Alabama football’s report card vs. Mississippi State
Wide Receivers: A
With a week to prepare after Waddle’s injury, we knew that the receiving corps would look different this Saturday. However, they relied on the same schemes that have worked all season. Most of Alabama’s plays went for DeVonta Smith, and that will almost always be a recipe for success. Smith is just impossible to stop in man coverage. He almost always finds a way to get behind the defense, and he can catch the ball in traffic when he has to. Outside of one dropped touchdown reception, he had nearly a perfect day.
Other receivers also played well. Slade Bolden will never be Jaylen Waddle, but he is still a strong weapon for the Crimson Tide. Metchie also had a few nice snags. We didn’t really see Alabama’s depth, but we at least got to see their best receiver shine.
Running Backs: A
Najee Harris was back to doing Najee Harris things in this one. He always got past the line of scrimmage and fell forward. He continues to prove that he’s elite in pass protection, and that cannot be forgotten. Alabama is certainly glad that he returned. Brian Robinson had a few decent plays in pass protection, and Trey Sanders got the garbage minutes at the end of the game. However, this was mostly the Najee Harris show.