Anthony Bryant breaks through for his first sack of the season. Bryant has 6 tackles on the year, including three tackles for loss.
Bo is pictured carrying the ball in his "inside" arm (the arm subject to more hits because its proximity to the field), but he is fundamentally solid holding the ball, snug with three points of contact (fingers, forearm and bicep). Mike Shula looks on.
Wallace Gilberry is the surprise team-leader in sacks with three to his credit. He has four tackles for loss on the year, including two in the last two games. Gilberry has also forced two fumbles and recovered one.
Spencer Pennington runs with the ball. Officially, Pennington was 7-for-11 for 83 yards, but there's more to the story.
There were 15 pass plays called in the game, Pennington completed seven Pennington. Four of his completions were on short passes, either swinging the ball out to a back or to a receiver on a screen play. Three of Pennington's completions were on passes 18-19 yards down field.
Of his four incomplete passes, he threw two that missed the mark, and threw the ball away once. He had one pass that would have required a great catch from Zeke Knight to complete.
Pennington also pulled the ball down and ran twice (once a six-yard run was negated by a Bama holding penalty), and had one good pass dropped (which would also have been negated by a holding penalty)
Pennington and Tide Coach Mike Shula talk things over. Shula said that the main thing about Spencer's play was that " he played smart, made good decisions and didn't try to force the ball. We were fortunate enough to run the ball well. That's going to give him a lot of confidence and hopefully we can build on that this week."
Tyrone Prothro's 100-yard touchdown return vaulted him into second in the nation in kickoff returns (first in the SEC). As a squad, the Tide is tops in the country at returning kicks.
Freddie Roach soars through the air in pursuit of Kentucky quarterback Shane Boyd. Roach has been triple-timing it in practice lately, working at weak-side linebacker and defensive end (in passing situations) in addition to his middle linebacker spot.
Photos are courtesy of Kent Gidley with the University of Alabama