Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Alabama Awards Tracker: Week 8
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): Not even a knee injury is slowing down Alabama's junior quarterback. He went into Knoxville and threw for a career-high 306 yards.
Nico Johnson continued his steady play against Tennessee.
RB Eddie Lacy, Jr. (Maxwell, Walker): He didn't finish the game as the leading rusher, but the moves Lacy put on against Tennessee caught the attention of all who saw.
TE Michael Williams, Sr. (Mackey): Williams isn't going to wow anyone with receiving yards, but when he catches the ball, he's effective. Of his 10 catches, two have gone for touchdowns.
C Barrett Jones, Sr. (Rimington, Outland, Lombardi, Walter Camp): Jones went up against one of the biggest nose guards in the country in Daniel McCullers (6-foot-8, 380 pounds) and didn't give up a single sack or tackle for loss.
G Chance Warmack, Sr. (Outland, Lombardi): Each and every week Warmack stands out on the field and later on tape. His play against Tennessee was no different.
RT D.J. Fluker, Jr. (Outland, Lombardi): Alabama was able to keep McCarrron upright for the most part and the running game was effective. Another win for the line as a whole, especially Fluker who continues to do better in pass protection each week.
CB Dee Milliner, Jr.: (Nagurski): There he was again in Tennessee -- finishing with another pass breakup and ending the game near the top of the team in tackles.
LB Nico Johnson, Sr.: (Nagurski, Lombardi): Johnson's role expanded some against Tennessee but the more teams use three and four wide receivers, the more Johnson is hurried to the sideline in favor of the nickel package.
LB C.J. Mosley, Jr.: (Nagurski, Lombardi): Alabama's biggest playmaker on defense did not disappoint in Knoxville, leading the team in tackles and coming up with a key interception.
S Robert Lester, Sr.: (Thorpe, Nagurski, Bednarik): Lester might have saved the day for Alabama, turning the momentum on a key interception in the end zone against Tennessee.
DT Jesse Williams, Sr. (Outland, Bednarik, Bronko Nagurski, Lombardi): Williams held the point and the Alabama line held Tennessee to less than 80 yards rushing.
K Jeremy Shelley, Sr.: (Groza): It's been a slow and steady climb for Shelley, who converted on a 34-yard field goal attempt to continue his perfect season splitting the uprights. He has made all eight field goal attempts.