Alabama coaching staff 11, Southeastern Conference 1. Not that it’s really a fair match. Each week the Tide coaching staff recognizes players on offense, defense, and on special teams for superior performance. The SEC has to recognize a few players from thoughout the league.
Following Alabama’s 51-3 win over Mississippi State, the Alabama coaching staff selected 11 players -- Bradley Bozeman, O.J. Howard, Jalen Hurts and Jonah Williams on offense, Ryan Anderson, Da’Ron Payne and Dalvin Tomlinson on defense, and Adam Griffith, Keith Holcombe, JK Scott and Levi Wallace on special teams were recognized on Monday.
Hurts was named the SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Hurts accounted for 447 yards of total offense, throwing for a career-high 347 yards while adding 100 yards rushing to become the only quarterback in Alabama history to rush for 100 or more yards while passing for 300 or more. The true freshman accounted for five touchdowns, throwing for four and rushing for one, which tied the school record. The Channelview, Texas, native finished 28-of-37 with four touchdowns compared to one interception, while rushing 11 times for 100 yards and one score.
The Mississippi State game marked Hurts’ fourth time this season he has rushed for 100 or more yards while passing for at least 100 yards in the same contest. His 447 yards of total offense against the Bulldogs is the third-highest single-game total in school history, while his four touchdown passes was one shy of the Alabama single-game record of five set by Gary Hollingsworth at Ole Miss on Oct. 7, 1969.
The award is Hurts’ fourth from the league office this season. He was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week following the Tide’s win at Ole Miss, and was also chosen as the SEC Freshman of the Week after Tennessee and Co-Freshman of the Week for his game at Arkansas.
The offensive line duo of Bozeman and Williams cleared a path for 218 rushing yards, and helped Alabama average 7.0 yards per carry. Bozeman posted a season-high grade of 91 percent and did not allow a quarterback hurry, a sack or commit a penalty.
The trio of Anderson, Payne and Tomlinson were key to the Tide defense limiting Mississippi State to no touchdowns and just three points. Anderson recorded four tackles, including two tackles for loss (-12 yards) and a sack for a loss of 10 yards. Payne accounted for five tackles and one of the Crimson Tide’s 12 quarterback hurries. Tomlinson finished with a team-high tying six total tackles for the second straight game and added one quarterback hurry.
Griffith had five made extra points and a season-high three field goals, scoring 14 points. He kicked off eight times for an average of 64.2 yards per kick with four going for a touchback. Scott punted three times for 154 yards averaging 51.3 yards per punt, with a long of 62 yards. Holcombe and Wallace helped limit the Bulldogs to just 10 yards in the punt return game. Holcombe was in on two stops on kickoff coverage while Wallace recorded one of high career-high three stops on punt team.