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2020 Alabama vs. Tennessee
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Alabama Football Podcast breaks down the Tides’ trip to Knoxville to vanquish the Volunteers for a staggering 14th consecutive victory in the series.
In this episode Alabama Football Podcast breaks down the Tide’s dominant performance against the Volunteers of Tennessee.
Losing Jaylen Waddle to injury on the game’s opening kick-off is incredibly unfortunate. We well up with empathy and compassion for the young man and we are heartened by the early medical reports. We’re a little angry, prone to second guessing, and our initial concerns for the season’s balance are overstated as a sort of grief-stricken homage to the young man. While all responses are valid, the Tide offense still requires eleven players to take the field and trust they intend to compete, avenge, and honor while also continuing the fight for their original goal.
Najee’s Big Day
This may have been one of Najee’s best performances. Sure, he’s had more highlight reel moments, but his balance, vision, and redirect within compact spaces for extra yards time and time again are the backbone of a fluid and functional offense. While there was indeed a coaching moment for the young man, I believe Najee cemented his status as the top runner in the college game.
Slade’s Day Out
With zero warning Slade Bolden was pressed into starter action and acquitted himself quite well. His pre-snap motions and short-to-medium route running provided a close enough facsimile to Waddle that it allowed the in-place game plan to function according to design. No single player will replace Waddle’s skill set and production, such is the nature of his talent. However, a piece of the puzzle was confirmed Saturday in the person of Slade.
Secondary is Primary
The preseason prediction was and remains – the Tide defense will go as far as the secondary can take it. Saturday, we caught sight of the unit’s continued progression and it was of little surprise the Tide defense overall registered one of its best performances on the season. Saturday the secondary gets another test and watch for it quickly to become a game of cat and mouse.
Mini Game balls
Anyone can read a headline, but which players contributed in more subtle ways to the Tide’s fortune?
The Tide hosts the swashbuckling pirate Mike Leach and his band of Bullies from Starkville. Together we’ll celebrate Coach Saban’s birthday with a big win and cake. There will be cake, right?
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