10 Alabama Players Cited In Win Over Georgia

It's one thing to have a lot of players cited for good play when the opponent is one of the so-called cupcakes on the schedule. It is quite another thing when 10 players are selected by the Alabama coaching staff after a game against a top ten opponent, as was the case for the Crimson Tide this week after Bama blew out Georgia in Athens, 38-10.

Ten Alabama players were recognized by the coaching staff following Saturday’s victory in Athens.

Tailback Derrick Henry, quarterback Jacob Coker, center Ryan Kelly, and split end Calvin Ridley were the honorees on offense.Earlier it had been announced that Henry was the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week and Ridley the SEC Freshman Player of the Week.

Linebacker Reggie Ragland, lineman A'Shawn Robinson, and safety Eddie Jackson represented the defense.

Minkah Fitzpatrick, Adam Griffith, and Cyrus Jones made the list for special teams.

Henry, from Yulee, Fla., rushed for a career-high 148 yards on a career-best 26 carries. He scored from 30 yards out to tie the Alabama record for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown.

Coker, from Mobile, completed 11-of-16 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown, while rushing six times for 28 yards.

Ridley, from Coconut Creek, Fla., caught Coker’s 45-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and finished the day with 120 yards receiving on five catches for a 24.0 yards per catch average. He became the first Alabama freshman wide receiver to record 100 yards receiving in a game since Amari Cooper against Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

Ryan Kelly, a native of West Chester, Ohio, was also honored on offense after grading out at 92 per cent for the game.

On defense, Ragland, a native of Madison, led the way with eight tackles including two solo stops and a pass breakup. It was the fourth time in five games Ragland led the team in tackles.

A’Shawn Robinson, from Fort Worth, Texas, was honored after making five tackles and helping hold Georgia to only 299 yards of total offense.

Jackson, a native of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., picked off his second pass of the season and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown while making four tackles.

On special teams, Fitzpatrick, from Old Bridge, N.J., blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown, the first for an Alabama player since Sept., 21, 2013. He also made two special teams tackles. Griffith, from Calhoun, Ga., was honored for the third week in a row. He made his only field goal attempts from 29 yards out, while connecting on all five extra points. He averaged 64.7 yards on seven kickoffs with three touchbacks.

Jones, a senior from Baltimore, Md., had 53 yards on five punt returns for a 10.6 yard average with a season-long return of 23 yards.


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