Tide Suffers Injury at Defensive Backfield


Coming into this season, the Crimson Tide’s secondary had at least one thing going for it; depth. But that his taken a couple of blows this week with a departure of one player and injury to another.

Jarrick Williams will be out the rest of the season with an ACL injury according to head coach Nick Saban.

“Jarrick was a core special teams player for us, probably doing as good a job ... because he has a better understanding now of getting better and being able to execute in the secondary,” said Saban.

“Probably was going to be a role player and a solid backup there for us.”

Williams’ injury has opened the door for true freshman Eddie Williams from Panama City, Florida.

According to reports, Eddie Williams who was playing wide receiver was switched from that position yesterday to safety to make up for Jarrick Williams injury.

Saban said although he switched Williams over to safety, he still has to learn the position.

“One thing he showed at receiver, he’s big, very physical,” Saban said. “Hopefully, he’ll be able to add some range. The big thing is being a good tackler and can he play man-to-man?

“But I think he’s going to have to get comfortable, sort of, learning the system. That might take a little while, but we’re going to work hard to develop him.”

Eddie Williams was the No. 2 safety coming out of the state Florida, so the transition for him back to his original position, may not be as difficult as Saban may think, but only time will tell.

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