Alabama Football: Tide’s report card vs. Southern Miss

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Alabama football’s report card vs. Southern Miss

Running Backs: A+

Brian Robinson did not play in this game, so the depth of the running back room was really flexed against Southern Miss. Jase McClellan got the start, and he proved that he could be an all-around starter for almost any team in the country. As the season progresses, he will likely see more reps. He had over 100 all-purpose yards in this one, and he had plenty of plays break free for big gains.

Behind him, Roydell Williams had a career day as well. These two stars played significantly better for the Tide, and Alabama football looks to add Robinson back later in the season. All things considered, this was the best running performance Alabama has had all season. If they keep taking steps forward, this offense will be as balanced as you could imagine.

Wide Receivers: B

If you added special teams contributions to the stat sheet, this could be an A+. Jameson Williams torched the kick coverage by scoring two touchdowns on kick returns in only three chances. He also had a nice touchdown reception, making him one of the best players in this game. However, he also dropped a potential touchdown catch that turned into Bryce Young’s first career interception.

JoJo Earle got the start in the slot, but his best plays were as a punt returner. Multiple returns were called back, but he showed his potential in this game. The mistakes were not on him.

Metchie is a talented player, but he needs to find that next level. He struggled to break free when he had the ball in his hands, and his fumble at the goalline almost cost the Tide a touchdown.