What Alabama football coach Nick Saban said about recovery of top WR John Metchie III

Cecil Hurt
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football coach Nick Saban said after the Crimson Tide’s second preseason scrimmage Saturday that Ohio State transfer Jameson Williams had been a standout while UA continues to “manage” the workload of leading returning receiver John Metchie III.

“Jamo Williams is a guy that's really made a big impact in this camp. We've been trying to manage (Metchie) through. He's coming off a couple surgeries. ... He made some big plays today. Slade (Bolden) is doing good, (true freshman) JoJo Earle's doing good."

Metchie, who had a stellar season alongside Heisman winner DeVonta Smith in 2020, did participate in the scrimmage and recorded at least one long gain based on photos from the official Alabama football Twitter account.

For the second straight Saturday, Saban’s overall view of the offense in his post-scrimmage comments was that improvement was needed, and that a better passing game would depend on players around likely starting quarterback Bryce Young needing “a little more consistency.” 

“We had a couple of guys out from the offensive line, as the scrimmage went on,” Saban said. “Maybe we didn’t play quite as good as we could have. But we’ve had pretty good balance on offense. We were able to run the ball halfway decent, got a little bit more consistency in the passing game. That’s not the passer. That’s everybody around him doing the things so that we can develop that confidence and togetherness we need to have a little more consistency in that part of the game.” 

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