2021 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Alabama Crimson Tide
CFP National Championship finalist
SEC champion
SEC Western Division champion
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
Record13–2 (7–1 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBill O'Brien (1st season)
Offensive schemeRun and shoot
Defensive coordinatorPete Golding (3rd season)
Co-defensive coordinatorCharles Kelly (3rd season)
Base defense4–2–5
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(capacity: 100,077)
Uniform
Alabama crimson football uniform.png
Seasons
← 2020
2022 →
2021 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
No. 1 Georgia x#^   8 0     14 1  
No. 18 Kentucky   5 3     10 3  
Tennessee   4 4     7 6  
Missouri   3 5     6 7  
South Carolina   3 5     7 6  
Florida   2 6     6 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8     2 10  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   7 1     13 2  
No. 11 Ole Miss   6 2     10 3  
No. 21 Arkansas   4 4     9 4  
Mississippi State   4 4     7 6  
Texas A&M   4 4     8 4  
Auburn   3 5     6 7  
LSU   3 5     6 7  
Championship: Alabama 41, Georgia 24
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2021 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "Bama", or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2021 NCAA Division I FBS football season. This season marked the Crimson Tide's 127th overall season, 88th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and 30th within the SEC Western Division. They played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and were led by 15th-year head coach Nick Saban.

Alabama entered the 2021 season as the defending consensus national champions and SEC champions and appeared in the 2022 College Football National Championship to defend their title against Georgia in a rematch from 2021 SEC Championship Game and 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship, after beating an undefeated Cincinnati in the College Football Playoff Semifinal. Alabama was defeated by Georgia in the National Championship game 33–18.

Previous season

They finished the season undefeated with a record of 13–0 (10–0 in the SEC) and as national champions. Looking to build on the successes of the 2019 campaign, Alabama entered the 2020 season as the favorite to win the Western Division and meet the Florida Gators in the 2020 SEC Championship Game. Alabama closed the regular season with a 11–0 record including five wins against Top 25-ranked teams—and met the Gators for the SEC Championship in a rematch of the 2016 contest. Alabama was victorious by a final score of 52–46 to captured their 9th SEC championship title. The following day, final College Football Playoff(CFP) standings were unveiled. No. 1 ranked Alabama would meet No. 4 ranked Notre Dame for the Rose Bowl game in a rematch of the 2013 contest, defeated the Fighting Irish 31–14 to meet No. 3 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in a rematch of their 2015 contest. In the College Football Playoff National Championship, the Crimson Tide defeated the Buckeyes, 52–24, to capture their third CFP National Championship title in seven years. The victory over Ohio State gave Alabama their 18th national championship in football (their thirteenth wire service title since the AP Poll began in 1936) and their tenth perfect season since 1925.

The season marked the first time a wide receiver at Alabama won the Heisman Trophy, as DeVonta Smith won the award over several finalists including Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Other award winners included quarterback Mac Jones, who won the Davey O’Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, running back Najee Harris who won the Doak Walker Award and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach. Also, six players were named to various All-America Teams with Patrick Surtain II, DeVonta Smith, and Mac Jones being consensus selections and Smith and Surtain each being unanimous selections.

The team finished the 2020 season with a final ranking of No. 1 in both the AP and Coaches' Polls.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 2021 NFL Draft

The following Crimson Tide players were selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. Alabama had six players drafted in the first round, tying Miami (FL) in 2004 for most all time.


Player Position Team Round Pick
Jaylen Waddle WR Miami Dolphins 1 6
Patrick Surtain II CB Denver Broncos 1 9
DeVonta Smith WR Philadelphia Eagles 1 10
Mac Jones QB New England Patriots 1 15
Alex Leatherwood OT Las Vegas Raiders 1 17
Najee Harris RB Pittsburgh Steelers 1 24
Landon Dickerson C Philadelphia Eagles 2 37
Christian Barmore DT New England Patriots 2 38
Deonte Brown OG Carolina Panthers 6 193
Thomas Fletcher LS Carolina Panthers 6 222

Position key

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Place Kicker PK Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Split end SE Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Coaching changes

Steve Sarkisian, former offensive coordinator of the Crimson Tide, accepted a position as head football coach of Texas. He was replaced by Bill O'Brien. Charles Huff, former Associate Head Coach/Running backs coach accepted the head coaching position at Marshall and was replaced by Todd Watson as Associate Head Coach and Robert Gillespie as Running backs coach. Former Special teams coordinator/Tight end coach Jeff Banks left to accept a position as the Assistant Coach/Special teams coordinator/Tight end coach for Texas and was replaced by Jay Graham. Former Cornerbacks coach Karl Scott left and went to fill a position as a Defensive backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings and has been replaced by Jay Valai. Former Offensive line coach Kyle Flood left to be the Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach for Texas and was replaced by Doug Marrone. On March 24, 2021, Jay Graham left the program after only two months of being with the Tide and was replaced by Drew Svoboda.[1]

Players

2021 Alabama offseason departures
Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Christian Barmore 58 DL 6’5 310 RS Sophomore Philadelphia, PA Declared for NFL Draft
Mac Jones 10 QB 6’3 210 RS Junior Jacksonville, FL Declared for NFL Draft
Patrick Surtain II 2 DB 6’2 202 Junior Plantation, FL Declared for NFL Draft
Jaylen Waddle 17 WR 5’10 182 Junior Houston, TX Declared for NFL Draft
Dylan Moses 32 LB 6'3 235 Senior Alexandria, LA Graduated/Declared for NFL Draft
Carl Tucker 86 TE 6'2 248 Graduate Student Concord, NC Graduated/Declared for NFL Draft
Joshua McMillon 40 LB 6'3 237 Graduate Student Memphis, TN Graduated/Declared for NFL Draft
Landon Dickerson 69 OL 6'3 325 Graduate Student Hickory, NC Graduated/Declared for NFL Draft
DeVonta Smith 6 WR 6'1 175 Senior Amite, LA Graduated
Logan Burnett 12 QB 6'2 200 Senior Pelham, AL Graduated
Najee Harris 22 RB 6'3 230 Senior Antioch, CA Graduated
Christian Swann 43 DB 5'9 179 Senior Mableton, GA Graduated
Thomas Fletcher 45 LS 6'2 220 Senior Georgetown, TX Graduated
Joe McDonald 57 LB 6'3 216 RS Senior Mountain Brook, AL Graduated
Deonte Brown 65 OL 6’4 350 RS Senior Decatur, AL Graduated
Alex Leatherwood 70 OL 6'6 310 Senior Pensacola, FL Graduated
Drew Kobayashi 85 WR 6'2 200 RS Senior Honolulu, HI Graduated
Charlie Scott 85 P 6'1 195 Senior Greenwood Village, CO Graduated
Miller Forristall 87 TE 6'5 242 Senior Cartersville, GA Graduated

Transfers

Outgoing

The Crimson Tide lost ten players via transfer from the 2020 season.

Name No. Pos. Height Weight Hometown Year New school
Ishmael Sopsher #95 DT 6’4 334 Amite, LA Sophomore USC
Kevin Harris #44 LB 6’4 228 Loganville, GA Sophomore Georgia Tech
Eddie Smith #15 DB 6’0 196 Slidell, LA
Redshirt
Sophomore
Illinois
Joseph Bulovas #97 PK 6’0 203 Mandeville, LA
Redshirt
Junior
Vanderbilt
Ben Davis #1 LB 6’4 243 Gordo, AL
Redshirt
Senior
Texas
Ale Kaho #10 LB 6’1 235 Reno, NV Junior UCLA
Ronald Williams Jr. #22 DB 6’2 190 Ferriday, LA Senior Michigan State
Brandon Turnage #7 DB 6’1 186 Oxford, MS
Redshirt
Sophomore
Tennessee
Joshua Lanier #84 WR 5'11 160 Tuscaloosa, AL
Redshirt
Senior
Jackson State
Keilan Robinson #2 RB 5’9 190 Washington, DC Junior Texas

Incoming

Name No. Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Prev. school
Jameson Williams #1 WR 6'2" 189 Sophomore St. Louis, MO Ohio State
Henry To'oTo'o 11 LB 6'2" 225 Sophomore Sacramento, CA Tennessee
Jack Martin 43 K/P 6'2" 222 Sophomore Dothan, AL Troy

Recruiting class

Main article: 2021 college football recruiting class

The Crimson Tide signed a total of 26 scholarship recruits and 1 walk-ons during national signing period.

Overall class rankings

Website Overall rank Conference rank 5 star recruits 4 star recruits 3 star recruits
ESPN #1 #1 3 14 2
Rivals #1 #1 4 16 4
247 Sports #1 #1 8 14 3

Recruits

See also: American football positions, Glossary of American football, and Recruiting (college athletics)

