Tide notebook: Kellen Williams, Dillon Lee and Georgia State confidence
by Marq Burnett
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Alabama linebacker Dillon Lee (25) dances into the end zone for a touchdown after scooping up a blocked punt against Colorado State.  (Photo by Trent Penny)
Alabama linebacker Dillon Lee (25) dances into the end zone for a touchdown after scooping up a blocked punt against Colorado State. (Photo by Trent Penny)
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TUSCALOOSA -- With Chad Lindsay stepping in as the starting center for Ryan Kelly, it leaves an open spot at backup. Paging fifth-year senior Kellen Williams.

“There’s no doubt Kellen Williams has played center before,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. “We obviously have to get him some reps at that position. He will be the backup center in this game.”

Lindsay is now in a position similar to what Williams faced during the Texas A&M game. Williams had to fill in for Anthony Steen and started for Steen the next game against Colorado State. Because of the possibility of first-team players going down with injuries, Saban stressed the importance of reserves preparing like starters.

“One of the most difficult things for a guy to do is prepare for the game not knowing if he’s going to play,” Saban said. “I think if you know you’re going to play, it’s pretty easy to go out there and prepare every week and take the reps and study the game plan and study the film and do all the things you need to do prepare yourself well for the game.”

DILLON LEE: Linebacker Dillion Lee has worked with both the inside and outside linebackers at times during practice.

Lee has become a staple on special teams and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against Colorado State.

Lee hasn’t seen much time on the field on defense with C.J. Mosley, Trey DePriest and others ahead of him on the depth chart, but Mosley said Lee’s versatility is helping him develop.

“He’s a diverse player," Mosley said. "He can play inside linebacker with us and when we’re in regular packages, he’s on the edge. He’s a physical player and he can hold that point of attack so he can hold the edge. It’s good for his part to have more than one role and get more opportunities to play.”

GEORGIA STATE: Georgia State is 0-4 coming off a bye week, but don’t expect the Panthers to back down when they face the top-ranked Tide. In its fourth year as an FBS program, the Panthers are welcoming the challenge.

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, defensive lineman Theo Agnew spoke about what makes the Tide’s running game dangerous.

“It’s Alabama, they have strong backs that are going to have decent vision and make good decisions,” Agnew said. “But we’ve played big backs before. I've played big backs before. It’s about making sure we wrap up and it's about playing physical.

“Once you get that physicality instilled, we're on a level playing field.”

Agnew also said it will be fun and exciting to face the Tide’s offensive line.

“They are working well with each other,” Agnew said. “You have the two brothers (Cyrus and Arie Kouandjio) who have played together so that’s chemistry. They are big guys, but we see big guys all the time.

"They are 6-foot-6, 6-7, 317, but we’ve got big guys. That’s Grant King. That’s Ulrick John. It’s nothing that we haven’t seen before. They execute well and that’s good, but it’s nothing we can’t handle. We have to be technically sound and do the things we can do. I’m confident in us more than I’m worried about them. We’re going to have a challenge, but who doesn’t have a challenge?”

TICKETS: Fans hoping to see an Alabama home game are in luck.

Alabama announced football tickets still remain for the Georgia State game this Saturday and the Chattanooga game slated for Nov. 23.

The tickets are available because of unsold sections by the visiting teams. The Georgia State and Chattanooga game tickets cost $55 each.

Tickets can be purchased at rolltide.com.
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