Ja'Corey Brooks reflects on Iron Bowl catch that helped Alabama force overtime
Star quarterback Bryce Young is usually the first player that comes to mind when thinking of the latest Iron Bowl matchup between Alabama and Auburn.
His actions were important in getting one of the shakiest Alabama teams to see the field in recent history the 24-22 win in quadruple overtime, but so were those of freshman wide receiver Ja’Corey Brooks, who seems to get a bit forgotten about in the process.
The wideout was the player on the other end of the 28-yard pass that tied the game at 10-10 with just 24 seconds remaining and capped off one of the most clutch drives of the college football season as Alabama took it 97 yards down the field.
Brooks opened up about that moment recently for the first time ever, not taking any time to brag on himself. Brooks had just two catches before the contest without a single touchdown to his name.
“I’m from Florida, so I didn’t know how big the Iron Bowl was,” Brooks said in a report from Nick Kelly of The Tuscaloosa News. “I just went out there and took it play by play. After I got to the sideline, (Jameson Williams) was telling me it was a great catch. During that play, I just tried to execute and do my job.”
With Alabama largely favored to be the best team in the nation and add to its very large stack of national titles, it will be interesting to watch how Brooks continues to develop as a player and how he continues to factor into a team that is always so loaded with talent on both sides of the ball.