September 17, 2007

Grading the Tide: Alabama 41, Arkansas 38

Had it not been for John Parker Wilson's game-winning drive in the two-minute drill, his turnovers would have stood out in a loss as much as anything he did Saturday. Instead, the miscues were easily forgotten and glasses were raised. He set career highs in completions (24), attempts (45), yards (327) and touchdowns (four). More importantly than his statistics, however, was his cool-headed 73-yard drive with the game at stake. Three giveaways prevents an A, but the results demand the next best thing.

Running backs
Terry Grant turned in a strong overall performance, although his ineffectiveness in the second half put the Crimson Tide in too many obvious passing situations. Grant now has 62 carries for the season without a fumble. Glen Coffee was impressive in relief once again, posting 34 yards on seven carries, while Jimmy Johns played sparingly while nursing an ankle twist. Surprisingly, none of the backs caught a pass against the Razorbacks.

Offensive line
Wilson was sacked twice, but given the frequency of Arkansas' blitzes, the offensive line handled itself well in pass protection. As for the running game, the line must share in the blame for its disappearance in the second half. Alabama's offensive line won't see a tougher inside-outside DL tandem than Arkansas' Marcus Harrison and Antwaine Robinson until LSU's duo of Glenn Dorsey and

Defensive line


Defensive backs

Special Teams

The Plan

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