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    The plan is for Young to go through full pregame warm-ups on Saturday at Neyland Stadium. Young did not throw on Thursday, but that was by design to have him rested for game day.

    “There’s no reason to rush a quarterback back with this kind of injury,” Saban said. “Bryce is such a competitor that he always wants to play. The soreness he had last week hasn’t been nearly as bad. You can see that when he throws it. But we still need to make sure everything checks out before the game.”

    The Crimson Tide and Vols meet on Saturday for the first time as unbeaten teams since 1989.

    Young has passed for 1,202 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions this season. He’s also rushed for three touchdowns. Young is 18-2 as Alabama’s starter.

    Saturday’s game should be one of the better quarterback matchups of the season in college football. Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker has passed for 1,432 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s also rushed for three touchdowns.