TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 1 Alabama had a rocky go of it but wound up getting the job done on Saturday night, beating Colorado State 31-6 in the Crimson Tide's home opener.
During the course of the action, a few players stood out as worthy of a coveted helmet sticker.
WR Christion Jones: He might have been the lone bright spot on an otherwise bleak offensive unit that failed to move the ball well against an undermanned Colorado State team. Jones led the team with nine receptions for 90 yards, hooking up with AJ McCarron on one drive for three straight catches for first downs. Combined with his ability to returns kicks and punts, Jones is quickly developing into Alabama's most dangerous playmaker.
LB C.J. Mosley: It has become a weekly occurrence, Mosley finishing the game as Alabama's leading tackler. This time it was against Colorado State as the All-American senior linebacker had a team-high nine tackles, including one tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries. In a game where Alabama's defense faltered plenty, allowing long drives to an undermanned Rams offense, Mosley simply played his game, making tackle after tackle while also providing some much needed leadership to a group that featured more than its fair share of underclassmen.
RB Kenyan Drake: His rushing numbers won't knock you over, but he made the most of his time against Colorado State, rushing the ball three times for three yards and a touchdown. But it wasn't his rushing performance that earned him a helmet sticker this week. Rather, it was for his work on special teams, blocking a punt that bounced perfectly into the waiting hands of teammate Dillon Lee, who took it to the end zone for Alabama's second touchdown of the game.