09 September 2008
The sports talk shows and the inter-webs have all been over flowing with fans and pundits alike dissecting all the things that Alabama did wrong against Tulane. They have all been talking about how badly certain players played.
That is not how I roll here in the Unsung Heroes portion of BamaSportsReport. I would prefer, instead, to point out performances of a few players that might otherwise go unnoticed.
However, this week we will not be looking at any offensive players (should be self-explanatory) and will focus on the defense.
Fanney has seemed to fly below the radar during his time at the Capstone. Recruited as a defensive lineman, he switched between end and tackle without ever finding a home. Enter Coach Saban and his 3-4 defenses.
Fanney has found a home at the Jack Linebacker spot, finishing the Tulane game with eight total tackles. More importantly, he seemed to get pressure on Kevin Moore at critical times in the game.
This will probably be Reamer’s last time on Unsung Heroes because a star seems to have been born. Reamer was a big question mark entering this season.
Is he big enough to play linebacker? Is he physical enough? These questions have been answered. Reamer finished with seven tackles (two for a loss) and a sack against the Green Wave. It will be interesting to see how his play affects Prince Hall when he comes off suspension in two weeks.
Woodall entered this season seemingly keeping the seat warm for uber-freshman Mark Barron. Barron may have to wait a while for his chance if Woodall continues this level of play.
Woodall only managed four tackles on Saturday but did a great job in run support none-the-less. Woodall often walked up to the line of scrimmage and forced the ball carriers back inside for a teammate to make a tackle.
These three guys have gone a long way (so far) in answering some serious questions about the Tide defense two games into the 2008 season.