Vine Time – Alabama Defense versus Leonard Fournette

Still trying to figure out how Alabama’s defense swallowed up Leonard Fournette?  We offer up these Vines in an attempt to show and tell…

The first Vine is a look at at the surge of the Alabama defensive line.  Notice how three Tide defenders are three yards into the backfield by the time Fournette gets going – this is tough sledding for even the best of backs…

Good defense involves the front seven but it also takes the commitment from the defensive backs.  Here’s freshman Marlon Humphrey taking down Fournette in a one on one situation.  There was a nice hole here but #26 fills it quickly.  This is sweet and pretty unexpected as Humphrey hasn’t shown this physicality this season…

The key to Bama’s defensive line prowess is their ability to lock their arms out against an offensive lineman and disengage to make a tackle.  Jarren Reed (90) executes this to perfection here…

LSU tried to quick snap the Tide defense but even that wasn’t effective.  Here, Alabama’s defense isn’t set but they still get two yards into the backfield…

This is LSU’s bread and butter that the Tide defense ate for dinner.  Again, notice the surge from the defensive line, in particular #25 Dillon Lee…

This is the one bad play that Alabama’s defense had in containing Fournette.  Notice how #30 Denzell Devall is collapsed inside – this opens up the edge for Fournette.  Additionally, the defensive backs are unable to come up and provide run support so #7 gets a big gainer.

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