Alabama DB duo named National Defensive Players of the Week

With the Tide's secondary now rounding into shape, Alabama looks to have the best defense in the nation.
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Alabama went into College Station and rocked an undefeated Texas A&M team by a score of 41-23 last weekend thanks in large part to its defense, which actually outscored the Tide's offense for the game. 

For their efforts, Alabama freshman corner Minkah Fitzpatrick and junior safety Eddie Jackson have been named co-Defensive Players of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America. 

“The four interceptions were huge in the game,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “Three scores on defense is unprecedented and probably some kind of record. Minkah (Fitzpatrick) having two is fantastic for a freshman. The thing I'm probably most proud of with our players is when we lost the momentum of the game in the second quarter, when we dominated the game in the first quarter, the players really responded well in the second half to go out there and compete.”

Saban is correct, as Fitzpatrick did indeed break a school-record by returning two interceptions for touchdowns in the game. Jackson etched his name in the school-record book as well by racking up 119 return yards, a new Alabama record. 

Alabama hosts Tennessee this week in Tuscaloosa at 3:30 p.m. ET. 

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