Alabama QB Bryce Young’s Status Likely Not To Be Decided Until Just Before Kickoff At Tennessee

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It will likely come down to how well Alabama star quarterback Bryce Young throws the ball in pre-game warmups Saturday afternoon at Tennessee as to whether he starts after suffering a right, throwing shoulder sprain two weeks ago at Arkansas.

No. 3 Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) and No. 6 Tennessee (5-0, 2-0 SEC) kick off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS in Neyland Stadium.


“It comes down to does he feel and do we feel that he can throw the ball effectively enough,” Nick Saban said Thursday night on his weekly radio show. “And he’s not going to hurt himself by doing it. I just don’t know how much it will hurt him if he does it. He’s done it on a limited basis, so that’s the question.”

Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and quarterback Bryce Young. (Getty Images)

Young has practiced in spots this week, doing a little more each day.

Bryce Young Was Dressed Out Last Week for Texas A&M

“And nobody’s going to know that until Saturday comes,” Saban said. All right, so he won’t know, and I won’t know. Nobody will know it. And I know he wants to play.”

Young dressed out for the Texas A&M game last week and could have played, but didn’t as Saban felt he would not have been effective. Obviously, he would be more effective this week than last.

“I know he thinks he can play,” Saban said. “And we’ll see.”

If Young cannot play, backup redshirt freshman quarterback Jalen Milroe is expected to start.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests.

A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention.

Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at, and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.

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