Marquis Maze Video: Watch Alabama Wideout Turn Tide with Electric Return

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 24, 2011

If you needed any more proof that the Alabama Crimson Tide were controlling all phases of the game against No. 14 Arkansas on Saturday, you got it when senior receiver Marquis Maze gave us one of the best returns of the year, taking a punt 82 yards for a touchdown, bobbing and weaving along the way.

Maze lived up to his name on Saturday, guiding his way through a plethora of defenders, stiff-arming, cutting back and spinning his way to the goal line. He showed the vision and patience that could only come from a player coached by Nick Saban.

The punt return, which happened in the beginning of the second half, opened up the Crimson Tide's lead, putting them ahead 24-7 and effectively killing Arkansas' hopes of an upset.

Perhaps what was so disheartening for the Razorbacks was the Crimson Tide were already exacting their dominance before the return, and to add another touchdown in the special teams only proved how good Alabama truly has been this season.

Concerns arose for the Crimson Tide in the offseason when Greg McElroy left for the NFL, but successor A.J. McCarron has been solid since a rough season opener. And Maze further proved on Saturday that the Crimson Tide have enough talent surrounding McCarron to legitimately have a shot at a national title this season after winning the championship in 2009.

The way Saban has this team playing is remarkable, but we really shouldn't have expected anything else after what he's shown us throughout his coaching career. When a team with as much talent as Alabama begins getting explosive plays like this across the board, that's a nightmare no college football team wants to face.

Right now, Alabama appears to be on track in its maze to the national championship.