Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Dylan Moses is the latest Tide defender to suffer an injury. Moses, a highly touted freshman, suffered a foot injury and is out indefinitely according to coach Nick Saban. The injury was sustained in practice on Monday.
Moses’ indefinite absence puts his status for Alabama’s CFB Playoff semifinal in doubt. The Tide, of course, are going to play the Clemson Tigers on New Year’s Day in the Sugar Bowl. Without Moses, who got some time during the year because Alabama’s linebackers were hit hard by injuries, it could be an even tougher mountain to climb now. Depth is the concern when it comes to this quandary they’re in now.
Dylan Moses is the seventh linebacker for Alabama to have been sidelined with an injury this season along. To say it’s been a battle of attrition for them in 2017 would be an understatement. Rashaan Evans and Mack Wilson, who have also been hit with injuries at one point or another this season, are likely to fill the void at inside linebacker with Moses out. Evans, of course, is the star of the group, and they will have to rely on him even more now on New Year’s Day against the defending National Champions.
Having Evans in the mix will be big. But, Moses certainly got his fair share of experience this season. With him sidelined, they will have to depend on Evans and Wilson among others even more, getting them more snaps, and possibly leaving them susceptible to getting winded down by the game’s conclusion.
The 6-foot-3, 232-pound Moses played in eight games in 2017. In those games he amassed 30 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks and an interception. His best game was against Mercer, in which he picked up 11 tackles, 4.0 TFL and the aforementioned INT.