Alabama Coaching Staff Recognizes 10 Players from Georgia Win
Ten Alabama players were recognized by the coaching staff following Saturday’s 38-10 victory at No. 8 Georgia. Derrick Henry, Jake Coker, Ryan Kelly and Calvin Ridley were the honorees on offense, while Reggie Ragland, A’Shawn Robinson and Eddie Jackson represented the defense. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Adam Griffith and Cyrus Jones made the special teams list.
Henry, from Yulee, Fla., rushed for a career-high 148 yards on a career-best 26 carries. He scored from 30 yards out to tie the Alabama record for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown. Coker, from Mobile, Ala., completed 11-of-16 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown, while rushing six times for 28 yards.
Ridley, from Coconut Creek, Fla., caught Coker’s 45-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and finished the day with 120 yards receiving on five catches for a 24.0 yards per catch average. He became the first Alabama freshman wide receiver to record 100-yards receiving since Amari Cooper against Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. Ryan Kelly, a native of West Chester, Ohio, was also honored on offense after grading out at 92 percent for the game.
On defense, middle linebacker Reggie Ragland led the way with eight tackles including two solo stops and a pass breakup. It was the fourth time in five games Ragland led the team in tackles. A’Shawn Robinson, from Fort Worth, Texas, was honored after making five tackles and helping hold Georgia to only 299 yards of total offense. Eddie Jackson, a native of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., picked off his second pass of the season and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown while making four tackles.
Fitzpatrick, from Old Bridge, N.J., blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown, the first for an Alabama player since Sept., 21, 2013. He also made two special teams tackles. Griffith, who is honored for the third week in a row, made his only field goal attempts from 29 yards out, while connecting on all five extra points. He averaged 64.7 yards on seven kickoffs with three touchbacks. Jones, a senior from Baltimore, Md., had 53 yards on five punt returns for a 10.6 yard average with a season-long return of 23 yards.