Nick Saban had high praise for Brock Bowers as Alabama prepares for Georgia this weekend.

“Brock is a really good player,” Saban said. “He’s probably the best person at his position in the country.”

The Bulldogs’ star tight end did not play in the teams’ 31-23 win over Georgia Tech this past weekend, as he deals with recovery from an ankle injury.

Bowers returned for Georgia’s Nov. 11 game against Tennessee after having ankle surgery earlier this season. Kirby Smart gave Bowers some rest over the weekend.

“I’m assuming he will play in (Saturday’s) game. I don’t know any different than that,” Saban said.

In 9 games so far this season, Bowers has 51 receptions for 661 yards and six TDs.

“(Bowers) is a mismatch issue, but also a good blocker and a good competitor,” Saban said. “It’s his ability that all good football players have and does them all at a high level.”

Saban also praised Georgia’s “really good offensive team” and its “really good scheme.” Led by quarterback Carson Beck, Saban noted having Bowers in the mix this weekend will be one of the big challenges that Alabama will face.

“(Beck), obviously, does a fantastic job, whether they’re running the ball, carrying out fakes, play-action passes, drop-back passes,” Saban said. “I mean, he is very efficient and effective in everything he does. He’s very accurate with the ball, smart and throws at the right places.”

Kickoff between Alabama and Georgia in the SEC championship game is set for 4 p.m. Saturday on CBS.