One of Alabama’s two returning starters along the offensive line has been injured.
Jedrick Wills Jr. sprained his ankle during the Crimson Tide’s second spring scrimmage Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium, UA coach Nick Saban announced afterward.
“We don’t know the extent of the injury,” Saban said. “We’ll do an MRI. He didn’t come back. We didn’t expect him to come back. We wouldn’t let him come back. So we’ll see what the deal is when we do an MRI and all that probably on Monday. But no other significant injuries to report.”
Saban did not elaborate on who filled Wills’ void.
This spring, Wills had been lining up at his normal right tackle position. Next to him was Matt Womack. Chris Owens looks to have taken over center responsibilities. And then Emil Ekiyor Jr. (guard) and Alex Leatherwood (tackle) were on the left side.
Leatherwood is the Crimson Tide’s other returning starter on the line.
Last year, Wills started all 15 games as a sophomore and led the team with 50 knockdown blocks. The 6-foot-5, 316 pound wall allowed just one sack and one hit against any of Alabama’s quarterbacks. The Southeastern Conference named Wills its SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after his play during the Alabama-Missouri game, and the UA coaching staff also gave him offensive player of the week honors after Missouri and LSU.
“I feel like I definitely have to step up and be a bigger leader than I was last year, as well as (there’s) a different feel with the O-line coaches and just the whole coaching staff in general,” Wills said earlier this spring. “But everything’s running smoothly and I feel like in the end it’ll all be fine. Just be the same offensive line, same Alabama team.”
Alabama will host its 13th spring practice Tuesday. It will have another Thursday before the Crimson Tide returns to Bryant-Denny Stadium for the A-Day game Saturday. The final spring event will be at 1 p.m. and air on ESPN2.
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