A tsunami of Alabama offense: This time Jaylen Waddle leads the way in win against Texas A&M

USA Today Sports 5 days ago

Your turn, Jaylen Waddle.

How do you stop the deafening roar of a record crowd at Texas A&M's Kyle Field? Give the ball to playmakers in space.

The smallest of Alabama’s four NFL-bound receivers, Waddle got the call Saturday. He took one short Tua Tagovailoa pass 31 yards for a touchdown and returned one punt 43 yards and another 42. In an otherwise imperfect performance, the top-ranked Tide utilized Waddle and its vast array of explosive options to provide cushion en route to a 47-28 victory against 21st-ranked Texas A&M.

How imperfect was it? Tagovailoa threw his first interception of the season, giving Texas A&M hope at the half while snapping his streak of 185 throws without a pick.

And the defense? Still a work in progress.

Kellen Mond led the Aggies methodically down the field on the opening possession, covering 75 yards in 15 plays, before the Tide regrouped. After Waddle answered on the ensuing drive, the squeeze was on.

Keep in mind, this isn’t a pedestrian opponent. Still, Tagovailoa’s late-first half interception only delayed the inevitable. While the Aggies are solid defensively, it may take a super-human effort to slow this tsunami of offense.

Consider that A&M’s most dependable tackler was its punter, Braden Mann, who made a couple of touchdown-saving stops on returns. But, for some reason, the Aggies never tried him at safety.

They needed him, as Tagovailoa took turns showing off his receiving corps.

Waddle finished with 176 all-purpose yards. DeVonta Smith picked up where he left two record-setting weeks ago, making A&M play for a blitz by housing a quick slant for a 47-yard score.

Henry Ruggs III made his biggest contributions returning kickoffs. And Jerry Jeudy, the most lethal of Alabama’s fearsome four added 50 yards on receptions — a good day during any other era.

There’s plenty for Nick Saban to focus on during the weeks ahead. The running game is improving, but it’s not one to take a game over yet — at least against a quality defense.

And we’ve mentioned the defense. The tackling is improving, as is the pass rush, with Terrell Lewis re-emerging after two seasons lost to injury. But Mond had his moments, as did Ryan Hilinski and John Rhys Plumlee before him.

Halfway through the regular season, Saban’s biggest fear has to be entitlement. Alabama has yet to be challenged.

The test will come. Maybe from an elite defense. Maybe from a powerhouse offense. Or, in the playoffs, maybe from a complete team (here’s looking at you, Ohio State).

But, for now, it’s as if this Alabama offense is playing against air.

Doug Segrest, a former SEC beat reporter, is a freelance columnist for the Montgomery Advertiser. 


Source link
Read also:
Chronicle Live › Sports › 1 week ago
Former NUFC forward Chris Waddle has shared his view on the Longstaff brothers
Chronicle Live › Sports › 6 days ago
Former Newcastle United forward Chris Waddle has shared his view on the expectation for Steve Bruce and whether Mike Ashley wants to sell
BBC News › Sports › 3 weeks ago
Manchester City's teenage midfielder Phil Foden needs Premier League minutes, not more Carabao Cup action, says ex-England winger Chris Waddle.
The Inquisitr › 3 days ago
As it seems, Jaylen Brown might only be the third offensive option at best on a Boston Celtics team that features Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum. However, one NBA executive reportedly believes that the 22-year-old wingman just might play well enough in...
The New York Times › Sports › 1 day ago
In this week’s newsletter, Marc Stein talks to the Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown and answers questions about LeBron James and the W.N.B.A.
CBS Local › Sports › 1 day ago
Jaylen Brown is betting on himself this season, reportedly turning down a four-year, $80 million offer from the Boston Celtics.
The Guardian › Sports › 3 weeks ago
The devastating tsunami of 2011 laid waste to Kamaishi but the community bounced back and the Rugby World Cup is their way of giving back to the world for its supportKamaishi is a steel town. The first things you see when you arrive here are the large...
Business Insider › Lifestyle › 1 week ago
A new study in mBio proposes that the fungus Cryptococcus gattii came to the Pacific Northwest with the help of a massive tsunami in 1964. The fungus has infected over 300 people across Canada and the US since 1999. If the authors' hypothesis is...
USA Today › Sports › 4 days ago
LSU appears to finally have the offense to compete with Alabama, and other things Dan Wolken learned from Week 7 of the college football season.
USA Today › Sports › 0 month ago
Alabama A&M coach Connell Maynor said his team was treated unprofessionally during a game at North Alabama.
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google
OR