Alabama Football: Report card for win vs. Arkansas

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How did Alabama football look vs. Arkansas?

After a slow start, Alabama football finally got into a rhythm and dominated vs. Arkansas. The defense stepped up and destroyed the trenches. DeVonta Smith scored a touchdown while returning a punt, and the Tide showed depth while running the ball. However, not everything went perfectly in this game.

There were a few early mistakes defensively. Najee Harris stumbled behind the line repeatedly in the first quarter, and that made it harder to extend drives early. Mac Jones struggled to push the football down the field, and he almost had an interception in the red zone.

This was Alabama football’s final test before the SEC Championship. While they passed, it wasn’t necessarily perfect. Some groups aced this game, but others have things to focus on before the Tide play Florida. With that in mind, here is the report card for the Crimson Tide.

Tight Ends: A

We’ve been singing the praises of Jahleel Billingsley over the past few weeks, and he has earned it. That being said, we can’t forget about Miller Forristall. He played a major role against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Arkansas was terrified of letting Mac Jones and Alabama football’s receivers win this game with deep passes. Because of that, they stayed deep down the field and forced Jones to check the ball down. That’s where Forristall came into play. He was open on almost every play, and Jones targeted him often.

With Billingsley and Forristall, Alabama can still be a dominant passing offense while in 12-personnel. Billingsley is a deep threat, and Forristall cleans up underneath. It’s great to have two dominant tight ends, and it diversifies Alabama’s options.