Senior outside linebacker Christian Miller was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Ole Miss. He’s the first Alabama player to win the award this season.
Miller had a career-high 2.5 sacks against the Rebels and finished with five tackles, second most on the team. He entered the game with three total career sacks and hadn’t recorded one in Alabama’s first two games this season. Miller now leads Alabama in sacks.
“They drop back in pass, that’s what it takes (to get sacks),” he said. “The opportunity presented itself, so take advantage of it.”
Alabama’s defense held the Rebels to seven points and 248 total yards on the day. The defense didn’t allow a point after giving up a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage.
Alabama’s coaching staff named Miller as one of its defensive players of the week, along with safety Deionte Thompson and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. Thompson had four tackles and an interception he returned 40 yards to set the offense up for a touchdown. He has earned player of the week honors from the coaches all three games this season. Williams had six tackles, including assisting on a tackle for loss. Four more of his tackles stopped the opponent for no gain.
Running back Damien Harris, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and left tackle Jonah Williams were named the offensive players of the week by the coaches. Harris had 62 rushing yards and a touchdown on five carries to go along with four catches for 23 yards. Jeudy had three catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Williams had two knockdown blocks and graded out at 94 percent while not allowing a sack or missing an assignment on 58 snaps.
Kicker Joseph Bulovas and running back Josh Jacobs were named special teams players of the week. Jacobs returned two kickoffs for 101 yards, including a 74-yard return. Bulovas made two field goals and eight extra points.