Alabama Football: After Mercer, five thoughts about the Crimson Tide

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No. 2 Backup Quarterback

In his second start, Bryce Young was not as sharp as he was against Miami. Though he missed a few throws, he finished 19-for-27 despite a couple of drops. He passed for 227 yards and three touchdowns. The Alabama Crimson Tide is in great shape with Young at quarterback. He plays under control, is highly skilled, and is already a leader.

It was obvious on Saturday, Alabama Football cannot afford to lose Young to an injury. Paul Tyson has been touted by Alabama football insiders all summer and throughout fall camp. On Saturday, he did not look like a year-three player. His longish completion to JoJo Earle was a poor pass that required a great catch from Earle. His next pass to the flat hit the ground at least a yard short of the receiver. His third pass into the endzone was high and uncatchable.

Alabama football fans were excited when Jalen Milroe came in. Milroe’s athleticism and potential are obvious. Running a simplified package, he can be a good, change of pace option for the Tide. Accepting him to effectively use Bryce Young’s extensive offensive package, at any time this season, is foolish optimism.

Over the next several weeks this situation could change. As of now, the Tide does not have a backup QB it can win with, against a tough defense.

No. 3 No Feature Running Back

There are advantages to ‘running back by committee’ and the Tide is deep and talented at the position. In some game situations, it is more effective to ride a lead back to a victory. Saban has done it with Mark Ingram Jr., Derrick Henry and Najee Harris. Currently, none of the Tide’s very talented running backs are ‘feature back’ material.