Believe it or not we are at the halfway point of the Tide’s 2020 season. While it has not been perfect, Alabama has once again proved to be among the nation’s elite!
This is obviously the easiest unit to grade through the halfway point. The Alabama offense led by Mac Jones has been nothing short of incredible. Mac has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards in 5 games and has made himself into a legitimate Heisman trophy contender. Senior running back Najee Harris has amassed 595 yards on the ground and leads the country in rushing touchdowns with 14. The offense did unfortunately lose it’s biggest play-maker for season in Jaylen Waddle this past Saturday in Knoxville. I don’t think you could have asked for a better start on the offensive side of the ball than what Alabama has delivered.
The defense has come under a lot of scrutiny the past couple of seasons, and rightfully so. The standard at Alabama is “elite” defensive performances and that is what fans of the Tide have become accustomed to. Everyone is pointing to the atrocious performance against Lane Kiffen and the Ole Miss Rebels, but now that seems more like an anomaly than anything. In the last six quarters the Alabama defense as surrendered just 17 points and has forced multiple turnovers. The 2020 Alabama defense is improving and Alabama fans may have to live with a defense that is just “average” but opportunistic instead of a suffocating defense like in the past. Whether you like it or not, championships are no longer won on defense. In my opinion, the biggest bright spot of the defense this season is true freshman defensive back Malachi Moore. The youngster has intercepted two passes and this past weekend he forced a fumble then recovered it and ran it in for a touchdown. This young man has become a play-maker for a defense that has desperately needed one.
Special Teams B+
Has Alabama finally found a kicker? It sure seems like it. Will Reichard has been an answered prayer for Bama fans this season. So far Will is 6 for 6 on season including a 52 yard clutch kick heading into the half against the Georgia Bulldogs. He is also a perfect 32 of 32 on extra points. Punting has not been a strong point, fortunately Alabama has not been forced to punt too many times this season. I would also like to see a little more consistency from the kick off team. Considering the place kicking woes that we have experienced in the past, I would say Alabama fans are mostly satisfied with the special teams unit this season.
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