By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
Brian Robinson (Alabama) and Jacquez Jones (Kentucky) have been named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player’s of the Week.
Robinson earned the honor following a career performance in The Crimson Tides 42-14 win over Ole Miss on Saturday, the running back recorded career-highs in both rushing yards (171) and rushing touchdowns (4) on 36 carries against the Rebels. He is just the second Crimson Tide player to rush for 100-plus yards in a game this season, joining Roydell Williams. Robinson’s previous career highs were 78 yards against Florida earlier this season and three touchdowns at Arkansas in 2020.
“We gave him the ball (36) times because it was part of the plan,” head coach Nick Saban said. “Jase (McClellan) got hurt or we would have played Jase more in the game. I’ve always been one of those guys when a runner is running hot, run him, and he was running hot today, so we ran him and he delivered. For the most part, he did a really, really good job. Not only the offensive line did a good job of blocking up-front but he pressed it and made the right cuts and then he was difficult to tackle and got a lot of extra yards after first contact.”
The Senior linebacker from Tuscaloosa had nine tackles with one for a loss and he had a quarterback hurry. If that wasn’t enough he had a game saving pass break-up on the final play of the game.
Jones is second on the team in tackles (33) and pass breakups (4) and has been a key cog in the Wildcats defense. He has made three huge pass-defense plays all season. In addition to last weeks pass breakup, he had an interception in UK’s 35-28 win over Missouri and a touchdown-saving breakup in the 28-23 win over Chattanooga.
The Wildcats are (5-0) for the just the fourth time in the last 70 years and 3-0 in the SEC.
The transfer from Ole Miss had 183 tackles in three seasons playing for the Rebels, he is just the second Wildcat player since 2004 to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors, joining former Wildcat defensive end/linebacker Josh Allen.
The Walter Camp Foundation in an all-volunteer organization based in New Haven, Connecticut. This in the 18th year the organization honors one Offensive and One Defensive Player of The Week.