Alabama Football: Crimson Tide report card vs. Texas A&M

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Alabama football’s report card vs. Texas A&M

Defensive Line: B-

The defensive line did what they were supposed to do on the interior, but they didn’t do anything to wow fans. The interior pressure just wasn’t there for most of this game. However, they made the ugly plays that are vital but don’t pop out on a highlight reel. The running game only had a few big plays, and the defensive line mostly held up here.

In terms of an interior pass rush, not much was done. Mathis got to Mond once later in the game, but there was not a consistent presence in the backfield. Alabama can’t expect this type of performance to cut it against superior offensive lines.

That being said, A&M’s offensive line has experience. Alabama should be commended for the things they did well. I just believe that they could have done more.

Tight ends: C+

The tight ends will almost exclusively be used as extra blockers for Alabama football in 2020. Because of this, it will be hard to grade them accurately. What are they doing that adds to the performance of the offensive line as a whole?

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That being said, Miller Forristall caught two passes against Texas A&M. That gives them a boost.

If I’m being perfectly honest, tight ends will not get high grades until they unlock the passing aspect of their game. There is so much more that they can do outside of traditional blocking. As long as Kyle Pitts exists in the SEC, I can’t give Alabama’s tight ends a favorable grade.