No one should be surprised that Jonathan Allen is the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week after the Alabama senior defensive end had key plays in the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide’s 33-14 win over sixth-ranked Texas A&M Saturday.
Allen was part of the play that almost certainly turned momentum for good in Bama’s win at Bryant-Denny Stadium when he picked up a fumble (caused by teammate Ryan Anderson) and raced 30 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
It was Allen’s second fumble return for a touchdown this year as Alabama continued its amazing record of non-offensive touchdowns this year – five fumble recovery-returns, four interception returns, and three punt returns.
Alan also had a 75-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Ole Miss earlier this year.
The 6-3, 291-pound Allen was a disruptive force for the Bama defense against the Aggies, including a dramatic sack for a loss of eight yards. He had a career-high four quarterback pressures, andwas in on six tackles.
His play helped Alabama hold the Aggies rushing attack, which had been leading the SEC, to only 114 yards and the A&M total offense to just 278 yards.
On the season, Allen has totaled a team-high 10 quarterback hurries while ranking second in sacks with 6 for 53 yards. He has also added 6 1/2 tackles for a loss (-53 yards) as part of his 35 total tackles. He has also broken up two passes.
Alabama, 8-0, has an open date this week and will return to action Nov. 5 against LSU in Baton Rouge.