Alabama Defense Finds Identity Against ULM

The Alabama (no. 12, 3-1, 0-1) defense had no problem establishing an identity on Saturday afternoon. Visiting Sun Belt Conference member ULM (1-2, 0-0) found the Crimson Tide rather stingy. The Warhawks were held to zero points and under 100 total yards in the 34-0 shutout at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

Jarran Reed and his defensive co-horts allowed a paltry season low rushing total of nine yards on 31 attempts. The 6-4, 313 pound senior had five tackles, three solo. He sacked the ULM quarterback for three yards and managed two tackles for losses totaling another four. Other sack masters contributing to the seasons high six and minus 26 yards included lineman Da’Shawn Hand (1.5), D.J. Pettway (1.0), and linebackers Denzel Devall (1.0), Tim Williams (.5) and Rashaan Evans ( 1.0).

The Alabama secondary was in non-trespassing mood as well allowing a season low 88 yards to the Warhawks on 20 completions versus 43 attempts. Senior safety Geno Matias-Smith, 6-0, 196 pounds, registered his first interception of the year. His second quarter aerial theft at Bama’s 26-yard line thwarted a drive with 42 seconds remaining before halftime. Matias-Smith finished with three tackles, two solo for the afternoon. True freshman Ronnie Harrison, a 6-3, 218 pound defensive back, had his first career pick. The fourth quarter interception at the 31-yard line and 12-yard return led to a 3-play 19-yard touchdown drive for the final score of the game.

Watch the Atlanta, Georgia native Smith discuss the practices leading up to the Louisiana-Monroe game, his interception, teammate Ronnie Harrison and the crucial contest next week against the SEC Eastern Division Bulldogs.


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