W – Kentucky 34-6

Props to Kentucky for keeping this much closer than it should have been. Of course, Alabama could have also made it much worse if they wanted to. But I do think Kentucky’s a much better team than they’ve been. It looks like Stoops has them going in the right direction.

In terms of the game, more Jacobs and Hurts and Ridley. Yawn. It’s beginning to look more and more like this Freshman class is going to end up being really special. We’ve got two stud RB’s in there, a very special QB, Diggs (a very special talent), a TE who will make a difference this year and a handful defensive guys who can’t get on the field because of all the NFL players ahead of them. As long as Saban doesn’t get bored and go to the lake house the next couple of years should be fun to watch.

Here’s the stats.

Team Stats
Kentucky Alabama
First downs 12 25
  Rushing 7 11
  Passing 4 14
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 6-17, 35% 9-14, 64%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 36-72 37-173
Passing Yards 89 315
Return Yards 79 65
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-22-0 25-38-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4–28 2–13
Punts 6 1
Punts-Average 44.7 58
Fumbles Lost 3-2 1-1
Penalties – Yards 2-15 4-20
Time of Possession 30:13 29:47
Kentucky Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Johnson 13 22 89 0 0
Alabama Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Hurts 20 33 262 2 0
C. Bateman 5 5 53 0 0
Kentucky Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Kemp 10 39 3.9 0
B. Snell, Jr. 8 38 4.8 0
S. Williams 9 22 2.4 0
S. King 2 -1 -0.5 0
S. Johnson 7 -26 -3.7 0
Alabama Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Jacobs 16 100 6.3 1
J. Hurts 9 25 2.8 0
B. Scarbrough 5 21 4.2 0
B. Emmons 3 16 5.3 0
D. Harris 2 11 5.5 0
C. Ridley 1 6 6.0 0
Kentucky Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
G. Johnson 4 27 6.8 0
T. Richardson 2 24 12.0 0
S. King 2 14 7.0 0
C. Conrad 2 10 5.0 0
G. Hart 1 6 6.0 0
B. Bone 1 5 5.0 0
S. Williams 1 3 3.0 0
Alabama Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Ridley 11 174 15.8 2
J. Jacobs 3 44 14.7 0
R. Foster 2 42 21.0 0
T. Diggs 2 14 7.0 0
O. Howard 2 13 6.5 0
G. Dieter 1 11 11.0 0
B. Scarbrough 1 9 9.0 0
D. Harris 1 6 6.0 0
B. Emmons 1 3 3.0 0
C. Sims 1 -1 -1.0 0
Kentucky Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Alabama Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Kentucky Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
G. McKinniss 6 268 44.7
Alabama Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Scott 1 58 58.0
Kentucky Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Alabama Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Jackson 1 17 17.0
X. Marks 1 15 15.0
Kentucky Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Badet 2 54 27.0
S. King 1 25 25.0
Alabama Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Marks 2 33 16.5
Kentucky Missed FG
Player Length
Alabama Missed FG
Player Length
A. Griffith 35
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W – Kent State 48-0

This was much more in line with a cupcake than the second game of the season. Everything seemed to click well, especially the D. Man, they are scary. Josh Jacobs, WoW! He looks like a quicker version of Mark Ingram. We are stacked at RB for the next few years. Actually, that’s true for nearly every position. I guess that’s what happens when you win the national recruiting award for the past 5 years straight.

Here’s the stats (courtesy of AL.com)

