Seven Tiders Earn Player Of Week Honors
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron threw for four touchdowns -- second most in Alabama history in one qame -- against Vanderbilt, and was not selected as a player of the week. But following Bama's win over Ole Miss, McCarron was one of three Tiders selected on offense for the recognition.
The coaching staff also selected tailback Trent Richardson, who was the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week, and Chance Warmack for the offensive honor.
On defense, safety Mark Barron and inside linebacker Nico Johnson were named.
Special teams honorees are Dre Kirkpatrick and Vinnie Sunseri.
This week Alabama returns to Tuscaloosa and will host Tennessee in Bryant-Denny Stadium at 6:21 p.m. CDT Saturday. ESPN2 will televise the game. Bama is 7-0 overall and 4-0 in SEC games and ranked second in the nation. Tennessee is 3-3 overall but 0-3 in SEC games and not ranked.
The offense totaled 615 yards in the victory with a big part of that coming from McCarron's 224 passing yards and Richardson's 183 yards on the ground.
McCarron completed 19-of-24 passes with a 10-yard touchdown pass and has not thrown an interception in his last 151 attempts.
Richardson ran for career-highs in yardage and touchdowns (four) and also recorded his longest run – a TD of 76 yards. He also caught two passes for 30 yards and leads the nation with six straight 100-yard rushing games.
Warmack received the top grade on the offensive line and was key in blocking for a ground game that totaled 389 yards. He had no missed assignments, no penalties, no pressures and no sacks, while being credited with five pancake blocks.
The defense gave up a touchdown on the first Ole Miss drive of 72 yards and didn't allow another score, surrendering just 69 yards for the remainder of the game.
Johnson recorded seven tackles (five solo) with one sack and two tackles for loss.
Barron finished the night with three tackles and had two tackles for loss.
Alabama had five sacks and 14 tackles for loss in the victory and now leads the nation in rushing defense, total defense and scoring defense. UA also leads the SEC in sacks, tackles for loss, and pass efficiency defense.
Sunseri was second on the team in tackles with six (five solo) and three of those came on special teams. He had a tackle inside the 20 on kickoff coverage and also was credited for his great play on the punt and punt return teams.
Kirkpatrick serves an important role as the gunner on the punt team, and also as a corner on the outside on the punt return team. He forced a fair catch on punt coverage
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