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Where Jalen Milroe grew the most in Alabama’s win over Ole Miss

John David Mercer - USA Today Sports

An enjoyable smile, a fierce toughness, and a willingness to grow.

We saw all three things on display from Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe in the Crimson Tide’s 24-10 victory over Mississippi. Alabama fans wanted to see if Tommy Rees would have more designed runs and run-pass-option looks for Milroe; however, they saw Milroe grow up making throws from the pocket. He took some shots against the Rebels’ defense, but he hung in there and made plays.

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Milroe tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver Jalen Hale while getting hit.

He made one bad throw — an interception in the end zone — but Milroe completed 16 of 20 passes for 225 yards and a score. The sophomore quickly flushed his mistake and managed the game well.

He got banged up, according to Nick Saban, but he bounced up and fired up the crowd with his leadership and energy. Fans saw Milroe improve his decision-making, accuracy, and willingness to hang in the pocket. If he can continue to grow and make improvements, Alabama can win a national championship with Milroe. 

Nick Saban has been impressed by Milroe’s ability to bounce back after adversity in every moment.

He will lead the offense in a touchdown environment next week versus Miss. State.

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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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