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

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Alabama football’s report card vs. LSU

Cornerbacks: B

Last year, Joe Burrow and the LSU offense cooked the Alabama secondary thanks to their array of weapons. All of those people are gone for the Tigers in 2020, but Alabama is also replacing many members of the secondary.

On LSU’s long touchdown run, the cornerbacks failed to shed blocks and stop the run. They also had a few early mistakes that left receivers open. While this wasn’t a perfect game from the corners, they should be proud of how they played. They were not tasked with anything near what they faced in 2019, but they still had a decent quarterback and highly-recruited receivers. LSU’s coaching is bad, but they have talent on the roster. The group will need to improve, but they handled today relatively well.

Safeties: B-

Alabama’s safeties have been a weakness all season, but they have taken steps in the right direction in 2020. That being said, they made a few mistakes in this game. Daniel Wright was ejected for a bad targeting foul. You can’t make mistakes that eliminate you from competing as a starter. Jordan Battle also failed to recover a fumble near the goal line. If he had finished the play, LSU would not have scored their first touchdown.

To give credit where it is due, the safeties did a good job of blitzing early in this game. Their play in the box was improved. However, they still made grave mistakes that allowed LSU to keep his game close in the first half.