Alabama Football has Two Players Earn SEC Weekly Award Honors
Alabama senior center Ryan Kelly and junior place kicker Adam Griffith earned SEC Player of the Week recognition the Southeastern Conference, the league offices announced Monday morning following the Crimson Tide’s 30-16 win against No. 4 LSU.
Ryan Kelly was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week for the first time in his career after leading an Alabama offensive line that opened holes for 250 yards rushing as a team, including 210 yards for Derrick Henry. He provided time for 434 yards of total offense, as quarterback Jake Coker completed 75 percent of his passes (18-of-24) for 184 yards against one of the SEC’s top-ranked defenses. Kelly graded out at a team and season-high 92 percent for the Tide front while recording two knockdown blocks and not allowing a sack or pressure.
Adam Griffith was recognized as the Southeastern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after one of the best games of his career. The junior place kicker connected on all six of his kicks, hitting three field goal and extra point attempts for a total of 12 points scored. He also averaged 64.0 yards on seven kickoffs (448/7) with three touchbacks.
Late in the second quarter, Griffith nailed a career-long 55-yard field goal to give the Tide a 13-10 halftime advantage. The kick tied for the second-longest field goal in school history, behind Van Tiffin’s 57-yarder against Texas A&M in 1985 (with tee), and tied for the longest without a kicking tee.
Kelly and Griffith will look to lead the Crimson Tide this Saturday as the team travels to Starkville to face the No. 20 Mississippi State Bulldogs. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on CBS.