Alabama senior defensive end Jonathan Allen was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week, while true freshman offensive tackle Jonah Williams earned SEC Freshman of the week, as the conference announced its weekly awards on Tuesday.
Allen recorded two sacks for a loss of 15 yards with four tackles and two pass breakups. He helped lead an Alabama defense that held No. 20 Southern California to six points and 194 yards. The Crimson Tide’s defense forced USC into nine three-and-outs while also stopping the Trojans on a fourth down over 16 possessions.
Williams made his college debut, helping lead a line that gained 465 yards of offense against the Trojans. Alabama averaged 5.4 yards per attempt on the ground against USC.
The conference award is the second of Allen’s career and the first for Williams.
Alabama hosts Western Kentucky in its home opener at Bryant-Denny Stadium this Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Alabama DT makes small request
Alabama sophomore defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne is a pretty laid back guy, even though it might not appear that way when he bursting into opposing backfields or stuffing running backs at the line.
He’s also pretty easy to please.
When leaving his media availability Tuesday, Payne was asked if he would prefer his name spelled Da’Ron or Daron in print. Payne just shrugged his shoulders, stating it didn’t matter either way.
The 6-foot-2, 319-pound lineman has made one small request. Payne joked that he is tired of being photographed next freshman teammate Raekwon Davis, stating the 6-foot-7, 315-pound freshman makes him look smaller than he is.
"I tried to tell him stop standing next to me because it makes me look little,” Payne said. “But yeah, that's a big dude."
Davis did not travel with the team as he awaits word on his eligibility. However, Payne said he expects big things when the freshman does begin suiting up on the field.
"He's a very strong player and very powerful at the point,” Payne said. “So he'll obviously be a good attribute to the team."