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Four selections apiece on offense and special teams with two on defense

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama coaching staff selected 10 players of the week following the Crimson Tide’s 47-23 win at South Carolina last Saturday to open the Tide’s Southeastern Conference slate. Landon Dickerson, Najee Harris, Henry Ruggs III and Tua Tagovailoa on offense; Trevon Diggs and Anfernee Jennings on defense; and Slade Bolden, Josh Jobe, Ale Kaho and Jaylen Moody on special teams all earned the nod for their standout efforts in Columbia against the Gamecocks.

 

OFFENSE

Landon Dickerson

  • Started at right guard and played 58 snaps on the afternoon
  • Did not allow a quarterback hurry, pressure or sack
  • The redshirt junior did not miss an assignment for the day and helped the Crimson Tide roll up 576 yards of total offense against the Gamecocks.

Najee Harris

  • Put together a huge day at tailback, with the junior catching five passes for 87 yards and a team-high tying two touchdowns
  • Added 36 yards on seven carries in the run game
  • His day was punctuated by a highlight-reel play for the Tide’s final touchdown of the first half. Harris caught a pass, broke a tackle, hurdled a defender and then powered into the end zone for a 42-yard touchdown to give Alabama a 24-10 lead going into halftime.

Henry Ruggs III

  • Had a career day in Columbia, finishing with six catches for 122 yards and a touchdown
  • The 122 yards were a new career-high total with the six receptions matching the junior’s career-best mark
  • Ruggs III joined DeVonta Smith in going over 100-plus yards receiving. It was the ninth instance in Alabama history that two wideouts eclipsed the 100-yard marker in the same game
  • The touchdown catch was the 19th of his career to move him into a tie with Calvin Ridley (2015-17) for third place on the Alabama career touchdown receptions list, just behind junior Jerry Jeudy’s 20.

Tua Tagovailoa

  • Finished his day 28-of-36 for 444 yards and five touchdowns
  • Tagovailoa set a new career high for passing yards with 444, a total that ranked as the third-most in a single game in Alabama history. The junior signal-caller added a career-high tying five touchdown passes, matching his output from the Auburn matchup in 2018.
  • Became the first quarterback in school history to throw for 400-plus yards and five touchdowns in the same game

 

DEFENSE

Trevon Diggs

  • Recorded three tackles on the afternoon
  • The junior helped lock down his side of the field from his starting corner spot

Anfernee Jennings

  • The third consecutive player of the week nomination from the Crimson Tide coaches for the redshirt senior
  • Was dominant up front once again, finishing with six tackles, two for a loss (-7 yards), including a strip sack (-6 yards)
  • The strip sack led to an SC fumble that Alabama recovered to thwart the Gamecock drive
  • Added one quarterback pressure by day’s end

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Slade Bolden

  • Recorded a key tackle on punt coverage
  • Stopped the Gamecock up-back from getting a first down on a fake punt midway through the second quarter

Josh Jobe

  • Finished with eight tackles on the day, two of which came on kickoff coverage
  • Helped hold South Carolina returners to 62 yards on kickoffs with his two stops

Ale Kaho

  • Notched one tackle on kickoff coverage, pairing with Jobe to limit the Gamecock returner to a 14-yard return and place SC deep in its own territory

Jaylen Moody

  • Set the tone early, laying a big hit on the Tide’s first kickoff of the game