Eddie Jackson, Kenyan Drake growing into bigger roles for Alabama

Tuesday October 1st, 2013
Freshman cornerback Eddie Jackson (4) tallied four tackles and an interception in a win over Ole Miss.
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Though top-ranked Alabama is 4-0, it's a team that remains very much a work in progress. The next four opponents on the Tide's schedule -- Georgia State, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee -- should offer little resistance, so expect Jackson and Drake to play a lot over the next month. Saban needs these young players to gain experience. After all, Jackson and Drake will be counted on heavily when LSU rolls into Tuscaloosa on Nov. 9, which is the next time Alabama should seriously be challenged.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.