TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama’s coaching staff recognized 11 players for their performances in the Crimson Tide’s 51-3 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday.
Center Bradley Bozeman, tight end O.J. Howard, quarterback Jalen Hurts and right tackle Jonah Williams were named on offense. Linebacker Ryan Anderson and defensive linemen Da’Ron Payne and Dalvin Tomlinson were picked on defense. Kicker Adam Griffith, linebacker Keith Holcombe, punter JK Scott and defensive back Levi Wallace made the list on special teams.
Hurts became the first quarterback in Alabama history to throw for 300 yards (347) and rush for 100 yards (100) in the same game. Hurts accounted for 447 yards of total offense, which ranks as third-best in school history.
Howard caught 6 passes for a season-high 77 yards. He averaged 12.8 yards per catch with four of his six catches going for a first down.
The offensive line duo of Bozeman and Williams cleared a path for 218 rushing yards, and helped Alabama average 7.0 yards per carry. Bozeman posted a season-high grade of 91 percent a did not allow a quarterback hurry, a sack or commit a penalty.
The trio of Anderson, Payne and Tomlinson were key to the Tide defense limiting Mississippi State to no touchdowns and just three points. Anderson recorded 4 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss (-12 yards) and a sack for a loss of 10 yards.
Payne accounted for 5 tackles and one of the Crimson Tide’s 12 quarterback hurries. Tomlinson finished with a team-high tying 6 total tackles for the second straight game and added 1 quarterback hurry.
Griffith finished his day with five made extra points and a season-high three field goals, scoring 14 points. He kicked off eight times for an average of 64.2 yards per kick with four going for a touchback. JK Scott punted three times for 154 yards averaging 51.3 yards per punt, with a long of 62 yards.
Holcombe and Wallace helped limit the Bulldogs to just 10 yards in the punt return game. Holcombe was in on two stops on kickoff coverage while Wallace recorded one of high career-high three stops on punt team.