Western Kentucky (1-1, 0-0) senior wide receivers Taywan Taylor and Nicholas Norris had a combined 285 career receptions and scored 38 touchdowns. Both are on the 2016 Biletnikoff Award Watch List. Alabama (no. 1, 2-0, 0-0) sophomore defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and company held the productive duo to 11 catches, 141 yards and more importantly zero touchdown receptions. The 6-1, 203 pound New Jersey product (Old Bridge/St. Peter’s Prep) finished the day with five tackles (three solo) and a forced fumble.
A first quarter flea-flicker from quarterback Mike White to Taylor accounted for 59, almost half of the talented wide receiver’s total of 121 yards. Third string signal caller Drew Eckels connected on a 24-yard touchdown to wide receiver Lucky Jackson with 46 seconds remaining in the contest and the Tide starters on the bench.
BamaMag.com spoke to the 2015 Freshman All-American after the home opener.