What is Bryce Young’s status for Texas A&M? The question on every Alabama fan’s mind will be answered Monday.
The No. 1 Crimson Tide gears up for Texas A&M this weekend as the starting quarterback sustains an AC sprain on his right shoulder.
Nick Saban will address the media at noon. Follow and refresh this page for updates as soon as he steps on stage.
–“We did a lot of good things,” Saban said of his team’s performance in Arkansas after watching the film. He classified the third quarter as “disastrous” by every major statistical category.
–“Lots of challenging stuff on offense,” Saban said of the Aggies offense, crediting head coach Jimbo Fisher.
–“I know you’re interested in the injury situation. There’s really no update on Bryce,” Saban said, reiterating that Young is “day to day” and not pitching at the moment.
— Brian Branch is not practicing today, but should be before Tuesday, Saban said.
–Saban said the team tried to work Jalen Milroe in previous games to help him be mentally ready if he had to play in crunch time.
–The Tide offensive line continued to show improvement, Saban said. They limited the Arkansas unit to just one on Young’s scramble.
–Saban said it’s not entirely unusual for a team to prepare for two quarterbacks, as was the case with Texas A&M this week.
–“Do you have to lose a game to do well?” Saban spoke of how his team is approaching the “grind” of a season and pleaded with players to keep learning from victories.
–“All I’d like to tell Bryce is, ‘Don’t put yourself in a bad position,'” Saban said of Young’s decision to throw the ball where the quarterback injured himself.
–Alabama has an offensive package for Milroe, but again delayed it by saying he could call Jimbo Fisher and give him the Tide plan for this weekend.
–Kool-Aid McKinstry has the “competitive nature” to thrive and has done so so far this year as a cornerback, ‘Star’ emergency player and punt returner.
–Saban quoted the “rat poison, whatever it is” he preached prior to the Texas A&M game last year, leading to a distorted bid.
“Is anyone listening? Sometimes, sometimes not.”
–Saban said that “a sign of a really good running back” is when you can lead defenders to their blocks and then use a track to cut back and find the second level.
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Nick Alvarez is a reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @nick_a_alvarez or email it to NAlvarez@al.com.
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