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Alabama names Players of the Week following big win over Fresno State

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Jalen Hurts put on a clinic, throwing for 128 yards and rushing for a career-high 154 yards in Alabama's 41-10 win over Fresno State on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Hurts was spotty in the opener while going 10-of-18 passing and coach Nick Saban said he saw a mix of good and bad things. ".He was very efficient throwing the ball. Hopefully, we'll gain a bit more rhythm in some other areas".

A week after struggling with efficiency, the Alabama offense moved almost effortlessly with Hurts behind center. On the second play from scrimmage, Hurts ran through the Bulldog defense for a 55-yard touchdown for an early 7-0 lead. He hit receivers in tight coverage and made defenders pay with his legs.

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- Da'Mari Scott matched his career-high with 171 all-purpose yards as he also had 171 all-purpose yards against Utah in 2015.

Hurts' career day on the ground marked his fourth 100-yard rushing game at Alabama.

Alabama's second touchdown marked personal landmark for one Alabama player. It was Hentges' first touchdown in his three years at being Alabama. "But at the same time, we've got to not ask players to do things they're not ready to do".

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Alabama's fourth offensive series began with a new face at quarterback as five-star freshman Tua Tagovailoa got his first action of the season with 10:35 left in the second quarter. Calvin Ridley led the Tide with 5 catches for 45 yards, while Hale Hentges and Henry Ruggs III each hauled in a touchdown with their lone reception.

"We have a lot of work to do at that position", Saban said, adding that the game experience will help in that regard.

"He obviously will learn from it, took a sack when he shouldn't take a sack", Saban said. Jamire Jordan added 64 yards and a touchdown while Justin Allen contributed 51 yards and a touchdown in two receptions. Najee Harris ran for 70 yards on 13 carries. The offense racked up 497-yards of total offense, 305-yards on the ground, and 192-yards through the air, which was an increase of total yards from week one of +228-yards. Harris showed power and speed, as well the ability to make defenders miss.

"He did a great job today". "He made it known to all of us right from the get-go, saying 'Hey guys, we need to do better this week, ' and we did". "Like I said, defensively we beat ourselves with the minor mistakes that we had".

Will a lead running back emerge?

The 'Dogs stay on the road next week traveling to No. 7 Washington on Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. PT kickoff at Husky Stadium.

"It wasn't a ideal game", Hurts said. Take those numbers with a grain of salt, however, as they depend greatly on quality of opposition and their teams' offensive philosophies.

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