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Tommy Brockermeyer
OT
Fort Worth, TX All Saints Episcopal School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 280 lb (130 kg) Jul 17, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
5/5 stars
   247Sports:
5/5 stars
   ESPN:
5/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 91
J.C. Latham
OT
Bradenton, FL IMG Academy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 310 lb (140 kg) Jun 12, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
5/5 stars
   247Sports:
5/5 stars
   ESPN:
5/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 90
Dallas Turner
DE
Fort Lauderdale, FL St. Thomas Aquinas High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Jul 1, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
5/5 stars
   247Sports:
5/5 stars
   ESPN:
5/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 90
Damon Payne
DT
Belleville, MI Belleville High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 295 lb (134 kg) Jul 26, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
5/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 88
Ga'Quincy McKinstry
ATH
Pinson, AL Pinson Valley High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Oct 25, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
5/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 87
Camar Wheaton
RB
Garland, TX Lakeview Centennial High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Dec 23, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
5/5 stars
   247Sports:
5/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 86
Jacorey Brooks
WR
Miami, FL Booker T. Washington High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) May 8, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
5/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 86
Agiye Hall
WR
Valrico, FL Bloomingdale High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Apr 18, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 86
JoJo Earle
WR
Aledo, TX Aledo High School 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Dec 25, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 86
Christian Leary
ATH
Orlando, FL Edgewater High School 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jun 16, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 85
Terrance Ferguson
OT
Fort Valley, GA Peach County High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 300 lb (140 kg) Jul 19, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 85
Jaeden Roberts
OG
Houston, TX North Shore High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 345 lb (156 kg) Dec 25, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
3/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 84
James Brockermeyer
OL
Fort Worth, Texas All Saints Episcopal School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Jul 17, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 84
Deontae Lawson
LB
Mobile, AL Mobile Christian High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Dec 27, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
5/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 84
Jalen Milroe
QB
Katy, TX Obra D. Tompkins High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Aug 17, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 84
Terrion Arnold
S
Tallahassee, FL St. John Paul II Catholic High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Feb 3, 2021 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
5/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 83
Kaine Williams
S
Marrero, LA John Ehret High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) May 15, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 83
Monkell Goodwine
DE
Fort Washington, MD National Christian Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Aug 15, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 83
Khyree Jackson
CB
Upper Marlboro, MD East Mississippi Community College (JC) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Aug 15, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 82
Kendrick Blackshire
LB
Duncanville, TX Duncanville High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Jul 14, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 83
Ian Jackson
LB
Prattville, AL Prattville High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) May 28, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 81
Keanu Koht
DE
Vero Beach, FL Vero Beach High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Dec 16, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 81
Tim Keenan
DT
Birmingham, AL Ramsay High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 340 lb (150 kg) Aug 29, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247Sports:
3/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 80
Anquin Barnes
DT
Montgomery, AL Robert E. Lee High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 300 lb (140 kg) Apr 17, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
3/5 stars
   247Sports:
3/5 stars
   ESPN:
4/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 80
Robbie Ouzts
TE
Rock Hill, SC Rock Hill High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Sep 6, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
3/5 stars
   247Sports:
3/5 stars
   ESPN:
3/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 79
DeVonta Smith
CB
Cincinnati, OH La Salle High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jun 29, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:
3/5 stars
   247Sports:
4/5 stars
   ESPN:
3/5 stars
   ESPN grade: 78
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: #1  247Sports: #1  ESPN: #1
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Rivals commits". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  • "ESPN commits". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  • "2021 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.

Returning starters

Offense

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[2] Josh Jobe DB Sr.
Dodd Trophy[3] Nick Saban HC --
Maxwell Award[4] Brian Robinson Jr. RB GS
John Metchie III WR Sr.
Bednarik Award[5] Will Anderson Jr. LB So.
Josh Jobe DB Sr.
Doak Walker Award[6] Brian Robinson Jr. RB GS.
Biletnikoff Award[7] John Metchie III WR Jr.
Jameson Williams WR. Jr.
John Mackey Award[8] Jahleel Billingsley TE Jr.
Jim Thorpe Award[9] Jordan Battle DB Jr.
Josh Jobe DB Sr.
Butkus Award[10] Will Anderson LB So.
Christian Harris LB Jr.
Christopher Allen LB RS Sr.
Outland Trophy[11] Evan Neal OL Jr.
Phidarian Mathis DL RS Sr.
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[12] Josh Jobe DB Sr.
D.J. Dale DL Jr.
Phidarian Mathis DL RS Sr.
Will Anderson LB So.
Christian Harris LB Jr.
Malachi Moore DB So.
Lou Groza Award[13] Will Reichard K Jr.
Wuerffel Trophy[14] Chris Owens OL GS
Walter Camp Award[15] John Metchie III WR Sr.
Will Anderson LB So.
Rotary Lombardi Award[16] Will Anderson LB So.
Henry To'oTo'o LB Jr.
Christian Harris LB Jr.
Phidarian Mathis DL RS Sr.
Evan Neal OL Jr.
Emil Ekiyor Jr. OL Jr.
Polynesian College Football Player Of The Year Award[17] Cameron Latu TE RS Jr.
Henry To'oTo'o LB Jr.
Ted Hendricks Award[18] Phidarian Mathis DL RS Sr.
Manning Award[19] Bryce Young QB So.

SEC media days

The 2021 SEC Media days will be held in July 19–22, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama. The Preseason Polls will be released on July 23, 2021. Each team had their head coach available to talk to the media at the event. Coverage of the event was televised on SEC Network and ESPN.[20]

Preseason All-SEC teams (media)

The Crimson Tide placed 16 representatives on the Preseason All-SEC Team, including eight on the first team - six on defense.

References:[21]

Preseason AP All-Americans

References:[22]

Preseason All-SEC teams (coaches)

The Crimson Tide placed 15 representatives on the Preseason All-SEC Team, including eight on the first team - six on defense.

References:[23]

Personnel

Coaching staff

Name Position Consecutive season at
Alabama in current position
Nick Saban Head Coach & Secondary 15th
Bill O'Brien Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach 1st
Pete Golding Defensive coordinator/Inside linebackers coach 3rd
Charles Kelly Associate Defensive Coordinator/Safeties coach 3rd
Drew Svoboda Special teams coordinator/Tight end coach 1st
Robert Gillespie Running backs coach 1st
Jay Valai Cornerbacks coach 1st
Doug Marrone Offensive line coach 1st
Holmon Wiggins Wide receivers coach 3rd
Sal Sunseri Outside linebackers coach 3rd
Freddie Roach Defensive line coach 2nd
David Ballou Strength and conditioning 2nd
Reference:[24]
Graduate assistants
Analysts

Roster

2021 Alabama Crimson Tide Football

Quarterback

  • 2 – Jalen MilroeFreshman (6'2, 201)
  • 7 – Braxton Barker –
    Redshirt
    Junior (6'1, 202)
  • 9 – Bryce YoungSophomore (6'0, 190)
  • 17 – Paul Tyson –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore (6'4, 220)
  • 19 – Stone Hollenbach –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore (6'3, 208)

Running Back

  • 4 – Brian Robinson Jr.Graduate Student (6'1, 226)
  • 6 – Trey Sanders –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore (6'0, 214)
  • 21 – Jase McClellanSophomore (5'11, 200)
  • 23 – Roydell Williams – Sophomore (5'10, 207)
  • 25 - Camar Wheaton - Freshman (5'11, 195)
  • 26 – Jonathan Bennett – Sophomore (5'8, 178)
  • 35 – Austin Owens – Freshman (6'1, 175)

Wide Receiver

  • 1 - Jameson Williams - Junior (6'2, 189)
  • 3 – Xavier Williams –
    Redshirt
    Junior (6'1, 195)
  • 5 – Javon Baker – Sophomore (6'1, 183)
  • 7 – Jacorey Brooks – Freshman (6'2, 190)
  • 8 – John Metchie IIIJunior (6'0, 195)
  • 10 – JoJo Earle – Freshman (5'9, 170)
  • 11 – Traeshon HoldenSophomore (6'3, 196)
  • 12 – Christian Leary – Freshman (5'10, 185)
  • 14 – Thaiu Jones-Bell – Sophomore (6'0, 190)
  • 18 – Slade Bolden
    Redshirt
    Junior (5'11, 191)
  • 22 - Chris Herren Jr. - Freshman (6'3, 175)
  • 30 - DJ Rias - Freshman (5'9, 186)
  • 31 – Shatarius Williams – Sophomore (6'3, 187)
  • 36 – Bret Bolin –
    Redshirt
    Senior (6'0, 176)
  • 37 – Sam Wiloughby – Sophomore (5'10, 165)
  • 84 – Agiye HallFreshman (6'3, 195)
  • 84 – Jacoby Boykins – Freshman (5'11, 182)
  • 89 – Grant Krieger – Junior (6'2, 192)

Placekicker

  • 16 – Will ReichardJunior (6'1, 180)
  • 82 – Chase Allen – Sophomore (6'2, 188)
  • 97 – Reid Schuback – Sophomore (6'0, 185)

Punter

  • 86 – James Burnip –
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'6, 216)
  • 95 – Jack Martin – Junior (6'2, 222)
  • 98 – Sam Johnson – Sophomore (6'3, 215)
  • 99 – Ty Perine – Junior (6'1, 190) (PK)
 

Tight End

  • 19 – Jahleel BillingsleyJunior (6'4, 228)
  • 43 – Robert Ellis – Sophomore (6'0, 220)
  • 44 – Charlie Skehan – Sophomore (6'1, 232)
  • 45 – Robbie Ouzts – Freshman (6'4, 260)
  • 80 – Adam Thorsland – Freshman (6'5, 232)
  • 81 – Cameron Latu
    Redshirt
    Junior (6'5, 247)
  • 83 – Richard Hunt –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore (6'7, 235)
  • 87 – Caden Clark – Freshman (6'4, 258)
  • 88 – Major Tennison –
    Redshirt
    Senior (6'5, 248)

Offensive Lineman

  • 51 – Tanner Bowles –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore (6'5, 280)
  • 55 – Emil Ekiyor Jr.
    Redshirt
    Junior (6'3, 327)
  • 56 – Seth McLaughlin – Sophomore (6'4, 278)
  • 58 – James Brockermeyer – Freshman (6'3, 270)
  • 60 – Kendall Randolph –
    Redshirt
    Senior (6'4, 296)
  • 61 – Graham Roten – Freshman (6'3, 285)
  • 62 – Jackson Roby – Senior (6'5, 285)
  • 65 – JC LathamFreshman (6'6, 325)
  • 67 – Donovan Hardin – Sophomore (6'3, 285)
  • 68 – Alajujuan Sparks Jr. – Sophomore (6'4, 385)
  • 69 – Terrance Ferguson II – Freshman (6'4, 290)
  • 70 – Javion Cohen – Sophomore (6'5, 296)
  • 71 – Darrian Dalcourt – Junior (6'3, 299)
  • 72 – Pierce Quick –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore (6'5, 291)
  • 73 – Evan NealJunior (6'7, 360)
  • 74 – Damien George Jr. – Sophomore (6'7, 345)
  • 75 – Tommy Brown –
    Redshirt
    Junior (6'7, 317)
  • 76 – Tommy Brockermeyer – Freshman (6'5, 292)
  • 77 – Jaeden Roberts – Freshman (6'5, 345)
  • 78 – Amari Kight –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore (6'7, 302)
  • 79 – Chris Owens – Graduate Student (6'3, 315)

