Alabama Football

Alabama football returned to practice yesterday at Thomas-Drew Practice Fields, completing its first of three workouts during the bye week.

It’s the Crimson Tide’s first bye week following a 59-31 win over Ole Miss last Saturday. Alabama will face Texas A&M at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, in a 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff on Oct. 12.

Both teams will meet for the 12th time dating back to 1942. The Crimson Tide leads the all-time series, 9-2, including a 4-0 record in College Station. The Crimson Tide won last year’s meeting, 45-23 and is 6-1 against the Aggies since Texas A&M joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012.

Following last Saturday’s game, junior wide receiver DeVonta Smith was named the Maxwell Award Player of the Week. Smith had a career day, setting an Alabama single-game receiving record with 274 yards and five touchdowns. Smith averaged 24.9 yards per catch, the second-best mark in a single game by a wide receiver at Alabama with at least eight catches.

His five touchdowns tied the SEC single-game record. He also became the sixth player in SEC history to score at least two touchdowns and go over 200 yards in a game, which he accomplished in the first half alone. In the first half, Smith had eight catches for 221 yards and four touchdowns.

Junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was named the Davey O’Brien Foundation’s Quarterback of the Week for the second time in the past three weeks. Tagovailoa finished 26-of-36 passing for 418 yards and six touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown.

His seven total touchdowns established a new Crimson Tide record passing AJ McCarron with (81). He also broke the Alabama career record for touchdowns responsible for during the contest.

The bye week comes at the perfect time for Alabama. Its schedule will continue to get tougher. With matchups against LSU and Auburn remaining, it allows the team to fix holes in the defense, allows players to recover from injuries and will help Alabama’s freshmen get more comfortable.

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