Pass Rush Dials In Against Mississippi State
The Alabama Crimson Tide pass rush bounced back against Mississippi State after a rough outing against Tennessee. The team accounted for four total sacks as well as five quarterback hurries to give Will Rogers a tough outing in Tuscaloosa.
The unit made the majority of its sacks during the second quarter and it began with a safety blitz from Brian Branch to put Rogers on the ground. Branch had a big bounce-back game after his poor performance last week and his utility in the box played a major part in this week's game.
Branch finished the game with one sack, one quarterback hurry, and one and a half tackles for loss during his time playing near the line of scrimmage.
Will Anderson was the next player to get to Rogers during the Bulldogs' final drive before halftime. Anderson tallied another quarterback hurry and one-and-a-half tackles for loss during the game. Anderson has been used in more coverage schemes rather than as a pure pass rusher in recent weeks.
Dallas Turner and Jamil Burroughs dropped Rogers on the final play of the half for a 15-yard loss. The sack secured the first-half shutout for the Crimson Tide.
The final sack of the game came from DeMarcco Hellams on a safety blitz during State's first drive of the second half. The sack was Hellams' first since 2020.
Pete Golding's decision to mix up different pass rushing schemes helped to alleviate some of the pressure that the front received after last week's game.
The Crimson Tide has a bye week next but will face off against Jayden Daniels and LSU on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Daniels is coming off his best game of the season against Ole Miss. The unit will be expected to give him problems in the matchup between the top two teams in the SEC West.