Going into Saturday’s game against Chattanooga the obvious hope is that Alabama Football will handle its business early and allow for some fresh faces to get some playing time. This past weekend against Kentucky, we saw this happen to a lesser extent as Ty Simpson and other players relieved the starters in the fourth quarter. The experience for younger players is valuable and we’ve heard Coach Nick Saban reference it in the past with players like Tua Tagovailoa. As the team continues to deal with lingering minor injuries to players like Jalen Milroe, Ja’Corey Brooks, Deontae Lawson, and Jaylen Key the goal for Alabama Football should be to rest those who are injured and be healthy for the Auburn and Georgia games.
Alabama Football: Roles could be earned this weekend
This weekend when some lesser-known players enter the game roles could be earned even for this season as there are a few question marks still lingering around this team. A position we could see a change in is punt returner. Kool-Aid Mckinstry has electric return ability however, in a few games this season allowing punts to drop and muffing a couple of punts have caused concern that he may no longer be the guy for the job. There could also be a role earned for a running back to gain more touches going forward as fresh legs could be valuable against a defense as stout as Georgia’s. The Crimson Tide saw the return of Devonta Smith a defensive back who missed the majority of the season with a foot injury. There’s always a need for solid defensive back play and players like Smith, Tony Mitchell, and Earl Little may get a chance to show their ability in this weekend’s game to earn an increased role should a player in front of them suffer an injury.