If true freshman running back TJ Yeldon is an example of rebuilding, then every Alabama fan on the planet should exude a sly giggle.
Thanks to 111 yards rushing from Yeldon, and a sturdy Alabama defense, the defending national champs cruised to a 41-14 victory over the Michigan Wolverines in the 2012 Cowboys Classic.
The Crimson Tide used a balanced attack on both sides of the ball to grind the Wolverines, and quarterback Denard Robinson, into virtual submission.
Robinson, who was the “media centerpiece” prior to the game, was physically punished by the Crimson Tide. While the talented quarterback did make a few plays via the air, the Heisman hopeful also threw two critical interceptions, one of which was a “pick-six” by Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley. On the night, Robinson accumulated 200 yards in the air, including one touchdown. In respect to the ground attack, Robinson garnered a mere 27 yards, on 10 carries.
One of the “questionable spots” on the Alabama football team entering the 2012 season was the secondary. Against the Wolverines, the Tide came prepared for the task.
Cornerback Dee Milliner had several critical pass breakups, including a first quarter interception of Denard Robinson.
While the Tide did allow two long pass plays, one of which resulted in a UM touchdown, the unit was solid the entire night, and certainly didn’t prove to be a liability in terms of the game complexion.
Nick Saban, the constant perfectionist, will dissect the game film and attempt to rectify even the slightest mistakes, but all things considered, Alabama couldn’t have asked for a better performance in the 2012 season opener.
Some of the names may have changed, but as Michigan discovered Saturday night, the Crimson Tide talent is still very much the same.
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