Reed And Jackson Excel For Tide Over Hawgs

Defensive lineman Jarran Reed and converted safety Eddie Jackson have performed well all year long for the Crimson Tide. They were tested yesterday against the balanced Arkansas attack ranked fourth in the SEC in both rushing (204 ypg) and passing (272 ypg) yardage and third in total offense (476 ypg). Bama prevailed 27-14 Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on homecoming.

The entire Alabama (no. 8, 5-1, 2-1) defense kept the Arkansas (2-4, 1-2) offense in check limiting the Razorbacks to a mere 44 yards rushing on 21 carries and 176 yards passing on 15 of 32 completions. Eddie Jackson intercepted an over the middle Brandon Allen pass at the 33-yard line in the fourth quarter. The 20-yard return by the 6-0, 195 pound junior set up the Tide offense at the visitor’s 13. Adam Griffith converted on a 35-yard field goal to increase the Bama lead to 20-7 with 10:07 remaining in the contest. The former cornerback leads the team with three interceptions this season and finished the game with three tackles, one solo.

While Jackson was patrolling the secondary for errant throws, Jarran Reed and his front seven cohorts were suffocating the running game. The 6-4, 313 pound senior had one solo and four total tackles along with a half sack for a one yard loss. He is the team’s second leading overall tackler with 32, nine solo.

Reed and Jackson spoke of the dominating defensive performance with the assembled media after the victory against the SEC Western Division opponent.


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