Alabama fans who were on pins and needles during Saturday’s nail-biter against Mississippi State now have something else to worry about.
Starting left guard Ross Pierschbacher sustained a high ankle sprain during Saturday’s 31-24 victory over the Bulldogs in Starkville, and ESPN reported that he is expected to miss two to four weeks. That puts him at risk of missing the Iron Bowl against Auburn on November 25. The game will decide the SEC West title and the chance to remain in contention for the College Football Playoff.
The upper end of that injury range could sideline Pierschbacher for not only the Iron Bowl but also a potential SEC championship game against Georgia.
Pierschbacher has been reliable on the powerful left side of the Tide offensive front, lining up between a pair of more heralded players in left tackle Jonah Williams and center Bradley Bozeman.
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J.C. Hassenauer took the place of Pierschbacher for the remainder of the Mississippi State game. A senior from Woodbury (Minn.) East Ridge, Hassenauer was a four-star prospect in high school ranked by some as the top prep center in the nation. He has played sparingly in Tuscaloosa, though, appearing in 20 games with no starts in his four seasons.
Saturday’s game against FCS opponent Mercer likely will be the first career college start for Hassenauer.
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