Alabama defensive winger Labrene Ray has missed the last two games due to an elbow injury, and it seems that he is likely to miss another Saturday against Mississippi.
Although coach Nick Saban called Ray “may have problems” at a Wednesday night press conference, he explained that the best strategy might be to close Ray until the upcoming goodbye week.
Saban said: “In order to get him right and to recover, it may be better for us to wait until this week to see you again.”
After Saturday, Alabama’s next game will be at LSU on November 14.
Here are other notes from Saban’s recent meeting with reporters:
-Guard Deonte Brown injured his shoulder and did not win the game in Tennessee last Saturday. He practiced every day this week, which means he is ready to play with Mississippi State.
-When asked about Byron Young’s early game against Christian Barmore in Tennessee against Tennessee, and if the game time for Barban was “How do I want to rotate these players,” Saban said: Within the team, the relationship between us and the players is not something that anyone cares about. If the players are players, it is not theirs. I will not explain to you why we use every player like they do. I am satisfied with his performance in the game, I think that is the most important. “
-Freshman defensive guard Brian Branch (Brian Branch) during training camp began the candidate at the “star” nickel cornerback point, but was defeated by freshman Malachi Moore. However, Branch has played different roles in his second recent defensive game, including playing different roles in defense when Knoxville broke the pass. When asked how the role of Branch has evolved, Saban said: “I think Brian has indeed made a lot of progress. At the beginning of the season, he played a long time in Interstellar. Malachi (Malachi) ) He was promoted to the position, so he was a substitute, but we tried to develop him as a safety player and made good progress there. Now we play him as a sixth guard. I think it is a better screener for us. Good guy. So he walked a lot. I don’t like young players. I like to put them in one place and stay there. But he handled it very well and did make a lot of progress. I think throughout the season We will make positive contributions to us for the rest of the time.”
Saban said that Yuko transfer guard Ronald Williams, who broke his arm in the fall camp, has resumed practice in the past two weeks. He was supposed to travel to Tennessee, but was sick.
-Saban explained that Najee Harris did not get enough playing time at the beginning of his college career and was therefore “persistent.” Saban said: “Sometimes, when his game is not enough, he will feel frustrated, but this does not affect his professional ethics, because he needs to do something to improve himself. I think that since he is playing, then It will bring him rich returns.”
-Saban said the team did a good job in “Duck”.[ing] “Free up the ball” by controlling and controlling possession of the ball late in the game.
-Saban said that it is important for players to “choose energy” at this point this season. He said: “What this team has done so far, they have given themselves a chance to succeed.”
Sabana continues to look forward to the difference in Mississippi’s air strikes, expected to receive more than 60 passes, and how Alabama “must play very, very well to prevent them from scoring too much.”
Mike Rodak is a key Alabama reporter for the Alabama Media Group.Follow him on twitter @mikerodak.