Nick Saban shares latest on Alabama's roster availability for season-opener at Mizzou
Alabama will open the 2020 season at Missouri on Saturday. Mizzou coach Eliah Drinkwitz has been open about the Tigers having multiple players out due to COVID-19 tests and opt-outs. Nick Saban, on the other hand, shared that Alabama’s roster is mostly available.
“We haven’t had a lot of positive tests lately, knock on wood,” Saban said on his Thursday radio show, conducted remotely via video calls. “We don’t have a lot of guys out for the game.”
With a mostly available roster, Saban has options for which players will make the travel roster. He broke down his plan for four specialists (punter, kicker, long-snapper, and emergency kicker/punter) and 66 players for offense and defense.
“We try to put a limitation on the number at each position,” Saban said. “Sometimes that changes relative to injury. We want to take 11 offensive linemen, five running backs, at least five tight ends, at least three quarterbacks. We like to take eight wide receivers, or nine, nine at least defensive linemen. We take like 13 linebackers but they’re all on special teams and then I think we’re taking 10 or 11 defensive backs.”
After the two-deep, Saban said special teams play decides the other players who travel.
Alabama-Missouri is set for a 6 p.m. CT kickoff, airing on ESPN.