Tide to face tough Aggies offenseBy Nolan Imsande | 10/15/2014 11:02pm
After a week of practice, the football team will play Texas A&M this weekend. CW | Pete Pajor
“The most difficult thing about playing a team like A&M is their pace of play and the quality of players that they have,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “Being spread out all the time makes it really difficult to stop the run and the pass. They do an excellent job of executing what they do extremely well.”
The Aggies offense is led by quarterback Kenny Hill. Hill, in his first year as Johnny Manziel’s replacement, has already passed for over 2,500 yards this year with 23 touchdowns. They also have five receivers who have over 20 catches and 300 receiving yards this season. Linebacker Trey DePriest answered that A&M was unchanged when asked about the difference between the two quarterbacks.
“It is still the same A&M,” DePriest said. “They are going to spread it out and go fast. I mean they are still the same, they like to go fast.”
Saban addressed injuries during Wednesday’s press conference. He said freshman safety Ronnie Clark, who worked with the running backs the last two weeks, but suffered an injury during yesterday’s practice, tore his Achilles tendon and will be out for the rest of the season.
Saban also said center Ryan Kelly, who suffered an ankle injury against Ole Miss, is doubtful for this weekend’s game but “is about ready to start practicing again” and will probably play in the team’s next game, which is against Tennessee.