No Upset: Coaches Select Mosley

There were a lot of upsets in the Southeastern Conference last week, but there was one place upset was avoided. No, we're not talking about Alabama 52, Arkansas 0, although that played into it. The Crimson Tide has played seven games. Bama has won seven games. After each Alabama game, the Tide coaching staff chooses players of the week on offense, defense, and special teams.

For the seventh consecutive Alabama victory, Crimson Tide senior linebacker C.J. Mosley has been recognized as a defensive player of the week.

On the season, Mosley has been named a coaching staff player of the week following all seven games. Next in weekly honors are wide receiver DeAndrew White (5), placekicker Cade Foster (4), wide receiver Christion Jones (4), and safety Landon Collins (4).

Ten Alabama football players were recognized by the coaching staff for their performances following Saturday night's win against Arkansas. Mosley, Collins, safety HaHa Clinton-Dix, and safety Jarrick Williams represented the defense. Tailback Kenyan Drake, quarterback A.J. McCarron, and right tackle Austin Shepherd were named players of the week on offense. Dee Hart, Eddie Jackson, and White were on the special teams list.

Mosley led the team with 10 total tackles (5 solo) and is now fourth in the SEC with a team-high 58 tackles. He was credited with a tackle for loss, two pass break-ups and two quarterback pressures. Clinton-Dix was credited with five tackles and had an early interception after Mosley deflected a pass. Collins also had five stops, broke up two passes and had a QB hurry. Williams was second on the team with six tackles and recorded a QB pressure. The Crimson Tide held Arkansas to just 256 yards and UA has held six of seven opponents this season to 10 points or less.

Alabama now leads the NCAA in scoring defense (9.7 points per game) and rush defense (98.3 yards per game).

Drake had his second straight 100-yard rushing game with 104 yards on just eight carries. He scored twice, including a 46-yarder, and also caught a pass for 11 yards. Alabama piled up 352 yards on the ground and totaled 532 yards. McCarron finished the game 15-of-21 for 180 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in less than three quarters of action. He is now eighth nationally in passing efficiency with a rating of 164.6. Shepherd and the offensive line did not allow a quarterback sack as Bama went over the 500-yard mark in total offense for the second consecutive week.

Hart continued his outstanding play on special teams with a tackle inside the 20 on kickoff coverage along with two assisted tackles. Jackson had a tackle inside the 20 as well and recovered a fumble on kickoff to start the second half. White forced a fair catch on Cody Mandell's lone punt of the day and also received high marks for his blocking on kickoff return.

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