TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama coach Nick Saban promised to do something about the safety concerns for the players after Dylan Moses slammed into the wall in the southwest corner of Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
Moses was able to return, but only after being down for quite a while.
“We’re addressing that,” Saban said. “They’re going to try to do some stuff to the stadium there to shave that little corner off a little bit and pad it up a little better. That was something that after being here all these years I never even really noticed that until that play. That is definitely something that we’re addressing.”
Moses said he's still sore from a bruised muscle in his back, and he played the rest of the game in pain.
“It was a freak accident,” he said. “The only reason why I ran into it was I tripped over the leg of the guy I was defending.”
The sophomore linebacker was in coverage in the end zone on second-and-10 midway through the third quarter when he lost his footing. Before he hit the gate his neck slammed into the leg of a security officer.
“It was really sudden, I didn’t have time to brace myself for the hit,” Moses said. “As far as the security guard I feel sorry for him. But if it wasn’t for him I’d probably be in the hospital right now.”
Moses called him “pretty much a super hero,” but also called what appeared to be a knee injury for the guard “gruesome.”
Alabama had a similar situation before Saban arrived, in 2004 when wide receiver Keith Brown went in to the wall by the north end zone against South Carolina, and was removed by a stretcher. He turned out to be okay, but more padding was added to the wall to try and avoid a similar situation.
However, that was with a wire fence, and Brown had to be pulled out from under the bottom. It’s now cast iron with concrete and brick supports. The gates are also bigger on the western side.
Last week, Alabama's board of trustees approved phase I of the ambitions Crimson Standard, a 10-year plan to raise and pour $600 million into Crimson Tide facilities including Bryant-Denny Stadium.
It will include re-working the southern end of the stadium, mostly to add a large video screen in the upper deck. At an expected cost of $78 million, construction is slated to begin after the 2019 season.