Five Tiders Cited For Play Vs. LSU

There should be no problem with the concept of players being honored for individual performance in the wake of a loss, particularly considering the closeness of the battle between the two best teams in college football.

Alabama lost an overtime game to LSU Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers took a 9-6 win in a game in which neither team could penetrate the other's defense for a touchdown.

Five Alabama players were recognized by the Crimson Tide coaching staff as players of the week.

Tailback Trent Richardson was named player of the week on offense while linebackers Dont'a Hightower and Nico Johnson represented the defense. On special teams, Hardie Buck and Alex Watkins were selected.

Richardson totaled 192 all-purpose yards against the Tigers with 89 yards rushing, 80 yards receiving and 23 yards on his lone kickoff return. He became the 15th player at Alabama to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the game and currently leads the SEC in rushing at 119.8 yards per game.

Hightower and Johnson led a defense that surrendered just 239 total yards and nine points to LSU. The defense held LSU to 3-of-11 on third downs and forced a pair of turnovers. Johnson had a game-high 11 tackles while Hightower recorded seven stops with two quarterback hurries. Alabama leads the nation in all four major defensive categories.

Buck and Watkins contributed on the kickoff team with three total tackles. Buck, who also serves on the punt return team, had a stop inside the 20 on kickoff coverage. Watkins came back from surgery on his broken arm following the Tennessee game and was credited with two special teams tackles.

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