Latest takeaways from Alabama’s victory on Saturday
By: Jake Rajala
The Alabama Crimson Tide, also known as the alpha team in college football, mopped the floor against the Utah State Aggies in Week 1 by a score of 55-0. It was clear that Utah State needed Herb Brooks to have a chance against the Nick Saban-led CFB team. With that said, I’m going to unwine 7 takeaways from Alabama’s Week 1 victory.
- Bryce Young (passing)
The Bama field general Bryce Young clearly had his wheaties on Saturday morning. He unleashed a whopping 5 passing touchdowns against Utah State. It was clearly a great start for his Heisman chances in 2022. There were only three occasions last season where he threw five touchdowns.
- Bryce Young (rushing)
The Bama QB flexed his ability to dazzle with his legs on Saturday – as he unveiled five rushing attempts for 100 rushing yards 1 rushing TD. Young has clocked a 4.4 time before – which compares well to RG3’s 40 time (4.41).
- Traeshon Holden
The stud wideout for Young was none other than Traeshon Holden, who ousted 70 yds and 2 TDs on Saturday. The 6’3 220 lb wideout registered 239 yds and 21 catches a season ago. With Jameson Williams in the NFL (with the Detroit Lions), Holden is expected to be a star WR for Saban.
- Jermaine Burton
Holden didn’t hog all of the fun at WR on Saturday – as Jermaine Burton hauled in a pair of touchdowns. Burton should plan to play in the NFL after his third season. He registered 497 yds in 2021 and 404 yards in 2020.
- Jahmyr Gibbs
The next 1,000+ yard RB in the Alabama offense should undoubtedly be Jahmyr Gibbs. He can flat out run. The junior half-back capped off 93 rushing yards on 9 attempts on Saturday. I don’t expect him to maintain a 10.3 YPC, but he should have a monster 2022 campaign.
- zero sacks
The Bama passing offense was blazing hot (without needing an ambulance), but they didn’t generate a ton of success in pressuring opposing QBs. The Bama defense ousted zero sacks. Although, they did nicely have four QB hurries. Furthermore, they had five tackels for loss.
- Jalen Milroe
The Bama QB2 Jalen Milroe saw playing time on Saturday and threw 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 76 passing yards, and an 80% completion percentage. It’s pivotal that the red-shirt freshman gains experience, especially when Young is likely headed to the NFL draft in 2023.