4 things every Alabama fan needs to know today
The Crimson Tide rebounded from last weekend’s heartbreaking loss to Ole Miss with a 34-0 thumping of Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday evening. While the ‘Bama defense was nearly perfect, its offense still has a lot to prove with a trip to Athens on the horizon.
Here’s what you need to know from Saturday’s action against ULM:
- The win was too sloppy for Nick Saban‘s liking. Alabama’s head honcho pointed to dropped passes and untimely penalties as primary issues. “We really need to clean up some of those things,” he told the media during his postgame press conference.
- Jonathan Allen should be OK. Late in the second quarter, Allen went down and stayed on the turf for a good 20 seconds. Two trainers helped him to the locker room, and the All-SEC defensive lineman returned to the field wearing a sling for his left shoulder. Despite the ominous visual, Saban told reporters that Allen is “day-to-day” and will likely play against Georgia.
- Jake Coker tossed a bad pick — and three touchdowns. The Tide quarterback made a rare appearance in front of the media following the game. Coker gave several short — and sometimes lacking — answers, but also managed to make the room laugh while discussing his ups and downs against ULM.
- One ULM player thinks Alabama has an advantage over Georgia. The SEC’s game of the week will be Tide-Bulldogs, and the Warhawks have now played both squads. ULM defensive back Tre’ Hunter and wide receiver Ajalen Holley offered up their opinions on the two teams.
Other Alabama news from around the Internet
- You might have noticed that Kenyan Drake was not returning kicks on Saturday. AL.com’s Matt Zenitz explained why Damien Harris is getting a shot to impress coaches in the all-important returner slot.
- Alabama’s defense was nothing short of excellent, barely allowing ULM to crack the century mark in total yards. According to AL.com’s John Talty, linebacker Reggie Ragland was the emotional backbone of Saturday’s shutout.
- If you’re looking for more of a numbers-based approach to Alabama’s defensive performance, check out this recap from Scout.com’s A.P. Steadham.
- Freshmen Calvin Ridley and Ronnie Harrison both showed off why they’re getting playing time as first-year players. TimesDaily.com’s Alex Byington shed some light on their performances as part of his game notebook.
- Alabama’s defense continued to heat up at just the right time, wrote BleacherReport.com’s Christopher Walsh. He noteed that ULM’s longest play of the day went for 10 yards.
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- Kentucky’s defense dominated Missouri in an upset win
- Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss nearly tripped up against Vanderbilt
— SEC Country (@seccountry) September 27, 2015