There are games when Alabama wins and it sometimes is fairly easy to make most of the picks that the coaches have made. But there are also games – including those fairly easy wins, and also tough wins, and losses – when it is not so easy. Coming off the disappointing 43-36 loss to Ole Miss Saturday, it looked like a tough call.
As it turned out, we were correct in our selections in three of six cases, though we cheated a bit in guessing that seven players would be selected.
We were correct in predicting that Derrick Henry would be on the coaches’ list. Duh. We also correctly predicted Richard Mullaney would be one of the offensive selections. Finally, we correctly predicted Tony Brown would repeat as a special teams player of the week.
Six Alabama players were recognized by the coaching staff . In addition to the three that were the same as the BamaMag.com selections, the coaches honored A'Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed on defense and Adam Griffith on special teams.
Henry, a junior from Yulee, Fla., rushed for 127 yards on 23 carries against the Rebels. He found the end zone on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter to tie the national lead with seven rushing scores in three games. Mullaney, from Thousand Oaks, Calif., scored his first ever touchdown for the Crimson Tide as he leapt over a defender into the end zone and added his second score late in the fourth quarter. He totaled 61 receiving yards on seven catches, both career bests in a Crimson Tide uniform.
On defense, Robinson and Reed combined for eight total tackles. Robinson, from Fort Worth, Texas, added a quarterback hurry with three tackles, while helping the Crimson Tide front limit Ole Miss to just 92 yards rushing. Reed, from Goldsboro, N.C., who is honored by the coaching staff for the third straight week, accounted for five tackles, a quarterback hurry, and helped hold the Rebels to just 2.9 yards per rush.
Griffith, a junior from Calhoun, Ga., made his only field goal attempt of the night, while connecting on all three extra points. Brown, who is honored for the third straight week, recovered the Tide’s first onside kick since 2007, downed a punt at the two yard line, and made one special teams tackle.