Alabama’s defense faces a test from Texas A&M’s speedy Kellen Mond, but the Crimson Tide knows what it’s like to see an elusive quarterback. It sees one every day.
Linebacker Keith Holcombe said the experience of lining up against Jalen Hurts in Alabama practices will help the Crimson Tide defense prepare for the elusive Mond on Saturday.
Top-ranked Alabama travels to Kyle Field to meet Texas A&M on Saturday in a matchup of teams that haven’t yet lost in SEC play this season.
Mond, a true freshman, has passed for 806 yards and six TDs and rushed for 252 yards and a touchdown. Holcombe, a junior who ranks sixth on the team with 20 tackles, is well-aware of the danger posed by Mond.
“He’s one of those guys, if you allow him to get going, he’ll outrun everybody on the team,” Holcombe said.
But it’s not a new challenge for the defense. Holcombe said the unit gets ready for quarterbacks such as Mond in practice against Hurts, who leads Alabama with 461 rushing yards.
“Having Jalen at quarterback during our practices for good-on-good (first team on both offense and defense), it’s helped us not only for this game but multiple games with dual-threat quarterbacks,” Holcombe said. “There’s a lot of them in the league.”
Alabama showed that last week against Shea Patterson and Ole Miss. Though Patterson is noted for escaping pressure and extending plays, the Crimson Tide shut him down — minus-16 rushing yards — in a 66-3 blowout.
For Holcombe, the plan to use same general approach against Mond.
“We need to affect him throughout the game and make him one-dimensional,” Holcombe said.
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