Alabama Football: Tide report card in win vs. Kentucky

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Alabama football’s report card vs. Kentucky

Cornerbacks: B

Against Kentucky, expectations for the secondary were low. We knew that the Wildcats were going to run the ball early and often, so the defensive backs were rarely tested. However, they shined when given the chance. Malachi Moore made multiple great plays on some pass attempts, and Surtain was as great as always.

Alabama football struggled with some pre-snap motion early in this game, but they adapted well in the second half. That was thanks to the linebackers, but the secondary did their jobs as well.

The one bone-headed play that happened with the cornerbacks was with Josh Jobe. He had an obvious pass interference play that was completely unnecessary. It was borderline targeting, and that would have been devastating for the Crimson Tide.

Safeties: A-

Jordan Battle’s pick-six was a highlight of the game for Alabama football. He had a great game, but the safety unit as a whole looked great as well. Daniel Wright didn’t do much that jumped off of the page, but his ability to tackle looked better than it had in previous games. DeMarco Hellams also looked well when given opportunities late in this game, but his reps were few and far between.

In this one, the defense improved as a whole over the course of the game. That includes the secondary. Alabama has high expectations, but they should be proud of what they accomplished against the Kentucky Wildcats.