Alabama football tight end Jahleel Billingsley not practicing for unspecified reasons

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama junior tight end Jahleel Billingsley isn't practicing for reasons football coach Nick Saban didn't specify Sunday.

"Hopefully he'll be back out there with us in a few days," Saban said. "We'll see how that all develops." 

He was asked about how Billingsley's skill set might fit their offensive goals and what Saban wants to see from him in terms of growth. 

"I think that has a lot to do with his level of commitment that I talked about before, in terms of doing the right things, developing as a player,” Saban said. “He does have a lot of ability. He can be a positive contributor on the team. But he’s also got to buy into the principles and values of the team and be a good teammate. Do the things that everyone else in the organization does so that he has the respect of his teammates. We’re certainly trying to help him do that." 

That's when Saban noted Billingsley's absence. He didn't explain why, though. 

Billingsley caught 18 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns in 2020. 

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