Defensive Lineman

  • 18 – LaBryan Ray
    Redshirt
    Senior (6'5, 292)
  • 44 - Damon Payne Jr. - Freshman (6'4, 295)
  • 47 – Byron Young – Junior (6'3, 295)
  • 48 – Phidarian Mathis
    Redshirt
    Senior (6'4, 312)
  • 50 – Timothy Smith – Sophomore (6'4, 315)
  • 52 – Braylen Ingraham –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore (6'4, 291)
  • 57 – Chase Quigley – Freshman (6'1, 236)
  • 59 – Anquin Barnes – Freshman (6'5, 300)
  • 89 – Kyle Mann – Sophomore (6'0, 270)
  • 90 – Stephon Wynn Jr. –
    Redshirt
    Junior (6'4, 311)
  • 92 – Justin Egboigbe – Junior (6'5, 294)
  • 93 – Jah-Marien Latham – Sophomore (6'3, 290)
  • 94 – DJ DaleJunior (6'4, 308)
  • 95 – Monkell Goodwine – Freshman (6'4, 278)
  • 96 – Tim Keenan – Freshman (6'2, 340)
  • 97 – Keelan Cox – Sophomore (6'5, 240)
  • 98 – Jamil Burroughs – Sophomore (6'3, 320)
 

Linebacker

  • 4 – Christopher Allen
    Redshirt
    Senior (6'5, 250)
  • 8 – Christian HarrisJunior (6'2, 244)
  • 10 - Henry To'oTo'oJunior (6'2, 225)
  • 15 - Dallas Turner - Freshman (6'4, 230)
  • 19 – Keanu Koht – Freshman (6'4, 215)
  • 20 – Drew SandersSophomore (6'5, 230)
  • 30 – King Mwikuta – Junior (6'5, 238)
  • 31 – Will Anderson Jr.Sophomore (6'4, 220)
  • 32 – Deontae Lawson – Freshman (6'2, 217)
  • 33 – Jackson Bratton – Sophomore (6'3, 233)
  • 34 – Quandarris Robinson – Sophomore (6'5, 217)
  • 35 – Shane Lee – Junior (6'0, 246)
  • 36 – Ian Jackson – Freshman (6'1, 225)
  • 37 – Demouy Kennedy – Sophomore (6'3, 215)
  • 40 – Kendrick Blackshire – Freshman (6'1, 250)
  • 41 – Chris Braswell – Sophomore (6'3, 220)
  • 42 – Jaylen Moody – Senior (6'2, 228)
  • 43 – Jordan Smith – Sophomore (5'10, 210)
  • 54 – Kyle Flood Jr. – Sophomore (6'0, 209)
  • 55 – Bennett Whisenhunt – Junior (6'1, 222)
  • 56 – Colin Bryant – Freshman (6'3, 218)
  • 58 – Christian Johnson – Freshman (6'5, 230)

Defensive Back

  • 1 – Ga'Quincy McKinstryFreshman (6'1, 180)
  • 2 – DeMarco Hellams – Junior (6'1, 213)
  • 3 – Daniel Wright –
    Redshirt
    Senior (6'1, 190)
  • 5 – Jalyn Armour-Davis
    Redshirt
    Junior (6'1, 182)
  • 6 – Khyree Jackson – Junior (6'4, 205)
  • 9 – Jordan BattleJunior (6'1, 201)
  • 11 – Kristian Story – Sophomore (6'2, 198)
  • 12 – Terrion Arnold – Freshman (6'1, 185)
  • 13 – Malachi MooreSophomore (6'0, 175)
  • 14 – Brian BranchSophomore (6'1, 178)
  • 21 – Brylan Lanier – Freshman (6'1, 170)
  • 23 – Jahquez Robinson – Sophomore (6'2, 185)
  • 24 – Clark Griffin – Sophomore (6'1, 178)
  • 26 – Marcus Banks - Junior (6'0, 170)
  • 27 – DeVonta Smith – Freshman (5'11, 180)
  • 28 – Josh JobeSenior (6'1, 189)
  • 29 – Blake Pugh – Freshman (6'0, 175)
  • 38 – Jalen Edwards –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore (6'0, 177)
  • 39 – Carson Ware –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore (6'1, 190)
  • 42 – Sam Reed – Junior (6'1, 165)
  • 45 – Joshua Robinson –
    Redshirt
    Senior (5'9, 180)
  • 47 – Jacobi McBride - Sophomore (6'1, 143)
  • 49 – Kaine Williams– Freshman (6'1, 195)

Long Snappers

  • 50 – Gabe Pugh –
    Redshirt
    Sophomore (6'5, 273)
  • 51 – Kneeland Hibbet – Freshman (6'2, 235)
  • 52 – Carter Short – Freshman (5'10, 190)
  • 53 – Kade Wehby – Freshman (5'9, 195)

Source and player details, 2021 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Commits (08/28/2021):[25]

Depth chart

True Freshman
Double Position : *

Spring game

The Crimson Tide held spring practices in March and April with the Alabama football spring game, "A-Day", held on April 17. Due to COVID-19 and limited capacity at the stadium, tickets were sold, a change from previous years when fans could attend without paying admission. The announced attendance at the game was 47,218.[26]

Regular season

Main article: 2021 Southeastern Conference football season

Schedule

The 2021 Crimson Tide' schedule consisted of 7 home games, 4 away games, and 1 neutral site game for the regular season. Alabama hosted four SEC conference opponents Arkansas, Ole Miss (rivalry), Tennessee (Third Saturday in October) and rival LSU (rivalry) to close out the SEC regular season at home and travelled to four SEC opponents Florida (rivalry), Mississippi State (rivalry), Texas A&M, and arch-rival Auburn for the 86th Iron Bowl to close out the SEC regular season on the road. Alabama was not scheduled to play SEC East opponents Georgia (rivalry), Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt in the 2021 regular season. The Crimson Tide's bye week was during week 9 (on October 30, 2021).

Alabama's out-of-conference opponents represented the ACC, C-USA, Independents, and Southern. The Crimson Tide hosted four non–conference games which were against New Mexico State from the FBS independents, Southern Miss from the Conference USA and Mercer from the SoCon to close out the regular season and hosted Miami (FL) (ACC) in Atlanta, GA in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 42:30 p.m.vs. No. 14 Miami (FL)*No. 1ABCW 44–1371,829
September 113:00 p.m.Mercer*No. 1SECNW 48–1495,396
September 182:30 p.m.at No. 11 FloridaNo. 1CBSW 31–2990,887
September 256:30 p.m.Southern Miss*No. 1
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
SECNW 63–14100,077
October 22:30 p.m.No. 12 Ole MissNo. 1
CBSW 42–21100,077
October 97:00 p.m.at Texas A&MNo. 1CBSL 38–41106,815
October 166:00 p.m.at Mississippi StateNo. 5ESPNW 49–953,796
October 236:00 p.m.TennesseeNo. 4
ESPNW 52–24100,077
November 66:00 p.m.LSUNo. 2
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (rivalry)
ESPNW 20–14100,077
November 1311:00 a.m.New Mexico State*No. 2
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
SECNW 59–397,011
November 202:30 p.m.No. 21 ArkansasNo. 2
CBSW 42–3598,323
November 272:30 p.m.at AuburnNo. 3CBSW 24–22 4OT87,451
December 43:00 p.m.vs. No. 1 GeorgiaNo. 3CBSW 41–2478,030
December 312:30 p.m.vs. No. 4 Cincinnati*No. 1ESPNW 27–676,313
January 10, 20227:00 p.m.vs. No. 3 GeorgiaNo. 1ESPNL 18–3368,311
Schedule Source:[27]

Game summaries

vs. No. 14 Miami

See also: 2021 Miami Hurricanes football team and Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 14 Miami Hurricanes
1 2 34Total
No. 1 Crimson Tide 10 17 14344
No. 14 Hurricanes 0 3 10013

at Mercedes-Benz StadiumAtlanta, GA

Game information
First quarter
  • ALA – John Metchie III 37-yard pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard kick), 12:07. Crimson Tide 7–0. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:53.
  • ALA – Will Reichard 38-yard field goal, 4:39. Crimson Tide 10–0. Drive: 11 plays, 55 yards, 5:05.

Second quarter

  • ALA – Cameron Latu 9-yard pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard kick), 14:12. Crimson Tide 17–0. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 3:32.
  • ALA – Will Reichard 51-yard field goal, 11:33. Crimson Tide 20–0. Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards, 2:16.
  • ALA – Cameron Latu 25-yard pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard kick), 6:55. Crimson Tide 27–0. Drive: 7 plays, 74 yards, 2:31.
  • MIA – Andres Borregales 37-yard field goal, 0:00. Crimson Tide 27–3. Drive: 11 plays, 60 yards, 1:57.

Third quarter

  • ALA – Jameson Williams 94-yard pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard kick), 9:29. Crimson Tide 34–3. Drive: 3 plays, 99 yards, 0:50.
  • ALA – Trey Sanders 20-yard run (Will Reichard kick), 7:01. Crimson Tide 41–3. Drive: 5 plays, 45 yards, 2:16.
  • MIA – Xavier Restrepo 29-yard pass from D'Eriq King (Andres Borregales kick), 5:18. Crimson Tide 41–10. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 1:43.
  • MIA – Andres Borregales 28-yard field goal, 0:30. Crimson Tide 41–13. Drive: 8 plays, 14 yards, 2:49.

Fourth quarter

  • ALA – Will Reichard 40-yard field goal, 7:52. Crimson Tide 44–13. Drive: 13 plays, 53 yards, 7:38.

