It wasn't Alabama's run defense that suffered against aTm. CJ Mosley and A'Shawn Robinson have been stopping the run all season. Bama has gotten better against the pass, but might still be vulnerable there.
Alabama linebacker Trey DePriest didn’t mince words when asked about the dynamic running back tandem Arkansas will bring into Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday. In his view, Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams present a big challenge to Bama’s D:
“They’re tough. To me, they’re the best that we’ve seen. They’re real patient in how they run behind their blocks. They’re real good at cutting it back, so they’re strong because when they cut back they get hit and they’re getting yards after the hit…
Just to be patient like (Collins), coming from high school, it’s impressive to stay behind your blocks. In high school, he’s probably bigger and faster than everybody else and you really have to be patient to make that step and come to college, stay behind the blocks and have the vision that he’s got.”
Collins currently ranks third in the SEC in rushing yards per game with 102.8. Williams places seventh with an 80.5 per-game clip. Both have scored four touchdowns.
But guess who’s rushing defense has been steadily improving after a horrendous day at Texas A&M. Yep. Alabama has climbed all the way to second place in the SEC, allowing just 87.1 yards per game on the ground.
It doesn’t take a coach to figure out that Bama will likely stack the line of scrimmage and dare the Razorbacks to beat them with sophomore Brandon Allen throwing the football.