Alabama notebook: Wallace lands SEC player honor
TUSCALOOSA — Sometime in the middle of his best game in a breakout season, Alabama cornerback Levi Wallace heard the premonition.
“Shaun (Dion Hamilton) actually told me during the game that I’d probably get SEC Player of the Week,” Wallace said Monday. “But like I said, I’m never focused on any of that. I’m just trying to help my team win.”
Both came to pass.
Wallace garnered Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday, two days after the former walk-on intercepted two passes in the Crimson Tide’s 66-3 shellacking of Ole Miss. He returned the first interception for a 35-yard touchdown — the first of Wallace’s career.
The Tucson, Ariz., native began the season as a backup to Trevon Diggs before overtaking him in week two against Fresno State.
Wallace leads the conference with nine passes defended, is second with six pass break-ups and is tied with three others with a conference-leading four three interceptions.
“I’ve been watching Levi since I got here,” linebacker Anfernee Jennings said. “The three years I’ve been here he’s been doing the same stuff in practice. He finally got his opportunity and he’s doing his best.”
Cornerback and starting punt returner Trevon Diggs is day-to-day and “very questionable” for Saturday’s game against Texas A&M with a foot injury he suffered against Ole Miss.
Following a 21-yard punt return during which he fumbled, Diggs did not return to the game. He was later seen on crutches and with a walking boot on his right foot later in the second half.
If Diggs is unable to play against the Aggies, freshman Henry Ruggs III would assume punt-return duties.
Ruggs caught all second-half punts against both Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, totalling 37 yards on three returns.
Alabama-Arkansas on hold
Alabama’s homecoming game time is on a hold.
Alabama and Arkansas’ Oct. 14 game inside Bryant-Denny Stadium is among three games the SEC placed in its six-day hold Monday morning.
The times for it, Texas A&M-Florida and Auburn-LSU will be announced following Saturday’s games. They will either air at 2:30 p.m. on CBS, 6 p.m. on ESPN2 or 6:15 p.m. on ESPN.
The Tide plays Texas A&M at 6:15 p.m. Saturday in College Station.