Alabama linebacker announces he’ll miss National Championship Game
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama linebacker Anfernee Jennings took to social media to announce he’ll miss the national championship game against Georgia on Monday.
Jennings, a redshirt sophomore, suffered a knee injury in Alabama’s 24-6 Sugar Bowl win over Clemson this past Monday.
Jennings went down in the fourth quarter and did not return.
On Tuesday, Alabama coach Nick Saban said Jennings was in Birmingham being evaluated.
— Anfernee Jennings⭐* (@anferneejenning) January 3, 2018
Jennings attempted to walk off the field, but his leg buckled and the training staff had to carry him off. The injury occurred late in the game after Alabama’s offense failed to run out the clock.
Jennings finished the night with 5 total tackles, including 1 sack and 3 tackles for loss. Jennings was a big part of Alabama being able to hold Clemson to 1.9 rushing yards per carry. Jennings also made the hit that lead to Da’Ron Payne’s interception.
“He had a fantastic game,” Saban said. “I think everybody was responsible for this victory because everybody took ownership for it. Everybody took ownership for their role, whether it was a kickoff cover team or the defense. But Anfernee Jennings certainly played an outstanding game.”
Alabama will play Georgia in the National Championship Game on Monday.
This is a big blow for the Crimson Tide’s defense if he isn’t able to go, considering the physical nature of Georgia’s offense.
At this point, Alabama could play Terrell Lewis and Christian Miller at the same time. There’s also the option of playing Jamey Mosley, who filled in when other guys were injured throughout the year.