According to Al.com, Alabama’s first-team Will linebacker Joshua McMillon is likely out for the season with a knee injury he sustained during last Saturday’s scrimmage. Head coach Nick Saban referred to it as the “most concerning” injury of the scrimmage.
Al.com’s Matt Zenitz, also reported that there is a small chance that the Memphis, Tenn., native could make a late-season return to the 2019-20 season.
McMillon, a redshirt senior, was a backup last season and had worked with the first-team defense along with fellow inside linebacker, Dylan Moses the entire spring. In 2018 McMillon recorded 14 tackles in 10 games for the crimson tide.
Defensive coordinator raved about McMillon before the injury occurred expecting him to thrive in his opportunity and his impact on the defense.
“I think Josh is a very intelligent kid,” said Golding. “Obviously, he’s an engineering major, but football comes easy to him. He understands the Xs and Os and all those things. My biggest message to Josh, and it has been what I think he’s doing best now, is having the ability to affect the 10 guys around him.”
Losing the senior is a big-time blow for the middle of the defense, as the Crimson Tide will now look to other players such as Ale Kaho, Shane Lee, Jaylen Moody, Markail Benton and Christian Harris to step up.
This is now Alabama’s second player reported to be out for the entire 2019 season, as freshman running back Trey Sanders was announced to be out just a couple of days ago.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77