Alabama-Florida 3 things, mini grades

first_img Another target Calvin Ridley is the go-to receiver for Alabama, but ArDarius Stewart has caught a touchdown in his last two games. Doesn’t have the speed of Ridley, but has the hops to go up and make a play as he did against Florida. Leg weary Alabama has resorted to having Jake Coker run options to give Henry rest, but Henry still ran the ball 44 times. Henry has 90 carries in his last two games. Someone arrange a week-long massage for the Heisman front-runner. SEC Coach of the Year Nick Saban won another SEC title, but Jim McElwain should win the award. He was able to reach the SEC title game with a quarterback that handicapped his offense and less talent than Georgia and Tennessee. Alabama head coach Nick Saban waves to fans after defeating Florida in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta on Saturday.Alabama head coach Nick Saban waves to fans after defeating Florida in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta on Saturday. 3 things worth talking about MINI GRADES Rushing offense — B: Derrick Henry became the first running back to rush for 100-plus yards in consecutive SEC championship games. He went for 141 last year versus Missouri. He rushed for 189 and a touchdown against Florida.Rushing defense — A: Florida scratched out 15 yards on 21 rushes. Kelvin Taylor and Treon Harris simply had no room to run.Passing offense — B: Jake Coker will always throw in dangerous areas, but once again didn’t turn the ball over in going 18 of 26 for 204 yards and two touchdowns.Passing defense — A: Treon Harris hit a couple of deep passes with the latter going for a score, but was sacked five times and went 9 of 24 for only 165 yards and an interception.Special teams — C: JK Scott was back to his usual self — six punts for an average of 51.2 yards with five landing inside the 20-yard line — but Adam Griffith missed a chip shot field goal and Alabama gave up a punt return for a score.Coaching — B: Alabama tries to find balance, but eventually Nick Saban leaned on what has gotten it here — Derrick Henry and the defense.Overall — B: Alabama wins back-to-back SEC titles. Enough said.3 things worth talking aboutStewart proves to be big targetCalvin Ridley is the go-to receiver for Alabama, but ArDarius Stewart has caught a touchdown in his last two games. Doesn’t have the speed of Ridley, but has the hops to go up and make a play as he did against Florida.90 times last two gamesAlabama has resorted to having Jake Coker run options to give Henry rest, but Henry still ran the ball 44 times. Henry has 90 carries in his last two games. Someone arrange a week-long massage for the Heisman frontrunner.SEC Coach of the YearNick Saban won another SEC title, but Jim McElwain should win the award. He was able to reach the SEC title game with a quarterback that handicapped his offense and less talent than Georgia and Tennessee.Mini gradesRushing offense – B – Derrick Henry became the first running back to rush for 100-plus yards in consecutive SEC championship games. He went for 141 last year versus Missouri. He rushed for 189 and a touchdown against Florida.Rushing defense – A – Florida scratched out 21 yards on 15 attempts. Kelvin Taylor and Treon Harris simply had no room to run.Passing offense – B – Jake Coker will always throw in dangerous areas, but once again didn’t turn the ball over in going 18-of-26 for 204 yards and two touchdowns.Passing defense – A – Treon Harris hit a couple of deep passes with the latter going for a score, but was sacked five times and went 9-of-24 for only 165 yards and an interception.Special teams – C – JK Scott was back to his usual self – six punts for an average of 51.2 yards with five landing inside the 20-yard line – but Adam Griffith missed a chip shot field goal and Alabama gave up a punt return for a score.Coaching – B – Alabama tries to find balance, but eventually Nick Saban lean on what has gotten it here – Derrick Henry and the defense.Overall – B – Alabama wins back-to-back SEC titles. Enough said.last_img