TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama true freshman cornerback Tony Brown’s first big opportunity at the collegiate level will be this Saturday as Coach Nick Saban announced that the former five-star recruit will get more playing time.

“Tony’s definitely improving, definitely getting better,” Saban said during his press conference Wednesday evening. “I think the opportunities that he’s had to play in the last two games have been good for his development and his confidence. He will play a lot in this game.”

On Tuesday, Brown practiced on the first unit at left cornerback, with junior Cyrus Jones at right cornerback. Sophomore Eddie Jackson, who has started the last two games, sustained a bruised quad during last week’s game against Southern Miss and is also coming off April knee surgery.

Alabama hosts Florida on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS). The big receiving threat for the Gators, of course, is sophomore Demarcus Robinson, who has 21 catches for 339 yards. He’s third in the Southeastern Conference in both categories.

“He’s a really good player,” Jones said. “One of the bigger guys, he’s 6-2. He can run, is physical and athletic, goes up and gets the ball. I definitely have to … we have to try and stay in front of him, try and get our hands him a little bit and mess up the timing when they try and do timing routes with the quarterback.”

Jones is listed at 5-10, while Brown and Jackson are 6-0. Florida likes to line Robinson up at different spots in its spread scheme.

Brown has played in all there games this season and been credited with one tackle. Should he start it would be Alabama’s third starting cornerback combination in four games, and ninth since the 2013 opener.

Saban didn’t offer an injury update on Jackson, who practiced on Wednesday, but did with two other players:

“Dee White has practiced all week and done fine,” he said. “Jarrick Williams has practiced some. We’re not sure about what we’ll do with him yet. He’s done fine but he’s a little bit ahead of schedule for right now. We need to talk to the medical people so that they can make the decision relative to what’s best for him.”

White, a wide receiver, has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury. Williams was expected to be out a month after having surgery to insert a screw to repair a fracture in his foot following the season opener against West Virginia.