Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe did not participate in the 2021 Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium, but he was there as Bryce Young's backup. He stood on the sidelines and watched Young lead an incredible 12-play, 97-yard drive capped by a touchdown  pass to Ja'Corey Brooks, which tied the game up at 10-10 with 24 seconds left. Alabama went on to win in overtime, led by Young.

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Tide 100.9 asked Milroe what  he remembered from that day as a true freshman from Texas.

His response: "You talk about four quarters, you talk about fourth quarter program, you talk about mental toughness, you talk about willing to compete, you talk about grit– it all goes into that game," Milroe said at his Monday meeting with reporters. "There's many areas where you can see how evident that was. So seeing football in different lenses my freshman year, that's what I saw.

"It shows nothing but how great of a leader Bryce Young is. His mental toughness, willing to lead the offense through every situation. And then, our whole team as a whole. They showed mental toughness, they showed grit, they showed we can finish. They showed all kind of different areas– we talk about naysayers, we talk about people that doubt Alabama as a team– that was an opportunity for us to sustain throughout a game and then push through all external factors."

Aside from those valuable lessons from current NFL starter Young, how else is Milroe preparing for this year's contest on the Plains of Auburn?

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"Just trying to prepare for the complexity of their defense, just trying to be as much prepared as possible so I can go into the game, feeling free, and playing my game," Milroe said. "I have been prepared for Auburn. I do see a gritty team and a team that's going to give us their all."

Alabama and Auburn will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT and you can listen to the game on Tide 100.9, 95.3 The Bear, and 1230 AM WTBC.

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