Stuart McNair

Alabama’s Cam Robinson has big day against outstanding Texas A&M defender

Jonathan Allen, SEC defensive player of week, also recognized by Alabama coaches

The scouting report prior to last weekend’s Bryant-Denny Stadium game between No. 1 Alabama and then-No. 6 Texas A&M had as one of its “things to watch” as the performance of Bama’s outstanding left tackle Cam Robinson against the Aggies’ fine defensive end Myles Garrett.

Both played very well and Robinson played well enough that he was one of nine players recognized by the Alabama coaching staff for their play in the Crimson Tide’s 33-14 win.

Joining Robinson as offensive selections were center Bradley Bozeman and tailback Damien Harris.

The defensive honorees were defensive end Jonathan Allen (who was Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week), linebacker Reuben Foster, and cornerback Marlon Humphrey.

On special teams, the coaching staff cited punter JK Scott and cover men Keith Holcombe and Mack Wilson.

Harris exploded for 125 yards rushing, averaging 6.9 yards per carry while picking up a first down on nine of his 18 carries. The sophomore running back led the way for an offensive attack that gained 287 yards on the ground. Bozeman and Robinson set the tone for an offensive line that cleared a path for 451 yards of total offense.  Bozeman anchored the unit, making all the calls from the center position, while Robinson posted a grade of 89 percent from the left tackle position without allowing a quarterback hurry or sack. The offensive line also provided time for 164 yards passing and two touchdowns, while helping the Crimson Tide average over 5.5 yards per play and 6.6 yards per rush.

Allen, who was honored for the second week in a row, totaled six tackles with three solo stops. The senior accounted for his second defensive touchdown of the season with a 30-yard fumble return for a score in the third quarter. He also recorded a sack and notched a career-best four quarterback hurries to give him a team-high 10 for the season. Foster lead the Tide defense with 12 tackles, including eight solo stops, while assisting on a tackle for loss. Humphrey picked off his second pass of the season, and finished with three tackles and a tackle for loss while shutting down the dangerous Aggie receivers on the outside.

Holcombe and Wilson helped limit the Aggies to just 2.5 punt return yards, while Wilson recorded a couple of monstrous hits on kickoffs. Scott finished with a pair of punts for 107 yards.


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