TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama’s offense wasn’t at full strength in its 51-3 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday.
Running back Bo Scarbrough didn’t play a snap. Right guard Lester Cotton served mostly in a reserve role.
Scarbrough twisted his right knee last week at LSU. He was able to return to that game, but was limited this week in practice. Scarbrough has rushed for 358 yards and 5 touchdowns this season.
“Bo Scarbrough, I think, will be OK very shortly,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said Saturday. “I think it would have been pushing the envelope a little bit to put him back out there. We did not want to play him today unless we absolutely had to, and we never needed to do that.”
Cotton didn’t start after being limited all week in practice. He was replaced at right guard in the starting lineup by senior Korren Kirven. Kirven and Josh Casher rotated at right guard throughout the game with the first-team offensive line.
Saban said Cotton was working his way back from a concussion and was cleared to play Saturday. Cotton saw time on field-goal situations and in the second half with the backups.
“I think I said the other day that we’re trying some people at that position, and Lester missed some reps because of his concussion a few weeks ago,” Saban said. “He was in a black shirt all this week, and we knew that he could play in this game but he didn’t take as many reps in practice, so we said we’re going to take a look at some of those other guys that can play that position right now. He was cleared to play in the game, and he did play some in the game. We’ve been wanting to try (Korren Kirven) in there all year just to see how he would do, and it will be interesting to see how those guys did at right guard.”
Alabama won’t practice Monday to give guys more time to rest.
The Crimson Tide host Chattanooga on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
Watch Saban’s full news conference below: