Three were chosen on offense with four apiece on defense and special teams

08-24-16 MFB Practice #21 #3 Calvin Ridley Photo by Amelia B. Barton 08-24-16 MFB Practice #21 #3 Calvin Ridley Photo by Amelia B. Barton

08-24-16 MFB Practice #21
#3 Calvin Ridley
Photo by Amelia B. Barton

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama coaching staff recognized 11 players following last Saturday’s 38-10 victory over Western Kentucky in the Crimson Tide’s home opener. O.J. Howard, Calvin Ridley and Jonah Williams were selected on offense, Jonathan Allen, Ronnie Harrison, Marlon Humphrey and Eddie Jackson on defense, and Minkah Fitzpatrick, Adam Griffith, Keith Holcombe and JK Scott on special teams.

Howard caught two passes on the day for 29 yards with a long of 20 and teamed with Williams and the rest of the Crimson Tide offensive front providing time for 475 yards of total offense. Williams’ day saw him post a grade of 85 percent from the right tackle positon with no sacks or pressures allowed and two knockdown blocks by game’s end. Ridley had another huge day, catching a team-high nine passes for 129 yards and a touchdown, setting career highs in yards and matching his career high for receptions. He averaged 14.3 yards per catch with seven of his nine catches going for a first down (6) or touchdown (1). The sophomore wideout hauled in a long pass of 51 yards with three of his receptions totaling 15 yards or more.

The Tide’s defense shut down the high-powered Hilltopper offense, limiting WKU to 239 total yards including just 23 yards rushing. Allen finished his day with three total tackles, including one of UA’s four sacks on the day, his for a loss of -13 yards. The three defensive backs helped force two interceptions and held the Hilltoppers’ quarterback to a 95.91 passer efficiency rating. Harrison and Jackson each intercepted a pass, with Jackson’s pick going for six points. The interception was his third pick-six for his career and was a return of 55 yards. Humphrey had two tackles while forcing a fumble and breaking up one pass.

Fitzpatrick contributed a pair of tackles on special teams, adding a forced fumble on the opening kickoff. Griffith kicked off six times for a 389 total yards for a 64.8 yards per kick average and totaled four touchbacks. He also added a 36-yard field goal to move him up to ninth place on the Crimson Tide’s all-time points scored list. Holcombe had one tackle on special teams, helping to limit the WKU punt return game to only 13 return yards. Scott’s punts once again helped flip the field for the Tide with the junior punting five times for 232 yards to average 46.6 yards per punt. He pinned three kicks inside the 20-yard line with two inside the 8-yard mark. Scott had punts of 58 and 57 yards to give him five 50-plus yard punts so far this season.