The Crimson Tide opened the 2021 season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia against the No. 14-ranked Miami Hurricanes. It was the programs' first meeting since the Crimson Tide's win over the Hurricanes in the 1993 Sugar Bowl. Alabama entered the contest as a 19.5-point favorite. The Tide's opening drive of 7 plays and 75 yards culminated in a 37-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Young to John Metchie III, giving Alabama a 7–0 lead. Following a punt by Miami, Alabama drove 60 yards in 11 plays for a 38-yard field goal by junior Will Reichard, putting the Tide ahead 10–0. Miami then went three-and-out. At the end of the first quarter, the Tide led 10–0. To begin the second quarter, the Tide offense continued its prowess with a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive capped by a Bryce Young pass to Cameron Latu. The Tide led 17–0. Reichard added a 51-yard field goal following a D'Eriq King fumble that was recovered by Phidarian Mathis, making the count 20–0. After a Hurricanes three-and-out, Bryce Young drove the Tide 74 yards, finished off by another touchdown reception by Latu. The score was now 27–0. After trading punts, the 'Canes drove 60 yards in 12 plays for a 37-yard Andres Borregales field goal to cut the deficit to 27–3. The Tide closed the first half with a 27–3 lead.

To open the second half, King led the Canes 74 yards in 14 plays; however, the drive ended in a turnover on downs after King's 4th-and-1 rush was stopped by Henry To'oTo'o and Will Anderson Jr. Shortly thereafter, Bryce Young connected with junior wide receiver Jameson Williams for a 94-yard touchdown, putting Alabama ahead 34–3. On the Canes' next drive, D'Eriq King was intercepted by Malachi Moore. The Tide offense found paydirt following the turnover by means of a 20-yard touchdown run by Trey Sanders. 'Bama now led 41–3. Miami would respond with its first touchdown drive of the game - 75 yards in 7 plays concluding with a 29-yard reception by Xavier Restrepo. The count was now 41–10. The Tide committed its first turnover of the season when Chantz Williams sacked Bryce Young, leading Jordan Miller to recover at the Alabama 25. Miller's recovery would lead to a 28-yard field goal by Borregales to put the 'Canes behind 41–13. The Tide took a 41–13 lead into the fourth quarter, where the only scoring came from a 40-yard Reichard field goal en route to a 44-13 Crimson Tide victory. In his first collegiate start, Young completed 27 of 38 passes for 344 yard and 4 touchdowns. The Crimson Tide earned 510 total yards of offense, including 354 through the air.

Pregame line Over/under
-19.5 61.5
Statistics Alabama Miami
First downs 28 18
Total yards 501 266
Rushing yards 147 88
Passing yards 354 178
Turnovers 1 3
Time of possession 37:04 22:56
Team Category Player Statistics
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 27/38, 344 yards, 4 TD's
Rushing Brian Robinson Jr. 12 carries, 60 yards
Receiving Jameson Williams 4 receptions, 126 yards, 1 TD
Miami Passing D'Eriq King 23/31, 178 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT’S
Rushing Cam’Ron Harris 12 carries, 38 yards
Receiving Xavier Restrepo 3 receptions, 55 yards, 1 TD

Mercer

See also: 2021 Mercer Bears football team

1 234Total
Mercer 0 077 14
No. 1 Alabama 14 17143 48
  • Date: September 11
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game start: 3:02 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 95,396
  • Game weather: 86, Sunny, Wind E @ 6 mph
  • Referee: Jason Autrey
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (color) and Cole Cubelic (sideline)
  • Sources:

Alabama returned to Bryant-Denny Stadium for its first home contest of the season against the Mercer Bears of the Southern Conference of FCS. The Tide had won the most recent meeting 56–0 in 2017. In the early part of the first quarter, the teams traded punts until Chris Braswell blocked a punt by Mercer's Trey Turk. Jase McClellan returned the loose football 33 yards for a touchdown to put the Tide ahead 7–0. On the Bears' next series, Carter Peevy's pass was intercepted by Ga'Quincy McKinstry at the Alabama 46. The Tide then drove 54 yards, capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Brian Robinson Jr., to go ahead 14–0. At the end of the first quarter the Tide led 14–0. On the first play of the second quarter, Bryce Young found Slade Bolden for an 18-yard touchdown to make the lead 21–0. Later in the quarter, the Tide took advantage of a short field and drove 29 yards ending in another touchdown by McClellan to make the score 28–0. On Alabama's next drive, Will Reichard converted on a 30-yard field goal, which allowed the Tide to take a 31–0 lead into halftime.

After a Mercer three-and-out, the Tide completed a 5-play, 81-yard drive after Young found Jameson Williams for an 8-yard touchdown. The Tide led 38–0. The Bears responded with a 5-play, 85-yard drive capped by a 60-yard pass from Fred Payton to Devron Harper to cut the deficit to 38–7. Jase McClellan would then account for his third score of the day off a 21-yard touchdown reception from Young, giving the Tide a 45–7 lead. After cornerback Marcus Banks intercepted Fred Payton at the Mercer 47, Paul Tyson took the offense 31 yards in 5 plays. However, Reichard missed on a 34-yard field goal attempt. Going into the fourth quarter the Tide led 45–7. Mercer reached the end zone a second time with 12:30 left after Payton found Ty James for a 22 yards to put the Bears behind 45–14. Quarterback Jalen Milroe the drove the Tide 38 yards in 11 plays for a 40-yard Reichard field goal to make the count 48–14, which was the final score. Bryce Young went 19 for 27 for 227 yards and three touchdowns. The Tide earned 424 total yards of offense, including 266 through the air.

Pregame line Over/under
- 53.5 60.5
Statistics Mercer Alabama
First downs 13 24
Total yards 236 425
Rushing yards 68 159
Passing yards 168 266
Turnovers 2 0
Time of possession 30:14 29:46
Team Category Player Statistics
Mercer Passing Fred Payton 9/15, 159 yards, 2 TD's, 1 INT
Rushing Fred Davis 12 carries, 47 yards
Receiving Devron Harper 2 receptions, 69 yards, 1 TD
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 19/27, 227 yards, 3 TD's
Rushing Brian Robinson Jr. 10 carries, 70 yards, 1 TD
Receiving JoJo Earle 7 receptions, 85 yards

at No. 11 Florida

See also: 2021 Florida Gators football team and Alabama–Florida football rivalry

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 11 Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 1 Alabama 21 0 7331
No. 11 Florida 3 6 14629

at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida

  • Date: September 18, 2021
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 87 °F (31 °C) • Wind: E at 3 mph (4.8 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 90,887
  • Referee: Alex Moore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color) and Jamie Erdahl (sideline reporter)[28]
  • Boxscore
Game information

In a rematch of the 2020 SEC Championship Game, the Crimson Tide traveled to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for its first SEC matchup of the season. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Tide drove 75 yards in 8 plays after a 7-yard touchdown from Bryce Young to Jase McClellan to go up 7–0. The Gators then drove 75 yards in 11 plays but were forced to settle for a 25-yard field goal by former walk-on kicker Chris Howard, making the count 7–3. The Tide then marched 75 yards in 7 plays, with Young finding tight end Jahleel Billingsley for a 26-yard touchdown. The lead was now 14–3. On the Gators' ensuing drive, Emory Jones was intercepted by Tide cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis at the Florida 42. The Tide offense utilized the short field as Young connected with Brian Robinson Jr. for a 7-yard touchdown, going up 21–3. The Crimson Tide took a 21–3 lead into the second quarter. Following the Robinson touchdown, the offenses traded punts until Mailk Davis found paydirt on a 26-yard run with 6:34 left in the half. Notably, Chris Howard's extra point was no good, making the score 21–9. The Tide took led 21–9 at the end of the first half.

To begin the second half, Jones led the Gators 75 yards in 10 plays, culminated by a 3-yard touchdown by running back Dameon Pierce, cutting the deficit to 21–16. Young and the Tide offense answered with a 13-play, 74-yard drive cemented by a 3-yard touchdown rush by Robinson to go up 28–16. Helped out by a 30-yard run by Nay'Quan Wright, Emory Jones culminated an 11-play, 99-yard drive with a 5-yard scramble for a touchdown to make the count 28–23. At the end of the third quarter, Alabama led 28–23. Following Jones' rushing touchdown, Young led the Tide to the Florida 1. However, due to a false start penalty by Chris Owens, Alabama was forced to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Will Reichard to make the Tide lead 31–23. Thus, with 9:25 remaining in the game, the Gators still trailed by only one score. Emory Jones and the Gators' offense responded with a 12-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 17-yard touchdown run by Dameon Pierce. However, on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt, Malik Davis was tackled short of the goal line, leaving the Gators trailing 31–29. The Tide offense attempted to run out the clock by means of Brian Robinson Jr. and Jase McClellan. Nevertheless, on 4th-and-2 from the Alabama 43, James Burnip punted the ball back to Jones and the Gators. Punt returner Xzavier Henderson fair caught the punt at the Florida 23 with 4 seconds remaining. After dropping back to pass on 1st-and-10, Emory Jones was tackled at the line of scrimmage, allowing the Tide to hang on for a narrow 31–29 win. Bryce Young had yet another impressive performance, completing 22 of 35 passes for 233 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. The Tide had 327 total yards of offense.

Pregame line Over/under
-15.5 57
Statistics Alabama Florida
First downs 19 26
Total yards 331 440
Rushing yards 91 245
Passing yards 240 195
Turnovers 0 1
Time of possession 28:10 31:50
Team Category Player Statistics
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 22/35, 240 yards, 3 TD's
Rushing Brian Robinson Jr. 15 carries, 78 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Jameson Williams 4 receptions, 61 yards
Florida Passing Emory Jones 18/28, 195 yards, 1 INT
Rushing Malik Davis 10 carries, 86 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Keon Zipperer 4 receptions, 51 yards

Southern Miss

See also: 2021 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team

1 234Total
Southern Miss 0 707 14
No. 1 Alabama 21 21714 63
  • Date: September 25
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game start: 6:39 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 100,077
  • Game weather: 73, Sunny, Wind N @ 4 mph
  • Referee: Lee Hedrick
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (color) and Cole Cubelic (sideline)
  • Sources:

Following a narrow win in Gainesville, the Tide returned to Bryant-Denny Stadium to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles out of Conference USA. At the start of the first half, Jameson Williams returned Briggs Bourgeois's kickoff 100 yards for a Crimson Tide touchdown and a 7–0 lead. On the Tide's first offensive series, Bryce Young found Jahleel Billingsley for a 16-yard touchdown to go up 14–0. After the Golden Eagles had driven to the Alabama 30, Ty Keyes was intercepted by DeMarcco Hellams. The Tide would proceed to drive 77 yards, culminated in a pass from Bryce Young to Jameson Williams, a fumble by the latter, and a recovery in the end zone by Cameron Latu for a touchdown, giving the Tide a 21–0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Following a 55-yard run by Roydell Williams to the Southern Miss 1, the sophomore running back converted with a 1-yard touchdown to put the Tide up 28–0. On the Tide's next offensive series, Bryce Young found Jameson Williams for an 81-yard touchdown to grab a 35–0 lead. With 5:26 remaining in the first half, Ty Keyes found Chandler Pittman for a 14-yard touchdown, cutting the margin to 35–7. The Tide would wrap up the first half with a 10-play, 97-yard drive capped by a 9-yard touchdown from Young to Jase McClellan. The Tide led 42–7 at the end of the first half.

