Trey DePriest, Eddie Jackson Return To Alabama Line-Up

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's defense is hoping for a boost from the return of linebacker Trey DePriest and cornerback Eddie Jackson.

The second-ranked Crimson Tide could use their help, especially with starting defensive back Jarrick Williams sidelined for a month with a fractured bone in his foot.

Alabama coach Nick Saban says the secondary "didn't play very well at all" against West Virginia's fast-paced offense. He says the linebackers were confused at times without the steady guidance of DePriest.

DePriest returns Saturday against Florida Atlantic from a one-game suspension for an undisclosed NCAA infraction. Jackson had knee surgery in April but Saban says he should play a role "some kind of way."

The Tide allowed 365 passing yards against West Virginia.

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