March 20 2018

Days after heart attack, Gene Stallings hopes to attend Alabama-Texas A&M

March 20 2018, 11:34 | Olive Rios

Sam Craft

Sam Craft

The nation's No. 1 team takes its act on the road this Saturday to face Texas A&M, who have rebounded nicely since an opening weekend collapse against UCLA.

And, after playing Alabama, they've gone off a cliff. Although the Crimson Tide had four sacks, it clearly felt like it could've brought Mond down more. A&M would lose 4 of their last 6 and both quarterbacks in the process. He made plays with his arm and legs against SC in helping the Aggies come back from a 10-point deficit in the second half.

"He has a lot of composure", Fitzpatrick said.

Nick Saban thinks his players have gotten too wrapped up in the constant talk in the media about how good they are.

The Crimson Tide's last turnover prior to Foster's fumble Saturday came when Hurts was intercepted by Auburn's Daniel Thomas with 6:26 remaining in the first half of their game last season. They're not going to give you anything. "Anybody can be physical".

-S Minkah Fitzpatrick likely will be charged with guarding Texas A&M receiver Christian Kirk, who is one of the more dynamic players in the country. I'm asking them, 'Are you going to listen to me or are you going to listen to those guys about how good you are.'. Alabama won the last meeting, 33-14 in 2016. What's different this year than past years?

Hurts' legs are a gift and his athleticism in the open field a terror to opposing defenses tasked with stopping the sophomore quarterback who averages a Southeastern Conference-leading 8.39 yards per play.

Alabama has gotten strong contributions from Hurts (and also his backup, Tua Tagovailoa) in the passing game, but the team's true strength is on the ground.

A&M running back Keith Ford has seven rushing touchdowns this season.

Eight days after suffering a massive heart attack, former Alabama and Texas A&M head coach Gene Stallings was back in Kyle Field on Saturday to be honored as part of the 50-year anniversary of the Aggies' 1967 Southwest Conference championship. That's 40 YPG better than where they were past year at this time and 85 better than where they ended up last season.

Look for Alabama to continue the trend of shutting down an offense early in the game, while racking up points with their balanced attack.

The best player for Alabama on defense did make a big play when it was needed.

My goodness. Nick Saban's dad does not mess around.

Pappanastos booted a 34-yard field goal and quarterback Jalen Hurts scored on a 1-yard run, following blockers on a sweep to his right and tip-toeing inside the pylon.

Beating Alabama is never easy, and stopping the Tide when they're on a hot streak is even tougher. Defensive back DeShawn Capers-Smith recovered for Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1), setting up the Aggies offense at the Alabama 36.

"Whatever happened in the hurricane happened and it's a bad thing and we want to support everybody in every way we can", Saban said. And he has seen his sad days and down moments get the best of him. If that's good enough, that's good enough.

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