The nations top ranked team, Alabama, completely dominated Georgia State Saturday afternoon. The Crimson Tide typically does not deliver the blowout their fans expect, when playing a much less talented team. Alabama’s skill to burn out the clock and give its starters a break doesn’t help the score either. This week’s game however showed Tide fans that progress has been made from week one to week six.
The offense appeared much improved. The Tide’s first team offense scored touchdowns on its first five drives down field. A.J. McCarron displayed brilliance, yet again, completing almost all of his passes being 15 of 16. He passed for 166 yards and 4 touchdowns tying a career high. Backup quarterback, Blake Sims, also played exceptional. Sims was 14 of 18 with 130 yards and 1 touchdown. Sims, who usually is a rushing quarterback, looked very comfortable in the pocket.
Astonishingly, there were 15 different receivers who caught passes Saturday. Redshirt freshman, Chris Black, led the way catching 6 passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. DeAndrew White possibly had the most exciting play of the game, when he made an amazing catch in the end zone. The offensive line also has continued to show improvement. Chad Lindsay has been sensational since added into the lineup.
Also, the Crimson Tide played several different running backs, six in total. T.J. Yeldon continues to impress. He finished with six carries for 51 yards. Kenyan Drake, who has solidified his position as being Yeldon’s backup, finished with five carries for 40 yards. Freshman Derrick Henry gained 50 yards on five carries.
Moreover, defense played remarkably well. The Tide’s tenacious defense allowed only 175 total yards. True freshman Eddie Jackson started his third game of the season. Jackson has been gaining valuable game experience, which should aide him in the tougher games later this season. A’Shawn Robinson made his first career start in place of Jeoffrey Pagan. Landon Collins started as safety in place of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Collins, who is a standout on special teams, seemed like a natural and didn’t miss a beat.
Convincingly, the Crimson Tide has improved on every major statistical category since the start of the season. It looks as though Alabama is slowly turning into the team that fans have grown accustomed to expect. The starters are all looking like a team that will make a strong and challenging run toward a third consecutive national championship. Plenty of the newcomers saw action due to Alabama played 70 different players. Tide fans had began to worry that Alabama wasn’t playing the dominant style which was expected. You can see that with each game, Alabama players are growing more comfortable and slowly forming their own identity. Although this season’s games have sometimes been labeled ugly wins, the old saying proves to be true; without struggle there is no progress.
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