Alabama Coaching Staff Names Eight Players of the Week following Homecoming Victory over Missouri
The Alabama coaching staff selected eight players to represent nine spots on their weekly player of the week list following last Saturday’s 39-10 win over Missouri on Homecoming weekend. Josh Jacobs, Jerry Jeudy and Jedrick Wills Jr. on offense; Christian Miller, Saivion Smith, Quinnen Williams and Mack Wilson on defense; and Joseph Bulovas along with Jacobs again on special teams all earned the recognition for their performance against Mizzou.
Jacobs, a junior, led all backs with a 5.8 yards per carry average thanks to his 52 yards on nine rushes. Four of Jacobs’ nine carries went for a first down with a long rush of 18 on the night. Alabama’s wide receiver group was led once again by Jeudy. The sophomore hauled in three passes for a career-high 147 yards and added a touchdown. He scored on an 81-yard touchdown grab on the game’s second play from scrimmage and added first-down catches of 22 and 44 yards to average 49.0 yards per play against Mizzou. Wills turned in one of the top games of his young career, grading out at a career-best 91 percent to continue his trend of 90-plus grades in each of the last two weeks. The sophomore right tackle did not surrender a sack or a pressure with just one missed assignment while accounting for four knockdown blocks.
Miller turned in another impressive performance, leading the Tide with three quarterback pressures. The redshirt senior added three tackles, including 1.5 for loss (-4 yards) and a pass breakup off the edge. In the defensive backfield, Smith set a new season-high mark for UA with a pair of interceptions in the game totaling 33 return yards, getting tripped up just short of recording a pick-six. The junior added four tackles in his start at corner. Williams had another huge game along the defensive front, highlighted by his safety – the Tide’s first since 2015. The safety was part of his team-leading two tackles for loss (-8 yards), which included the safety-sack combo (-6 yards). The redshirt sophomore added two quarterback pressures and seven tackles against the Tigers, both of which ranked second for UA. Wilson led all defenders with 11 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) and one sack (-1 yard). The sack was the junior’s first of his career while his tackle output was a season-high total.
Bulovas was good on a career-high three field goals in his four attempts and added four PATs for 13 total points against the Tigers. The redshirt freshman also kicked off eight times for 428 yards to average 53.5 yards per boot with three touchbacks. Jacobs was dangerous once again in the return game, bringing back three kickoffs for 88 yards with a long of 50, which he nearly broke for a score.