Two players apiece on offense and special teams, in addition to 14 defensive players earned recognition from the UA staff


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama coaching staff selected 18 players of the week following the Crimson Tide’s 41-0 shutout of Mississippi State last Saturday. Evan Neal and DeVonta Smith on offense; Christopher Allen, Will Anderson Jr., Christian Barmore, Brian Branch, DJ Dale, Christian Harris, DeMarcco Hellams, Josh Jobe, Phidarian Mathis, Malachi Moore, Dylan Moses, Patrick Surtain II, Daniel Wright and Byron Young on defense; and Jase McClellan and Will Reichard on special teams all earned the recognition for their play against the Bulldogs.



Evan Neal

  • Anchored an Alabama offensive front that opened holes for 208 yards rushing and 5.2 yards per carry against a Mississippi State defense that was tops in the conference
  • Did not allow a sack or a quarterback pressure as Mac Jones completed 77.4 percent of his passes for 291 yards and four touchdowns
  • Cleared a path for Najee Harris’ 119 yards on 21 carries
  • Graded out at 100 percent on his assignments and did not commit a penalty against the Bulldogs


DeVonta Smith

  • Recorded 11 catches for 203 yards and four touchdowns
  • Averaged 18.5 yards per catch with touchdowns of 35, 53, 11 and 10 yards
  • Eight of his receptions converted an Alabama first down, including four explosive plays of 30 yards or more
  • Marked his second 200-plus yard performance as a member of the Crimson Tide



Crimson Tide Defensive Unit

  • Limited the Bulldogs to only 200 yards of offense in the shutout effort on Halloween
  • Stopped the MSU air-raid attack, forcing the Bulldog quarterbacks into a 28-of-48 night that included two interceptions and totaled just 163 yards
  • Also held State to just 37 yards on the ground
  • Dominated in the first half, limiting State to only 38 yards of offense, which marked the fewest yards allowed in the first half by a UA defense since 2016



Jase McClellan

  • Played a key role in limiting MSU to zero yards on punt returns
  • Also helped limit the Bulldogs to 72 yards on kickoff return


Will Reichard

  • Stayed perfect for the year, connecting on both his field goal attempts
  • Contributed 11 points with his five PATs in addition to his three-point kicks from 40 and 24 yards away
  • Added seven kickoffs for 419 yards to average 59.9 yards per boot with two touchbacks