Coaching Staff Selects Six Players Of Week

Gunnar Raborn may not have set a record this week, but he certainly tied one at worst. Thats's because Raborn, a true freshman walk-on placekicker from Lafayette, La., was selected by the Alabama coaching staff as one of the players of the week in his first game appearance.

Six Alabama players were recognized by the coaching staff following Saturday’s 48-14 victory over Western Carolina. Ryan Kelly and Ardarius Stewart were the honorees on offense, while Landon Collins and Reggie Ragland represented the defense. Gunnar Raborn and J.K. Scott made the special teams list.

Kelly had his best game of the year and graded out at 92 percent. He did not have any missed assignments, sacks, pressures or penalties. Stewart was second on the team in receiving with five catches for 51 yards. He is also credited with being one of the best blocking wide receivers on the team. Alabama finished with 612 total yards and 36 first downs. UA leads the SEC and is sixth nationally in fewest sacks allowed and ranks second (20th in the country) in total offense at 484.8 yards per game.

The defense gave up just 213 total yards and 12 first downs on Saturday as the Crimson Tide reached the 10-win mark for the seventh straight season (a school record). Collins led the team with seven total tackles and also assisted on a tackle for loss. One of those tackles came on a fourth down on a fake field goal attempt. Ragland chipped in with four total stops (three solo) with one tackle for loss.

Raborn, a true freshman, filled in for an injured Adam Griffith at placekicker and saw his first career action. He connected on 2-of-3 field goals and was perfect on all six extra point attempts. Scott did not have a punt in the game, but did step in as the kickoff specialist. He recorded touchbacks on four of nine kickoffs and averaged 63.6 yards per kick.

Alabama is preparing for its final regular season game of the year when the Crimson Tide hosts Auburn at 6:45 p.m. CST Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. ESPN will televise the game.


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