After reviewing South Carolina film, Nick Saban weighs in on performance of his linebackers
Two of Alabama’s weak-side linebackers struggled against South Carolina, and it appears that the competition for the starting role and extended playing time is still up for grabs.
Christian Harris, a freshman, has started each of the first three games, and sophomore Ale Kaho relieved him against the Gamecocks.
“There’s no plan right now,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said at his weekly press conference. “We’ll see how guys work out in practice. If they do well, we’ll play the guy that we think that can do the best job in the game.”
South Carolina running backs being able to rush for 88 yards and an average of 14.7 yards per carry during the third quarter of that game, according to analysis by AL.com. Harris had a missed tackle on a 22-yard run from RB Rico Dowdle, and Kaho missed a tackle near the line of scrimmage on a run up the middle that Dowdle turned into a 12-yard gain. One play later, Kaho was out of position on a 33-yard gain by Dowdle.
After the game, Saban also said, “There was a lot of confusion with the young guys with formations and motions and some of the things that they were doing,” Saban said. “We tried to get 8 (Harris) settled down by taking him out of the game and put in Kaho in for a series. Then, we put him back in the game and then we decided to play Kaho a little bit because he’s a good football player and he needs to get some experience himself.”
Harris has 11 tackles this season, while Kaho has seven.
The Crimson Tide play host to Southern Miss this week in a 11 a.m. local time kickoff on ESPN2.