After Alabama QB Jalen Milroe put together a strong performance in the season opener against Middle Tennessee, some folks have changed their tune on the Crimson Tide.
On Monday, Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian discussed Milroe and revealed what he considered to be his concern about defending him and the Alabama offense.
“Jalen is a fantastic player. I got a chance to recruit him out of high school. He’s got a dynamic arm. He can make every throw in the book: Off platform, on the run, doesn’t matter. He’s a tremendous runner. He’s an elite runner with the ball in his hand with his speed and his physicality. And he’s highly competitive. He’s a really good leader.”
Milroe is a Texas native and was actually committed to the Longhorns before ultimately deciding to play for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
Aside from Milroe, the entire Alabama offense will be tough to defend according to Sark.
“The thing probably that concerns me the most about that is they’re very balanced,” Sarkisian said. “They can run the ball with a runner. They’ve got really good speed on the perimeter with Isaiah Bond and Jermaine Burton and that crew that they have there. They utilize their tight ends and they got a physical offensive line. You put all that together and then ultimately the threat of the quarterback run. They’ve got a multitude of quarterback runs, whether they’re zone reads, power reads, quarterback direct runs, quarterback scrambles on third downs.”
Despite all of the other weapons that Alabama has on offense, Sark believes defensively it all starts with containing No. 4 in Crimson.
“We’re gonna have to spend extra time on how do we control and contain the quarterback with his legs. The rest of the offense is the offense. It’s good and it’s very well designed and they’ve got really good pieces. But the quarterback run, they’re gonna run the quarterback. It’s not a secret what they did in Week 1. We’re gonna get something different and that’s okay. But making sure that we are accounting for No. 4 in all of the quarterback run games is going to be a real key.”
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