FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. —
A possible first-round pick in next year’s NFL draft, Young completed 7 of 13 passes for 173 yards, one touchdown and one interception before the injury. He was on the sideline and in full uniform during the second half but did not take a snap.
Backup Jalen Milroe came off the bench and completed 4 of 9 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 91 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
Milroe said Young told him, “Just to stay calm, calm, cool and collected. Just fall back to your level of training.”
“We have a great bond,” Milroe said.
Asked how the offense changed with Milroe in, Saban quipped, “I was gonna call Jimbo afterward and tell him,” referring to Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher.
Alabama hosts Texas A&M next Saturday in Tuscaloosa. The Aggies upset the Crimson Tide in College Station last season.
“There’s only one Bryce Young in this country and he’s a great player,” Saban said. “Jalen can do what Jalen does, and we have confidence in him. We have confidence in a development of Ty Simpson as his backup. But hopefully Bryce will be OK.
“But I thought the offense did a really good job of continuing to score points in a different way than when Bryce plays. And I think you got to have that kind of diversity on your team. You got to be able to win more than one way.”