Alabama Football Depth Shines: Alabama football showcased its depth in the last home game against Chattanooga, dressing 134 players. Coach Nick Saban expressed the importance of providing playing opportunities for less experienced players, emphasizing their growth and development. Typically, Saban introduces second-string players in the fourth quarter, but with a commanding 38-10 lead at halftime, he allowed younger talents to take the field earlier.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ty Simpson led two touchdown drives, showcasing his skills with 4 completions for 50 yards and a remarkable 78-yard run. True freshman running back Richard Young scored his first college touchdown with a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. Another freshman running back, Justice Haynes, made an impact with five carries for 42 yards and two touchdowns.
Jam Miller, a young running back, matched his career high with six carries and reached a career-high rush yardage of 77. On the defensive front, freshman players like DeVonta Smith, Keanu Koht, Shawn Murphy, Jeremiah Alexander, Edric Hill, and Damon Payne Jr. contributed with tackles.
Caleb Downs, a true freshman safety, displayed versatility by taking over punt return duties from Kool-Aid McKinstry. Downs made a significant impact by returning a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in his third attempt.
The Crimson Tide’s depth and the impressive performance of young players set a positive tone as they head into the final regular-season game against in-state rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl, with kickoff scheduled for 2:30 p.m CT.