Linebacker Dylan Moses had a close call on Saturday. Too close to be ignored.
The sophomore collided with a stadium wall on a play in the third quarter while defending Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger on a pass to the end zone. The ball was over the head of Sternberger, who fell while trying to make the catch. That tripped Moses, who went into the wall as they went out of bounds. Moses remained down for a few minutes after the play as Alabama’s athletic trainers examined him. He eventually returned to the game.
“I’m still kind of sore from it,” Moses said. “It was a freak accident. I had to play through some pain throughout the game, but as far as how I’m feeling right now I’m trying to get better.”
The play occurred in the southwest corner of the stadium, near the entrance to the field by the visiting team locker room. The angle of the wall there creates a narrow strip of grass between the playing field and the wall.
Dylan Moses smashed right into the wall near the end-zone and took out a stadium worker.
I hate stadiums that have walls that close to the field. pic.twitter.com/oN0mF6B6jQ
— New Account (@ftbeard_17) September 22, 2018
“We’re addressing that,” coach Nick Saban said. “They’re going to try to do some stuff to the stadium there to shave that little corner off a little bit and pad it up a little better. That was something that after being here all these years I never even really noticed that until that play. That is definitely something that we’re addressing.”
Sternberger popped up and jogged off afterwards. The collision also involved a security guard standing at the wall. Moses didn’t damage any bones in the collision but it could have been worse if he had hit the wall directly.
“If it wasn’t for (the security guard), I’d probably be in the hospital right now because he was really in between the wall and me,” Moses said. “I know I ran into his like knee, that was pretty bad, gruesome.”
Alabama security guard taking an arro—helmet to the knee pic.twitter.com/HD2aA6iic5
— K Rool-9 🌹 (@bradisterrific) September 22, 2018
Alabama wide receiver Keith Brown was injured while running into a similar wall in the northwest corner of the end zone in a 2004 game at Bryant-Denny Stadium against South Carolina (at the 49:10 mark of this video).