Author: CW Sports Staff

Dylan Moses shines in Alabama’s shutout win over Mercer

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Alabama’s linebacker core was beat up to say the least coming into its game against Mercer. With four linebackers out, the Crimson Tide shifted true freshman linebacker Dylan Moses from the outside to inside, and it payed off against the Bears. Moses was paired with senior linebacker Rashaan Evans in the starting lineup for the first time of his career. He showed off finishing with a game high 11 tackles, 10 of which were solo, and an interception in the 56-0 win. “I think Dylan has a lot more confidence,” head coach Nick Saban said. “Last week was a little much for him, but this week he was better in practice. We simplified things [the defensive scheme] a little more. This was a little bit easier preparation from that standpoint. I think the knowledge and experience that he gained out there today will help his development for the future.” The interception came after Mercer drove into the Alabama red zone for the first and only time of the game. Quarterback Kaelan Riley dropped back and threw the ball over the middle of the field right to Moses. He returned it from the nine-yard line to the 20. “I was just proud of him,” Evans said. “Today was a day to showcase his skills. I believed in his skill set and I feel like he showed...

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Alabama dominates Mercer from start to finish

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) No. 1 Alabama dominated Mercer, 56-0, to remain undefeated. The win sets up a winner-take-all Iron Bowl with Auburn next weekend. Jalen Hurts had 180 yards and three touchdowns. He did not throw an incompletion in the game. Moment of the game Jalen Hurts fools Mercer with a nice pump fake, then finds Calvin Ridley wide open for a 66-yard touchdown to put Alabama up 28-0 in the second quarter. Offensive player of the game Matthew Speakman- Jalen Hurts Cody Estremera- Calvin Ridley Defensive player of the game Matthew Speakman- Dylan Moses Cody Estremera- Dylan Moses Fan players of the game (Determined by a twitter poll) Offense- Josh Jacobs Defense- Dylan Moses NOTES It only took 3:33 for Alabama to find the endzone. Jalen Hurts found Irv Smith from eight yards out, for Smith’s third touchdown of the season. Josh Jacobs marched Alabama down the field on its second drive. The sophomore gained 62 of the 65 yards, before true freshman Najee Harris scored his third career touchdown from three yards out. Jalen Hurts was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa early in the second quarter. Hurts finished 7-of-7 with 180 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 30 yards on two attempts. Alabama scored touchdowns on its first five possessions of the game. Freshman Dylan Moses had a dominant game in his first start. Moses...

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Career night for John Petty propels Alabama over Alabama A&M

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) After Alabama’s win over Lipscomb, freshman John Petty said he needed to be more aggressive with his shot. He delivered in Alabama’s 104-67 win over Alabama A&M. Petty hit 10 shots, all of which were from three point range. “We had a great shoot around,” Petty said. “ I got some great shots up after that, so I felt good coming out. I didn’t know the record till halftime.” The 10 three pointers is a new Alabama single game record. It was also the first time Petty had ever hit 10 threes in a game. For the first time this season, Alabama was led by its group of freshmen. The No. 8 class in the country scored 78 of Alabama’s 104 points. The combination of Petty and Collin Sexton was lights out. Sexton put up 25 points in his second career game, while Petty led the team with 30. “They [the freshmen] came in with a spark,” junior forward Donta Hall said. “Us playing together as one is really a big part of what we do. It’s more of a family thing.” Sexton put on a show for all 26 minutes he was in. He shot 11 of 16 from the field and sent the Crimson Tide up 51-22 going into the second half by hitting a half court shot to beat the buzzer. “We...

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Walk-on Kaylee Thomas already making an impact as a freshman

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ehsan Kassim) Kaylee Thomas is making an impact on the Alabama volleyball team during her freshman season, despite her being a walk-on for the team. Head coach Ed Allen attributes that to her coming from a volleyball family. Her sisters all played, and her dad coaches volleyball. “Anytime you have a kid that comes from that, it enables them to see things more in-depth and easier than others,” Allen said. Thomas has played in all 28 matches, and has started in 26 of them. She posted a career-high 15 digs and two service aces on Sept. 8 against Hofstra. Thomas achieved double-digit kills in both matches against the highly-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. What surprised Allen about Thomas is actually the main reason he believes she has done as well as she has in her freshman year. “The competitive desire she has,” Allen said. “The effort she brings on a daily basis and ability to be as prepared as well as player I have ever had.” Natalie Murison and Quincey Gary, two standout defensive players, have taken Thomas under their wing. Thomas credits them for helping her learn how to play at this level and helping her grow as a player. “Both of them are co-captains, so it has been even better to look up to both of them,” Thomas said. “I feel like a whole different player. Sometimes...

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Women’s basketball takes down Jacksonville in annual fifth grade fast break event

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (James Ogletree) Hannah Cook pulled up from just behind the three-point line. The ball landed just inside the rim and dipped down, appearing to be on its way through the net. But it kept circling, once, twice, three times, and rolled up on top of the rim. It perched there for a moment, and then finally dropped. The crowd of over 2,000 fifth-graders, each ready to release boundless pent-up energy, exploded with glee. The shot was the end of a three-minute, 9-0 run that propelled Alabama from a five-point deficit to a four-point lead with 2:40 remaining in the second quarter. The team carried the lead into halftime and did not relinquish it, coasting to an eventual 75-60 win over Jacksonville on Thursday afternoon. For the entire game, the raucous 10- and 11-year olds stomped, sang, barked like dogs, and screamed and screeched with all the volume their deafening, pre-pubescent voices could muster. “I could feel [their energy],” senior forward Ashley Williams said. “I felt it since we came out to warm up. Having them out there yelling ‘Defense!’ and cheering for us means a lot to us.” The fifth-graders were already riled up before tipoff, but Alabama’s first defensive rebound by Meo Knight sent them into a frenzy. They got even more boisterous as Jacksonville forward/center Khadijah Brown missed back-to-back free throws in the first quarter,...

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