Seven On Alabama Defense Earn Coaches' Honors

Alabama shut out Lousiana-Monroe last Saturday, holding the Warhawks to only 92 yards of total offense, including only 9 yards rushing. As a result, Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban said there was a temptation to make the entire offense the defensive "Player of the Week." Instead the coaching staff limited it to seven players who had 10 or more production points.

The seven players selected on defense made up the bulk of the 11 players given Player of the Week recognition by the Alabama coaching staff.

Defensive players selected were Jarran Reed, Reggie Ragland, Dalvin Tomlinson, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Da'Shawn Hand, Tim Williams, and Denzel Devall.

Reed, Tomlinson, and Hand all accounted for five total tackles. Reed, who has been honored all four weeks this season, also had one sack, two tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry. Fitzpatrick, a true freshman defensive back, led the Crimson Tide in tackles with seven and also had one tackle for loss. Ragland had four total tackles. Williams had 1 1/2 tackles for loss, half a sack and a quarter back hurry. Devall added a sack, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup.

Kenyan Drake and Calvin Ridley were the honorees on offense. Drake, honored for the second week in a row, led the team in rushing with 65 yards on 10 carries against the Warhawks. Ridley, a true freshman, scored his first touchdown for the Crimson Tide on a 15 yard pass from Jake Coker. He finished with four catches for a career-high 38 yards.

Adam Griffith and Cyrus Jones made the special teams list. Griffith, who is honored for the second week in a row, made both of his field goal attempts from 35 and 40 yards, while connecting on all four extra points. He averaged 64.4 yards on seven kickoffs with four touchbacks. Jones had 43 yards on five punt returns, with a long of 22 yards.

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