Alabama football’s report card vs. Georgia
Mac Jones: A
Mac had his ups and downs, but I respect his ability to shake off an early interception and score on his next drive. He made smart plays with the ball after the worst first play imaginable. His stats would have looked even better if his receivers would not have dropped a few balls. That being said, he also struggled with some decisions.
Mac Jones really showed his poise at the end of the first half. Due to his leadership, Alabama managed to squeak out a field goal attempt to end the first half. Every point matters, and Alabama got three thanks to Mac.
Alabama football has a kicker. I repeat. ALABAMA FOOTBALL HAS A KICKER. This has not been true for years, but the Crimson Tide finally have a reliable option in Will Reichard. This can be hard to believe, but his 52-yard field goal proves that he can make the tough kicks. He also has made every extra point in 2020, and those were not guaranteed last year.
I said that I would give Reichard a grade once he made kicks for long yardages, and I am a man of my word.
If this game ended up being about field position, Alabama would have lost. Punting doesn’t matter as much when you have such a potent offense, but Alabama has no punting specialist on the team. It appears that the Tide have traded their kicking woes with punting woes, which fans will gladly accept.
If Alabama fans’ biggest issue with beating Georgia is bad punting, then things are great in Tuscaloosa.