TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Had the security guard not been in the way, Dylan Moses knows things could have been a lot worse for him on Saturday.

During Alabama’s win over Texas A&M, the linebacker collided with a security guard near the south end zone after defending a pass thrown to tight end Jace Sternberger in the third quarter.

Moses was slow to get up, but the security guard took the brunt of the punishment, with Moses’ entire body crashing into his leg.

It was one of the scarier moments in recent history at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

“As far as the security guard, I feel sorry for him,” Moses said Monday. “But if it wasn’t for him, I’d probably be in the hospital right now because he was really in between the wall and me. I know I ran into his knee, that was pretty bad, gruesome.”

Moses immediately grabbed his back, but he escaped the encounter with only a bruised muscle. He finished the game, playing through pain. The security guard was helped off the field after taking the blow.

Moses, a sophomore who was on the preseason Butkus Award watch list, called the guard a “superhero” for essentially saving his season. He would have likely been able to brace himself, but he tripped over Sternberger’s leg.

“You’re not really thinking about it because whenever you’re in a game-time situation, you’re just trying to make the play, make sure the other team doesn’t score,” Moses said. “After that, it’s kind of like, ‘Okay, they didn’t score, what happens next?’ Then the wall appears.”

The fence is about as close to the field as it can get. Moses didn’t have any room to brace himself after being tripped. With that in mind, Alabama coach Nick Saban said the university will make adjustments to better ensure player safety.

“We’re addressing that,” Saban said. “They’re going to try to do some stuff to the stadium there to shave that little corner off a little bit and pad it up a little better. That was something that after being here all these years, I never even really noticed that until that play. That is definitely something that we’re addressing.”