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Former Alabama player details why Jalen Milroe gives Crimson Tide an edge over Georgia

Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe celebrates off the field after Iron Bowl win
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He has turned doubters into believers as a first-year starting quarterback for the University of Alabama, but Jalen Milroe has Crimson Tide alums confident in their Alma mater for Saturday’s SEC Championship Game.

Slade Bolden, a former Tide wide receiver, shared his thoughts on the sophomore in Tuesday’s episode of The Bama Standard

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Bolden, a former three-star in the 2018 class, earned three Southeastern Conference Championship rings (2018, 2020-21) and a College Football Playoff National Championship ring in 2020. Bolden played with Tua Tagovailoa (2018-19), Mac Jones (2020), and Bryce Young (2021), but he admires Milroe’s faith and work ethic. He sees the native Texan as the X-factor that gives the Crimson Tide an edge over Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Milroe comes off a “Fourth & Thirty-One” miracle last week.

“I will tell you one thing, that boy has faith,” Bolden said about Milroe. “He is a strong believer, and that helps. He works harder than anyone I have met. I know a lot of guys who work hard, and he is up there with them. He has that chip on his shoulder. He understands that people doubt him, but the thing with Milroe is he’s going to do what he can do. He is going to play his game, and that’s what I said when we played against LSU. If he goes through his progressions, makes plays with his feet, and has fun, he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the nation. If he goes out there and has fun, it is going to be a fun time to watch him.”

Bolden said Alabama will be fine if Milroe plays his game. He has been at his best when he runs the football and is decisive in the passing game. Georgia will test the Tide with pressure, but Milroe could have a fun time if the offensive line holds up. 

He is prepared to roll with Alabama’s offense at 3:00 p.m. CT this weekend from Atlanta, Ga.

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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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