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Nick Saban excited to watch three Alabama freshmen versus Utah State

Alabama freshman WR Kobe Prentice (#80) with a catch in 2022 Fall Camp Practice
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

A few interesting things made it to Alabama’s week one depth chart for Utah State.

Three freshmen — including a redshirt freshman —  have an opportunity to show coaches, fans, and the college football world who they are.

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Coach Nick Saban was impressed by Jahiem Oatis (defensive lineman), Kobe Prentice (wide receiver), and Terrion Arnold (cornerback) throughout preseason camp. Oatis was difficult to block for offensive linemen, Prentice stood out in two scrimmages, and Arnold surged through practice. Prentice will start at slot receiver, while Oatis and Arnold are co-starters.

In Wednesday’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, Saban told reporters he is excited to see what the trio does.

“They have all played well and made really good progress,” Saban said. “It is going to be interesting to see how they will react when the fur flies.”

Oatis, Prentice, and Arnold were marquee players in high school, but are they ready for the bright lights of Bryant-Denny Stadium? Crimson Tide fans will see for themselves as SEC Network will have Saturday’s game at 6:30 p.m. CT.

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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 @CoachingMSmith. 

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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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