Alabama enters this week’s matchup against No. 6 Tennessee with a major unanswered question. Star quarterback Bryce Young is questionable for the game in Knoxville after suffering a right shoulder injury against Arkansas.
Back up quarterback Jalen Milroe started in place of the injured Young in Alabama’s, 24-20, victory over Texas A&M Saturday.
Young was dressed out and reportedly active against the Aggies but Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban never turned to the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in the tight contest.
“Bryce is getting re-evaluated today,” Saban said Monday. “I don’t really know much, I haven’t really talked to doc since he did that. Hopefully, we’re going to try to get him ready to play this week. But this is something that nobody can predict how quickly this is going to give him an opportunity to be able to go out and do what he needs to do, and we’ll see as the week progresses. But I don’t have an update much more than that.”
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While Saban didn’t tip his hand much in either direction, former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy shared his belief that Young will play on the McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning Show Monday morning on WJOX in Birmingham.
Greg McElroy thinks Bryce Young plays vs. Tennessee:
“I feel very confident he will play this week. It is a pain management situation and I’m optimistic last week’s situation was more precautionary than anything else.
“I’d be highly surprised if he’s unavailable this week.”
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) October 10, 2022
Young passed for 1,202 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions in the first four and a half games of the season before exiting the Arkansas game. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner has been more dynamic on the ground this season, rushing for 154 yards and three touchdowns on 18 attempts.
With Young out against Texas A&M, Jalen Milroe completed 12-of-19 passes for 111 yards three touchdowns and one interception. Milroe also lost a pair of fumbles in the narrow victory. Saban said the sophomore quarterback “played with a lot of anxiety” during his Monday press conference.
Alabama opened as just over a touchdown favorite against Tennessee with Young’s status up in the air.
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Kick off from Neyland Stadium is at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jenny Dell are on the call for CBS.