See Alabama football receiver John Metchie III deliver a hit that causes a Florida fumble

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football receiver John Metchie III became a defensive back at least for one play during the 2020 Southeastern Conference Championship against the Florida Gators on Saturday in Atlanta.

Midway through the first quarter, Florida Gators defensive back Trey Dean III intercepted a pass by Alabama quarterback Mac Jones at the Florida 12-yard line. 

Dean started to return the pick, but Metchie got in the way. 

Metchie lowered his shoulder and delivered a hit that caused Dean to fumble the ball. Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith recovered the ball after Dean fumbled it.

See John Metchie III hit on UF's Trey Dean III

After Smith recovered Dean's fumble, Alabama took over at the Florida 31-yard line with 6:21 left in the first quarter. 

On the next play, Jones threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Smith that put Alabama ahead 14-7.

Alabama defeated Florida 52-46. 

Alabama, ranked No. 1 in the Amway Coaches Poll, improved to 11-0 overall. The No. 11-ranked Florida Gators went to 8-3 overall. 

Florida Gators defensive back Trey Dean III (0) is tackled hard by Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver John Metchie III (8) after an interception causing him to drop the ball in the first quarter of the 2020 SEC Football Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, December 19, 2020. [Matt Pendleton/Special to the Sun]

After Saturday, the Alabama Crimson Tide lead the all-time series 28-14 against the UF Gators.

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Nick Saban is the Alabama Crimson Tide football head coach. Dan Mullen is the Florida Gators football head coach. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik