Monday, December 3, 2012
Alabama 10: Week 14 power rankings
By Alex Scarborough
The TideNation's power rankings look at the top 10 Alabama players who have raised 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. G Chance Warmack: Saturday was the Alabama offensive line's most outstanding performance of the season. When the Tide needed yards, the men in the trenches delivered. And if one lineman best represents consistency and dominance, it's Warmack.
2. RB Eddie Lacy: He was more than the beneficiary of an outstanding performance from his offensive line. The junior tailback was a bruising force against the Bulldogs, racking up 187 yards and two touchdowns.
3. QB AJ McCarron: When Alabama needed the big play, McCarron delivered. The junior was harassed all night by Georgia defenders and battled through it, connecting on 13 of 21 passes for 162 yards.
4. LB C.J. Mosley: Mosley's seven tackles against Georgia leaves him just one shy of 100 for the season. The last Alabama defender to reach the century mark? Rolando McClain in 2009.
5. WR Amari Cooper: Cooper continues to inch toward Alabama receiving records as a true freshman. His 127-yard performance against Georgia had analysts ready to project his NFL Draft stock.
6. CB Dee Milliner: Oddly, the best example of Milliner's prowess Saturday was the way the cornerback opposite him got beat. Deion Belue was targeted time and time again because quarterbacks have learned to look away from Milliner's side of the field.
7. C Barett Jones: Jones didn't have his best game, but that might be explained by the crutches he wore on the podium after Alabama had won. The senior has been an anchor to the offensive line all season, transitioning to center with the ease of a receiver moving from the outside to the slot.
8. NG Jesse Williams: There's not much more you can say about Williams' toughness. After looking like he'd been lost for the year with a knee injury, the senior nose guard went back out and battled -- on both sides of the ball.
9. RB T.J. Yeldon: Yeldon got just enough. His 154 yards against the Bulldogs netted him 1,000 for the year. Oh, and he's just a freshman and has never started a game.
10. P Cody Mandell: Alabama was able to play the field position battle early against Georgia, thanks to Mandell, who placed three punts inside the 20-yard line.