TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Six Alabama players earned player of the week honors following the Crimson Tide’s 24-10 victory at Vanderbilt, head coach Nick Saban announced Monday.
Offensive tackle Andre Smith and tight end Travis McCall were named the offensive players of the week. Smith and McCall helped clear the way for Alabama to total 221 yards on the ground against the Commodores, including 173 yards from freshman Terry Grant. They were also able to hold Vanderbilt to just one sack on the day as John Parker Wilson added another 150 yards through the air. Through two games, Alabama ranks 12th nationally as a team in rushing offense (267.0 ypg) and 23rd nationally in total offense (473.0 ypg).
Defensive linemen Wallace Gilberry and Bobby Greenwood earned defensive player of the week honors as they played a big part in limiting Vanderbilt to 10 points and a total of 232 yards (3.5 yards per play) Saturday. Gilberry recorded four solo tackles, one tackle for loss, a game-high four QB hurries and a forced fumble. Greenwood had three solo stops, two for loss, a sack, along with one QB hurry. The Crimson Tide ranks 10th nationally and second in the SEC in scoring defense (8.0 ppg).
On special teams, Javier Arenas and Kareem Jackson were recognized. Arenas finished the Vandy game with 138 total return yards, which included a 69-yard punt return in the first quarter that set up a 1-yard run by Grant on Alabama’s first possession. Arenas ranks second in the SEC in punt return average (18.4) and fifth in kickoff return average (26.8). Jackson was all over the field Saturday, both on special teams and at cornerback, as he totaled five tackles (four solo) and also forced a fumble.