Alabama football: players of the week & links

Alabama's Greg McElroy Photo by UA
Alabama's Greg McElroy Photo by UA

Alabama’s coaches named the football players of the week this morning. You’ll find the official release below. Also, further down the page find lunchtime links.

Coaching Staff Names Players of the Week
TUSCALOOSA – The Alabama coaching staff recognized seven players of the week following the Crimson Tide’s 53-7 win over North Texas on Saturday.

Quarterback Greg McElroy and Colin Peek were selected as the offensive players of the week. McElroy tied the school completion percentage record (minimum 10 completions), going 13 for 15 (86.7 percent) for 176 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a 2-yard score. Peek caught two passes for 26 yards with both receptions resulting in first downs. He also did an outstanding job of blocking in the running game.

On defense, Terrence Cody and Mark Barron were honored. Cody clogged the middle of the line and helped grind the UNT running game to a halt. He had a career-best five tackles with three solo stops and one tackle for loss as the Mean Green only managed 61 yards of rushing. Barron also accounted for five tackles with three solo stops and a TFL (for a loss of 10 yards). He also broke up a game-high two passes from his strong safety position.

The trio of Javier Arenas, Robby Green and Chris Jordan were given special teams honors. Arenas accounted for 151 return yards with a 61-yard kickoff return and four punt returns for 90 yards. It was his fourth-highest all-purpose yard total at Alabama. Green and Jordan were also playmakers on the coverage units with big hits and quality tackles.