Alabama's JC Hassenauer was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after his performance in the Crimson Tide's 56-0 win over Mercer. Hassenauer played 45 snaps and graded out at 91 percent. It is the first selection of Hassenauer's career.
Alabama’s linebacker core was beat up to say the least coming into its game against Mercer. With four linebackers out the Crimson Tide shifted true freshman linebacker Dylan Moses from the outside to inside, and it payed off against the Bears.
Alabama’s offense made light work of Mercer in a 56-0 win. The Crimson Tide scored touchdowns on its first five possessions. Leading the way was quarterback Jalen Hurts and wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Hurts was a perfect seven for seven for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Ridley had his second-straight 100-yard game, finishing with three catches for 103 yards and touchdown.
No. 1 Alabama dominated Mercer, 56-0, to remain undefeated. The win sets up a winner-take-all Iron Bowl with Auburn next weekend. Jalen Hurts had 180 yards and three touchdowns. He did not throw an incompletion in the game.
Injuries have amassed and sent some of Alabama's best players to the sideline for the season in an unprecedented fashion. The fate of the SEC West will hang in the balance until Nov. 25 when Alabama plays Auburn. Until then, the Crimson Tide are focused on Saturday’s game against Mercer, and it could not have come at a better time.
With the departures of Jonathan Allen and Dalvin Tomlinson to the NFL, it has been defensive lineman Raekwon Davis who has filled the role as Alabama’s dominant defensive end. This season, he has 49 tackles from that spot. That’s not even the most impressive stat. He currently leads the team with 6.5 sacks on the year. That’s more 3.5 more than Tomlinson had in an impressive season, and only four shy of Allen’s total a year ago.
Even though he is seen as an intimidating figure, Nick Saban still builds personal relationships with the players. Many players who play under Saban have at least one story they could tell you about the five-time national championship-winning coach.
This senior class has gone 50-4 over its four years so far. The class was instrumental in Alabama making the College Football Playoff every year since its inception in 2014. This class also had a big hand in Alabama winning the national championship in 2015.
Alabama is coming off of a dramatic win against Mississippi State. On the horizon is a winner-take-all Iron Bowl. Before that happens, Alabama has to play Mercer. Earlier in the year, Mercer faced off against Auburn in a sluggish 24-10 loss. Still, Mercer was able to force five turnovers and give the Tigers a scare. To get more insight on Mercer, we talked to Hayes Rule of the Mercer Cluster, the Bears' student newspaper.