Alabama football gave up a frustrating touchdown play.
Although Alabama football was off to a great start, one play changed the momentum for the Crimson Tide. After the offense was firing on all cylinders and the defense was locking down Texas A&M, Daniel Wright gave up an easy touchdown play on the sideline.
The play started with blown coverage by the secondary, but it should have only been a slight gain. While the receiver sprinted towards the sideline, Daniel Wright was in the perfect position to push him out of bounds. Instead, a weak push let Smith tip-toe down the sideline and score Texas A&M’s first touchdown.
This gave the Aggies a big boost of momentum that carried into the second quarter. The Aggies went on to intercept a tipped pass from Mac Jones and tie the game on the next play. Alabama football found itself tied in the second quarter after just a few minutes.
Alabama could have taken a commanding 21-0 lead if they had stopped the Aggie offense, but they instead let Texas A&M stay in it for far too long. We will have to see what A&M does in the second half.
Alabama football’s biggest weakness is inexperience in the secondary. The Tide lost four of its top five players from last year’s secondary, including star safety Xavier McKinney. They will need to rely on inexperienced players on defense to grow up quickly, and Daniel Wright is certainly one of those players.
Thankfully for the defense, Najee Harris is carrying the Tide offense. As this is being written, he already has two touchdowns, putting him at five for the year. He appears to be the team’s top red-zone option for the 2020 season, and he is making the most out of every touch he gets.
While Alabama football can beat Texas A&M without a dominant performance by the defense, they need better plays from Daniel Wright and the secondary moving forward.