Player of the game

It’s been a while since I’ve seen an interior defensive lineman dominate a game the way Da’Ron Payne did last night.

DT Da’Ron Payne, 96.4 overall grade

Alabama DI Da'Ron Payne

Payne was a monster all game, both against the pass and the vaunted Georgia rushing attack. On 35 pass-rushing snaps, Payne brought in seven total QB pressures, constantly pushing the interior of the Georgia offensive line back. Although he didn’t record a sack in the contest, he affected freshman QB Jake Fromm on multiple occasions, and that may not even be where he was most effective on the evening. On 32 snaps in run defense, Payne brought in a ridiculous six stops on nine total tackles. Running between the tackles yielded the Georgia rushing attack just 3.23 yards per carry, as Payne was a key cog to stopping the Bulldogs running backs. Likely his last season in Tuscaloosa, Payne put the exclamation point on his career with two strong performances in postseason play, and should almost certainly hear his name called on the first day of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Georgia tried blocking him with almost every lineman at its disposal, and when that didn’t work, went to double-teaming Payne, which had slightly better success at a cost of leaving someone else free.  You can be damned sure he was in Jake Fromm’s head much of the night.

If he turns pro, I won’t miss him.


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11 responses to “Player of the game

  1. Yea and some better play calling would have totally negated him.

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    • Russ

      It certainly did in the first half.


      • Olddawg55

        I hate to call out a particular player but #74, Cleveland, was particularly inept in the second half..he gave up on his man who negated him with a simple swim move and just slapped him aside. It was pathetic to see a defensive lineman just control his space. A substitution of any reserve lineman would have helped Froom a great deal.


    • SeattleDawg

      We chose to run directly at him over and over again in he second half.


  2. Ellis

    I would argue the officiating crew deserved the game ball last night as they had the greatest impact on the outcome.

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    • Jonathan Thompson

      Hopefully the Alabama boosters have released the ref’s families by now without any harm.


      • Got Cowdog

        I always make fun of the zebras, ya know? They’re just doing the best they can. However this time, in my opinion, they tanked the game for UGA last night. For that, I will never forgive them. I saw Blutarsky’s post about leaving it on the field. I say bullshit. Maybe it’s Vegas, maybe it’s mickey, but the ticky tack shit they called on Georgia and the things Nicky’s boys were allowed? NFW. Georgia earned it this year. This hurts.
        That being said, I’ll give a prop to Saban. He had the kid in his back pocket all along. They don’t pay that fucker umpty million dollars a year for nothing.


  3. TomReagan

    He might have been the best player we played all year. Can’t think of any better offhand.


  4. He earned a lot of future $$$$$ in the last two games he has played in.


  5. Otis Day

    he whipped Galliard’s ass. Sayler or Hill will be the center next year


  6. Erk's Forehead

    I could go the rest of my life and never read another article or see another pic of anything related to Alabama and that would be alright with me.