Dalvin Tomlinson on Stopping Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott [VIDEO]
Fresh off an emotional win over second-ranked LSU, the Alabama football team has to quickly turn its focus to one of the country's best quarterbacks.
Mississippi State senior Dak Prescott hasn't received the same Heisman Trophy hype this season as he did during the team's rise to No. 1 in 2014, but he's still just as dangerous with the ball. Through nine games, Prescott averages 307 total yards of offense while scoring 25 touchdowns. And through 300 pass attempts, he's only thrown one interception.
"When we go out there, we have to be gap-disciplined," defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson said. "When we pass rush him, he might not always be trying to pass the ball. He might just break out and make a 20 or 30-yard run."
Dual-threat quarterbacks have given Alabama defenses trouble in recent years, and Prescott is as good as any of them. But this 2015 defense, which ranks 3rd nationally in total defense, appears to be better suited to stop him than years past.
"With this defense, I feel like we collapse the pocket a lot better now," Tomlinson said. "If we can contain him on the outsides, I feel like we can collapse the pocket on the inside, and pretty much get a sack or a tackle for a loss."
The stats back up what Tomlinson said. On the year, Alabama ranks 9th nationally with 29 sacks through nine games and this team is on pace to have the most sacks in a season in the Nick Saban era.