2016 Alabama Football Top 25 Plays

25 days, 25 plays!

One play will be posted every day from the 2016 (Almost) National Championship season. A little football filler until Bama takes down Florida State in the new Gawga Dome. Let’s start the countdown:

25. Damien Harris… Goes…(Almost)… All… The… Way

Ole Miss had beaten the Crimson Tide two times in a row and were trying to be the first team ever to beat a Nick Saban coached Alabama team three times in a row. They almost had it too, with an early 24-3 lead. The Tide would come all the way back to make it a 27-27 game late in the third quarter where a run by Damien Harris would continue the momentum. Even though he was ruled down at the one-yard line, Bo Scarbrough finished the job.
Alabama prevailed 48-43 and it was all downhill for Ole Miss after that. They finished the year 5-7, NCAA violations became public, and Hugh Freeze was “escorted” out of Oxford.
Spoiler:
This wasn’t the only play against Ole Miss that made the top plays of the 2016 Alabama season…

24. Tim Williams Joins the TD Club

Up 14-7 at the start of the second quarter, the Bama defense stepped up again. Tim Williams scooped and scored his first and only touchdown of his great career. Alabama went on to win that game against Arkansas 49-30.

 

23. Ardarius is Faster than a Jet

Ardarius Stewart had quite the day against Mississippi State. He finished with 8 Catches for 156 yards and 3 TDs. His most impressive play came on a jet sweep that went for a 67 yard touchdown. Alabama thumped Mississippi State 51-3.

 

22. Marlon Starts the Route

Alabama was only up 10-3 with around 3 minutes left in the first half. The 2016 Non-Offensive Touchdown streak would start with a Marlon Humphrey pick-6. Alabama went on to beat the Final AP ranked No. 3 USC 52-6.

Take note Florida State, you don’t want to face Alabama in a season opener.

21. Reuben Missile Crisis in Dallas

I had to throw at least one Reuben Foster play on here… Even though he never joined the touchdown club, he was the heart and soul of the defense.

Early in the game USC thought, “Hey let’s try running against this Bama defense!” Foster chased down the running back to the sideline and finished like he always did.

The hard hitting linebacker laid out Justin Davis. We would see plays like this all season from the Reuben Missile Crisis as he will go down as one of the greatest linebackers to ever play for Saban and the Crimson Tide.

 

20. Bama Block Party

Up only 10-7 near the end of the first quarter the offense was stagnant. The special teams gave the boost they needed in Alabama’s second SEC championship game in a row against Florida. A block would be returned for a TD by Josh Jacobs…

Maybe this year Bama will get a team other than Florida.

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19. Hurts Finishes the Aggies

The first Jalen Hurts play of the countdown. Entering the 4th quarter it was 26-14. The best attribute for Hurts during his Freshman year was running the football and that’s exactly what he did. The shifty run by Hurts was the final TD of the game.

The Aggies experienced their first lost of the season and 4th in a row against Alabama.

 

18. Alabama Goal Line Stop

It was still somewhat of a game midway through the 3rd quarter with Bama up 33-16. Florida marched down the field to the 2 yard line with 4 downs to score.

Rush for 0 yards, Rush for 1 yard, Rush for -1 yard, and incomplete Pass

The Bama defense made a goal line stop including a great tackle by Rashaan Evans. They wouldn’t give up any TDs for the rest of the game and went on to win 54-16 for another SEC Championship.

 

17. Hurts Wins the Starting Job

Blake Barnett started against USC, but was ineffective in his 2 series. Hurts replaced him and never gave the job back. In the middle of the second quarter Hurts threw a great ball for his first touchdown of the year.

Hurts finished the season with 36 TDs and Alabama won the game against USC 52-6.

 

 

16. Ronnie Ends the Game in the 1st Quarter

There were 30 seconds left in the 1st quarter, but the game was over. Tennessee tried a screen pass, but the running back got lost in the Alabama blitz. Joshua Dobbs threw it right to Ronnie Harrison who took it the other way for a TD.

Alabama won 49-10, their 10th straight win over Tennessee. The last time Tennessee beat Alabama there were no iPhones, Myspace was the leading Social Media platform, and Jalen Hurts was 8 years old. 

Alabama also has won 4 national championships during that period…

 

15. Iron Bowl 4th and 4 Score

In the middle of the 3rd quarter with a 20-9 lead, Alabama was going for it on 4th down. Ardarius Stewart turned a simple out route into a touchdown. The 38 yard touchdown would be the last of the game as Alabama extended the series lead to 45-35-1 and their 3rd in a row over Auburn.

14. Bo Wants a High-Five

It was already a blowout, Bo just made it worse. The final touchdown of the game was a 85-yard run where Bo outran the entire Tennessee defense. It would give Bo his first 100-yard rushing game of the season before his late season emergence.

And after he scored, Bo just wanted a high-five from a Tennessee fan.

 

13. Minkah 6-Patrick SEC Championship Game

Minkah scored the first touchdown of the SEC Championship game and it was the 10th defensive touchdown on the year for Alabama. He had been a playmaker all year at the safety position.

For Comparison, Defensive Stats:
Minkah Fitzpatrick: 66 Tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 6 INTs, 10 PD, 1 FF, 2 TDs
Jabrill Peppers: 66 Tackles, 13 TFL, 3 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 PD, 0 FF, 0 TDs
Just Saying…

12. Eddie Jackson, Eddie Jackson, Eddie Jackson

Eddie Jackson returned 11 punts in his Alabama career, 2 of them went for TDs. Which means every 5.5 punt returns he scored a touchdown.
To put that in perspective, Devin Hester had 41 punt returns during his career at Miami, 4 went for TDs. Every 10.25 punt returns went for a touchdown
He was definitely missed during the second half of the year.

11. Sack, Fumble, Touchdown

Alabama was down 24-3 at one point. They climbed all the way back to tie it early in the 3rd quarter. Chad Kelly hung onto the ball a little too long and paid the price…

10. Hurts puts Bama in the Lead

Alabama fans thought it was enough. Jalen Hurts led the Tide on a 68 yard drive to take a 31-28 lead. The 30 yard run with 2:07 left on the clock probably would’ve been the top play if the defense stopped Deshaun Watson.

Regardless, the Freshman QB showed maturity all year and will win a National Championship during his time at Alabama.

 

9. Anderson and Allen score on the Aggies

Ryan Anderson blew up the play in the backfield and Jonathan Allen took it from there. The Alabama defense would not let the Aggies score another point the rest of the game.

It wasn’t Allen’s only touchdown of the year. How Jabrill Peppers was a heisman finalist and Allen wasn’t will never make sense to me… Allen, as a defensive lineman, had the same amount of Interceptions as Peppers. He also doesn’t get blown up by offensive lineman and Tight Ends (Unlike Peppers).

 

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