- Alex Scarborough, ESPN Staff Writer
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Each week at TideNation we'll take a look at how Alabama's players up for postseason awards fared in action. All told, 12 Alabama players were put on watch lists this offseason.
QB AJ McCarron, Jr. (Maxwell, Manning, O'Brien, Camp): McCarron's numbers against Michigan weren't overwhelming -- 11-for-21 for 199 yards and two touchdowns -- but the product was impressive. He was accurate and decisive, building on his success against LSU in the national championship game. He simply wasn't needed after the first half against Michigan.
RB Eddie Lacy, Jr. (Maxwell, Walker): The junior running back didn't do anything to hurt his campaign with limited carries against Michigan -- nine carries for 36 yards and a touchdown -- but he can't stand on the sideline and win awards. The coaching staff wants him healthy for SEC play when he's needed.
TE Michael Williams, Sr. (Mackey): Williams caught a 2-yard pass for the game's first touchdown, but closed the game without another reception. If you look past the numbers, Williams was superb in the blocking game, but he'll need better stats to try and claim the hardware at the end of the year.
OLs Barrett Jones/Chance Warmack/D.J. Fluker (Rimington, Outland, Lombardi, Camp): They're all up for major awards on the offensive line, and after their dominating performance over Michigan -- leading the way for 236 yards rushing -- they've made a good first impression. McCarron was sacked just twice. Jones helped himself the most by looking comfortable in his first career start at center. He did not botch a snap all game.
CB Dee Milliner, Jr.: (Nagurski): Arguably the star of the game with an interception, four pass breakups and four tackles against Michigan. Robinson kept attacking him and he kept turning him away. Many couldn't help but wonder why the Michigan quarterback was trying to go after the best corner on the field.
LB Nico Johnson, Sr.: (Nagurski, Lombardi): Up for multiple awards, Johnson did nothing to hamper his prospects against the Wolverines. Johnson had 3.5 tackles in a team effort. The Tide held the Wolverines' potent offense to just two touchdowns.
LB C.J. Mosley, Jr.: (Nagurski, Lombardi): Mosley started 2012 with a bang, picking off Michigan's Denard Robinson and taking it to the house for the score. Mosley finished with the most tackles (6) of any Alabama defender.
S Robert Lester, Sr.: (Thorpe, Nagurski, Bednarik): Lester didn't get 2012 going the way he'd like, finishing the game with 0.5 tackles and a pass breakup. To be fair, he wasn't tested by Michigan in the passing game.
DT Jesse Williams, Sr. (Outland, Bednarik, Bronko Nagurski, Lombardi): Put the nose guard in the same category of Lester. He'll never have the stats -- he finished the game with 0.5 tackles -- but his effect on the outcome won't appear in a box score. Williams held down the middle of the defense which kept Michigan from accomplishing anything it wanted. The Wolverines averaged a diminutive 2.4 yards per rush and less than 5 yards per play.
K Jeremy Shelley, Sr.: (Groza): Split the uprights from 22 yards out on his only field-goal attempt. Whether he'll have the same number of opportunities as some kickers in college football is something to consider.
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