Najee Harris

Alabama running back Najee Harris (22) dives in for a touchdown against Ole Miss on Saturday.

Postgame analysis of No. 1-ranked Alabama's 62-7 win over Ole Miss:


Jeudy’s day

Previously, Jerry Jeudy was mentioned in the same breath with Devonta Smith and Henry Ruggs III as the Tide’s talented trio of sophomore receivers. He’s in a class by himself now. Jeudy caught three passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns, including a 79-yarder in the first half alone.

Did you see his footwork near the Ole Miss end zone? He reeled in a pass and stopped immediately — like a human joy stick — and watched the Ole Miss defender slide by on what would have been his third touchdown. But his shoe just happened to catch a few inches of the sideline.

In looking at recent Tide history, Jeudy is now in line for success of Alabama receiving stars Julio Jones, Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley … and Jeudy is only three games into his second season.

Harris’ yardage

You’ve got to feel for Alabama’s quartet of running backs. The team’s ranked No. 1 in the country. The offense is unstoppable, scoring more than 50 points its first three games to become the first SEC team to do that in the league’s history.

But the addition of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has taken some of the attention away from its ground-and-pound attack. There’s not enough carries to go around for Damien Harris, Najee Harris, Josh Jacobs and Brian Robinson.

Damien Harris could become the first Tide back to gain more than 1,000 yards rushing in three straight seasons … if he can get enough attempts. Harris only had five carries for 62 yards and a touchdown in a blowout win over Ole Miss.

In three games, Harris only has 24 carries for 178 yards. That would be one game for the Mark Ingram’s and Derrick Henry’s … but it’s a new world in Tuscaloosa now.

Tide special teams

Alabama’s offense is as good as it has ever been under Nick Saban. Despite its inexperience, the defense is impressive. The special teams — except for more work to do with the field-goal kicking — is good too.

Joseph Bulovas made all eight of his extra points attempts and made 20-yard and 44-yard field goals … though he missed badly on a 38-yard attempt in the first half. Jacobs averaged more than 50 yards on two kickoff-return attempts, including 74-yarder to open third quarter. Jaylen Waddle returned a punt 37 yards.

The defending national champs appear to be pretty special in all three phases of the game and that’s a good sign for the future.


Rushing offense — A: Alabama did whatever it wanted on the ground in the first half and it wasn’t until garbage time that Ole Miss shut the Tide down.

Rushing defense — A: Scottie Phillips broke free for a couple of chain-moving runs, but for the most part the Rebels were shut down.

Passing offense — A: Tagovailoa connected early with Jeudy on 79-yarder and hit tight end Irv Smith Jr. on third down for a touchdown.  

Passing defense — A: Ole Miss got its home run with 75-yard touchdown pass to the open the game, but the Rebels were soon brought back to earth.

Special teams — A: Bulovas appears to have solidified the extra point duties making all eight of his attempts and 2-of-3 of his field goals. Jacobs and Waddle were impressive on kick-off and punt returns.  

Coaching — A: What can you say? Tide was prepared for what Ole Miss threw at them and Rebels couldn’t stop the Tide.

Overall — A: Tide misses field goal, fumbles early, gives up 75-yard touchdown pass … yet leads by 42 at halftime … enough said.