Alabama coach Nick Saban did not give an injury report on Monday. Alabama’s injured players were back in action on Saturday. Linebackers Dylan Moses, Rashaan Evans and Anfernee Jennings all played.
Evans and Jennings missed the last two games. They were among the four linebackers that were lost to injury during the season opener against Florida State.
“It felt good,” Jennings said. “I was probably anxious more than I’ve ever been. After the first hit I got, I was coming back down to earth and I knew I had to do my job and calm down.”
Evans came back from a groin injury. Jennings had ankle surgery earlier this month. He began participating in practice last week before Alabama’s game against Colorado State, and was back on the field less than three weeks after his surgery.
Thanking God for a successful surgery. Road to recovery starts now. Be back in no time.💯
— Anfernee Jennings⭐* (@anferneejenning) September 5, 2017
“It feels good,” Jennings said. “It feels great. I had Jeremy (Gsell) and Jeff (Allen) and all those guys in the training room. They helped me get back to 100 percent in a short amount of time. I feel good.”
Evans had one tackle in his first game back. Moses was among three players named special teams player of the week. Jennings finished with two tackles and forced a fumble in the first quarter that was recovered by Da’Shawn Hand. Alabama’s defense had limited opportunities for stats, as Vanderbilt ran only 38 plays, and the backups were in for much of the game.
“I can’t take all the credit,” Jennings said. “Our trainers and all them guys down there. They kept me up here. I rehabbed a lot. And I have to thank Dr. (Norman) Waldrop too. He did a good job.”