Coaches Select Tide Players Of The Week

The University of Alabama football coaching staff announced the selection of six players for the team's weekly Player of the Week honors following the Tide's 41-34 loss to third-ranked LSU in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday night. Two players were chosen from the offense, defense and special teams units.



Offensively, the Alabama staff selected center Evan Cardwell and wide receiver Keith Brown as the offensive honorees. Cardwell, a sophomore from Killen, started his fourth straight game at the center position against the Tigers. Facing one of that nation's best defensive lines, Cardwell helped the Tide to three touchdown drives in the game.

Brown had his best game of the season and sparked the Tide passing attack. The senior from Pensacola, Fla., had two catches, both for touchdowns. Brown made a leaping 29-yard catch right before the end of the half to give his team the lead going into the locker room. He added a 14-yard catch in the third quarter that gave the Tide a 10-point lead.

Wallace Gilberry and Rashad Johnson earned the nod from the coaching staff on the defensive side of the ball for the Tide. Gilberry, a senior from Bay Minette, was a disruptive force on the Alabama defensive line against LSU. He recorded all three of the Tide's sacks in the game for a total of -19 yards. Gilberry finished with eight tackles and forced one fumble in the loss.

Safety Rashad Johnson, a junior from Sulligent, was equally as impressive in the Tide secondary. Johnson led Alabama with nine tackles, including one for loss. He recorded one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry and tallied his fifth interception of the season in the second quarter.

On special teams, Javier Arenas and Forress Rayford shared special teams player of the week accolades.

Arenas had a career day against LSU, racking up 237 all-purpose yards on the night, setting a career mark. The sophomore from Tampa, Fla., scored a touchdown to give the Tide a late lead on a 61-yard punt return in the fourth quarter. He finished with three punt returns for 69 yards and eight kickoff returns for 168 yards.

Arenas has been named as the Southeastern Conference's Special Teams Player of the Week/

The sophomore currently ranks sixth nationally and is second in the SEC in punt return average (17.2 yards) and leads the league in total punt return yards (326) on the season.

Arenas also started the game as one of the Tide's defensive backs and played extensively in the Alabama secondary. He tallied four tackles, including one for loss, and added a pass breakup on the night.

Rayford, a defensive back from Mobile, has been prominent on the Tide special teams units all season. Against LSU, the senior provided several key blocks on the kickoff and punt return teams, helping Arenas rack up 237 all-purpose yards. His block helped spring Arenas for the 61-yard touchdown return to give Alabama a seven-point lead late in the game.

The Tide plays on the road on Saturday, Nov. 10, when the team travels to Starkville, Miss., to face Mississippi State. The game is set to kick off shortly after 11:30 a.m. CST and will be televised in part of the Southeastern region by the SEC's Lincoln Financial Sports. network

BamaMag Top Stories