Alabama's front seven had all the answers on Saturday against the SEC’s number one rushing team averaging 309.1 yards per game. Dominate the box was the theme against LSU and Leonard Fournette. The superstar running back was leading the entire nation with 193.1 rushing yards per game prior to facing the Tide. He saw crimson and white pursuing from every angle and finished the game with a season low 31 yards on 19 carries. Reaching his usual per game rushing total would have taken 120 carries if you projected the 1.6 average he finished with that evening against the relentless Alabama defense. They literally shut down the player ravishing opposing defenses all year long. No one team has even approached the containment effort put forth by Bama. Fournette brought a 7.7 per carry average to Tuscaloosa.
A’Shawn Robinson defined the reason Alabama successfully suffocated the Tigers physically imposing ground attack. “Really, it was just a team effort. It was us doing our job, dominating our box. It really helped us to get off blocks for our linebackers to come up and make those plays.” The 6-4, 312 pound athletic defensive lineman hopped over the LSU snapper to block a fourth quarter PAT attempt. Robinson recorded three solo tackles, had two for losses totaling minus three yards and one pass breakup at the line of scrimmage.
If Alabama is motivated, is there a team in America with the ability to gash the Tide’s front seven? The Baton Rouge contingent can attest to the ferocity of a determined Bama defense. They held the Tigers to 54 total rushing yards on 26 carries for a 2.1 average far below the standard of 309.1 yards per game and 6.7 yards per attempt. To further complicate the matter for opposing offensive coordinators, the young secondary is maturing with each pass.
A'Shawn Robinson met with the assembled media following the 30-16 commanding win over the LSU Tigers.