Alabama football: Calvin Ridley moves up in record books
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One of the greats
Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley came into Alabama with big expectations. He was the No. 1 wide receiver out of high school. Still, he’s managed to meet those expectations and is starting to be considered as one of Alabama’s greatest wide receivers. After a 103-yard performance on Saturday, he passed former Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones for third all time in career receiving yards. Ridley has been rising as of late with two straight 100-yard performances. He’s become a receiving threat who could separate Alabama in the title race. Still, both performances are seen as just another game for Ridley.
In other headlines …
- Alabama remained a unanimous No. 1 in the Amway Coaches Poll but still lost a few votes to Miami in the AP poll. Alabama is atop our SEC Power Poll.
- Alabama opened as a 4-point favorite over Auburn.
- Senior day for Alabama became a celebration for players such as safety Hootie Jones and the rest of the class.
- Our own Marq Burnett gave Alabama A’s across the board following its shutout win against Mercer.
- USA Today writer Dan Wolken believes Alabama’s résumé is not good enough to make the playoff if the Crimson Tide lose to Auburn.
With all of the injuries to Alabama’s linebackers, the team needed someone to step up. On Saturday, freshman Dylan Moses made his first start and did just that. He had 11 tackles (10 solo), 4 tackles for loss and interception. It was only against Mercer, but Moses seemed to show that he is ready to be Alabama’s next great linebacker. He flew all over the field and anchored the middle of the defense. The Crimson Tide will need him moving forward, but Moses seems ready for the responsibility. His teammates said he played “phenomenally” in his first start.
With both teams taking care of business on Saturday, the stage is set for a huge Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn. Not only is this one of the biggest rivalries in sports, but it also has big implications. The winner of this game will go to the SEC Championship Game to face Georgia. The loser will most likely be out of playoff discussion. Alabama normally has a 24-hour period to celebrate its win before thinking about the next game, but this week, many players found it hard to not think about Auburn after the Mercer game. Alabama is ready to set its sights on the Tigers.
Built by Bama
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones said his favorite moment in the Georgia Dome came as an Alabama player.
Around the Capstone
- Alabama volleyball rallied for a five-set comeback victory against LSU.
- Alabama women’s basketball dominated Georgia Southern on the road.
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