Alabama CB sophomore Khyree Jackson is suspended, says Nick Saban

Defensive back Khyree Jackson (Photo: Jamar Coach, USA TODAY Sports)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama cornerback Khyree Jackson hasnI haven’t played in the last two weeks.

After appearing in the first nine games of the 2022 season, including a start in Texas in Week 2, Jackson did not travel to Ole Miss and was not seen on the touchline against Austin Peay.

Head coach Nick Saban gave an update on Jackson’s status as Auburn week kicked off.

“He’s just suspended,” Saban said on Monday afternoon.

A reason for the suspension was not given.

Jackson has played in 21 games for the Crimson Tide over the past two years after transferring to UA from East Mississippi Community College. Jackson played in 12 competitions a season ago, including a start in the national championship game against Georgia, and recorded 14 tackles, one tackle for a loss and two pass separations during his collegiate career at Tuscaloosa.

Jackson is one of four corners in Alabama starting a game this fall. Kool-McKinstry has been on the starting lineup in all 11 contests, and more recently, Eli Ricks has been at left cornerback and started in three games but missed time due to a concussion. Terrion Arnold, a redshirt freshman, has the second most starts at the corner on defense at seven.

If all are available, McKinstry and Ricks should be Alabama’s starters to finish the regular season against Auburn. The Iron Bowl takes place on Saturday, November 26 at 2:30 pm CT on CBS.

PRITCHETT RETURNS AFTER INJURY

Another update Saban shared on Monday concerned a true freshman who made his UA debut against Austin Peay last week. Offensive lineman Elijah Pritchett came on late in the fourth quarter and played left tackle with the second team’s offensive line. Pritchett tore his pecs in the weight room this summer, missing a lot of practice time and the first 10 games.

Saban revealed when the former Top100 recruit could return to the practice field.

“I think he started[practicing]around LSU time like bye week,” Saban said. “So he’s been training out there for several weeks now, mostly on the scout team. But since he’s sort of gotten back in shape and back in football shape, he’s a guy who’s certainly done very well and we think he can be a really, really good player.

“He has power. He can bend. He has good balance and body control. So someone that we want to work on and develop further.”

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