Alabama football’s report card vs. Texas A&M
Running backs: C-
It’s hard to think that Alabama football scored two rushing touchdowns and still received a low grade for the running backs, but they will always be graded on a harsher scale. Tide fans expect so much from running backs, and Najee Harris did not live up to that expectation in this game.
Najee Harris did not have a rush for longer than 6 yards. Both of his touchdowns were near the goal line. That kind of production is underwhelming for a potential Heisman candidate.
On the bright side, Brian Robinson averaged 6 yards a carry. There is a chance that Alabama will go to more of a stable of backs approach as opposed to making Najee Harris the bell cow.
Wide Receivers: A+
Is there anything else you could ask for from Alabama’s starting wide receivers? All three of them caught five or more passes. Two of them had over 100 receiving yards, and all three of them scored touchdowns.
The shining jewel in the receiving crown was John Metchie. He caught multiple deep passes from Mac Jones and made the Aggie secondary pay. Waddle did the same thing on the deep ball, including an 87-yard touchdown. DeVonta Smith had no catch for a ton of yards, but he showed off his footwork for his touchdown reception. All in all, the receiving room had as close to a perfect performance as you could get.