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Photo by Kent Gidley
Photo by Kent Gidley

Mac Jones  (QB, #10)

Alabama redshirt junior quarterback Mac Jones has been in Nick Saban’s system behind Tua Tagovailoa for the past several years. Entering the 2020 season, he had played in 26 career games with four starts. He earned the starting position over dual-threat freshman Bryce Young and has performed well so far this season. Through his two first games, he led the nation in yards per attempt, (13.4), yards per completion (18.0) and an NCAA-leading 222.07 passer rating while averaging 342.0 passing yards per game, which was good for fourth nationally. Jones has a great arm and paired with two great receivers, the Bulldogs’ defense could be in for a long day. Jones threw for 417 yards and two scores against Ole Miss last week. He has the skills and mental toughness to lead the Crimson Tide to victory.

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Najee Harris (RB, #22)

Alabama senior running back Najee Harris is one of the most electrifying players in all of college football. The Antioch, California native ran for 1,224 yards and 13 scores as a junior in 2019 while averaging 5.9 yards per carry. In the Crimson Tide’s second game of the season, Harris was limited to 43 yards on 12 attempts, but scored two touchdowns in the victory. He also scored three touchdowns in the season opener against Missouri in the season opener. This will be a tough matchup for Georgia’s front seven, but the Bulldogs have the tools to stop him. Harris will have to find a way to bounce outside the tackles and get into open field. If that happens, it might be tough to stop him. Last week, Harris carved up the Ole Miss defense by rushing for 206 yards and five scores.

Jaylen Waddle (WR, #17)

The Crimson Tide have a dynamic duo in receivers Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith, which might be the best coupling in the nation. However, Waddle is more of a deep threat because of his consistency and speed. Georgia’s defensive backs will have to play their best game to stop these two. Waddle is also a dangerous punt returner as well as he is the reigning SEC Specials Teams Player of the Year. In his first two games, Waddle has a pair of 100-plus yard receiving games and three scores so far this season. He finished last week’s matchup against Ole Miss with six receptions for 120 yards. It might be hard for the Georgia defense to contain one and then forget about the other threat. It will be an interesting matchup regardless.

DJ Dale (DL, #94)

Alabama nose tackle DJ Dale earned the starting job during his freshman preseason camp. He started the first 10 games of 2019, but missed the last three due to a lower-body injury. Dale tabbed the Freshman All-America Watch List by the Football Writers’ Association of America (FWAA) last season. In 2020, he’s returned at full health for his sophomore campaign. He only recorded one tackle against Missouri in the season opener, but played a key role in limiting Mizzou to just 69 yards rushing. The 6-3, 307-pound sophomore can clog up running lanes and be a terror for opposing team’s quarterbacks. Georgia’s offensive line will have to not only worry about him, but several others that pose as a threat. The Birmingham, Alabama native has the chance to be an All-American this season and will be a force to be reckoned with against the Bulldogs.

Dylan Moses  (LB, #32)

Dylan Moses is one the best linebackers in the country. The 6-3, 240-pound senior is the captain of the Alabama defense, and returns to the field after missing the 2019 season due to an injury. Moses was a First Team Preseason All-America selection by the Associated Press, ESPN.com and USA Today, and also named a second-team honoree by The Sporting News and Walter Camp. He’s been named to the preseason Butkus Award list for the past three seasons. He is a physical presence and the heart and soul of the Crimson Tide’s defense. He will be a threat to Georgia’s offense on both the inside and outside. He will be looking to help Crimson Tide get back to the CFP Playoff, so don’t take him lightly only three games off an injury.

Patrick Surtain II  (CB, #2)

Patrick Surtain is definitely considered a lockdown cornerback for the Crimson Tide’s defense and one of the top defenders in the nation. He’s played in every game during his time in Tuscaloosa, including 28 consecutive starts. He earned First Team Preseason All-America recognition from ESPN.com and tabbed a second-team honoree by the Associated Press, The Sporting News, USA Today and Walter Camp. He was also named to the preseason Jim Thorpe Award watch list, which is an honor presented to the nation’s top defensive back. Georgia will be looking to mix it up on offense, especially to confuse Surtain. The Plantation, Florida native is one of the best coverage corners in the SEC, and his skill set is among the top in the nation as well.

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