Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick and Bama Secondary Limit WKU Passing

The Alabama secondary was charged with the task of minimizing the potent passing attack of Western Kentucky on Saturday afternoon in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Bama was successful in their mission holding the Hilltoppers to 216 yards through the air, the lowest total in 14 games. The Tide decisively defeated the visiting Conference USA team 38-10.

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.


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