The Crimson Tide may have picked up a huge win on Saturday, but it lost one of its best defensive players in the process.
Senior defensive back Eddie Jackson fractured his leg in Alabama’s 33-14 win over Texas A&M on Saturday. Alabama head coach Nick Saban said on Monday that Jackson’s long term health should be fine, but he will be out for the remainder of the season.
On the Paul Finebaum show, Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen shared what the Crimson Tide will miss the most from Jackson, who also returns punts.
“The biggest thing was that Eddie was such a leader on the field,” Allen said. “That’s probably where we’re going to miss him the most. The front seven is going to have to step up even more.”
Allen had spoken to Jackson since his injury and said that Jackson is in good spirits.
“He’s just disappointed,” Allen said. “It’s a big loss to this University, but the biggest thing is just getting him healthy, getting him rehabbing and doing what he has to do.
“For the team it’s about next man up. If it did have to happen, it came on the bye week. we can test a bunch of guys out and have some good competition and see who gets the position.”
Jackson led the SEC in interceptions last season with six. In addition to that Jackson returned two punts for touchdowns this year. Allen pointed out that if there was ever a good time for Jackson to go down, it did happen before the team’s bye week.
The Crimson Tide are off this week and take on the LSU Tigers on Nov. 5. Allen was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week this week after racking up a sack and a defensive touchdown.