After an opening three-and-out by the Golden Eagles, Bryce Young found Latu once again, this time from 11 yards out. The Tide led 49–7. On the next offensive series, Young drove the Tide to the Southern Miss 29 before being intercepted by Malik Shorts, his first of the season. Following the series, Bryce Young was finished for the day. The Tide led 49–7 at the end of the third quarter. Coming off Shorts' interception, the Golden Eagles drove 84 yards in 12 plays, capped by a 12-yard touchdown reception by Demarcus Jones. The Tide's lead had been cut to 49–14. On the ensuing kickoff by Bourgeois, Jameson Williams ran 83 yards to the end zone for his second kickoff return for a touchdown of the game, putting the Tide ahead 56–14. The Tide found paydirt again with 2:49 remaining as Jalen Milroe found Javon Baker for a 24-yard touchdown. The Tide won the game 63–14. Bryce Young was 20 of 22 for 313 yards, 4 touchdowns, and an interception. Roydell Williams was the Tide's first 100-yard rusher of the season with 110 yards and a touchdown. Jahleel Billingsley was Alabama's first 100-yard receiver of the season, accounting for 105 yards and a touchdown. Jameson Williams accounted for 3 touchdowns. The Tide had 606 yards of total offense, including 395 yards through the air and 211 on the ground.

Pregame line Over/under
-45.0 57.5
Statistics USM Alabama
First downs 11 22
Total yards 213 606
Rushing yards 82 211
Passing yards 131 395
Turnovers 1 1
Time of possession 31:18 28:42
Team Category Player Statistics
USM Passing Ty Keyes 11/24, 131 yards, 2 TD's, 1 INT
Rushing Ty Keyes 12 carries, 41 yards
Receiving Grayson Gunter 3 receptions, 61 yards
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 20/22, 313 yards, 5 TD's, 1 INT
Rushing Roydell Williams 11 carries, 110 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Jahleel Billingsley 5 receptions, 105 yards, 1 TD

No. 12 Ole Miss

See also: 2021 Ole Miss Rebels football team and Alabama–Ole Miss football rivalry

No.12 Ole Miss Rebels (3–0) at No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide (4–0)
1 2 34Total
No. 12 Rebels 0 0 71421
No. 1 Crimson Tide 7 21 7742

at Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL

Game information
First Quarter
  • (2:20) ALA – John Metchie III 16 yard pass from Bryce Young, Will Reichard kick
    Alabama 7–0; 13 plays, 94 yards, 6:31
Second Quarter
  • (12:14) ALA – Brian Robinson Jr. 1 yard rush, Will Reichard kick
    Alabama 14–0; 10 plays, 47 yards, 3:28
  • (2:55) ALA – Cameron Latu 3 yard pass from Bryce Young, Will Reichard kick
    Alabama 21–0; 6 plays, 27 yards, 3:04
  • (0:57) ALA – Brian Robinson Jr. 1 yard rush, Will Reichard kick
    Alabama 28–0; 4 plays, 14 yards, 1:42
Third Quarter
  • (12:32) ALA – Brian Robinson Jr. 1 yard rush, Will Reichard kick
    Alabama 35–0; 6 plays, 77 yards, 2:28
  • (8:25) MISS – Matt Corral 10 yard rush, Caden Costa kick
    Alabama 35–7; 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:07
Fourth Quarter
  • (10:47) ALA – Brian Robinson Jr. 2 yard rush, Will Reichard kick
    Alabama 42–7; 9 plays, 66 yards, 4:49
  • (8:43) MISS – Snoop Conner 1 yard rush, Caden Costa kick
    Alabama 42–14; 7 plays, 70 yards, 2:04
  • (2:23) MISS – Chase Rogers 2 yard pass from Matt Corral, Caden Costa kick
    Alabama 42–21; 9 plays, 50 yards, 1:54

For the first home SEC contest of the season, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin, who was offensive coordinator under Saban's Tide from 2014 to 2016, returned to Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Rebels received the opening kickoff and drove to the Alabama 6. However, a 4th-and-1 rush by Jerrion Ealy came up short of the line-to-gain. The Crimson Tide offense answered by driving 94 yards in 13 plays. Bryce Young completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to John Metchie III to put Alabama ahead 7–0. On the Rebels' second drive, Kiffin elected to attempt another fourth-down conversion. Matt Corral failed to connect with Braylon Sanders, allowing Alabama to take over in Ole Miss territory. At the end of the first quarter Alabama led 7–0. With 12:14 left in the half, Brian Robinson Jr. scored on a 1-yard run to put the Tide ahead 14–0. Ole Miss's next drive stalled and resulted in a Mac Brown punt. Alabama's next drive stalled as well. On their next drive, the Rebels offense attempted their third 4th-down conversion of the first half. On 4th-and-1 from the Rebels' own 31, Jerrion Ealy was stopped by the Tide defense for a 4-yard loss. Alabama's offense reached paydirt 6 plays later, with Bryce Young connecting with Cameron Latu for a 3-yard touchdown; Alabama led 21–0. On the Rebels' next offensive play, Phidarian Mathis sacked Matt Corral and forced the quarterback to fumble. Defensive end Justin Eboigbe recovered the fumble at the Ole Miss 14. 4 plays later, Robinson scored his second touchdown of the game off a 1-yard run. The Tide led 28–0, and it took that lead into the locker room.

To begin the second half, the Tide offense drove 77 yards in 6 plays. Brian Robinson scored another 1-yard touchdown, his third score of the game. The Tide led 35–0. Ole Miss responded with an 11-play, 75-yard drive, culminating with a 10-yard touchdown run by Corral. The Tide lead was now 35–7. On its following series, the Tide offense drove to the Ole Miss 15. However, Ole Miss regained possession after Bryce Young was picked off by Keidron Smith. The Rebels went three-and-out after the interception. At the end of the third quarter, Alabama led 35–7. The Tide then drove 66 yards in 9 plays as Brian Robinson scored his fourth touchdown of the day from 2 yards out. The Tide lead was now 42–7 with 10:47 remaining. The Rebels' offense then drove 85 yards in 7 plays; Snoop Conner scored from 1 yard out. The 'Bama lead was reduced to 42–14. After Brian Robinson failed to convert on a 4th-and-1 from midfield, Ole Miss regained possession with 4:17 to go. The Rebels drove 50 yards in 10 plays as Corral connected with tight end Chase Rogers for a 2-yard touchdown. The Tide lead was now 42–21. The Tide got the ball back and ran out the clock. The final score was 42–21. Matt Corral completed 21 of 29 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown. Bryce Young went 20 of 26 for 241 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception. Brian Robinson Jr. ran for 171 yards on 36 carries, earning 4 touchdowns along the way. The Crimson Tide offense compiled 451 total yards, including 210 on the ground.

Pregame line Over/under
-14.5 77.5
Statistics Ole Miss Alabama
First downs 18 27
Total yards 291 451
Rushing yards 78 210
Passing yards 213 241
Turnovers 1 1
Time of possession 22:01 37:59
Team Category Player Statistics
Ole Miss Passing Matt Corral 21/29, 213 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Henry Parrish 11 carries, 47 yards
Receiving Chase Rogers 3 receptions, 53 yards, 1 TD
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 20/26, 241 yards, 2 TD's, 1 INT
Rushing Brian Robinson Jr. 36 carries, 171 yards, 4 TD's
Receiving Jameson Williams 5 receptions, 65 yards

at Texas A&M

See also: 2021 Texas A&M Aggies football team

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide at Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 1 Crimson Tide 7 3 141438
Aggies 17 7 71041

at Kyle Field, College Station, Texas

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 106,815
  • Referee: Jason Autrey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst) and Jamie Erdahl (sideline)
  • Box score, Recap
Game information
First quarter
  • TAMU – Seth Small 38-yard field goal, 11:35. Aggies 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 54 yards, 3:25.
  • ALA – Roydell Williams 20-yard pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard kick), 6:42. Crimson Tide 7–3. Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards, 4:53.
  • TAMU – Jalen Wydermyer 27-yard pass from Zach Calzada (Seth Small kick), 5:26. Aggies 10–7. Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:16.
  • TAMU – Ainias Smith 6-yard pass from Zach Calzada (Seth Small kick), 0:33. Aggies 17–7. Drive: 7 plays, 41 yards, 3:44.

Second quarter

  • ALA – Will Reichard 38-yard field goal, 5:44. Aggies 17–10. Drive: 5 plays, 20 yards, 1:25.
  • TAMU – Isaiah Spiller 15-yard run (Seth Small kick), 2:09. Aggies 24–10. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:35.

Third quarter

  • ALA – King Mwikuta 0-yard blocked punt return (Will Reichard kick), 8:18. Aggies 24–17.
  • TAMU – Devon Achane 96-yard kickoff return (Seth Small kick), 8:00. Aggies 31–17.
  • ALA – Jameson Williams 29-yard pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard kick), 5:30. Aggies 31–24. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:34.

