FOOTBALL

Jahmyr Gibbs, Eli Ricks injury update ahead of Alabama football vs. Austin Peay

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football running back Jahmyr Gibbs and cornerback Eli Ricks are day-to-day with injuries heading into the Austin Peay game, Nick Saban said Wednesday.

"We'll see," Saban said. "They're kind of day to day in terms of how they're doing, what they're doing. We won't be able to make that determination until closer to the game."

Neither Gibbs nor Ricks finished the game for Alabama in the win over Ole Miss this past Saturday. Ricks left the game in the first series with a head injury while Gibbs did not play in the second half after twisting his ankle.

No. 8 Alabama faces FCS team Austin Peay (7-3, 3-2 ASUN) on Saturday (11 a.m., SEC Network+) at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Saban also provided an update on reserve linebacker Kendrick Blackshire earlier Wednesday, saying Blackshire has been out for four weeks with a wrist injury.

"Maybe back next week, maybe not," Saban said. "I don't know. He's got a wrist injury they had to put pins in. You've got to hold guys out when that happens to them. If the pins break, you've got a real problem. Until it heals, he is probably on the shelf."

With both starters in Gibbs and Ricks out against Ole Miss, Jase McClellan became the primary running back and Terrion Arnold replaced Ricks at one starting corner spot.

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McClellan stepped up big late for the Crimson Tide with some tough running. Of his 84 yards, he gained 66 after contact, per Pro Football Focus. McClellan has rushed for 413 yards on 77 attempts with three touchdowns this season.

"The run he made on second-and-12, he basically did that on grit and determination," Saban said postgame. "Really ran hard in the game. Played physical."

Arnold didn't have quite as much success filling in for Ricks. Arnold was the starter for most of the season at that spot, but after some struggles against Tennessee, Ricks replaced him for the Mississippi State and LSU games.

Back in the starting cornerback spot, Arnold was a popular target for Ole Miss. The Rebels threw at him 11 times, and he gave up six receptions for 92 yards, per PFF. On the positive side, he broke up two passes.

"I think Terrion Arnold plays really well when he plays with good technique," Saban said Monday. "I think when he has bad habits in his technique, which I’m not going to get into specifically, he allows the other guy to take advantage of him on release and doesn’t always put him in a great position to play the ball. But he actually played better as the game went on."