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Alabama running back Trey Sanders in stable condition

Trey Sanders was in a car crash on Friday morning and currently is in stable condition
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama running back Trey Sanders was hospitalized after being involved in a car crash Friday morning, the school announced in a statement.

Head coach Nick Saban released the following statement Friday afternoon:

“Trey Sanders was involved in a car accident this morning and is in stable condition after sustaining non-life threating injuries. We are in direct contact with his family and the physicians that are treating him as we continue to gather more information.”

Sanders, a freshman, is third on the team with 134 rushing yards this season.

Sanders is coming off the best performance of his young career, rushing for 80 yards on 12 attempts (6.7 ypc) against Mississippi State. Four of those carries came in the second quarter, while the other eight occurred in the fourth. The second-year player produced a pair of 20-yard runs (25, 21 yards), and five of his 12 rushing attempts resulted in a first down.

“We have a lot of confidence in Trey,” Saban said after the 41-0 win. “We think he’s a really, really good player. I think it was good for him to get out there and have some real positive runs, make some really good cuts and have a really positive night, from my standpoint.

“I think that will help his confidence, and I think that’s the thing that I’m talking about when I say we need more guys to be able to step up and have roles on the team. B-Rob was a little nicked up tonight, so we were just playing him on third down, trying to get him through the game and just spot-playing him. Trey did a nice job of filling in and had a very positive performance.”

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Trey Sanders #16 and Jahleel Billingsley #19 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after a play against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 31, 2020 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by UA Athletics/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)

Through six games, Sanders has rushed for 134 yards on 30 carries (4.47 yards per carry) in four appearances. They have been the first games played of his Alabama career after missing all of the 2019-20 season with a foot injury he suffered in the Tide’s preseason camp.