Alabama Coaches Honor Eight Players

Ryan Kelly not only came back from the concussion he had suffered against Texas A&M, but the senior center was also recognized as one of eight Alabama players earning recognition from the Crimson Tide coaching staff for excellent play against Tennessee.

Following Alabama's 19-14 victory over Tennessee Saturday, Ryan Kelly was joined by wide receivers Calvin Ridley and Ardarius Stewart as players of the week on offense. Defensive players of the week were lineman Jarran Reed and linebackers Ryan Anderson and Reggie Ragland. Alabama's specialists, punter JK Scott and placekicker Adam Griffith, were the honorees on special teams.

Stewart, a sophomore, led the way for the Crimson Tide in receiving yards with six catches for 111 yards, five of those being first downs. Kelly returned to his starting role after missing the second half of last weekend’s game at Texas A&M and helped pave the way for 364 yards of total offense, including 143 yards rushing for junior tailback Derrick Henry, who also found the end zone twice. Ridley continued to improve in his first year with the Crimson Tide, making six catches for 62 yards. Four of those receptions went for first downs against the Volunteers. The freshman has been impressive through his first eight games at Alabama, leading Alabama in receiving with 499 yards on 44 catches this season.

For the third week in a row, Ragland led the team in tackles, tying his season-high with 12 stops. This is the seventh time in the last eight games the senior has led the Crimson Tide in tackles and 10th time in his career. He also recorded one tackle for loss against the Volunteers. Reed, who has also been honored multiple times this season, was explosive off the line, totaling five tackles, a tackle for loss, and a quarterback pressure. Anderson made what could be considered the play of the day on defense, sealing the victory for the Crimson Tide when he sacked Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs to force a fumble that was recovered by A'Shawn Robinson and allowed Bama to run out the clock in the final two minutes. Anderson had three tackles, one tackle for loss, and a quarterback hurry in his most complete game of the season.

Scott averaged 49.8 yards on four punts, including a pair of 56-yard kicks that were fair caught. He had two punts inside the 20. The second-year punter was also awarded the Southeastern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts against the Volunteers. Griffith connected on both of his field goal attempts while adding an extra point for the Crimson Tide. The junior averaged 64.6 yards on five kickoffs with four touchbacks.

Alabama has an open date this week with the Crimson Tide having practices Tuesday-Thursday. Bama, 7-1 overall and 4-1 in SEC games, hosts undefeated LSU (7-0, 4-0) in a match-up of top 10 teams at 7 p.m. CST Saturday, Nov. 7.


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