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Team Stats
Kent State Alabama
First downs 5 26
  Rushing 2 16
  Passing 2 10
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 1-13, 8% 6-14, 43%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 30-82 46-285
Passing Yards 84 217
Return Yards 57 90
Completions-Attempts-Int 7-16-0 22-34-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3–26 2–7
Punts 9 2
Punts-Average 46 49
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties – Yards 0-0 2-20
Time of Possession 26:27 33:33
Kent State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Bollas 4 8 71 0 0
M. Mitchell 2 7 10 0 0
C. Reardon 1 1 3 0 0
Alabama Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Hurts 16 24 164 1 0
B. Barnett 4 7 55 1 0
C. Bateman 2 3 -2 0 0
Kent State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Rankin 6 52 8.7 0
G. Bollas 3 26 8.7 0
M. Washington 6 15 2.5 0
N. Holley 2 5 2.5 0
K. Price 3 3 1.0 0
W. Matthews 3 3 1.0 0
R. James 2 2 1.0 0
C. Reardon 1 2 2.0 0
M. Mitchell 4 -26 -6.5 0
Alabama Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Jacobs 11 97 8.8 2
J. Hurts 7 54 7.7 1
B. Emmons 8 51 6.4 0
D. Gore 6 45 7.5 0
B. Scarbrough 3 19 6.3 0
D. Harris 4 18 4.5 0
C. Ridley 1 7 7.0 0
A. Reid 2 4 2.0 0
B. Barnett 3 -7 -2.3 0
Kent State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
W. Matthews 2 43 21.5 0
N. Holley 1 25 25.0 0
K. Price 1 7 7.0 0
R. James 1 3 3.0 0
M. Washington 1 3 3.0 0
J. Rankin 1 3 3.0 0
Alabama Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
O. Howard 3 60 20.0 1
C. Sims 4 54 13.5 0
T. Diggs 3 23 7.7 0
J. Jacobs 2 23 11.5 0
D. Kief 3 17 5.7 0
B. Emmons 1 17 17.0 0
G. Dieter 1 10 10.0 0
B. Scarbrough 1 6 6.0 0
C. Ridley 1 5 5.0 0
M. Wilson 1 1 1.0 1
H. Hentges 1 1 1.0 0
D. Gore 1 0 0.0 0
Kent State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Alabama Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Kent State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Adams 9 414 46.0
Alabama Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Scott 2 98 49.0
Kent State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Alabama Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Marks 4 90 22.5
Kent State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Calhoun 3 51 17.0
K. Price 1 6 6.0
Alabama Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average

W – Ole Miss 48-43

That was a great game! But it really ended up closer than it needed to be. The refs absolutely BLEW too many calls. How in the world was that hit not Targeting? Ridiculous. Here’s the main takeaways:

  1. The Tide had a HUGE comeback. And then had to hold on to win.
  2. Hurts showed a ton of maturity . . . and reminded us that he is still a Freshman.
  3. The offense can pick up the Defense when it’s necessary.
    Hurts scores a TD. Photo credit to ESPN.
    Hurts scores a TD.
    Photo credit to ESPN.

     

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Here’s the Stats:

Team Stats
Alabama Ole Miss
First downs 22 23
  Rushing 14 4
  Passing 7 17
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 7-15, 47% 5-15, 33%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 48-334 33-101
Passing Yards 158 421
Return Yards 174 35
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-31-0 26-40-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1–9 3–25
Punts 5 6
Punts-Average 38.8 51.7
Fumbles Lost 3-1 2-2
Penalties – Yards 9-75 6-65
Time of Possession 35:23 24:37
Alabama Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Hurts 19 31 158 0 0
Ole Miss Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Kelly 26 40 421 3 0
Alabama Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Hurts 18 146 8.1 0
D. Harris 16 144 9.0 1
J. Jacobs 3 33 11.0 0
B. Scarbrough 7 13 1.9 1
C. Ridley 2 2 1.0 1
Ole Miss Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Judd 15 45 3.0 1
C. Kelly 14 43 3.1 0
E. Brazley 3 10 3.3 0
D. Pennamon 1 3 3.0 0
Alabama Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Ridley 8 81 10.1 0
G. Dieter 2 47 23.5 0
O. Howard 2 24 12.0 0
H. Hentges 1 3 3.0 0
A. Stewart 4 2 .5 0
D. Harris 2 1 .5 0
Ole Miss Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Engram 9 138 15.3 1
V. Jefferson 6 91 15.2 0
D. Stringfellow 4 87 21.8 1
A. Brown 2 48 24.0 1
D. Lodge 2 32 16.0 0
Q. Adeboyejo 2 22 11.0 0
E. Brazley 1 3 3.0 0
Alabama Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Ole Miss Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Alabama Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Scott 5 194 38.8
Ole Miss Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
G. Wunderlich 3 164 54.7
W. Gleeson 2 97 48.5
C. Kelly 1 49 49.0
Alabama Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Jackson 2 95 47.5
Ole Miss Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Davis 1 3 3.0
Alabama Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Diggs 3 79 26.3
Ole Miss Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Moore 1 22 22.0
C. Davis 1 10 10.0
Alabama Missed FG
Player Length
A. Griffith 47
Ole Miss Missed FG
Player Length

