Alabama Football: Studs and duds from CFB Week 1

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Alabama football’s studs and duds vs. Miami

Stud: Alabama defense

It’s hard to point to any one position on defense as a particular stud. Henry To’o To’o was a clear upgrade at inside linebacker. When he went down, Jaylen Moody stepped in and shined. Will Anderson got plenty of pressure at outside linebacker. The secondary had a few mistakes, but they still limited the big plays in the passing game.

Stud: Will Reichard

When Alabama football is making 50-yard field goals, no one is safe. The Crimson Tide have an elite kicker for the first time in living memory, and he proved himself once again by going perfect and draining a 51-yard field goal in the first half.

Dud: D’Eriq King

At first, King was incredibly accurate. That was mostly because he was taking everything underneath for the Hurricanes. He wasn’t taking shots, and it was clear why. He didn’t have time to let plays develop, so he had to rely on screens and quick passes.

King also failed to use his legs to extend plays. This was supposed to be his biggest strength, and it was essentially eliminated in this game.

Dud: Roydell Williams

Williams only made a few plays, but the fumble could have been a devastating play for Alabama football. He thankfully recovered, but that was more luck than anything else. It is harsh to call a player a dud for one mistake, but that’s how good this game was.

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All things considered, this was a best-case scenario for Alabama football. We’ll see if their dominance will continue as the season progresses.