Ten Tide Players Earn Coaches' Recognition

Ten Alabama players were recognized by the coaching staff following Saturday’s 20-13 overtime victory at LSU. Arie Kouandjio and DeAndrew White were the honorees on offense, while Landon Collins, Brandon Ivory, Cyrus Jones, Nick Perry and Reggie Ragland represented the defense. Reuben Foster, Adam Griffith and Cole Maaza made the special teams list.

Alabama improved to 8-1 on the season, including 5-1 in Southeastern Conference games. Bama will host number one ranked Mississippi State in Bryant-Denny Stadium at 2:30 p.m. CST Saturday.

Kouandjio had the top grade on the offensive line at 92 percent. He had three knockdown blocks with no penalties, no sacks, and no pressures allowed. White finished the game with three catches for 36 yards, which included the game-winning score in overtime from six yards out. Alabama now ranks third in the SEC and 19th nationally in total offense (487.3 yards per game).

Collins, Alabama’s leading tackler on the season, was credited with seven total stops against the Tigers. Ivory anchored a solid run defense from his interior defensive line position and had a career-high eight tackles. Jones had a tackle and also broke up a pass. Perry also had eight stops in the victory while Ragland finished with a career-high 13 tackles with one for loss. The Alabama defense limited LSU to 259 yards and held the Tigers to negative 16 yards over the last four plays of regulation and four plays in overtime. UA is now second nationally in scoring defense, third in rushing defense and fourth in total defense.

On special teams, Foster made a big hit on the final play of regulation as he dropped the returner at the 20-yard line. He finished the game with two tackles. Griffith made one of the biggest kicks of his career when he connected from 27 yards with three seconds remaining to tie the game at 13 all. He also hit from 39 yards out and had one touchback as LSU averaged just 22.5 yards per kickoff return. Mazza was perfect on his punt and field goal snaps and also made three tackles on punt coverage. Alabama punted nine times for an average of 48.6 and a net of 43.2. UA leads the nation in net punting with a season average of 43.5.

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