Trey Sermon has put together consecutive tremendous games this offseason, leading none other than Alabama head coach Nick Saban to rave about the Ohio State running back.

As an aside, can’t help but think that former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer might be thinking about Sermon in his backfield if he takes the Jacksonville Jaguars head coaching position. But anyway, back to Saban’s glowing remarks about the Buckeyes star.

Saban, who’s No. 1 Alabama faces No. 3 Ohio State on Monday night in the College Football Playoff Championship, praised Sermon’s performances in recent weeks.

Saban called Sermon “a really, really good player.”

“Trey has taken advantage of all those circumstances and situations and played extremely well, especially against Clemson last week,” Saban said according to 247Sports. “He had a phenomenal game. I think he’s an outstanding player and certainly going to be a challenge for us to try to at least do a decent job of not letting them be able to run the ball and create positive down and distance situations so that we’re always on our heels on defense, which when you have great balance, that’s always the fear you have for your defensive team.”

Sermon followed up his big performance in the Big Ten Championship Game against Northwestern (22 carries, 331 yards and two touchdowns) with an impressive outing against No. 2 Clemson, a 49-28 win by Ohio State. Against the Tigers in the playoff semifinals, Sermon put up 193 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Sermon has 868 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries this season.

Over half his rushing yards on the season have come in the last two games he’s played.