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Nick Saban details challenge of preparing for running QB in Jayden Daniels

Nov 5, 2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Brian Branch (14) tackles LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama football’s head coach Nick Saban recently discussed the difficulties of preparing to go up against a running quarterback like LSU’s Jayden Daniels.

The Crimson Tide will take on the Tigers in Bryant-Denny Stadium on next week, and Daniels will look to continue his success this season.
 
The California product has thrown for a total of 2,573 yards and 25 touchdowns while throwing three interceptions this year. He has also rushed for 521 yards and five touchdowns. Saban laid out the difficulties of preparing for Daniels on the Pat McAfee Show on Thursday.

“It’s very difficult to find a person who can simulate his speed, quickness, change of direction, his ability to read, the zone read plays with the sliders and all that,” Saban. said. “It’s very difficult to get that kind of execution at that tempo in practice. Jalen Milroe is a guy that can definitely do it. He is the same kind of athlete, has the same kind of speed, but he is gotta get ready to do what we were gonna do in the game. So, we don’t practice against each other, maybe 12 plays of team run, maybe 20 plays against each other in one period and that’s basically it.”

Alabama will look for a layer on its roster to imitate Daniels as the Crimson Tide prepare for the Tigers.

“We have to find somebody else who can simulate that kind of speed and explosiveness,” said Saban. “That’s the hard part. Then when the game comes, the speed of the game is completely different. It’s almost like in the old days when you played against the Wishbone team. You could never get a guy to run the Wishbone like Oklahoma’s quarterback did. So, when the game came, they were just so much faster and it was happening so much faster. It took the players a while to respond to it.”

Daniels led the Tigers to a win over Alabama last season.

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Hali Cameron is a recruiting reporter Touchdown Alabama .

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