Offense for Alabama Football looked significantly improved in a 49-27 win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl. It ended with the highest scoring since the Tennessee game and the highest scoring in a win since the Arkansas game in week five. Alabama’s 516 total rushing yards was also the best performance against the FBS competition since the Tennessee game.
Alabama Football Quarterbacks: A
Bryce Young gave a lights-out performance to Alabama football fans in his Bryant-Denny curtain call. Young was inventive as always, throwing several deep balls that he hadn’t even attempted in the past few weeks.
The junior quarterback finished the tournament with 343 passing yards and three touchdowns, as well as 48 rushing yards and one more score. His 391 total yards tied his performance with Vanderbilt as his second-highest yard production of the season (Tennessee, 451). Young’s four total touchdowns was the most he had in an SEC game this season.
Bryce Young hit on several big plays, including a 52-yard pass to Jermaine Burton, a 39-yard pass to Kendrick Law, a 32-yard touchdown to Ja’Corey Brooks, and a 27-yard touchdown to Traeshon Holden . The offense lacked big-play production in the second half of the season, so those long finishes were a welcome sight.
There was certainly something satisfying about Bryce Young getting back to his form in his last home game and doing it against Auburn.
Alabama Football Running Backs: B+
The Bama Running Backs were able to assert themselves strongly in this Iron Bowl. The trio of Jahmyr Gibbs, Jase McClellan and Roydell Williams combined for 32 touches for 143 yards and four touchdowns.
Gibbs returned from injury to lead Alabama with 17 attempts for 76 yards on the ground. He scored an exclamation point for the Bama win with a 23-yard dash.
McClellan has been impressive in Gibbs’ absence, leading Alabama in the last two games in a rush. Even on Gibbs’ return, Jase McClellan made the difference at the Iron Bowl. He rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown and added another touchdown through the air.
Bouncing back Roydell Williams caught a carry on his only touch of the game on the goal line and capitalized on his fourth rushing touchdown of the season.
Alabama Football Receiver: B
The Alabama receivers made explosive plays throughout the game and for the most part had one of their best games of the season. Still, the group continued to struggle with inconsistencies and drops. Ahead of the bowl game and next season, the receiver space needs further improvement. It’s been a drag at times this season, but that wasn’t the case at the Iron Bowl.
Sophomore Ja’Corey Brooks was the most consistent receiver on the team. He nabbed four passes for 76 yards and a touchdown against Auburn to end the regular season with team-bests 623 yards and seven points. Junior Jermaine Burton has come alive in recent weeks, leading Alabama for 87 yards on three catches at the Iron Bowl. Fellow junior Traeshon Holden caught his sixth touchdown pass of the year on a 27-yard tunnel screen.
Freshman Kendrick Law had two receptions for 52 yards and classmate Isaiah Bond had four catches for 36 yards. Robbie Ouzts, sophomore tight end, also saw an increased usage rate. He came on with just two catches for 14 yards this season and made two more grabs for 29 yards at the Iron Bowl. He also blocked quite well, adding a physical, violent touch to the offense.
Alabama Football Offensive Line: A
After being abused by the Auburn front last season, Alabama’s offensive line flipped the script in the 2022 Iron Bowl. The line paved the way for 173 rushing yards to over five yards per carry and only allowed three tackles for a loss.
Plus, Bryce Young kept it clean all night. The offensive line didn’t give up a sack the entire game, giving up only twice. Tackles JC Latham and Tyler Steen, returning from an ankle injury, neutralized Auburn defensive ends Derick Hall and Colby Wooden.
Together, the group did exactly what they needed to do against one of the SEC’s best pass rushes.