Minkah Fitzpatrick came into the season with a great deal of hype. The five-star freshman defensive back from New Jersey is supposed to be one of the extremely talented freshman that will return the Bama secondary to glory. Along with fellow freshmen Marlon Humphrey and Ronnie Harrison, the three defensive backs are steadily emerging as difference makers for Alabama.
Saturday in Alabama’s dismantling of Georgia Fitzpatrick certainly did his part. Fitzpatrick blocked a punt which he recovered in the end zone for a touchdown, had a huge hit on special teams, and produced a sack. Nick Saban spoke to the media after the game about the contributions from Fitzpatrick.
“The blocked punt was big”. Saban would add, “He made a couple good plays on kickoff coverage, and he played really well in the secondary.”
“Minkah’s another freshman that really shows a lot of maturity in terms of being able to go out there and take a lot of responsibility — not only as a fifth defensive back playing [nickel back], but also in a lot of special teams situations.”
The other two freshman defensive backs weren’t all that bad either with both Harrison and Humphrey notching an interception on the day. If these three continue to grow into playmakers on defense, Alabama’s secondary woes are history.