Alabama Football: Tide’s report card from win vs. LSU

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Alabama football’s report card vs. LSU

Wide Receivers: A+

Heading into this game, we knew that the key to domination was DeVonta Smith beating Derek Stingley Jr. This matchup is between LSU’s best player and Alabama’s best weapon. While the other matchups clearly matter, this was a focus for both teams this Saturday.

Alabama played it smart early. They found ways to give Smitty the football while also negating Stingley. Between the screens and the pop passes, Smith had some early yardage. However, he really opened up the passing game with two massive touchdown catches in the second quarter. On both catches, Stingley was not the primary corner in coverage. Whenever Stingley was not on Smith, Alabama football took notice and targeted Smitty.

DeVonta Smith is ridiculous. He might have the best Alabama football career by the time this season is over.

Outside of DeVonta Smith, John Metchie also had a solid game. He will likely be Alabama football’s best wide receiver next year, and his reps this year will prove to be vital in the future.

Running Backs: A

Najee Harris was expected to see plenty of carries against this LSU front, and he made the most of them early. He scored Alabama football’s first two touchdowns of the game in the first quarter. As both a runner and a receiver, Harris impacted this game early and gave the Alabama offense some crucial balance.

In garbage time, Jase McClellan had a great performance. He is likely the future of this unit.