Behind dominant performance by Quinnen Williams, Alabama rolls over LSU 29-0

At times, it appeared that Williams could trip up LSU with just one hand. © Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Along with Heisman favorite Tua Tagovailoa, Williams shines for top-ranked Tide

It was billed as the biggest game of the season but No. 1 Alabama outclassed rival LSU from the outset with its superstar sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa strengthening his Heisman Trophy case with 295 passing yards and two touchdowns.

And as frightening as it sounds, Tua wasn't even the most impressive player on the field Saturday night for the defending champion Crimson Tide.

That title belongs to Alabama redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, who officially recorded a team-high 10 tackles in the big win over LSU, including seven solo stops, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, despite often facing double-teams.

During this week's episode of the Instinctive Scouting Podcast, two-time NFL general manager Scot McCloughan argued that the talent and depth along Alabama's defensive line is better than half of those in the NFL.

The 6-3, 295 pound Williams is a perfect illustration of the depth McCloughan is referring, as he only emerged as a full-time starter this season after backing up Da'Ron Payne -- the 13th overall pick -- last year.

Should Williams opt to leave early for the NFL, he won't have to wait that long to hear his name called.

Williams has made a steady rise up NFLDraftScout.com's rankings and is currently fifth overall on my personal Big Board.

CBS color commentator Gary Danielson shared a quote from Alabama's left tackle Jonah Williams - another projected first round pick - that trying to block his unrelated teammate was like attempting to grip "a 300 pound stick of butter."

It is easy to see why Alabama's top blocker (the top blocker in the country, in my opinion) is so high on his teammate, who possesses an almost unfair combination of initial quickness, agility, power and even straight-line speed, as he showed multiple times Saturday night in pursuing passionately to the sideline and downfield, throttling LSU's offense.

As dominant as Williams and the top-ranked Tide were Saturday night, they weren't the only ones making big statements in Week Ten.

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