Alabama Football: Offense shows growth in home victory

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Alabama Football Running Backs: B

Once again, the Alabama offense waited until the second half to get the running game going. For the second week in a row, however, it looked unstoppable once it got rolling.

Jase McClellan was the hot hand in this one, and shouldered the load against Ole Miss for the second consecutive year. McClellan finished with 105 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, with Roydell Williams adding 21 yards in a complementary role.

Alabama Football Receivers: B

This receiver room feels like it’s just bursting with potential. Alabama is not able to fully utilize this talent yet, as it continues to rely heavily on the run. Additionally, it spreads the ball around so evenly in the passing game that no one receiver seems to get the opportunities they deserve.

Still, the receiving corps continues to make plays when given the chance, and I think we could see it develop into an elite unit as the season progresses.

True freshman Jalen Hale had his coming out party in this game, making two huge receptions. Entering week four, Hale had just one career grab for five yards. Both of his catches against Ole Miss went for 30+ yards, including a long touchdown in traffic.

The youngster was able to display his big-play ability in a receiving room that already has proven deep threats in Jermaine Burton and Isaiah Bond.

Burton made an excellent catch in his own right, adjusting to a ball Milroe threw over the wrong shoulder and snagging it for a 54-yard gain.

CJ Dippre (2 catches, 28 yards) and Robbie Ouzts (1 catch, 21 yards) both made plays from the tight end position, while Amari Niblack had an explosive catch of his own that was negated by a penalty.

Ja’Corey Brooks and Kendrick Law both made a limited impact offensively, but got on the board with their first catches of the season.