Named to the first team were Alabama football defenders, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Levi Wallace. On the second team were two Tide offensive linemen, Jonah Williams and Bradley Bozeman. Also on the second team was Alabama football defensive tackle, Da’Ron Payne.
Good to see Levi Wallace getting some major love. He’s played exceptionally this whole season, minus a couple of pass interferences. A former walk-on to first team All American is a story that, for any other team, would be the feel-good story of the year. But the media is so tired of Alabama that its barely even been worth a mention.
Fitzpatrick, Williams, Bozeman, and Payne were all solid selections as well. Damien Harris unfortunately is splitting too many carries to have the stats of say a Bryce Love, but he’s having an All-American season in my heart.
With Adrian Peterson traded to Arizona, Ingram saw his production soar (114 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries). He also caught five passes for 36 yards for an even 30 touches in New Orleans’ 52-38 win over Detroit. Henry capped Monday night’s game against Indianapolis with a 72-yard scoring run, which gave him his first career 100-yard game.
Defensively, Lions defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson stuffed the stat sheet and scored a touchdown on a 2-yard interception. The big fella also tallied seven tackles and two pass breakups. Other performances of note were C.J. Mosley’s 11 tackles against the Bears and Landon Collins’ interception, with a 21-yard return, against the Broncos.
If you happened to have Ingram on your fantasy football team this weekend (I did), you were a very happy person at the end (I was). I always wondered why the Saints acquired Peterson when they had just extended Ingram’s contract and also drafted Alvin Kamara to be the change of pace.
How about A’Shawn Robinson though? 7 tackles, two swats, and a pick-six for a 320-pound defensive tackle. I still can’t believe he dropped to the second round.
There isn’t that one split-second when Alabama’s Josh Jacobs makes his decision. Instead he plays mind games, beginning the moment he locks eyes with a defender who stands in his path, the decision whether to twitch his hips or exert brute strength weighing on his brain.
“He's the reason why you get cussed out a lot of times,” middle linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton said. “He can do it all. He can run you over. He can make you miss. He can do it all. He's the total package."
The quote here from Hamilton is great. With the injury keeping Jacobs limited the first half of the season while Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough, and Najee Harris shined, it’s been easy to forget about the slippery sophomore who so routinely made defenders look silly all last season.
I don’t want to see carries taken away from Harris, but I would love to see more of Jacobs in the passing game— be it on screens and flats, or even middle curls like back in the McElroy-to-Ingram days.
5 Coaches have won 100 conference regular-season games in the SEC, with Alabama's Nick Saban joining the list on Saturday when the Crimson Tide defeated Arkansas 41-9. Paul "Bear" Bryant holds the SEC record for most coaching victories in conference regular-season games at 159 at Kentucky and Alabama. Steve Spurrier had 126 victories at Florida and South Carolina, Johnny Vaught had 106 at Ole Miss and Vince Dooley had 105 at Georgia. Saban has a 100-24 on-the-field record at LSU and Alabama in conference regular-season games, and his winning percentage of .806 in those games is the best in the league's history.
Nick Saban just keeps moving up on all the lists. And think about how short his tenure has been compared to some of the other coaches on the list. We really do have one of, if not THE, best ever on our sidelines. Enjoy him while you can, folks. It won’t be long and half the roads/building/parks in Tuscaloosa will have the name “Saban” on them.
"I was already thinking about them when I was running off the field (following the Arkansas game)," linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton said. "I was singing their fight song. That's all I was talking about, it was Rocky Top Week. It definitely lights a match up in the room. You know you have to go a little bit harder in practice this week."
Neon Dion is pumped up to beat the Vawls. Are you?