BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference coaches have named Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen as offensive and defensive players of the year.
Kentucky's Mark Stoops is the SEC coach of the year in voting by league coaches announced on Wednesday.
Texas A&M's Braden Mann is the pick as top special teams player and Crimson Tide receiver Jaylen Waddle is freshman of the year. Alabama players also claimed two other awards.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama fans can't take their time getting settled in for the start of games.
They might miss a touchdown, or two or three.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide has wasted no time pouncing on opponents this season, jumping out to big leads that have effectively taken away any drama about the outcome.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — If Mike Locksley lacks the national cachet of other recent Alabama offensive coordinators, he does have the numbers — and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa — on his side.
He's not a big-name former head coach at a football powerhouse, like Lane Kiffin and (briefly) Steve Sarkisian or a longtime NFL assistant like Brian Daboll. Locksley's offense might still prove to be the best coach Nick Saban has had with the top-ranked Crimson Tide, which hosts Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama tight end Hale Hentges is OK with not getting the ball that often, figuring that means other playmakers are getting their chance.
That hasn't always been the case in the first two games for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, which is still trying to identify, develop or just get the ball more to some of those weapons. Quarterback Jalen Hurts and Alabama should have plenty of options and some time to figure things out before the next big game.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jalen Hurts set the tone for Alabama early in the week and again to start the game.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide needed to play better Saturday against Fresno State, he told his teammates. Hurts certainly did.
He ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns and passed for a third score in No. 1 Alabama's 41-10 victory Saturday, getting the Tide rolling with a 55-yard touchdown run two plays into the game.