Alabama Coaches Name Ten Players of the Week Following Mississippi State Win

Here is the official release courtesy of UA Media Relations:
Ten Alabama players were recognized by the coaching staff following the Crimson Tide’s 24-7 victory at Mississippi State as announced by head coach Nick Saban. Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy, Chance Warmack and Kevin Norwood were named player of the week on offense while Dont’a Hightower and Mark Barron represented the defense. On special teams, DeQuan Menzie, Kelly Johnson, Will Lowery and Marquis Maze were selected.

Richardson rushed a career-high 32 times for 127 yards with one touchdown. This marked his seventh 100-yard game of the season and he has now scored 19 touchdowns on the season. Lacy just missed the century mark as he added 96 yards on 11 carries with a pair of scores. Norwood led all Alabama receivers with 60 yards on two catches and a long of 38. Warmack was credited with four pancakes and did not allow a pressure or a sack, and wasn’t called for any penalties.

Hightower and Barron led the defense with 11 total tackles each. Hightower, who was named the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Week, added 2.5 TFL and 1.5 sacks along with a pass break-up. Alabama recorded five sacks in the game and nine tackles for loss while limiting the Bulldogs to just 131 total yards and nine first downs. UA leads the country in all four major defensive categories and has not allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points in 11 straight games.

Menzie was credited for his outstanding play on special teams as a gunner on the punt team as well as a corner on punt return. Johnson had a tackle on kickoff and blocked well on the punt return team. Lowery was in on the stop when MSU failed to get the punt off in the first quarter and is also a member of the kickoff return and punt return teams. Maze returned two punts for 21 yards with a long of 18 and one kickoff return for 23 yards.