Jahmyr Gibbs Wins SEC Offensive Player of the Week
Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors following his stellar performance against Arkansas. On 18 carries, Gibbs tallied 206 rushing yards and two touchdowns, averaging 11.4 yards per carry. He remained a constant threat out of the backfield, catching two passes for 20 yards.
Gibbs had not recorded a rushing touchdown in the first four games of the season, an unordinary occurrence for a starting running back. Gibbs had three touchdowns to his name, but those were all receiving touchdowns.
The starter helped cement the Bama lead against Arkansas, who had all the momentum in the third quarter. Gibbs' first score of the day was a 72-yard run, reaching a max speed of 22.8 MPH, which is faster than the NFL highest speed of the year, set by Devin Duvernay.
Gibbs rushed for an even longer touchdown of 76 yards for his second touchdown of the afternoon. On three consecutive runs, he managed to rush for 145 yards, 70% of his total rushing yards on Saturday.
The 11.4 yards per carry average ranks second behind Shaun Alexander in Alabama history as the highest yards per carry in a game with at least 15 carries. Gibbs now leads Alabama with 378 rushing yards, and is averaging 8.8 yards per carry on the season.