15 September 2008
With Bama turning in a solid performance on Saturday, there are plenty of players that deserve praise for efforts. There are a few players that have been mentioned in the Unsung Heroes column before but are producing consistently enough to shed the "unsung" label.
Players like Mark Ingram and Donta' Hightower, to name a couple, will not be on this list anymore. Fortunately, there are enough young guys being given the opportunity to play that we should see no shortage of guys who will contribute but maybe not get their propers week in and week out.
On to the heroes:
Woodall is another guy who is playing his way out of this column. Woodall finished with five tackles (one for a loss), an interception, and a forced fumble. More impressive to me is Woodall's contributions in run support.
Woodall did a great job against WKU (as well as all season) being that 8th man in the box and if not making the tackle, forcing the play inside for someone else to make the play.
Rogers only managed three tackles against the Hilltoppers but his contributions on special teams have been impressive. Rogers is quickly becoming a stalwart on the kick coverage unit.
David Ross: Ross stepped in for Marlon Davis this week and performed admirably. Ross looked a little shaky last week after the Davis injury but he bounced back to help lead the offense to 294 yards rushing against WKU. Ross should provide some much needed depth to the offensive line and particularly to the right guard spot, where Davis has a history of being injury prone.
McElroy got his first playing time of the season but it didn't look or feel like it. Mcelroy finished only 4 of 6 for 61 yards in mop up duty but two of those throws were on 3rd down to keep drives alive.
McElroystared down too many receivers for my taste but that will come with playing time. His play should help ease some minds if John Parker Wilson misses any time this season.