 yards on five kickoffs and Vandy's average start was the 28.2.
Menzie was credited for his work as a gunner on punt team as well as a his role on punt return in holding up the opposing team's gunners. Menzie finished the game with two tackles and the Commodores returned just one punt for minus four yards.
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