Alabama names players of week for GSU win

The Alabama Crimson Tide named players of the week. The official release from the University follows below:

A total of seven Crimson Tide players were named players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff following Thursday night’s victory over Georgia State. Center William Vlachos and wide receiver Darius Hanks were named on offense while linebacker Chris Jordan and cornerback Dee Milliner were recognized on defense. Brandon Gibson, Chavis Williams and Jerrell Harris received the honor on special teams.

Vlachos helped clear the way for the Crimson Tide to total 478 yards as well as put 63 points on the board. Although the first line played less than a half, Vlachos had the top grade with no penalties, no pressures, no sacks and no missed assignments. The Crimson Tide led 42-7 at the intermission. Hanks caught two passes for 23 yards but also did an outstanding job blocking in the run game and for several successful wide receiver screens.

The defense did not allow a score as Georgia State’s lone touchdown came on a kickoff return. Jordan had a big game in terms of production as he totaled five tackles (four solo) with 2.0 TFL, 1.0 sack and an interception which he returned 25 yards. Milliner, a true freshman, added four tackles (all solo) with 2.0 TFL, an interception and broke up another pass. UA had four interceptions in the game and now leads the nation in that category with 21.

Gibson and Williams teamed up to block a punt for a touchdown to lead the special teams. Midway through the second quarter, Williams broke through for the block and Gibson picked it up and ran 22 yards for the score to put UA up 35-0. Gibson also recovered a fumble as a member of the kick coverage team. Williams finished the day with two tackles while Harris had five. Both saw action at linebacker and on special teams Thursday. Harris was also credited with a tackle for loss and two QB hurries.

Through 11 games, Julio Jones and Trent Richardson lead the team with seven appearances each. Mark Barron is next with six appearances on the coaching staff’s player of the week list.