Nov. 16, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama senior left guard Mike Johnson has been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive lineman of the week, following the Tide’s 31-3 win over Mississippi State on Saturday, the league office announced Monday morning.
The Pensacola, Fla., native helped clear the way for an Alabama offense that gained 444 yards, with sophomore running back Mark Ingram rushing for 149 yards and two touchdowns. The 252 rushing yards was the second-highest rushing total by the Tide this season and the most in an SEC game.
He earned the top grade among Alabama’s offensive lineman as he did not allow a sack, a pressure, or get called for any penalties in the win at Mississippi State. The Tide averaged 8.4 yards per play and 6.3 yards per rush in the win.
Johnson is the seventh different Crimson Tide player to earn SEC weekly honors this season. In fact, Alabama has had at least one SEC Player of the Week winner in nine of its first 10 games, including Mark Ingram (Virginia Tech and South Carolina), Trent Richardson (Florida International and Arkansas), Rolando McClain (Kentucky), William Vlachos (Mississippi), Leigh Tiffin (Tennessee) and Terrence Cody (Tennessee).
The Alabama coaching staff recognized seven players of the week following a 31-3 win at Mississippi State. Mark Ingram and Mike Johnson were selected as the offensive honorees while Rolando McClain, Mark Barron and Cory Reamer were selected for their defensive efforts. Javier Arenas and Robby Green garnered special team accolades.
Johnson cleared a path for Ingram to collect his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season. Ingram finished with 149 yards on just 19 carries for an impressive 7.84 yards per carry average. He ripped off the longest run of his career with a 70-yard touchdown burst in the fourth quarter. He also scored on a one-yard plunge in the second stanza and caught one pass for nine yards.
McClain garnered his sixth defensive player of the week accolade this season with 11 total stops, including nine solo tackles. He also logged his third sack of the season and totaled three tackles for loss (-17 yards). Barron picked off his fifth and sixth passes of the season to lead the SEC and rank tied for third nationally. He also made five tackles with four solo stops and two more pass breakups. Reamer made seven tackles with five solo stops, a sack (-11 yards) and two TFL (-14 yards).
Arenas returned two kickoffs for 70 yards with a long of 46 yards, which set up a second-half touchdown for the Tide. Green made two special teams tackles to lead the Tide’s coverage units.