Fourth quarter

  • ALA – Will Reichard 26-yard field goal, 14:04. Aggies 31–27. Drive: 9 plays, 48 yards, 4:50.
  • ALA – Will Reichard 22-yard field goal, 8:44. Aggies 31–30. Drive: 13 plays, 64 yards, 4:18.
  • ALA – Jameson Williams 7-yard pass from Bryce Young (Bryce Young pass to Jameson Williams), 5:00. Crimson Tide 38–31. Drive: 9 plays, 82 yards, 2:52.
  • TAMU – Ainias Smith 25-yard pass from Zach Calzada (Seth Small kick), 3:00. Tied 38–38. Drive: 6 plays, 65 yards, 2:00.
  • TAMU – Seth Small 28-yard field goal, 0:00. Aggies 41–38. Drive: 8 plays, 54 yards, 2:08.

For its third SEC contest of the season, the Tide traveled to Kyle Field to face the Texas A&M Aggies. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Aggies drove to the Alabama 21 but had to settle for a 38-yard field goal by Seth Small, putting A&M ahead 3–0. The Tide offense responded with a 20-yard touchdown from Bryce Young to Roydell Williams, making the score 7-3 Alabama. A&M found the end zone three plays later as Zach Calzada connected with Jalen Wydermyer for a 27-yard touchdown. A&M now lead 10–7. After Brian Robinson Jr. fumbled at the Alabama 45, Calzada found Ainias Smith for a 6-yard touchdown to give the Aggies a 17–7 lead. At the end of the first quarter Texas A&M led 17–7. Early in the second quarter the Tide had a 3rd-and-goal at the A&M 1. However, Young was intercepted by Demani Richardson. Later in the quarter Calzada was picked off by DeMarcco Hellams, leading to a 38-yard field goal by Will Reichard. The Tide now trailed 17–10. Following the field goal, the Aggies drove 75 yards in 7 plays, culminating in a 15-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Spiller. The Aggies would take a 24–10 lead into the locker room.

To open the second half the Tide offense reached the Texas A&M 31, but the drive stalled and ended with a James Burnip punt. However Alabama's special teams came through on the next series when Ja'Corey Brooks blocked Nik Constantinou's punt deep in Aggie territory. Junior linebacker King Mwikuta recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 24–17. The Aggies' special teams had an answer of their own as Devon Achane returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, putting the Aggies ahead 31–17. The Tide offense found the end zone six plays later when Young found Jameson Williams for a 29-yard touchdown. The Aggies' lead was now 31–24. After the defense got a stop, the Tide got the ball back at the Alabama 43. The Aggies took a 31–24 lead into the fourth quarter. After failing to convert on a 3rd-and-13 from the A&M 20, the Tide had to settle for a 26-yard Reichard field goal. The Aggies' lead was now 31–27. After earning another defensive stop, the Tide offense once again drove deep into A&M territory. After having a 1st-and-goal from the 3, however, 'Bama had to settle for a 22-yard field goal, cutting the deficit to 31–30. After the Aggies' offense went three-and-out, Young led the Tide offense 82 yards in 9 plays, connecting with Jameson Williams for a 7-yard touchdown. Young connected with Williams again on the ensuing two-point conversion, putting the Tide ahead 38–31, the team's first lead since the first quarter. Six plays later Calzada connected again with Ainias Smith for a 25-yard score, tying the game 38-38. Alabama took possession at its own 25 with 2:54 remaining but punted three plays later. Calzada then led the Aggies 54 yards in 8 plays, leading to a 28-yard Seth Small field goal as time expired. The Aggies won the game 41–38, their first win over the Tide since the 2012 season.

Pregame line Over/under
-17.5 50.5
Statistics Alabama Texas A&M
First downs 25 24
Total yards 522 379
Rushing yards 153 94
Passing yards 369 285
Turnovers 2 1
Time of possession 33:38 26:13
Team Category Player Statistics
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 28/48, 369 yards, 3 TD's, 1 INT
Rushing Brian Robinson Jr. 24 carries, 147 yards
Receiving Jameson Williams 10 receptions, 146 yards, 2 TD's
Texas A&M Passing Zach Calzada 21/31, 285 yards, 3 TD's, 1 INT
Rushing Isaiah Spiller 17 carries, 46 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Ainias Smith 6 receptions, 85 yards, 2 TD's

at Mississippi State

See also: 2021 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team and Alabama–Mississippi State football rivalry

1 234Total
No. 5 Alabama 14 71414 49
Mississippi State 3 330 9
  • Sources:

After falling to Texas A&M in College Station, the Tide went on the road for the second week in a row against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. On the Bulldogs' opening series quarterback Will Rogers was intercepted by Josh Jobe. Six plays later Bryce Young found John Metchie III for a 46-yard touchdown to put the Tide ahead 7–0. The Bulldogs responded with a 44-yard Brandon Ruiz field goal to make the count 7–3. On State's next series Rogers was intercepted again by Jordan Battle, who returned it 40 yards for a Crimson Tide touchdown, putting the Tide ahead 14–3. The Tide led 14–3 at the end of the first quarter. After getting the ball at their own 7 with 10:25 left in the half, Bryce Young led the Tide 93 yards to paydirt after Brian Robinson Jr. scored from 1 yard out. With 3:15 remaining the Tide led 21–3. The Bulldogs responded by driving to the Alabama 10, but they were forced to settle for a 37-yard field goal by Ruiz, cutting the deficit to 21–6. The Tide took a 21–6 lead into the locker room.

On the first offensive play of the second half, Bryce Young connected with Jameson Williams for a 75-yard touchdown. The Tide lead was extended to 28–6. State responded by driving to the Alabama 8. However, after a sack by Will Anderson Jr., the Bulldogs had to settle for another Ruiz field goal. With 10:40 remaining State trailed 28–9. After trading punts, Young led the Tide offense 84 yards in 7 plays, connecting with Robinson for a 51-yard touchdown, putting 'Bama ahead 35–9. Heading into the fourth quarter, the score remained 35–9. On Alabama's next drive, Robinson found the end zone again, this time from 3 yards out. The Tide lead was 42–9 with 12:37 left. On its next series, Young found sophomore wideout Traeshon Holden for a 29-yard touchdown to put 'Bama ahead 49–9. On State's ensuing possession, Jordan Battle obtained his second interception of the day. The Crimson Tide ran out the clock to win 49–9. Bryce Young completed 20 of 28 passes for 348 yard and 4 touchdowns, and the Tide offense outgained the Bulldogs 543–299.

Pregame line Over/under
-17.5 57.5
Statistics Alabama Miss State
First downs 22 24
Total yards 543 299
Rushing yards 195 -1
Passing yards 348 300
Turnovers 0 3
Time of possession 29:53 30:07
Team Category Player Statistics
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 20/28, 348 yards, 4 TD's
Rushing Roydell Williams 11 carries, 78 yards
Receiving John Metchie III 7 receptions, 117 yards, 1 TD
Miss State Passing Will Rogers 35/55, 300 yards, 3 INT's
Rushing Dillon Johnson 7 carries, 24 yards
Receiving Jaden Walley 6 receptions, 64 yards

Tennessee

See also: 2021 Tennessee Volunteers football team and Third Saturday in October

Third Saturday in October
1 234Total
Tennessee 14 037 24
No. 4 Alabama 7 14328 52
  • Date: October 23
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game start: 6:05 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 100,077
  • Game weather: 72, Sunny, Wind S @ 2 mph
  • Referee: Alex Moore
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Jason Benetti (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (color), Katie George (sideline)
  • Sources:

After a convincing win in Starkville, the Tide returned to Tuscaloosa to face its longtime rival, the Tennessee Volunteers. Alabama had won the previous fourteen meetings. After a Tennessee three-and-out, the Tide offense drove 85 yards in 12 plays as Brian Robinson Jr. scored from 8 yards out. The Tide led 7–0 with 8:05 to go. Hendon Hooker then took the Vols 75 yards in 8 plays, connecting with Velus Jones Jr. for an 8-yard touchdown. With 6:15 remaining the score was tied 7-7. On its next series Alabama drove to the Tennessee 33, but Will Reichard failed to convert on a 54-yard field goal. Hooker then connected with JaVonta Payton for a 57-yard touchdown, putting the Vols ahead 14–7 with 26 seconds remaining in the quarter. On its ensuing series Alabama quickly drove into Volunteer territory. On 1st-and-10 from the Vols 25, Young hit Jameson Williams at the 9. Cornerback Kamal Hadden then forced Williams to fumble, and Kenneth George Jr. recovered with 14:13 to go. After a punt by Paxton Brooks, the Tide took over at the Tennessee 44. Seven plays later, Bryce Young found the end zone on a 5-yard touchdown run. With 9:27 to go the score was tied 14-14. After a Vols three-and-out, the Tide drove 79 yards in 12 plays as Young found John Metchie III for a 6-yard touchdown. With 2:34 to go, the Tide led 21–14. The Tide took a 21–14 lead into halftime.

Early in the third quarter, the Vols' De'Shawn Rucker blocked a punt by James Burnip, giving Tennessee the ball at the Alabama 16. The Tide defense held the Vols to a 32-yard Chase McGrath field goal. With 9:44 to go the score was 21–17. Alabama drove to the Tennessee 28 on its next possession but had to settle for a 45-yard field goal by Will Reichard. The Tide lead was 24–17 with 6:22 remaining in the quarter. On the Tide's next possession, Young led the offense 80 yards in 11 plays as the quarterback scored his second rushing touchdown of the day. With 14:51 remaining in the game Alabama's lead was 31–17. The Vols responded with a 70-yard touchdown pass from Hooker to Cedric Tillman, cutting the deficit to 31–24. After a 65-yard reception by Jameson Williams, Brian Robinson Jr. scored from 15 yards out. With 12:42 left the Tide led 38–24. On the Vols next offensive series, after driving to the Alabama 43, Hooker was picked off by Jalyn Armour-Davis. Armour-Davis returned the interception 47 yards. From there the Tide extended its lead to 45–24 with a 1-yard touchdown by Robinson. After the Vols failed to convert a 4th-and-6 from their own 29, Young found Metchie for a 19-yard score. With 5:01 remaining the Tide led 52–24, and it would go on to win the game by that score. It was Alabama's 15th consecutive victory over the Volunteers, a series record.

