Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell’s problem was a broken leg. The solution was surgery, which he had Sunday to ultimately end his 2012 season. As it heads into Saturday’s SEC Championship against Georgia, the Crimson Tide’s problem is figuring out how to replace the speedy, big-play threat. The solution is slightly more complicated.
As we mentioned in today's practice report, freshman wide receiver Chris Black was no longer wearing a black, non-contact jersey when he joined his teammates for today's session inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility. Whether that means he'll actually play Saturday against Georgia in the SEC Championship remains to be seen.
A nick here, a ding there, a twist here, a sprain there. That about sums up the game-by-game health of Alabama's wide receivers throughout the 2012 season. Two members of the group, sophomore DeAndrew White (knee) and freshman Chris Black (shoulder), are lost for the season. The rest, meanwhile, have battled a variety of maladies that have either sidelined them for a game or two or simply forced them to miss a hearty dose of reps during practice.
First it was Amari Cooper. Then it was Kevin Norwood, and eventually Christion Jones and Kenny Bell pulled up a bit lame. Then, it was Cooper and Norwood once again. The University of Alabama wide receivers have had a rough season from a health standpoint, with at least one receiver being limited or unavailable virtually every game this season. As the Crimson Tide (10-1) prepares to play host to rival Auburn Saturday, the latest concern is for Norwood, who did not play Saturday against Western Carolina. UA coach Nick Saban has said he expects Norwood to be back this weekend.
Through three games, junior Kevin Norwood is the Alabama football team’s leading receiver. He tops the top-ranked Crimson Tide with seven catches. Nationally, 21 receivers are averaging seven or more catches per game. This group of Alabama receivers really must stink. Right? Wrong, says AJ McCarron. Really wrong. "Like I told y'all earlier this year before the Michigan game, this is the best – no knock to the receivers we've had in the past – to me, this is the best group of receivers we've had overall,” the Alabama quarterback said Tuesday.
Da'Rick Rogers officially has left Tennessee's football team, just not the state's borders. The former all-Southeastern Conference wide receiver has transferred to Football Championship Subdivision program Tennessee Tech, the school confirmed Monday afternoon. The move was announced four days after Tennessee indefinitely suspended Rogers for a violation of team rules.
This is the kind of deja vu Kevin Norwood doesn't want to experience. Seven years ago almost to the day, Norwood, Alabama's junior wide receiver, was preparing for the wrath of Hurricane Katrina with his family in D'Iberville, Miss. Now, while he is with the Crimson Tide as it makes its final preparations for Saturday's game against Michigan, Norwood's family is bracing for another significant storm, Tropical Storm Isaac.