Alabama Football: 5 takeaways from Florida game

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We learned a lot from Alabama football’s latest game

This year, Alabama football has been viewed as the best team in the sport. Their first game against Miami was dominant, and they didn’t do anything to prove otherwise against Mercer. However, they faced their true first test against the Florida Gators.

Florida hosted this game, meaning that Bryce Young was starting in the first true road game of his collegiate career. The Tide were tested, and they were nearly bested. Due to some gritty plays at the end of the game, Alabama football emerged with a two-point win.

Every game is a learning opportunity, and we learned plenty this weekend. Here are five takeaways from the struggle win this past Saturday.

5. Jahleel Billingsley is back

Jahleel Billingsley may be the most talented tight end that Saban has coached. He moves like a receiver, but his size makes it nearly impossible for defenses to guard him in single coverage. However, his biggest flaw so far appears to be internal.

Despite being incredibly talented, Billingsley has fallen down the depth chart for Alabama football. Saban has made comments about how he knows what he needs to do to step up and earn his spot back, but it took three weeks for that to happen. Finally, he was back with the starters this week.

In his absence, Cameron Latu became a nice target for the Tide. Now, Alabama has two tight ends who can both block and catch. This adds versatility that the pass game hasn’t had in a long time, and it will be useful as the season progresses.