It may not have been quite as dramatic as Chris Davis' game-winning touchdown return last year, but Alabama's 55-44 win more than lived up to its hype, boasting four lead-changes and unbelievable performances from two of the most gifted receivers in all of college football.
Mistakes by stars Nick Marshall, Cameron Artis-Payne and center Reese Dismukes contributed to a gut-wrenching 41-38 loss for the Tigers. Even worse, Williams, the team's leading receiver suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his right knee.
The former five-star recruit is beginning to look comfortable playing weakside linebacker in Ellis Johnson's scheme. That's not good news for SEC opponents (or Kansas State QB Jake Waters on Thursday night) but it could be for NFL teams in need of a chase linebacker.
Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee helped led quite a resurgence with the Tigers last season. Now its Year Two for the Gus Malzahn regime. What is the staff hoping to see from QB Nick Marshall and the rest of the Tigers as they move on and play without Heisman finalist Tre Mason.