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Colston Loveland says he’s ready to get after Alabama’s safeties and be an ‘X factor’

Loveland’s a nightmare and a mismatch.

Syndication: Lansing State Journal Nick King/Lansing State Journal / USA TODAY NETWORK

Alabama head coach Nick Saban gave Michigan tight end Colston Loveland a lot of praise earlier this month, comparing him to Georgia tight end Brock Bowers.

“They’ve got some really good skill guys. No. 18 (Loveland), the tight end, kind of a mismatch,” Saban said. “A little like Georgia’s guy (Bowers).”

On Friday, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Loveland was asked about Saban’s comments and being a mismatch. Loveland gave his take, his thoughts on Alabama’s safeties, and his mentality heading into the Rose Bowl matchup vs. Alabama.

Loveland has 40 receptions this season for 572 yards and four touchdowns. Alabama has a strong safety in Caleb Downs who was named SEC Newcomer of the Year after racking up 99 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and one forced fumble this season. Alabama’s strong safety is Jaylen Key, a UAB transfer, has 31 solo tackles and one interception for the Tide.

“I feel like all year it’s kind of been like that. Not a lot of safeties I feel can really guard me,” Loveland said. “A lot of the safeties you see are box safeties. They more probably play the run a lot better than they do coverage. They’ve got some good safeties, but I’m ready to get after them, for sure.”

Loveland said it’s cool to get noticed by Saban and if they zone in on stopping him it should “open other things up.” No matter what happens, Loveland is ready to roll.

“I’m ready for a great challenge. It’s going to be a good challenge,” Loveland said. “They’ve got some good safeties. They’re going to have a good plan, but I think I can be an X factor in this game.”

Michigan and Alabama play on New Year’s Day — the winner heads to the national championship.