Stuart McNair

Walter Camp selects entire Alabama defense for weekly recognition

Alabama defense particularly effective in second half of shutout win

Alabama obviously had an outstanding defensive game against LSU as the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide took a 10-0 victory over the Tigers in Baton Rouge.

For its performance, Coach Nick Saban’s Alabama’s defense was named as the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week. The Tide defensive unit was the second team to earn the weekly individual award since 2004.

Almost everyone knows by now that Bama took care of Job One when it comes to playing LSU’s offense, and that is in limiting the performance of one of college football’s finest running backs, Leonard Fournette. Almost no one expected Alabama to repeat its success of 2015, but Bama was able to stop Fournette, and thereby stop LSU.

In 2015, Fournette – who was the runaway leader as the likely Heisman Trophy winner – was held to 31 yards on 19 carries. Saturday night in Baton Rouge, the Crimson Tide defense held Fournette to 35 yards on 17 tries.

Alabama’s defense stifled a potent LSU offense, limiting the Tigers to only six first downs and 125 yards of total offense in the shutout victory in Baton Rouge. The Tide defense recorded five sacks and limited a 15th-ranked LSU team to just 33 rushing yards on 27 total attempts. Alabama allowed a 41-yard pass on the Tigers’ second offensive drive of the night, but did not allow a play beyond 13 yards the rest of the evening. Alabama also kept the Tigers out of the red zone all night.

LSU had more punts (8) than first downs (6).

It was the second half performance, as Alabama went from a 0-0 halftime score to its 10-0 win, that the Tide defense was particularly effective. In the second half the Tigers recorded only 1 first down, had 7 rushes for -3 yards, had 28 yards passing on 4-11, had only 18 plays for a mere 25 yards, was 0-5 on third down tries (and 0-1 on a fourth down gamble), and managed to have the ball on offense for only 6:18 of the third quarter and a mere 1:25 of the fourth quarter.

Fournette in the second half had 5 carries for 14 yards.

Reuben Foster led the way with 11 total tackles while Marlon Humphrey help shut down the Tigers passing attack and recorded eight tackles. Dalvin Tomlinson (6 tackles, 1.5 TFL), Ryan Anderson (6 tackles, 1.0 sacks), Tim Williams (1.5 TFL) and Jonathan Allen (3 tackles, 1.0 sacks) all lived in the LSU backfield. Minkah Fitzpatrick picked off his third pass of the season while making three tackles and adding a pass breakup.

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