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Alabama Crimson Tide vs Georgia Bulldogs: 4 Winners and 3 Losers for the 2018 NFL Draft

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What prospects stepped up and who struggled in the Crimson Tide's National Championship win?

CFP National Championship presented by AT&T - Alabama v Georgia Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

What... A... Game!

The Alabama Crimson Tide are back on top of the college football world after their come from behind, overtime victory over the Georgia Bulldogs.

Which prospects shined and who struggled in the biggest game of their career?


Sony Michel RB Georgia

Michel was the only running back in the game to really get loose. His hard running and slashing style was effective early. He broke a 3rd and 20 outside with speed and walked a tightrope down the sideline for 26 yards, and picked up another 3rd and 10 off left tackle for a 1st down inside a minute before halftime. Michel finished with a game-high 98 yards on 14 carries.

Roquan Smith LB Georgia

The speedy if undersized linebacker lived up to his billing for the most part, showing off sideline-to-sideline wheels on outside runs. Smith also made a big tackle on special teams, and stoned big Bo Scarbrough on a short yardage third down pass play.

Da’Ron Payne DL Alabama

Payne was in the backfield all night long. He was instrumental bottling up Nick Chubb, and got pressure on both of Jake Fromm’s interceptions. The big man also nearly blocked a pooch punt late in the second quarter, and came up with a crucial 3rd down run stuff midway through the fourth quarter.

Calvin Ridley WR Alabama

Saddled by poor first half QB play, Ridley was open deep early in the second half, but freshman Tua Tagovailoa overthrew him. Ridley also couldn’t haul in a contested end zone fade with about 5:30 left in regulation. But the 23-year old junior followed the near miss with a clutch seven-yard TD catch on 4th and four that tied the game at 20 in the fourth quarter. Ridley’s younger brother Riley, a UGA sophomore, outproduced him, but Calvin ultimately walked away with the trophy.


Javon Wims WR Georgia

After an early drop, Wims had the ball stolen from him by Tony Brown for an early interception. Wims responded with a terrific catch on a back shoulder throw, controlling it to the round while he got a hand and a foot down in bounds. Unfortunately, he exited with a left shoulder injury after the play and never returned. The senior receiver’s status is now in question for next week’s Shrine Game.

Nick Chubb RB Georgia

Chubb was bottled up and overshadowed by his teammate Michel all night long. Chubb lacked burst, and when he tried to bounce a third quarter run outside against a corner blitz, he gave up ground and went down on an ankle tackle. He finished the game with just 25 yards on 18 carries.

Bo Scarbrough RB Alabama

While he did break a 16 yard run in the second half, Scarbrough lost the big back role to freshman Najee Haris late in the game, and it legitimately looked like big Bo may have only been the fifth or sixth best running back in this game.