Two Alabama players were named SEC Players of the Week for their performances in the 45-23 win over Texas A&M on Saturday.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for a career-high 387 yards and four touchdowns against the Aggies. It was tied for the fifth-most passing yards in a game in Alabama school history even though Tagovailoa did not play in the fourth quarter of the win.
Tagovailoa also had a rushing touchdown. His five total touchdowns tied the school record for most touchdowns in a single game. He also set career highs with 22 completions and 30 pass attempts.
Defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, sharing the honors with South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw. He posted a season-high seven tackles and had a career-high 3.5 sacks on the day. He also had two quarterback hurries.
The Alabama coaches named running back Damien Harris and tight end Irv Smith Jr. as offensive players of the week alongside Tagovailoa. Harris ran for 52 yards on seven carries while adding two receptions for 48 yards. Smith had four receptions for 74 yards.
Buggs, outside linebacker Anfernee Jennings and inside linebacker Dylan Moses were named defensive players of the week by the league coaches. Jennings had three tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Moses led the team with nine tackles, including one tackle for a loss.
Kicker Joseph Bulovas and receiver Henry Ruggs III were named special teams players of the week. Bulovas was perfect on six PATs and also made a 47-yard field goal.
Arkansas kickoff announced
Alabama’s road game at Arkansas will be an 11:00 a.m. kickoff on ESPN, it was announced on Monday. It is Alabama’s first early kickoff of the season.
Alabama has won all 11 games against the Razorbacks under Saban.
No practice Monday
Alabama did not hold its normal practice on Monday, opting for a lighter walk-through during the afternoon. The Crimson Tide is at the midway point of eight straight games to start the season before the bye week.
“A very short walk-through for corrections and stretch-and-stride,” Saban said. “I think at this point our team needs to do some rest and recovery and get some guys healthy and kind of go from there.”
The Crimson Tide will return for a regular practice on Tuesday.