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Nick Saban explains the absence of Tyler Booker, Jaheim Oatis and Kendrick Law

Nick Saban runs onto the field against USF
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When Alabama took the field against USF on Saturday it did so without three key sophomores.

Offensive lineman Tyler Booker, defensive lineman Jaheim Oatis and wide receiver Kendrick Law were all out of action for the Crimson Tide’s 17-3 win.

Following the game, head coach Nick Saban explained why the trio were not able to take the field against the Bulls.

“We had a couple guys miss the game today,” Saban said. “Jaheim Oatis had an ankle injury, so he should be OK. K-Law was sick, so he actually didn’t even make the trip. Very sick, but I think he’ll be OK. And Booker didn’t play.”

“And Book’s kind of the leader of the offensive line. He certainly helps (Kady Proctor) play better because he plays beside him, makes all the calls, and I think 74 has a lot more confidence when he’s in there. So hopefully, we’ll get him back next week, as well.”

Replacing Booker in the game was replaced by Terrence Ferguson who made his first career start at Alabama. Tim Smith filled in on the defensive line for Oatis and defensive back Terrion Arnold took over Law’s spot on special teams in his absence.

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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