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Alabama Coaching Staff Names Six Players of the Week following Win over Mercer

Alabama Coaching Staff Names Six Players of the Week following Win over Mercer

Two on offense, three on defense and one on special teams earned the recognition

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama coaching staff selected six players of the week following a 48-14 win over Mercer in the Crimson Tide’s home opener at Bryant-Denny Stadium last Saturday. JoJo Earle and Evan Neal on offense; Christian Harris, Kool-Aid McKinstry and Drew Sanders on defense; and Jase McClellan on special teams all earned the honors for their efforts against the Bears.

 

OFFENSE

JoJo Earle

  • Led all Alabama wideouts with seven receptions and 85 yards on the day
  • Converted three first downs while averaging 12.1 yards per catch
  • Added three punt returns for a combined 45 yards with a long return of 29

 

Evan Neal

  • Turned in the highest grade of all Crimson Tide offensive linemen
  • Perfect on all assignments and totaled four knockdown blocks
  • Did not allow a sack, quarterback hit or pressure while helping UA rack up 424 yards of total offense 

 

DEFENSE

Christian Harris

  • Played a key role for the UA defense that allowed just 68 yards rushing and 236 yards overall
  • Recorded a team-high eight tackles against the Bears, including one for a loss (-1 yard)
  • Totaled four solo stops to lead all Tide defenders

 

Kool-Aid McKinstry

  • Stepped in and excelled in his start at corner
  • Totaled six tackles to tie for second on the team
  • Picked off his first pass of the season and added one pass breakup

 

Drew Sanders

  • Made his first career start in the crimson and white
  • Broke up a pair of passes off the edge, part of the Tide’s five pass breakups on the day
  • Added two tackles to his stat line

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Jase McClellan

  • Picked up a blocked punt and returned the ball 33 yards for a Crimson Tide touchdown
  • The punt block and score was UA’s first since 2019
  • Added a pair of tackles on special teams with one on punt and another on kickoff coverage

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

 

– UA –

 

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