Alabama Football: Tide’s report card in CFP Semifinal

Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. /
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Alabama football’s report card vs. Cincinnati

Quarterback: B-

Bryce Young wasn’t asked to take over this game like some expected. The Tide ran the ball heavily and tried to win with a physical presence. Cincinnati blitzed heavily, forcing Bryce Young to make quick decisions.

There weren’t any terrible decisions from Young. He had little time to throw, and he couldn’t step into some of his pass attempts. Still, he had three passing touchdowns and converted plenty of key third downs.

Young has proven that he can take over games. In this one, he was more of a game manager. I won’t give him a bad grade for not having elite stats.

Punter: C

The punts weren’t too bad, but they lacked air time. To be fair, Alabama didn’t punt often. However, this grade isn’t from the punts. It’s when Burnip was the holder. He forgot to spin the ball, and he forced Reichard to kick the laces. If this had come down to a field goal, we would be talking about this hold tomorrow.

Kicker: P

Reichard missed a field goal, but it was because of a poor hold. I’ll give him a pass for hitting the other kicks in the game.

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Alabama football had a solid game. They are capable of winning it all if they make a few simple adjustments.