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W – Western Kentucky 38-10

Here’s Jalen’s stats so far. Absolutely filthy work from the True Freshmen. This year is going to be exciting! There’s not much to say about a WK game. Other than we have three years of this guy. Enjoy!

And yes, I said three years. No way this guy is here in four 😉

Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
9/3/2016 USC 6 11 118 54.5 2 1 71 9 32 3.6 2 9 0 0 0
9/10/2016 WestKy 23 36 287 63.9 2 0 51 11 19 1.7 0 6 0 0 0

W – USC 52-6

Boom!!!!!

That’s what I’m talking about! Saban, as usual, up to his tricks. And Saban, as usual, proves that he’s the best coach in the nation . . . at any sport. After watching the Spring Game it was clear that Jalen Hurts was the best QB on the team. I guess Saban agreed with me 😉

It’s not surprising that Blake Barnett got the start. I was a little surprised that he had such a “deer in the headlights” look. He’s at least another year away. But wow, that true freshmen looks like a 5th year Senior.

One last Comment – that Defense though. This year is going to be the filthiest D that the Tide have had since Saban has been here. It’s going to be as deep as last year. But they are more athletic, a lot faster and just as mean. This year should be fun!

Roll Tide!

It’s that time of year . . . late August. It’s still way too hot. But Fall is coming. And that means it’s time for football; it’s time for ALABAMA Football! Last year ended with an awesome Championship game against Clemson (who were absolutely awesome by the way). And this year I’m looking for a repeat. That would make it 5 championships in 8 years! Incredible.

Nick Saban is worth every penny of the $7 million or so he’s getting paid. That guy is an incredible CEO. I’ve never seen anyone who has the combination of intense attention to detail, the ability to focus on “The Process” instead of the result and an almost inhuman ability to avoid complacency – even in spite of all the success that he and the team have experienced. Alabama fans from all over are hoping that he wants to keep coaching for a long, long time.

There’s a lot to work through and get done before the season opener against USC. Here’s a few of the issues that still need to be resolved.

  1. Who is going to be the QB??? It seems pretty clear that David Cornwell isn’t going to get the job, at least this year (and probably ever). So it’s really down to Cooper Bateman, Blake Barnett and my personal favorite, Jalen Hurts. How it could be anyone but Hurts is beyond me. Of course, he is a True Freshman. But after watching the Spring Game it was obvious that he was the most comfortable and by far the most talented of the four QB’s. And it really wasn’t even close.

    Blake Barnett has talent. There’s no doubt about that. But he doesn’t seem to have the “it” factor that Jalen does. Or at least he’s not yet comfortable playing at the DI level. And Bateman . . . he’s just not got the same level of talent that Barnett and Hurts have. And it’s clearly obvious. He couldn’t even beat out Coker last year and the coaches were trying to get someone to win the job beside him.

  2. What will the Offensive Line look like? It looks like the freshman Jonah Williams is the real deal and will get the start at RT. Of course, Cam Robinson has one more year of indentured service before getting paid in the spring. But center and the two guard spots still look like they’re unsettled. It’s really not a worry spot. I mean, every year the team signs a hand full of four stars players. So I’m sure the talent is on the team, it’s just a matter of figuring out who is going to play where. I’m sure it will be fine.
  3. The last spot is the Defensive Line. This crew fits with the same comment as the OL. The talent is there. It’s just a matter of how many will make the rotation and want order it will be after the first few. Again, not at all worries. This is a Nick Saban “D”. They will be fine. It just needs to be worked out.

Everything is getting exciting! I’m looking forward to the USC game. Bring one the Trojans! Oh, by the way, here’s the full roster.

Alabama Crimson Tide Roster