Sunday, October 20, 2013
Helmet Stickers: Week 8
By Alex Scarborough
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 1 Alabama took care of Arkansas in dominating fashion on Saturday night, throttling the Razorbacks 52-0.
During the course of the action a few players stood out as worthy of a coveted helmet sticker.
NG Brandon Ivory: Alabama's defense knew what was coming. Heck, everyone in Bryant-Denny Stadium knew what Arkansas was planning to do on offense: run, run and run some more. Up the gut. Between the tackles. It was old-fashioned football on Saturday night, and as much as Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams looked for room to run the football, there was very little space to be had thanks to the play of Alabama's defensive line, especially Ivory. The big junior -- he's well over 300 pounds -- held down the point of attack, making Arkansas fight for every inch. The Razorbacks put the ball on the ground 39 times and came away with just 4.2 yards per carry and no touchdowns.
LB C.J. Mosley: Not a full-time starter last year, Mosley would have watched most of the Arkansas game from the sideline. Nico Johnson, the heftier option at middle linebacker, would have played most downs against the Razorbacks, who stuck to two-back formations for most of the night. But Mosley, now an every-down player, played like a man on fire. He ended up once again leading the team with 10 tackles, one of which went for a loss. He also tipped a pass that led to a Ha Ha Clinton-Dix interception.
DB Landon Collins: They don't keep track of special teams tackles in a traditional stat sheet, but rest assured Collins would be the clear frontrunner in that category. The talented true sophomore has played like a man possessed on kickoff coverage this season, speeding down the field for tackle after tackle. And now that injuries and absences have forced him onto the field on defense, he's playing well there, too. He finished third on the team with five tackles on Saturday, including two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry on a third-down blitz.