The No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide barely survived the Iron Bowl at Auburn last week, and now Nick Saban’s team could be without its No. 1 running back against the No. 1 team in the country, the Georgia Bulldogs. Alabama still has a chance to make the College Football Playoff and keep its SEC rival out, with a win in Atlanta today.
Last week, Jase McClellan ran for 66 yards on 15 carries against Auburn. He came into that matchup banged up but was able to play. However, after the game, he was seen on crutches at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Jase McClellan is Alabama’s leading rusher on the season with 803 yards and six touchdowns on 166 carries, an average of 4.8 yards per carry. Georgia’s defense is ninth in yards per game, 12th in yards per play, but 56th in yards per rush, so McClellan could be a key to beating the Bulldogs.
On Thursday, Nick Saban said “We’d have to say he’s probably questionable for the game at this point but it’s probably too early to tell.”
When asked about McClellan’s activity in practice this week, Saban said “He’s not been able to do a lot.”
If McClellan is unable to go, the Crimson Tide will need to turn to backups Roydell Williams and Jam Miller. Williams is second on the team in rushing with 497 yards on 94 carries, and Miller has 167 yards on 31 carries. Jalen Milroe ran for 107 yards on 18 carries last week against Auburn and could be the team’s leading rusher again.
Jase McClellan injury status:
McClellan is listed as QUESTIONABLE but appears unlikely to play in the SEC championship game.