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Why Alabama WR Kobe Prentice didn’t play vs. Chattanooga

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Alabama’s offense flourished on Saturday during its 66-10 victory over Chattanooga but did so without one of its regulars at wide receiver.

Sophomore Kobe Prentice did not take any snaps against the Mocs despite appearing to be dressed during warmups.

Following the game head coach Nick Saban explained why Prentice was unable to participate on offense.

“Kobe Prentice strained his hamstring in practice this week,” Saban said. “He probably could’ve played in the game but you always risk reinjury in those things. Hopefully in the next few days, he’ll get his strength back up to where that’s not a risk and so that’s why he didn’t play today.”

Prior to the game, Prentice was the Crimson Tide’s third-leading receiver with 282 yards on 16 receptions with two touchdowns.

Even with the loss of Prentice, there was no shortage of explosive plays through the air for Alabama. Quarterback Jalen Milroe lit up the Chattanooga secondary completing 13-of-16 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns which included a 19-yard connection to tight end Amari Niblack along with passes going for 56 and 44 yards to wide receiver Jermaine Burton.

Linebacker Quandarrius Robinson also appeared to exit the game with an injury but Saban reported he was “fine” after suffering a stinger.

Alabama will turn its attention to Auburn on Sunday as it prepares to travel to Jordan-Hare Stadium for the Iron Bowl next Saturday.

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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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