September 18, 2007

The Zoom Lens: Safeties

Each week subscribers will choose the focus of The Zoom Lens, a weekly post-game analysis of a specific position. BOL staff reviews a tape of each game with a play-by-play eye on the position chosen by members. This week's poll results after Alabama's 41-38 win over Arkansas:

Safeties37.3 percent
Quarterback31.9 percent
Special teams22.7 percent
Center8.1 percent

The subjects: Rashad Johnson; Marcus Carter


Statistics: Eight tackles, five solos.
Observations: Johnson forced a third down on Arkansas second play from scrimmage with an ankle tackle of Darren McFadden on a screen pass. ... ESPN's Todd Blackledge said Johnson bit on a play-action fake on Casey Dick's deep touchdown pass to Crosby Tuck, but on a 3rd-and-1 play, Johnson was lined up too far away to help Lionel Mitchell, anyway. ... With 6:30 left in the third quarter, Johnson showed excellent lateral pursuit in knocking McFadden out of bounds on a short gain after he had turned the corner on Carter with a stiff-arm. On the next play, Johnson knifed into the backfield and tripped up McFadden on 3rd-and-5 to force a punt. ... Johnson may have made a stop on McFadden's quarterback draw play for the tying touchdown in the fourth quarter had he not had a violent collision with an official. ... The lowlight for Johnson was a missed a tackle on Felix Jones on a 29-yard run to the Alabama 12 with 9:31 remaining.

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