Alabama Football: Offensive Report Card vs Ole Miss

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Alabama Football Quarterbacks: B

For the third straight game, Bryce Young did not post eye-popping numbers. Still, he was steadily effective all game. Young avoided turnovers and threw three touchdown passes, each coming in critical moments for Alabama. As usual, he made a handful of unique, signature, game-changing plays. Bryce Young has to be one of the best quarterbacks in college football history at eluding pressure, extending plays, and turning near-disaster situations into positive plays for the Alabama offense.

Alabama Football Running Backs: B-

Jase McClellan carried the load in this game, as Jahmyr Gibbs appeared to suffer a lower body injury early in the game. It may have been a beneficial move for Alabama, which has lacked emphasis in its running game all year.

McClellan ran with effort and determination, and really got rolling in the second half. For the game, he finished with 84 yards on 19 carries. Half of this yardage came in the fourth quarter.

Statistically, it was one of McClellan’s best games of the season, but the numbers don’t do justice to his impact. He brought a new element to the Alabama offense and helped the Tide take control of the game.

Alabama Football Receivers: C+

Ja’Corey Brooks continues to be Alabama’s most consistent receiver. The sophomore had four catches for a team-high 61 yards. He caught a clutch touchdown pass late in the third quarter, which was his sixth scoring reception of 2022.

Jermaine Burton had his best game since September, matching his season-high with five catches for 50 yards. It was his second-highest yardage output of the year, and he also hauled in his fourth touchdown grab. Tight end Cameron Latu caught three passes for 38 yards and a score. Freshman Kendrick Law made his way into the lineup against Ole Miss. He entered the game with just two career catches, but had three for 26 yards in the game.

Jojo Earle and Kobe Prentice played limited roles, combining to make four catches for 28 yards. Traeshon Holden and Isaiah Bond did not record receptions in the game.

Alabama Football Offensive Line: C

The Bama offensive line hasn’t been great in recent weeks, and its struggles continued in this game. While the group is significantly better than last year, it does not display the physical dominance of classic Alabama offensive lines.

For the game, the Crimson Tide allowed three sacks, five tackles for loss, and five quarterback hurries. The O-line failed to establish a consistent running game in the first half, as the Tide had 15 carries for 26 yards at half. This included two sacks, but it also included two Bryce Young scrambles totaling 27 yards. On traditional running plays, Alabama’s 11 first-half handoffs generated 20 yards.

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The offensive line did assert itself for stretches in the second half, and the Tide was able to briefly establish a running game. For the game, Alabama ran for only 108 yards (3.0 YPC).