Alabama Coaching Staff Recognizes Seven Players of the Week in Sugar Bowl Win over Clemson
The Alabama coaching staff selected seven players of the week following the Crimson Tide’s 24-6 win over top-ranked Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on New Year’s Day. Bradley Bozeman, Damien Harris and Calvin Ridley on offense, Rashaan Evans and Anfernee Jennings on defense, and Tony Brown and Trevon Diggs on special teams were all recognized for their performance in the College Football Playoff Semifinal matchup.
Bozeman led an offensive line that held the Tigers’ highly touted defensive front at bay. The redshirt senior’s efforts along with the rest of his line mates opened holes for Harris’ team-high 77 yards rushing on 19 carries. The junior tailback added two catches out of the backfield for four yards in the win. Ridley, a junior, led Alabama’s wideouts once again with four catches for 39 yards – both team-high marks – while adding one touchdown reception.
The linebacker tandem of Evans and Jennings were dominant for the UA defense. Evans, a senior captain, paced the Crimson Tide with nine tackles, including one sack (-3 yards), while adding one pass breakup. Jennings spent the night in the Clemson backfield, coming off the edge to register five tackles, including a career-high three for loss (-12 yards). The sophomore added his first career sack, which went for a loss of seven yards, as one of the Tide’s five quarterback stops on the night.
Brown, a senior, continued his steady play on special teams, forcing the Clemson returners into fair catches all evening and not allowing for any returns on the Tide’s six punts. Diggs earned recognition from the coaches for his efforts on both the coverage and return units. The sophomore set the tone early, leveling the Tigers’ returner on the opening kickoff of the game. He also contributed a career-high tying three punt returns totaling 30 yards, one of which went for a long of 14 that he nearly broke for a score.