Pregame line Over/under
-27.5 66.5
Statistics Tennessee Alabama
First downs 10 32
Total yards 346 574
Rushing yards 64 203
Passing yards 282 371
Turnovers 1 1
Time of possession 19:34 40:26
Team Category Player Statistics
Tennessee Passing Hendon Hooker 19/28, 282 yards, 3 TD's, 1 INT
Rushing Tiyon Evans 7 carries, 30 yards
Receiving Cedric Tillman 7 receptions, 152 yards, 1 TD
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 31/43, 371 yards, 2 TD's
Rushing Brian Robinson Jr. 26 carries, 107 yards, 3 TD's
Receiving Jameson Williams 6 receptions, 123 yards

LSU

See also: 2021 LSU Tigers football team and Alabama–LSU football rivalry

1 234Total
LSU 7 070 14
No. 2 Alabama 0 1460 20
  • Date: November 6
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game start: 6:05 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 100,077
  • Game weather: 55, Sunny, Wind N @ 7 mph
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color), Holly Rowe (sideline)
  • Sources:

After a bye week, the No. 3-ranked Crimson Tide hosted the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium, facing the Tigers' lame-duck head coach Ed Orgeron. It was a rematch of the Game of the Century between the rivals two years prior. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Tide offense drove to the LSU 32. However, placekicker Will Reichard missed a 49-yard field goal. LSU responded with by driving 68 yards in 8 plays for a touchdown as Max Johnson connected with Brian Thomas Jr. With 8:33 left in the opening quarter, the Tigers led 7–0. After the two teams traded punts, the Tide drove to the LSU 33. However, a delay of game penalty, sack, and illegal formation penalty led to a 4th-and-31 and a James Burnip punt. On its next series, Alabama drove to the LSU 39 but turned the ball over on downs after Bryce Young failed to connect with John Metchie III on 4th-and-2. The Tigers took over with 11:45 remaining in the half but punted six plays later. Young then led the Tide offense 77 yards in 12 plays, capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Brian Robinson Jr. With 2:52 left in the half the score was tied 7-7. On the Tigers' ensuing series, Max Johnson was picked off by Jalyn Armour-Davis, allowing the Tide to take over at the LSU 39. On 3rd-and-goal at the 8, Young connected with Metchie for an 8-yard touchdown, giving the Tide a 14–7 lead with 48 seconds remaining in the half. After Max Johnson was sacked by Will Anderson Jr., the teams went into halftime with the Tide ahead 14–7.

On LSU's opening possession of the second half, Phidarian Mathis recovered a fumble by running back Tyrion Davis-Price. Alabama took over at its own 42. Two plays later Young found Jameson Williams for a 58-yard touchdown. Reichard's PAT was no good, so with 12:51 remaining in the third the Tide's lead was 20–7. After the two teams traded punts, Johnson took the Tigers offense 89 yards in 14 plays as he connected with tight end Jack Bech for an 8-yard touchdown. With 2:27 remaining in the third, 'Bama's lead was cut to 20–14. The Tide went three-and-out on their next series. After a 37-yard run by Davis-Price, LSU had 1st-and-goal at the Alabama 8. On 4th-and-goal from the 7, the 'Bama defense held as Johnson failed to connect with Trey Palmer. The Tide took over and continued to chew clock. On 3rd-and-5 from the LSU 46, safety Cameron Lewis sacked Bryce Young. Young fumbled the ball, which was recovered by defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy at the Alabama 42. With 2:36 remaining, the Tigers had a 4th-and-9 from the 41. The Tide defense held its own again as Johnson could not connect with Bech. Even after LSU used its final timeout, the Tide could not run out the game clock. After a 31-yard punt by Burnip, the Tigers took over at their own 38. On 4th-and-9, Johnson connected with Thomas for a first down at the Alabama 45. Johnson then found Jaray Jenkins at the 30. Jenkins went out of bounds with 5 seconds remaining. On the final play of the game, Max Johnson's pass to the end zone fell incomplete. The Tide held on to win 20–14.

Pregame line Over/under
-28.5 66
Statistics LSU Alabama
First downs 16 16
Total yards 295 308
Rushing yards 109 6
Passing yards 186 302
Turnovers 2 1
Time of possession 31:16 28:44
Team Category Player Statistics
LSU Passing Max Johnson 16/32, 160 yards, 2 TD's, 1 INT
Rushing Tyrion Davis-Price 23 carries, 104 yards
Receiving Jaray Jenkins 4 receptions, 54 yards
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 24/37, 302 yards, 2 TD's
Rushing Brian Robinson Jr. 13 carries, 18 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Jameson Williams 10 receptions, 160 yards, 1 TD

New Mexico State

See also: 2021 New Mexico State Aggies football team

1 234Total
New Mexico St 3 000 3
No. 2 Alabama 14 35010 59
  • Date: November 13
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Game start: 11:03 a.m.
  • Game attendance: 97,011
  • Game weather: 48, Sunny, Wind N @ 10 mph
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (color), Alyssa Lang (sideline)
  • Sources:
Pregame line Over/under
-51.5 66.5
Statistics New Mexico St Alabama
First downs 10 30
Total yards 138 587
Rushing yards 9 247
Passing yards 129 340
Turnovers 1 1
Time of possession 29:27 30:33
Team Category Player Statistics
New Mexico St Passing Jonah Johnson 19/30, 129 yards
Rushing Jonah Johnson 14 carries, 5 yards
Receiving Cole Harrity 3 receptions, 30 yards
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 21/23, 270 yards, 5 TD's
Rushing Brian Robinson Jr. 9 carries, 99 yards, 2 TD's
Receiving Jameson Williams 6 receptions, 158 yards, 3 TD's

No. 21 Arkansas

See also: 2021 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

Game Eleven – No. 21 Arkansas Razorbacks (7–3) at No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (9–1)
1 2 34Total
No. 21 Razorbacks 0 14 71435
No. 2 Crimson Tide 3 21 10842

at Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
  • Game time: 2:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Fair • Temperature: 64 °F (18 °C) • Wind: NW 1 mph
  • Referee: Lee Hedrick
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Jamie Erdahl (sideline)
  • Pregame line: Alabama by 20.5 • Odds to win: Alabama 92.6% • Game summary: ESPN
Game information
First quarter
  • (7:41) Alabama – Will Reichard 48 yard field goal (Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards, 0:46; Alabama 3–0)
Second quarter
  • (14:54) Alabama – John Metchie III 20 yard pass from Bryce Young, Will Reichard kick (Drive: 9 plays, 98 yards, 3:36; Alabama 10–0)
  • (6:06) Arkansas – Treylon Burks 21 yard pass from KJ Jefferson, Cam Little kick (Drive: 13 plays, 96 yards, 5:05; Alabama 10–7)
  • (5:21) Alabama – Jameson Williams 79 yard pass from Bryce Young, Will Reichard kick (Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:45; Alabama 17–7)
  • (3:40) Arkansas – Dominique Johnson 1 yard rush, Cam Little kick (Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:09; Alabama 17–14)
  • (1:44) Alabama – Jameson Williams 32 yard pass from Bryce Young, Will Reichard kick (Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 1:56; Alabama 24–14)
Third quarter
  • (11:31) Alabama – Christian Leary 11 yard pass from Bryce Young, Will Reichard kick (Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:29; Alabama 31–14)
  • (10:09) Arkansas – Treylon Burks 66 yard pass from KJ Jefferson, Cam Little kick (Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:22; Alabama 31–21)
  • (1:09) Alabama – Will Reichard 30 yard field goal (Drive: 9 plays, 63 yards, 3:06; Alabama 34–21)
Fourth quarter
  • (11:24) Arkansas – Blake Kern 32 yard pass from Reid Bauer, Cam Little kick (Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:45; Alabama 34–28)
  • (5:39) Alabama – Jameson Williams 40 yard pass from Bryce Young, 2-point rush good (Drive: 4 plays, 55 yards, 1:51; Alabama 42–28)
  • (1:02) Arkansas – Raheim Sanders 17 yard pass from KJ Jefferson, Cam Little kick (Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 4:37; Alabama 42–35)
Pregame line Over/under
-22.5 59
Statistics Arkansas Alabama
First downs 21 29
Total yards 468 671
Rushing yards 110 112
Passing yards 358 559
Turnovers 1 1
Time of possession 29:30 30:30
Team Category Player Statistics
Arkansas Passing KJ Jefferson 22/30, 326 yards, 3 TD's
Rushing Trelon Smith 9 carries, 42 yards
Receiving Treylon Burks 8 receptions, 179 yards, 2 TD's
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 31/40, 559 yards, 5 TD's
Rushing Brian Robinson Jr. 27 carries, 122 yards
Receiving Jameson Williams 8 receptions, 190 yards, 3 TD's

at Auburn

See also: 2021 Auburn Tigers football team and Iron Bowl

Game Twelve – No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-1) at Auburn Tigers (6-5)
1 2 34OT2OT3OT4OTTotal
No. 3 Crimson Tide 0 0 010732224
Tigers 0 7 30732022

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021
  • Game time: 2:39 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Sunny • Temperature: 63 °F (17 °C) • Wind: SW 4 mph
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Referee: Alex Moore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Jamie Erdahl (sideline reporter)
  • Box Score
Pregame line Over/under
-19.5 55.5
Statistics Alabama Auburn
First downs 18 11
Total yards 388 159
Rushing yards 71 22
Passing yards 317 137
Turnovers 1 1
Time of possession 29:24 30:36
Team Category Player Statistics
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 25/51, 317 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing Brian Robinson Jr. 16 carries, 71 yards
Receiving John Metchie III 13 receptions, 150 yards
Auburn Passing T. J. Finley 17/26, 137 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing Tank Bigsby 29 carries, 63 yards
Receiving Demetris Robertson 3 receptions, 39 yards

vs. No. 1 Georgia

See also: 2021 Georgia Bulldogs football team, 2021 SEC Championship Game, and Alabama–Georgia football rivalry

