Jaguars Game Ball of the Week: Tyson Alualu

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JULY 28: Tyson Alualu #93 of the Jacksonville Jaguars signs autographs following training camp at Florida Blue Health and Wellness practice fields on July 28, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The Jacksonville Jaguars 32-3 loss to the New York Jets certainly looked ugly, but there were some bright spots, especially on the defensive side of the ball. One player in particular, defensive lineman Tyson Alualu, earned my Samsung Game Ball of the Week. Alualu didn't show up big on the stat sheet, but if you watched the game and paid attention to the trenches you could see his effect. The Jets struggled rushing the football, partly because Alualu kept getting in the backfield.

Tyson Alualu wound up with only 4 tackles and 1 quarterback hit, but he was also second on the team in quarterback pressures with 3 (according to @jaguarsinsider). I mentioned yesterday there was a particular play where Alualu lined up at defensive end and blew past Jets right tackle Wayne Hunter. In just three steps off the snap of the football, Alualu had Hunter turned around and he got a shot on quarterback Mark Sanchez. It's something I'd like to see the Jaguars do a lot more of, given Alualu's ability to rush the passer.

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