Published September 12, 2012 - 11:00am
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With Tyler Wilson questionable for Alabama this weekend, Nick Saban is preparing his defense for three different quarterbacks.
It has all but been announced that Wilson is not going to play. He hasn’t practiced yet and hasn’t been cleared by medical personnel. A source close to SDS told us that he had bleeding on the bottom of the brain and that Arkansas was waiting until ‘some more test results come back’ to officially rule him out. There’s about a five percent chance he’ll play.
However, since he hasn’t been officially ruled out, Saban is preparing his team for three different quarterbacks: Wilson and backups Brandon Allen and Brandon Mitchell.
“We’re going to practice like he’s playing or not playing, whatever,” senior linebacker Nico Johnson said Monday. “They’ve got good enough backups, so we’re going to prepare the same way we prepare for any other team and keep rolling.”
Saban expressed how good Wilson is and he hopes that he is okay.
“You don’t like to really ever see anybody get injured,” Saban said. “He’s great for our league and he’s great for our fans. He’s certainly a very challenging competitor to have to play against, and we hope he’s OK.”
If Wilson doesn’t play, I would rotate quarterbacks between Brandon Allen and Brandon Mitchell and run the option with Mitchell. Brandon Allen will likely start and lead the passing attack. But if that’s not working, Paul Petrino should make the change to Mitchell and run some option to keep the Tide off balance. Mitchell moved from quarterback to receiver this season and is 6-4, 230-pounds and very athletic.
Arkansas is looking for anything that will keep the Bama defense off balance.
Either way, running backs Knile Davis and Dennis Johnson will really have to move the ball on the ground for this offense to be successful against Alabama.