SEC Championship Game
1 2 34Total
No. 1 Georgia 3 14 0724
No. 3 Alabama 0 24 71041

at Mercedes-Benz StadiumAtlanta, Georgia

  • Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Jamie Erdahl (sideline)
  • Pregame line: Georgia −6.5 • Odds to win: Georgia 67.9%
Game information
First quarter
  • (6:01) UGA – Jack Podlesny 38 yd Field Goal (Georgia 3–0)
Second quarter
  • (14:56) UGA – Darnell Washington 5 yd pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny Kick) (Georgia 10–0)
  • (14:12) ALA – Jameson Williams 67 yd pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Kick) (Georgia 10–7)
  • (9:46) ALA – John Metchie III 13 yd pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Kick) (Alabama 14–10)
  • (3:28) ALA – Will Reichard 33 yd Field Goal (Alabama 17–10)
  • (2:06) UGA – Ladd McConkey 32 yd pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny Kick) (Tied 17–17)
  • (0:26) ALA – Bryce Young 11 yd rush (Will Reichard Kick) (Alabama 24–17)
Third quarter
  • (13:10) ALA – Jameson Williams 55 yd pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Kick) (Alabama 31–17)
Fourth quarter
  • (11:59) ALA – Stetson Bennett pass intercepted by Jordan Battle for a 42 yd TD return (Will Reichard KICK) (Alabama 38–17)
  • (9:42) UGA – Stetson Bennett pass to Brock Bowers for 18 yds (Jack Podlesny KICK) (Alabama 38–24)
Pregame line Over/under
+6.5 49.5
Statistics Georgia Alabama
First downs 30 25
Total yards 449 536
Rushing yards 109 115
Passing yards 340 421
Turnovers 2 0
Time of possession 34:13 25:47
Team Category Player Statistics
Georgia Passing Stetson Bennett 29/48, 340 yards, 3 TD's, 2 INT's
Rushing James Cook 11 carries, 38 yards
Receiving Brock Bowers 10 receptions, 139 yards, 1 TD
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 26/44, 421 yards, 3 TD's
Rushing Brian Robinson Jr. 16 carries, 55 yards
Receiving Jameson Williams 7 receptions, 184 yards, 2 TD's

Postseason

vs. No. 4 Cincinnati

See also: 2021 Cincinnati Bearcats football team and 2021 Cotton Bowl Classic

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - CFP Semifinal
1 234Total
No. 4 Cincinnati 3 030 6
No. 1 Alabama 7 10010 27
  • Date: December 31
  • Location: Arlington, TX
  • Game start: 2:40 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 76,313
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Referee: Steve Strimling
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (color), Molly McGrath and Laura Rutledge (sideline)
  • Sources:
Pregame line Over/under
-13.5 59
Statistics Cincinnati Alabama
First downs 13 27
Total yards 218 482
Rushing yards 74 301
Passing yards 144 181
Turnovers 0 1
Time of possession 26:19 33:41
Team Category Player Statistics
Cincinnati Passing Desmond Ridder 17/32, 144 yards
Rushing Jerome Ford 15 carries, 77 yards
Receiving Michael Young Jr. 4 receptions, 55 yards
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 17/28, 181 yards, 3 TD's, 1 INT
Rushing Brian Robinson Jr. 26 carries, 204 yards
Receiving Ja’Corey Brooks 4 receptions, 66 yards, 1 TD

vs. No. 3 Georgia

See also: 2021 Georgia Bulldogs football team, 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship, and Alabama–Georgia football rivalry

CFP National Championship
1 234Total
No. 3 Georgia 0 6720 33
No. 1 Alabama 3 609 18
  • Date: January 10, 2022
  • Location: Indianapolis, IN
  • Game start: 8:16 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 68,311
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Referee: Duane Heydt
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color), Holly Rowe and Molly McGrath (sideline)
  • Sources:
Pregame line Over/under
+2.5 52.5
Statistics Georgia Alabama
First downs 20 22
Total yards 364 399
Rushing yards 140 30
Passing yards 224 369
Turnovers 1 2
Time of possession 28:29 31:31
Team Category Player Statistics
Georgia Passing Stetson Bennett 17/26, 224 yards, 2 TD's
Rushing Zamir White 13 carries, 84 yards, 1 TD
Receiving George Pickens 1 reception, 52 yards
Alabama Passing Bryce Young 35/57, 369 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT's
Rushing Brian Robinson Jr. 22 carries, 68 yards
Receiving Cameron Latu 5 receptions, 102 yards, 1 TD

Rankings

Further information: 2021 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
( ) = First place votes.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final
AP1 (47)1 (59)1 (60)1 (59)1 (58)1 (53)543332341 (50)2
Coaches1 (63)1 (64)1 (64)1 (64)1 (64)1 (63)543322221 (54)2
CFPNot released222331Not released

Statistics

Scoring

Scores by quarter (non-conference opponents)

1 2 3 4 Total
All opponents 6 10 20 14 50
Alabama 66 100 35 40 241

Scores by quarter (SEC opponents)

1 2 3 4OT Total
SEC opponents 47 57 58 7112 245
Alabama 62 110 68 10314 357

Scores by quarter (All opponents)

1 2 3 4OT Total
All opponents 53 67 78 8512 295
Alabama 128 210 103 14314 598

Team statistics

Offense

Defense

Key: POS: Position, SOLO: Solo Tackles, AST: Assisted Tackles, TOT: Total Tackles, TFL: Tackles-for-loss, SACK: Quarterback Sacks, INT: Interceptions, BU: Passes Broken Up, PD: Passes Defended, QBH: Quarterback Hits, FR: Fumbles Recovered, FF: Forced Fumbles, BLK: Kicks or Punts Blocked, SAF: Safeties, TD : Touchdown

Special teams


After the season

Awards and SEC honors

Weekly honors
Honors Player Position Date Awarded Ref.
SEC Offensive Player of the Week
SEC Special Teams Player of the Week
Bryce Young QB September 7, 2021
Will Reichard PK September 7, 2021
Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week Bryce Young QB September 8, 2021
SEC Defensive Player of the Week Will Anderson Jr. LB September 20, 2021
SEC Special Teams Player of the Week Jameson Williams WR/KR September 27, 2021
SEC Defensive Player of the Week (2) Will Anderson LB October 4, 2021
SEC Offensive Player of the Week (2) Brian Robinson Jr. RB October 4, 2021
Reese's Senior Bowl
Walter Camp
Maxwell Award National Player of the Week
Brian Robinson Jr. RB October 5, 2021
Bednarik Award National Player of the Week Will Anderson LB October 5, 2021
SEC Defensive Player of the Week (3) Will Anderson LB October 18, 2021
Bednarik Award National Player of the Week (2x) Will Anderson LB October 19, 2021
Bronko Nagurski Award National Player of the Week Will Anderson LB October 19, 2021
Manning Award (Great 8) Bryce Young QB October 19, 2021
Manning Award (Great 8-2x) Bryce Young QB October 26, 2021
SEC Offensive Player of the Week (2) Bryce Young QB September 25, 2021
SEC Defensive Player of the Week (4) Will Anderson LB November 8, 2021
Bednarik Award National Player of the Week (3x) Will Anderson LB November 9, 2021
SEC Offensive Player of the Week (2) Bryce Young QB November 22, 2021
SEC Defensive Player of the Week Henry To'oTo'o LB November 22, 2021
Walter Camp Player of the Week Henry To'oTo'o LB November 22, 2021
SEC Defensive Player of the Week (5) Will Anderson LB November 29, 2021
Southeastern Conference Individual Awards
Player Position Award Ref.
Bryce Young QB SEC Offensive Player of the Year [29]
Will Anderson Jr. LB SEC Defensive Player of the Year
Jameson Williams WR SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Year
Individual Yearly Awards
Player Position Award Ref.
Bryce Young QB Heisman Trophy
Maxwell Award
Davey O’Brien Award
AP College Football Player of the Year
Sporting News College Football Player of the Year
Manning Award
[30]
Will Anderson Jr. LB Bronko Nagurski Trophy [31]

All-Americans

All-SEC
Player Position Team
Bryce Young QB 1st
Brian Robinson Jr. RB 1st
Jameson Williams WR 1st
Evan Neal OT 1st
Will Anderson Jr. LB 1st
Jordan Battle DB 1st
John Metchie III WR 2nd
Phidarian Mathis DL 2nd
Henry To'oTo'o LB 2nd
Jalyn Armour-Davis DB 2nd
Source:[32]
All-SEC Freshman
Player Position
JoJo Earle WR
Dallas Turner LB
Kool-aid McKinstry DB
Source:[33]
All-SEC Academic
Player Position Class Major Ref.
HM = Honorable mention. Source:
NCAA Recognized All-American Honors
Player AP AFCA FWAA TSN WCFF Designation
Evan Neal 2 1 1 1 1 Consensus
Will Anderson Jr. 1 1 1 1 1 Unanimous
Jameson Williams 1 2 2 1 2
Bryce Young 1 2 1 1 2 Consensus
Jordan Battle 3 2
Phidarian Mathis 2
The NCAA recognizes a selection to all five of the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN and WCFF first teams for unanimous selections and three of five for consensus selections. HM = Honorable mention. Source:
Other All-American Honors
Player Athletic[34] Athlon BR CBS Sports[35] CFN ESPN[36] FOX Sports Phil Steele SI USA Today[37]

All Star games

See also: 2022 Senior Bowl

NFL Draft

See also: 2022 NFL Draft

The NFL Draft was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 28–30, 2022.

Crimson Tide who were picked in the 2022 NFL Draft:

Round Pick Player Position NFL Team
1 7 Evan Neal OT New York Giants
1 12 Jameson Williams WR Detroit Lions
2 44 John Metchie III WR Houston Texans
2 47 Phidarian Mathis DT Washington Commanders
3 75 Christian Harris LB Houston Texans
3 98 Brian Robinson Jr. RB Washington Commanders
4 119 Jalyn Armour-Davis CB Baltimore Ravens

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