Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Alabama awards tracker: Week 2
By Alex Scarborough
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 put on a show against WKU, tying a career high with four touchdown passes. He was 14-of-19 passing for 219 yards.
RB Eddie Lacy Jr. (Maxwell, Walker): The junior running back still isn't looking like himself after an ankle injury late in fall camp. He carried the ball nine times for 36 yards Saturday.
TE Michael Williams, Sr. (Mackey): Williams had an empty stat line against Western Kentucky, failing to catch a pass in Alabama's home opener.
C Barrett Jones, Sr. (Rimington, Outland, Lombardi, Walter Camp): Despite a poor showing from the entire line in pass protection Saturday, Jones continues to be a steady force on the offensive line, helping the running game to 103 yards rushing against WKU.
G Chance Warmack, Sr. (Outland, Lombardi): Warmack won't be pleased with how the line protected the quarterback on Saturday, but he's still a standout whenever the Tide decide to run the ball downhill.
RT D.J. Fluker, Jr. (Outland, Lombardi): Western Kentucky overloaded its blitzes on defense, often toward Fluker's side of the line. As a result, the junior tackle's weakness in pass protection was on full display.
CB Dee Milliner, Jr.: (Nagurski): Week 1's star on defense was held out of Saturday's game against Western Kentucky after experiencing pain in his hip flexor. He is expected to play against Arkansas.
LB Nico Johnson, Sr.: (Nagurski, Lombardi): Johnson continues to be a consistent leader on the defense, racking up eight tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup during the Tide's shutout of WKU.
LB C.J. Mosley, Jr.: (Nagurski, Lombardi): Mosley's sideline-to-sideline speed has been impressive thus far as the junior leads the team with 15 tackles. He also has an interception return for a touchdown.
S Robert Lester, Sr.: (Thorpe, Nagurski, Bednarik): Lester started against WKU, but was able to give the backups some time at safety. The senior had just three tackles on Saturday.
DT Jesse Williams, Sr. (Outland, Bednarik, Bronko Nagurski, Lombardi): After sustaining a concussion against Michigan, Williams experienced a headache Saturday morning and was held out of the Tide's season opener. He is expected to play against Arkansas.
K Jeremy Shelley, Sr.: (Groza): Shelley, who has made his lone field goal attempt this season, might fall out of the race before too long, and it's no fault of his own as the offense keeps rolling.