Alabama's Reggie Ragland National Honoree

Late last season, as reporters and others were trying to predict which Alabama juniors might forego their final season of eligibility, there were several who were automatics -- Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon, Landon Collins. And there were at least two who were considered 50-50 types -- linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive lineman Jarran Reed.

Reggie Ragland and Jarran Reed both elected to return for their senior seasons, and both are having standout years for Alabama. They were recognized this week by the Chuck Bednarik Award Foundation for their performances.

Ragland -- who had earlier been announced as the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week -- was named the Chuck Bednarik National Player of the Week following the Crimson Tide's 27-14 win over Arkansas last Saturday.

Ragland led an Alabama defense that limited Arkansas to just 220 yards and 14 points. The 220 yards of offense was more than 250 yards below the Razorbacks’ season average of 476 ypg entering the contest.

For the fifth time this season, Ragland led the team in tackles with eight, including seven solo stops. He was all over the field with one sack, a forced fumble, pass breakup, and two quarterback pressures. His performance also led the Crimson Tide defense in production points with a season-high total.

Reed was also named to the Bedanrik Award Watch List on Thursday, joining Ragland and defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson. He is coming off of a four-tackle game against Arkansas with half of a tackle for loss.

Ragland and Reed commanded a defensive charge that limited Arkansas’ vaunted rushing attack to just 44 yards on 25 carries for a 1.8 yards per carry average. They helped Alabama force seven three-and-outs in 14 Razorback possessions and limited the Hogs to just 77 yards of offense in the first half.

On Saturday, Alabama (5-1, 2-1 SEC) will be playing against Texas A&M (5-0, 2-0) in College Station. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. CDT with CBS televising the game.

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