Alabama Football: Tide’s report card in win vs. Miami

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Alabama football’s report card vs. Miami


Bryce Young is now the face of Alabama football. He played a few reps last year, but he was never in a position to tear up the box score. He mostly handed the ball off and threw simple passes. Even in the A-Day Game, he wasn’t allowed to run the ball in order to stay healthy. Now, he has the entire playbook at his disposal. He can scramble for first downs and call quarterback runs. He can rely on his receivers to make plays down the field.

Bryce Young’s first drive ended with a nice touchdown throw to John Metchie, something Alabama football fans should be used to seeing. Young was able to extend plays with his legs before finding options down the field, which is a great trait to have when you are looking to replace so many offensive linemen.

The fumble from Young was a red flag, but Young still set records against Miami. He flashed traits, and that will be enough to build on for the upcoming season.

Punter: P

Alabama did not have a punt until two minutes left in the first half. You can call this grade a P for Pass or a P for punter. Saban himself said that they don’t need their punter to play football. They need him to punt. This was not a large enough sample size to have an idea as to how Alabama will handle punting this year. There were no red flags, which is all you want from your punter.

Kicker: A

Last season, Will Reichard made every single kick for Alabama football. He was arguably the best kicker in college football, and he appears ready to play in the NFL already. He drilled an easy field goal in the first quarter along with an extra point. He also drilled a 51-yard field goal in the first half.

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As a whole, Alabama football aced this test. There are some things to improve, but the Tide ended the game with a win in more ways than one.