It looks like Alabama DL LaBryan Ray has played himself into a greater role on the Crimson Tide defense.

Head coach Nick Saban said that the original plan was to redshirt Ray, but a number of injuries have forced the coaching staff to shuffle players around. As a result, Ray found himself playing against Texas A&M Saturday in a close game against the Aggies.

Ray performed well and recorded two tackles, a tackle for loss, and a sack in the 27-19 Crimson Tide victory. Saban took time to praise Ray’s play during his press conference on Monday, and he says that Ray will continue to play moving forward.

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Ray’s career is off to a good start, and he will look to continue that strong play against Arkansas. Saturday’s kickoff against the Razorbacks is set for 7:15 pm EST on ESPN.