Alabama Football: Report card for win vs. Arkansas

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Alabama football’s report card vs. Arkansas

Cornerbacks: B

The Alabama secondary struggled early in this game with Feleipe Franks under center. He was able to find weaknesses in the secondary and march down the field. However, you have to give the secondary credit. They did bend, but they didn’t break. After a few bad plays, they stepped up for the rest of the game.

Issues for this secondary include running backs and motions before the snap. Arkansas used both of these early. Malachi Moore was beaten by a running back on a big play in the first quarter. However, the entire secondary stepped up in the second half.

Safeties: B-

The communication from the secondary has improved all year, and it showed in this game. While there were a few early mistakes, the group as a whole played well. Jordan Battle is turning into one of the best safeties in college football, and he deserves more recognition for his skills in coverage. By the time his Alabama football career is over, he will be up there with some of the Crimson Tide greats.

While we’re all going to be talking about the sacks from this game, sacks are mostly a team statistic. The defensive line and outside linebackers have to get pressure, but that doesn’t mean anything if there is an open receiver. Since the quarterbacks couldn’t find an option down the field, they had to hold onto the football. This made it easier for the line to get the sacks.