Williams tabbed as co-defensive lineman of the week while Waddle was named freshman of the week
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama football’s Jaylen Waddle and Quinnen Williams each received Southeastern Conference weekly honors, the league announced on Monday morning. Waddle was tabbed as the league’s Freshman of the Week, while Williams earned Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week recognition.
Waddle proved to be effective on multiple fronts in his first collegiate game at Alabama as the freshman assumed punt return duties while also seeing time at wide receiver. He contributed four punt returns for 80 yards with a long of 31 and added three receptions for 66 yards as the Tide’s No. 4 wideout. Waddle had a long reception of 49 yards to set up a one-yard touchdown run by Najee Harris for UA’s third score of the evening, extending Alabama’s lead to 21-0 up to that point.
In his first career start, Williams put together a dominant performance up front, leading the Crimson Tide defense in tackles and tackles for loss. The redshirt sophomore accounted for six total tackles, 3.5 of which went for a loss (-12 yards) – both of which were career-high marks. He also contributed one pass breakup and a quarterback pressure by night’s end to lead a defensive front that held the Cardinals to just 16 rushing yards across 26 attempts.