Alabama Football: Tide’s report card in SEC Championship Game

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How did Alabama football look in the SEC Championship?

We just witnessed one of the most entertaining SEC Championships in recent memory. In a barn-burner, Alabama football edged away from the Florida Gators in the final minutes. The Crimson Tide will now wait and see who they will play in the College Football Playoff.

Alabama’s offense was nearly perfect in this game. Their trio of Heisman contenders all broke records on their way to monster days. The offensive line shined as always, and Steve Sarkisian showed his creativity once again as he called the plays.

While the offense thrived, the defense struggled. They had a tough task in front of them, but they still failed miserably. The secondary broke down, and bad penalties gave Florida multiple chances to score.

All of this must be taken into account as we compile our report card for the SEC Championship. Alabama may be on break, but Alabama football will still receive grades. Let’s start with a dynamic group of athletes led by a senior and a future star.

Tight Ends: B-

Jahleel Billingsley has seen his role increase all season, and this game was no different. He even returned kicks, which might be a first for an Alabama tight end. While the Crimson Tide gave Billingsley the football in plenty of different ways, he didn’t do much with his touches.

Miller Forristall struggled with an injury all game. Even with the ankle issues, Forristall found a way to have an impact. Steve Sarkisian gave him a direct snap on fourth down, and he got the first for the Crimson Tide.