Russo: Loss Of Dylan Moses "Significant" For Alabama

Linebacker Dylan Moses, who tore his ACL at practice, will miss the entire 2019 season

Taz and the Moose
August 29, 2019 - 10:11 am
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Alabama suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday – not in the win column, but on its depth chart. Linebacker Dylan Moses tore his ACL and will miss the entire 2019 season.

How will his injury impact Alabama?

“I think for this week against Duke, it probably doesn’t matter that much,” AP college football writer Ralph Russo said on Taz & The Moose. “They’re playing a freshman, but it’s a four-star kid who’s 6-foot, 240. The problem is, is he up to speed, does he know all the calls – can he do the things that Dylan Moses can do? I think against Duke, for the most part, they should be fine. 

“The thing that worries you is simply later in the season,” Russo continued. “It’s going to be a little while before they really get tested at Texas A&M and then of course they finish the season with a bunch of really big games against the likes of LSU and Auburn.”

Indeed, Alabama plays at No. 12 Texas A&M (Oct. 12), hosts No. 6 LSU (Nov. 9) and ends the regular season at No. 16 Auburn (Nov. 30). Outside of that, the Tide will likely be heavy favorites every week.

“They’re just too talented,” Russo said, “and really, these are the things that sort of set Alabama and Clemson and a couple of other programs apart from the rest of the country. When they do lose a guy like Dylan Moses – as good a player as he is, as great a player as he is, as significant a loss as that is – they have a 2 or a 3 who is a four-star or five-star prospect. They don’t have the experience, but the talent is there to sort of mend the wound and help them get along. And who knows? Maybe by the time they get to Week 5 and 6 and they really need that kid to be developed, he will have come along and it won’t be that much of a drop-off. But this is a significant loss at a position where they were already not super deep.”

Click below to listen to Russo’s interview in its entirety.