Three apiece on offense and special teams along with five on defense were recognized


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama coaching staff selected 11 players of the week following the Crimson Tide’s comeback win at then-No. 11/11/9 Ole Miss last weekend. Emil Ekiyor Jr., Jase McClellan and Bryce Young on offense; Will Anderson Jr., Brian Branch, DeMarcco Hellams, Henry To’oTo’o and Byron Young on defense; and James Burnip, Malachi Moore and Will Reichard on special teams were all selected for their efforts in Oxford.



Emil Ekiyor Jr.

  • Helped the Crimson Tide control the line of scrimmage for the final two-and-a-half quarters of play in Oxford
  • Did not allow a sack or quarterback hit on 33 pass attempts
  • Recorded a team-best three knockdown blocks in the running game


Jase McClellan

  • Took on the lead running back role for the Tide and excelled against the Rebels
  • Rushed a career-high 19 times for 84 yards, including a tone-setting 12-yard run where he broke tackles and carried defenders for a first down
  • Added one reception out of the backfield


Bryce Young                                                                 

  • Orchestrated an Alabama comeback on the road, overcoming a 10-point deficit at two separate points on the day for the eventual win
  • Threw for three touchdowns and 209 yards on 21-of-33 passing
  • Also rushed seven times for 27 yards, converting a pair of first downs across his four true rushes


Will Anderson Jr.

  • Provided consistent pressure up front all afternoon
  • Finished with four tackles, including one sack (-7 yards)

Brian Branch

  • Was flying all over the field against the Rebels
  • Totaled eight tackles, including a team-high tying two for loss (-6 yards)
  • Also added a game-saving pass breakup on Ole Miss’ fourth down play with under a minute to go


DeMarcco Hellams

  • Made numerous key stops in the run game to stop the Rebels from big gains
  • Tied for the team lead in tackles with 11 by day’s end


Henry To’oTo’o

  • Recorded seven tackles from his middle linebacker post
  • Directed an Alabama defense that limited the high-powered Ole Miss offense to just seven points after half

Byron Young

  • Dominated up front in the return to his home state
  • Tied for the team lead in tackles with a career-high 11, including two sacks (-9 yards)
  • Added two quarterback pressures, a pass breakup and forced a fumble to his stat line


James Burnip

  • Called on to punt four times for 176 yards
  • Averaged 44.0 yards per boot with a long of 51
  • Dropped one kick inside the Rebels’ 20 and did not allow a return on any of his kicks


Malachi Moore

  • Posted one tackle on kickoff coverage, downing the Ole Miss returner at the 15-yard line just before half to send the Tide to the locker room with momentum
  • Also saw time in the defensive secondary on the afternoon

Will Reichard

  • Totaled 12 points to help the Tide come away with the victory over the 11th-ranked Rebels
  • Connected on all three PATs along with a trio of field goal attempts, hitting from 39, 23 and 49 yards
  • Also kicked off seven times for 430 yards with two touchbacks