Maybe Alabama fans got the wrong impression when Jalen Milroe came off the bench last season to lead Alabama to a road win against Arkansas after Bryce Young was injured. What Tide Nation remembers most is that dynamic 77-yard run on third-and-13.

“Everyone always mentions my running ability, but in the off-season all I do is throw,” Milroe he said at his weekly Monday media availability. “I do zero training when it comes to running. My intent when I’m on the field is to throw the ball, because the ball can get there faster than my legs."

And what of called running plays?

“The biggest thing I want to do is everything that’s called for in the game plan, really maximizing and mastering what (Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach Tommy Rees) calls," Milroe said. "Whether it’s passing the ball, whether it’s handing the ball off, whether it’s running, I try to maximize all the opportunities I have.”

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He will likely have plenty of chances to do all three vs. LSU Saturday night.

One reason for Milroe's improvement as the 2023 season has progressed is his relationship with Rees. He said that connection “is constantly growing. I think the best thing about it is we have a relationship beyond football [having] a coach being able to talk football, but also life.

“It doesn’t matter. I know I’m going to get the right feedback before I go on the field.”

Milroe was also asked how he spent last week’s open date. He replied, “The grind don’t stop. We’re in the season," adding that he worked on "the mental aspects and resting, taking care of my body.”

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