Tide’s Johnson to start against Arkansas Saturday?

Published 10:42 am Thursday, September 23, 2010

Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that he would make his final decision today whether to start sophomore linebacker Nico Johnson in Saturday’s road game against SEC opponent Arkansas, Bama Online reports.

Saban is quoted in the article as saying Johnson will “probably” get more playing time Saturday.

“We have not been really sort of totally satisfied with how we can sort of get this group to come along,” Saban said Wednesday evening. “We’ve moved a lot of guys around and have some young guys who are very promising. C.J. Mosley is a very promising player for the future and has done well, but the multiples of mental errors in the game plan have sort of accumulated with those guys and needs to improve.

“Nico played very well in the last game and will probably play more in this game.”

Off the bench last week, Johnson netted six tackles against the Duke Blue Devils late in the game, and was selected as a defensive player of the week by the Alabama coaching staff.

At practice this week, Bama Online reports that Johnson has been paired with sophomore middle linebacker Dont’a Hightower in individual drills.

Check back with the Andalusia Star-News for further updates regarding Johnson’s playing status for Saturday’s game.