Austin Peay will be faced by Alabama football minus a few significant players.
Prior to Saturday’s game against the Governors, tight end Cam Latu, corner Eli Ricks, and running back Jahmyr Gibbs did not warm up. On the sidelines of the game, everyone was seen wearing street attire.
Latu’s absence is unclear, although Gibbs and Ricks are reported to be struggling with ailments.
Austin Peay (7-3) is playing No. 8 Alabama (8-2) for the first time in school history.
Gibbs injured his ankle during the second half of last week’s game against Ole Miss. During the game’s first defensive series, Ricks suffered a head injury.
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On Wednesday, Saban said of Ricks and Gibbs, “They’re sort of day to day in terms of how they’re doing, what they’re doing.” “We won’t be able to decide that until closer to the game,” was the response.
Jase McClellan is anticipated to start at running back while Terrion Arnold is likely to start at cornerback against Austin Peay without Gibbs and Ricks. This also occurred last week when Ole Miss was the opponent.
Robbie Ouzts and Miles Kitselman were the first two tight ends to start since Latu wasn’t there during warmups. There’s a good chance that Amari Niblack will play as well.
Following the contest against Austin Peay, Alabama will play Auburn in the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium the following Saturday to wrap off the regular season.