Alabama football’s report card vs. Tennessee Vols
The secondary as a whole has struggled in some facet each and every week. The same can be said about this game, but they did look better. Patrick Surtain and the cornerbacks played well in the first half. They broke up multiple passes and communicated well in the defensive backfield. They weren’t perfect, but they handled themselves overall.
Later in the game, they struggled. Surtain gave up a passing touchdown in the third quarter, and there were a couple of other mistakes on big passing plays. However, I’m still proud of how the corners played. Of course, Malachi Moore’s fumble recovered for a touchdown made the defense look better.
Daniel Wright gave up a huge gain that should have been called a touchdown late in this game, and it wasn’t his only mistake. Once again, Wright is the weakest link for this Alabama defense. Alabama had a few good plays by safeties, but the monumental mistakes will be what’s taken away from this game.
Jordan Battle was a spark for the defense in the second half against Georgia, but he gave up a passing touchdown. Those plays cannot keep happening. Whether it is a miscommunication or a simple failure on the field, the play by safeties must improve.
Alabama has played a few other safeties in the rotation, and we’ll see what their answer is in their next game against Mississippi State.