TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football’s coaching staff recognized 10 players for their performances in the Crimson Tide’s 24-7 win over Washington on Saturday.
Running back Bo Scarbrough and right tackle Jonah Williams were named on offense. Linebacker Ryan Anderson, cornerback Anthony Averett, linebacker Reuben Foster and safety Ronnie Harrison made the list on defense. Safety Keaton Anderson, defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, kicker Adam Griffith and punter JK Scott were tabbed on special teams.
Williams graded out at 88 percent, recording two knockdown blocks while not allowing a sack or committing a penalty. Scarbrough posted a career-high 180 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 19 carries to earn Offensive MVP honors. The yardage total was the most by an Alabama player in a bowl game in team history, while his long gain – a 68-yard touchdown run – was also a Crimson Tide bowl record.
Anderson earned Defensive MVP honors after providing an early spark for the Crimson Tide with his 26-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter. He also added 3 tackles. Averett led the secondary with 8 tackles, including a sack, while also forcing a fumble. Foster captained a defensive unit that held Washington to just 194 yards, notching a team-high 9 tackles. Harrison was the secondary’s second-leading tackler with 6 stops.
Scott punted eight times for an average of 45.9 yards per kick and played a key role in the field position battle, pinning the Huskies inside the 20-yard line three separate times. Griffith finished his day with three made extra points and successfully converted his only field goal attempt from 41 yards out. Fitzpatrick was key in kickoff coverage, making a stop on the opening kick at the 12-yard line and helping to limit Washington to just 47 yards in the kickoff return game. Anderson was a consistent performer throughout the evening on both punt and kickoff coverage, contributing one tackle apiece on each coverage unit.
Next for the Crimson Tide: a rematch against Clemson in the College Football Playoff national title game. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. TV: ESPN.