Six Tiders Earn Player Of Week

Anthony Steen

If you are surprised that an offensive lineman was one of those selected for Player of the Week honors by the Alabama football coaching staff, raise your hand? All of you got Christion Jones and most of you should have picked out another one or more players honored by the Bama staff following the Tide's 35-10 win over Virginia Tech in the season-opening game in Atlanta Saturday.



Monday the Alabama staff recognized six Crimson Tide players as No. 1 ranked Bama got its season off to a 1-0 start.

Christion Jones was named a player of the week both on offense as a wide receiver and special teams as a punt return and kickoff return man. Offensive guard Anthony Steen was the other honoree on offense, although the Crimson Tide offensive line has been generally questioned following the win in which Bama had only 206 yards of offense. Linebacker C.J. Mosley and end Ed Stinson represented the defense. Cover man Landon Collins and punter Cody Mandell joined Jones on the special teams list.

Jones, who was named the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week and SEC Special Teams Player of the Week as well, totaled 256 all-purpose yards with three touchdowns against the Hokies. According to the Alabama record book dating back to 1944, Jones is the first player to score two non-offensive touchdowns in one game. He had a 72-yard punt return for a TD, a kickoff return for a score of 94 yards, along with a 38-yard TD catch. He is the first player in the FBS to have both a punt return and a kickoff return for a touchdown since 2006. Steen was one of the three game captains and recorded the top grade on the offensive line.

Stinson and Mosley were Alabama's top tacklers Saturday night with eight and seven total stops, respectively. Stinson was credited with a tackle for loss and a half-sack. Mosley also had a key block well down the field on Jones' kickoff return for a touchdown. The Crimson Tide defense limited Virginia Tech to seven first downs, 212 total yards and 3-of-17 on third down conversions.

Collins recorded five tackles on special teams and participated on the kickoff, punt, and punt return units. He also forced a pair of fair catches on punt coverage. Mandell had a solid day with nine punts for 418 yards for a 46.4 average. He had four punts inside the 20 and was also credited with a tackle on coverage.

Monday the Alabama staff recognized six Crimson Tide players as No. 1 ranked Bama got its season off to a 1-0 start.

Christion Jones was named a player of the week both on offense as a wide receiver and special teams as a punt return and kickoff return man. Offensive guard Anthony Steen was the other honoree on offense, although the Crimson Tide offensive line has been generally questioned following the win in which Bama had only 206 yards of offense. Linebacker C.J. Mosley and end Ed Stinson represented the defense. Cover man Landon Collins and punter Cody Mandell joined Jones on the special teams list.

Jones, who was named the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week and SEC Special Teams Player of the Week as well, totaled 256 all-purpose yards with three touchdowns against the Hokies. According to the Alabama record book dating back to 1944, Jones is the first player to score two non-offensive touchdowns in one game. He had a 72-yard punt return for a TD, a kickoff return for a score of 94 yards, along with a 38-yard TD catch. He is the first player in the FBS to have both a punt return and a kickoff return for a touchdown since 2006. Steen was one of the three game captains and recorded the top grade on the offensive line.

Stinson and Mosley were Alabama's top tacklers Saturday night with eight and seven total stops, respectively. Stinson was credited with a tackle for loss and a half-sack. Mosley also had a key block well down the field on Jones' kickoff return for a touchdown. The Crimson Tide defense limited Virginia Tech to seven first downs, 212 total yards and 3-of-17 on third down conversions.

Collins recorded five tackles on special teams and participated on the kickoff, punt, and punt return units. He also forced a pair of fair catches on punt coverage. Mandell had a solid day with nine punts for 418 yards for a 46.4 average. He had four punts inside the 20 and was also credited with a tackle on coverage.

Alabama has an open date this week, but is practicing. The Tide returns to action Sept. 14 at College Station against Texas A&M.

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