Alabama Coaches Name Players of the Week Following Penn State Victory


Alabama Crimson TideTUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Nine players were recognized for their outstanding play by the following ’s 27-11 win at No. 20 as announced by head coach Nick Monday. Center William Vlachos and tight end Michael Williams were named players of the week on offense while safety Mark Barron, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and linebacker represented the defense. On special teams, it was and Vinnie Sunseri for the second straight week along with Dee Milliner and Alex Watkins.

Vlachos received the top grade on the offensive line and helped clear the way for tailbacks and to rush for 196 yards and two scores. Vlachos did not get called for any penalties or allow any pressures as the Tide finished with no sacks on the day. Williams scored the game’s first touchdown from five yards out and finished with three catches for 34 yards. He was also credited for his work in blocking for the run game as well as in pass protection.

Barron, who also earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors, paced the defense with seven total tackles, an and a fumble recovery. The pick ended a drive at the 9-yard line and the fumble stopped the Nittany Lions on the 35. Kirkpatrick was responsible for forcing that fumble as well as another in the game as finished plus three in turnover margin. He also had two tackles and a pass break-up. Mosley tied Barron for the team lead with seven stops with a TFL and a pass break-up. The defense now leads the SEC in pass efficiency defense and total defense, third and fifth in those categories nationally.

After the coaches graded the film, DePriest played a role in four special teams tackles. Milliner had two special teams stops while Watkins and Sunseri had one apiece. All four of those recognized are on the kickoff coverage team and Watkins’ special teams tackle came inside the 20 on kickoff. Sunseri had a big block on ’s 44-yard punt return. DePriest, Milliner and Watkins are members of the kickoff return team while Sunseri, DePriest and Milliner are also on punt return.

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