The position is called “safety” for a reason. But on this afternoon in Bryant Denny, they were anything but. The Crimson Tide repeatedly went over the top of an aggressive Chris Elko defense to smoke the No. 13 Texas A&M Aggies.
Mac Jones was remarkably crisp through almost four quarters. He got rattled a bit in the second, but it was by far his best game in a crimson jersey — 20 of 27, 435 yards, 4 scores and an INT (just one bad throw that was nearly returned to the house.)
Najee Harris chipped in with a great catch on a wheel route, 43 tough yards on the ground, and two scores. His vision and patience have never been better. Waddle and Smith both added touchdowns to their resume with grabs. Miller Forristall had the best catch of his career. All in all, the offense looked capable of scoring at will.
But the improbable star of the game was WR3, John Metchie. Don’t overlook this guy — he showed he has the talent to start along side DeVonta and Jaylen. Metchie reeled in five receptions for 181 yards and 2 scores. And none were finer than his first catch: a fingertip grab that required him to hit a second gear to nab it in stride then another gear to sprint away from the fleet Aggie corner.
There were mistakes a’plenty to be had, sure. Too many ridiculous procedural penalties. Lots of busts and mental mistakes over the middle of the field (Dylan Moses has had better games, that’s for sure). And safety looks to be a position of concern going forward (Daniel Wright and DeMarcco Hellams were...unsteady.) But, those sorts of teachable moments make the curb-stomping all the better. This was a quality team that just got mauled.
Enjoy it, folks Here’s your nightcap and Victory Thread.