What We Learned Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium
The Alabama Crimson Tide covered the spread and then some, as it went on to slaughter the Utah State Aggies in its season opener. Here are three things we found out about the Alabama football team.
1. Bryce Young is the Real Deal
Crimson Tide fans are already aware of Bryce Young's skillset, but yesterday's performance put more emphasis on that fact.
The current Heisman holder, went 18/28 for 195 yards and five passing touchdowns with a QBR of 64.3%, as well as one rushing touchdown as he ran for 100 yards.
The Pasadena, Calif. native appeared to look more relaxed in the pocket. Under pressure, he made the right reads and plays. He even used his legs more than Alabama fans are comfortable with, highlighted by a 63-yard scamper.
2. The Defense Appears Dominant.
The Tide defense held Utah State to a combined 136 total yards.
The Aggies averaged 2.6 yards per pass and 2.1 yards per rush.
The Alabama defense was all over the field, combining for five tackles for loss and four QB hurries.
The stout Alabama defense kept the Aggies quiet, holding them scoreless through four quarters.
3. The Receiving Core is better than Expected
The question of the summer was who would step up from the receiving core? That was answered on Saturday night.
Kobe Prentice, Jermaine Burton, and Traeshon Holden all had five receptions, with Holden and Burton both securing four touchdowns.
The self-proclaimed ''DB assassins,'' dominated the Aggie secondary with their hand speed and sharp route-running.
The Tide returns next week against the 1-0 Texas Longhorns at 11 a.m. CST. Radio coverage will be available on Tide 100.9 and the Tide 100.9 app.