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Nick Saban gives final word on Da’Shawn Hand, Josh Jacobs for LSU game

Alabama running back Josh Jacobs (#8) in the open field versus Tennessee at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 45-7 win: Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

As he battled the smiles from his birthday with the frowns of media pundits hounding him about Alabama’s spot in the first College Football Playoff rankings for this season, head coach Nick Saban took the podium on Wednesday to provide final updates on two players. 

Running back Josh Jacobs (ankle) and defensive end Da’Shawn Hand (knee) practiced all week, and despite the progress of both, Saban is only certain on one really suiting up on Saturday. 

“Josh Jacobs is fine,” Saban said. “He will play, no problem.” 

As for Hand, he’s missed the last three games after sustaining an injury to his left knee versus Mississippi at home. He was medically cleared to practice, but it will be a game-time decision for him. 

“He’s gotten reps, but we won’t know if he’ll play until pre-game,” Saban said of Hand. 

Should the senior and former five-star not play, Isaiah Buggs and Raekwon Davis will terrorize LSU’s quarterback Danny Etling and its rushing attack in Hand’s absence.

Buggs (32) and Davis (31) respectively stand at Nos. 4 and 6 on the team in total tackles, while Davis has 5.5 sacks.  

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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