Takeaways from Alabama Football victory over Austin Peay

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On Saturday, the Alabama football staff no doubt gained added information about some players. Some Crimson Tide players gained valuable game experience. Beyond those two important areas, there was little else eventful in the Crimson Tide’s mostly methodical takedown of Austin Peay.

Getting a ninth win was important, but the win was a given before the opening kickoff. Bryce Young, who played until early in the fourth quarter, was able to work on chemistry with the Tide receivers. A steady rotation of receivers gave young and previously less-used Tide receivers important game snaps.

After the game, Nick Saban bristled a bit when asked about quarterback substitution in the game. He pointed out it was important that Jalen Milroe got a series with the first unit. Bringing in Ty Simpson late in the game used his fourth game eligibility, relating to his opportunity to redshirt. If the Tide staff and Simpson intend for him to redshirt, he will not be able to play against Auburn or the bowl game.

The Crimson Tide was able to run the ball well, with Jase McClellan gaining 156 yards on 17 carries. Roydell Williams also ran well, with a per-carry average of 5.1 yards.

Alabama Football Defense created turnovers

The Alabama football defense produced a shutout and more importantly created three turnovers, with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Unfortunately, with a lost fumble and an interception, the Alabama football offense gave up two turnovers. A third turnover occurred on a fluke, punt return play.

Also in post-game comments, Nick Saban complimented the Tide’s offensive line,

"I was really pleased with the way the team came out and played today. I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage."

Overall the offensive line play was good. But, giving up three sacks to an FCS team is a concern to many Alabama fans. Also, there was another glaring case of the offensive line not knocking an opposing defense off the ball. It happened early when Roydell Williams scored from the half-yard line – barely.

In fairness to the Alabama football team, the annual muck around with an outmatched foe, a week before the Iron Bowl – was better than some in Nick Saban’s tenure. Also looking on the good side, there appeared to be no serious injuries in the game. Tyler Steen twisted an ankle and according to Saban will be day-to-day.

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In the post-game review, Saban said that Jahmyr Gibbs and Cameron Latu, who missed the game with minor injuries should be back at practice next week. He also said Eli Ricks has been cleared from concussion protocol and will be able to practice for the Auburn game.