Alabama gaining momentum heading into Saturday’s first ranked matchup
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Sam Holley
Alabama is coming off of its fourth straight win and is continuing to work heading into their first ranked matchup of the season.
On Monday, head coach Nick Saban, sophomore offensive lineman JC Latham, and senior linebacker Henry To’oTo’o spoke to the media. Saban talked about Arkansas linebacker, Drew Sanders, and what he’s seen from the former Alabama player.
“Drew was a good player when he was here,” Saban said. “Unfortunate injuries. And he’s certainly playing well for them. It’s good to see that he’s doing a good job for them. We’re happy for him and his family.”
Sanders has recorded 5.5 sacks and 31 tackles in all 4 games for the Razorbacks. Sanders recorded 1 sack and 33 tackles in 24 games for Alabama.
Offensively, JC Latham spoke about Arkansas’s defensive front and how the offensive line is preparing for this game.
“Yeah, they got a really good defensive front seven,” Latham said. “They’re really physical, they do a lot of different things up front, but honestly I feel like if we bang-out our fundamentals and take care of business, I think we’ll be okay.”
On defense, Henry To’oto’to spoke about KJ Jefferson and showed his respect for the dynamic Arkansas playmaker.
“KJ Jefferson is definitely a huge piece of the offense, he’s so explosive and people don’t give him as much recognition as he needs with his arm,” To’oTo’o said. “He throws the ball so well, he creates so many problems for opposing defenses that you have to prepare for, from down in and down out, for all 4 quarters. So you know he’s definitely going to be a huge challenge for us, super excited about playing him for a second time and we’re ready for the challenge.”
Jefferson has thrown for 954 yards and 8 touchdowns while rushing for 274 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. Last season, Jefferson threw for 326 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Crimson Tide and ran for 22 yards.
Alabama will travel to Fayetteville this week for their game against Arkansas. That game is scheduled for Oct. 3rd at 2:30 p.m.