Young, who appeared in nine games last year – mostly in cleaning service – was 9 of 14 for 103 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter, the goal going to veteran wide receiver John Metchie III for 37 yards. He found tight end Cameron Latu for scores twice in the second quarter and Jameson Williams for 94 yards – tied for the longest in program history – in the third.
That 94 yards was huge, at least in terms of momentum. Miami couldn’t do anything offensively and trailed 27-3 in the locker room. Quarterback D’Eriq King moved the Canes to the 1-yard line in 13 games to open the third quarter, but Alabama thwarted a quarterback who squeezed into fourth and goal to end in training. Three games later, Young found Williams for the puzzle.
Alabama has also learned a lot about their racing game. Brian Robinson Jr. was a key piece of the puzzle early on, rushing for 52 yards in the first quarter in his first game as a true No.1 running back. Alabama received a response at the start of the Benz beating.
1. Young is the real deal
All eyes were on the former Class 2020 No.2 overall prospect as he made his debut as a Crimson Tide starting quarterback, and he didn’t disappoint. His four touchdown passes are tied for the most in Chick-fil-A pitching history with former Tide signal caller Tua Tagovailoa and former Ole MIss star Bo Wallace. Statistics don’t tell the whole story, however.
Young showed from the start that he was not a quarterback on the first run. Even though he’s technically a double threat, he showed extraordinary composure as he kept his eyes down on the game’s first five records – all of which ended in scores. His pocket presence and comfort within the offense of Coordinator Bill O’Brien was evident from the start, which provides a great foundation for the future.
Week 1 is the time of year when we all overreact to everything. Through 60 minutes of his career as a starter, Young looks like could to be Saban’s best quarterback recruited for Tide. After all, he sliced and diced an experienced Miami defense despite Alabama losing three of the top five Heisman Trophy voters (including the winner), the Rimington Prize winner, the Outland Trophy winner. and the winner of the Broyles Prize. Imagine what he will do when he uses his legs and feels even more comfortable with his offensive weapons.
2. Alabama has some monster shows
Poor king… he had no luck in his pocket. Linebackers Will Anderson, Jr. and Christian Harris, defensive lineman Phildarian Mathis and the rest of Alabama’s top-seven were all over him from the moment the Hurricanes offense entered the field. Defensive coordinator Pete Golding did a great job putting Anderson in one-on-one situations, and when Miami finally had someone to help out, it allowed Harris and Co. to settle in. back-field.
The pre-game speech was that Alabama’s defense is not only its strength, but could be Saban’s best ever. It’s like choosing between $ 50 steaks; no matter which one you choose from the menu, you won’t be disappointed. However, the speed of these guys is next level. If this isn’t the fastest seven front in Bama history, I’d be shocked.
3. Miami’s defensive game plan was brutal
There were two things to think about for coach Manny Diaz: bringing warmth to Young or sitting in the blanket and trying to force mistakes from the back. He chose the latter, and he chose badly. Miami’s defensive front only managed one sack and, for most of the first half, dropped eight players in cover. What’s even more confusing is that Diaz, who took over the play call duties ahead of the season, is known to exert pressure from all angles in different ways.
It just didn’t make sense. It was clear that Young wasn’t put off by the covers, so there was no need to wait until half-time to try and make any adjustments. In this case, it was clearly too late (and probably wouldn’t have mattered in the end).