Tide notebook: Saban says Kelly likely will return Saturday
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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Alabama center Ryan Kelly (70) is over the ball as Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) makes hand signals prior to running a play against the Texas A&M Aggies. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Alabama center Ryan Kelly (70) is over the ball as Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) makes hand signals prior to running a play against the Texas A&M Aggies. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama coach Nick Saban said unless there is a setback, center Ryan Kelly (knee) likely will play Saturday against Arkansas.

“He hadn’t had any issues or problems. We’re kind of going day by day with him,” Saban said Wednesday. “My sense of it is he’ll be available to play in the game if he doesn’t have a setback and we’re hopeful we can get through practice without that happening.”

Kelly injured his knee in the second quarter against Ole Miss on Sept. 28. He returned to practice Monday after missing the past two weeks. On Tuesday, he split first-team reps with Chad Lindsay, who replaced Kelly at center.

Kelly moved well and showed no signs of being slowed by the injury. Saban and the team are still being cautious.

“Now is he ready to go out there and play 70 plays in the game?” Saban said. “I’m not sure of that, so we’re just going to have to take it day by day.”

TIDE QB COMMITMENT: Alabama quarterback commitment David Cornwell will miss the rest of his senior season after having surgery on his right knee, according to al.com.

Cornell, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound quarterback who committed to the Crimson Tide in June, is a four-star prospect from Norman, Okla.

The injury occurred Oct. 4 when Cornwell attempted to punt.

Cornwell still expects to enroll at Alabama in the spring. He is one of several quarterbacks who will be competing for the starting job once AJ McCarron leaves after this season. A true freshman has never taken a snap at quarterback during Nick Saban’s tenure at Alabama.

“I will be ready and practicing in spring ball as well,” Cornwell told al.com.

JARRICK WILLIAMS: Safety Jarrick Williams has become one of the Tide’s most consistent defensive performers. A hard hitter with solid coverage skills, Williams has started at the Tide’s “star” position, the fifth defensive back in nickel and dime packages.

He patterns his game after a former Tide star, Mark Barron, who is now with the Tampa Bay Bucs.

“He was the type of guy who knew everybody’s position,” Williams said. “I’m still working on the that. On the field he was a dominant player. That’s why I looked toward him for. That’s what I want to be.”

Williams said he still talks to Barron and asks for help with the Tide’s defensive schemes.

“I’d call him and ask him about some tips on some plays that we use to run,” Williams said. “He’ll tell me to reroute here, do this and don't do that. He's real big on helping players.”
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