The Southeastern Conference agreed and named Alabama senior linebacker Reggie Ragland the SEC Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. The conference award is Ragland’s first of his career.
Ragland captained an Alabama defense that limited Arkansas to just 220 yards and 14 points in a 27-14 win in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The 220 yards of offense was more than 250 yards below the Razorbacks’ season average of 476 entering the game.
And it's not like Ragland had not been playing well all season. For the fifth time in six games this year, Ragland led the team in tackles with eight total, including seven solo stops. He was all over the field with one sack, a forced fumble, pass breakup and two quarterback hurries. His performance also led the Crimson Tide defense in production points.
Ragland led a defensive charge that limited Arkansas’ vaunted rushing attack to just 44 yards on 25 carries for a 1.8 yards per carry average. He helped Alabama force seven 3-and-outs in 14 Razorback possessions and limited the Hogs to just 77 yards of offense in the first half.
Bama is 6-1 and ranked 10th by the Associated Press and ninth in the Coaches Poll.
The Crimson Tide travels to Kyle Field this Saturday to take on the No. 9/10 Texas A&M Aggies. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on CBS.