Monday, November 5, 2012
Alabama 10: Week 10 power rankings
By Alex Scarborough
The TideNation's power rankings look at the top 10 Alabama players raising their game. Every week, we’ll update these rankings to reflect how specific areas of the Alabama football program are faring.
Here are this week's power rankings:
1. QB AJ McCarron: Call it a knee-jerk reaction, but the final drive against LSU was enough to make McCarron the MVP of the Crimson Tide. He struggled for most of the second half, but came up huge when it counted most.
2. LB C.J. Mosley: It's strange seeing Mosley's name nowhere near the top of the team lead in tackles against LSU, something he has done game in and game out this season.
3. G Chance Warmack: Against the best defensive line he'll see all season, Warmack stood strong and moved the pile, creating holes up the middle and bouncing outside on screens and outside runs.
4. CB Dee Milliner: He didn't have his best game, but no Alabama player did. Milliner did make a few big plays against LSU, though, sacking the quarterback once and finishing with two tackles for loss.
5. RB T.J. Yeldon: Yeldon is well on his way to becoming another great Alabama running back, the game-winning touchdown serving as the exclamation mark to his remarkable freshman campaign.
6. RB Eddie Lacy: Lacy fought through some pain Saturday night and found a way to account for more than 100 yards of total offense against the best defense he'll see all season.
7. NG Jesse Williams: It's time Williams rose in these rankings. The job he did disrupting plays in the backfield against LSU shouldn't go unnoticed, even though he didn't fill up the stat sheet.
8. C Barett Jones: LSU's vaunted defense registered just one sack of McCarron. While the line wasn't perfect, the job Jones and Co. did against the Tigers is worthy of acclaim.
9. S Robert Lester: Like many on this list, Lester didn't have his best game against LSU, but the job he did the previous two weeks, intercepting passes in the end zone against Tennessee and Mississippi State, shouldn't be taken for granted.
10. P Cody Mandell: For the first time in weeks, Mandell was busy. And the junior punter was arguably one of the top performers against LSU, booming seven punts for an average of 45.1 yards.