Nick Saban was in quite a mood for his Wednesday post-practice press conference of Southern Miss week. A question about Jahleel Billingsley had Saban asking reporters if they had ever played sports. Saban similarly wasn’t amused by a question about Trey Sanders.

Sanders, a third-year running back, did not play in Alabama’s Week 3 win over Florida. The former 5-star recruit missed the entire 2019 season due to a fall camp injury and the second half of the 2020 campaign after getting hurt in a car accident during UA’s bye week. Many Alabama observers were expecting to see a lot of Sanders this season now that he is healthy.

When asked about Sanders, Saban confirmed Sanders’ status and also brought up Brian Robinson.

“Trey Sanders is OK,” Saban said in his presser. “If you’re asking about B-Rob (Robinson), he’s day-to-day. There’s nothing wrong with Trey Sanders, so I don’t really understand the question.

Reporter Cecil Hurt then explained his question. Saban continued his answer, pointing out Jase McClellan also played well.

“B-Rob played really well in the game, and Jase really played really well in the game, so it’s not like I sit there and say, ‘Everybody’s gonna play this many plays.’

“When it comes to running backs, whoever’s playing well and has the hot hand, that’s who we’re gonna play. That’s how it’s always been around here. We’ve had some really good backs in the past that didn’t play in games that were third guys because the other two guys were rolling and playing good. So there was no plan to play him (Sanders) or not to play him. It’s just the way the game worked out.”

This season, Sanders has 15 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown against Miami and Mercer.