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Alabama Football 2016: Crimson Power Rankings- week 3

Can the entire list just be the pass rush?

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Man, the rankings were difficult this week. Ole Miss gave the Tide a run for its money, and many players had to step up when other position groups struggled. On one hand, the secondary had a bad day, despite the rest of the defense being phenomenal. At the same time, the offensive line, after really struggling the first few weeks, was only a few notches short of a stellar performance.

It was weird game overall, and there’s been a little bit of a shake up.

The Crimson Power Rankings

  1. Jonathan Allen (1)
  2. Reuben Foster (3)
  3. Tim Williams (11)
  4. Calvin Ridley (4)
  5. Ryan Anderson (7)
  6. Eddie Jackon (5)
  7. Marlon Humphrey (2)
  8. J.K. Scott (6)
  9. Minkah Fitzpatrick (9)
  10. Dalvin Tomlinson (12)
  11. Cam Robinson (10)
  12. ArDarius Stewart (8)
  13. Ross Pierschbacher (NR)
  14. Shaun Hamilton (NR)
  15. Damien Harris (NR)
  16. Da’Ron Payne (14)

Jonathan Allen does.

Since the beginning, Jonathan Allen has been the best player on this team. Three games later, nothing has changed. The man gave Chad Kelly and the rest of the Ole Miss offense fits all night long. And that doesn’t even include his interception return for a touchdown.

Biggest Risers

How about Tim Williams? He’s been rather quiet in the first few weeks, but to my eye, may have just had his best game of his career. The numbers may not show it, but he was routinely working every offensive lineman that tried to block him. It seemed like he was held on almost every single play. Tim Williams was a monster this week.

After falling off the list following his benching against Western Kentucky, Ross Pierschbacher came back in to the left guard spot that he occupied so well in 2015, and man did he play admirably. Due to this, he regained his spot on the list.

Damien Harris finally sold me this week. Until now, I’ve been on the Bo Scarbrough train. But Harris had some spectacularly gritty runs yesterday, and is slowly coming into his own. With the offensive line starting to figure itself out, I’d expect to see even more of Harris going forward.

The fall of a hero

Marlon Humphrey had a really rough game. While he never really had any blatant coverage busts, you can only have to ball caught over you so many times without getting dropped down the power rankings. He was Chad Kelly’s favorite Bama defensive back to pick on all night long.

The next best

I didn’t want to leave Jonah Williams off the list. He had a very solid game himself, and, though Verne and Gary thought he was Bradley Bozeman the whole time, they were right in that his awareness on that fumble near the end of the game saved Alabama from sheer disaster. He deserves to be on the list, but I could’t decide who else could have been taken off of it.

So what do you think? Who should be removed for the inclusion of Jonah Williams? Did Marlon Humphrey drop too far? Is there anyone else you think should have been included?