Alabama Football: Studs and duds for Tide vs. Kentucky

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Alabama football had more studs than duds in their recent win.

After two weeks of being idle, Alabama football finally got to play against the Kentucky Wildcats. Things weren’t perfect, but the Crimson Tide finally got to prove that they are the greatest team in college football once again. They improved as the game progressed, and Nick Saban can take plenty of positives away from this game.

However, things could have been better early. There were some mistakes on defense. Alabama got bailed out by some Kentucky errors that left points off of the board. The offense was not as versatile as it usually is. Things were rusty, which can be expected after the hiatus.

With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the studs and duds from Alabama football’s game against the Kentucky Wildcats. This will give us a peek into how Alabama is playing before the Iron Bowl.

Stud: Jahleel Billingsley

I think it is safe to say that Billingsley is the future at tight end. He made multiple plays with the football in his hands, and this role will likely increase as the season continues. Billingsley could become Alabama football’s next OJ Howard. Howard was a star athlete who wasn’t properly used until the final game of the season. If Billingsley shines late in the year, consider this his foreshadowing moment.

Stud: Running back depth

With Trey Sanders out for the season, we expected to see more of Jase McClellan and Roydell Williams in this game. Both scored their first-ever touchdowns in the final quarter against the Kentucky Wildcats. Alabama will be set at the running back position for years to come. If the Tide have Sanders, McClellan, Williams and Keilan Robinson next year, they will be just fine without Najee Harris.