Stuart McNair

Alabama players of the week selection by coaches include Peach Bowl MVPs

Bo Scarbrough, Ryan Anderson head Alabama players of week

It was no surprise that the Most Valuable Players in Alabama’s 24-7 Peach Bowl/College Football Playoff semifinal victory over Washington were among those the Crimson Tide coaching staff selected for players of the game. If there was a surprise it was that only 10 players earned the recognition.
Alabama tailback Bo Scarbrough was the Offensive MVP and outside linebacker Ryan Anderson the Defensive MVP as the Crimson Tide advanced to the national championship game with the win over Washington. Bama will meet Clemson Monday in Tampa.
Others selected as players of the week by the Tide coaches were freshman tackle Jonah Williams on offense; cornerback Anthony Averett, linebacker Reuben Foster, and safety Ronnie Harrison on defense; and Keaton Anderson, Minkah Fitzpatrick, placekicker Adam Griffith, and punter JK Scott on special teams.
Williams helped clear the way for a Tide rushing attack that rolled up 269 yards on the ground. He graded out at 88 per cent, recording two knockdown blocks while not allowing a sack or committing a penalty. Scarbrough posted a career-high 180 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries to earn Offensive MVP honors. The yardage total was the most by an Alabama player in a bowl game in team history, while his long gain – a 68-yard touchdown run – was also a Crimson Tide bowl record.
Anderson earned Defensive MVP honors after providing an early spark for the Crimson Tide with his 26-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter. He also added three tackles. Averett led the secondary with eight tackles, including a sack, while also forcing a fumble. Foster captained a defensive unit that held Washington to just 194 yards, recording a team-high nine tackles. Harrison was the secondary’s second-leading tackler with six stops.
Scott punted eight times for an average of 45.9 yards per kick and played a key role in the field position battle, pinning the Huskies inside the 20-yard line three times. Griffith finished his day with three made extra points and successfully converted his only field goal attempt from 41 yards out. Fitzpatrick was key in kickoff coverage, making a stop on the opening kick at the 12-yard line and helping to limit Washington to just 47 yards in the kickoff return game. Anderson was a consistent performer throughout the evening on both punt and kickoff coverage, contributing one tackle apiece on each coverage unit.

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