Friday, August 10, 2012
Alabama WR Chris Black out 3-4 months
By Edward Aschoff
Alabama could be without one of its top young receivers for the 2012 season, as true freshman Chris Black will miss three to four months after injuring his shoulder during practice on Sunday.
Nick Saban said Black will need surgery to repair his shoulder.
Black, who was part of a highly-touted receiver class for the Crimson Tide, enrolled at Alabama in January. By all accounts, he had a pretty solid spring and caught three passes for 61 yards and a 44-yard touchdown in Alabama's spring game.
The former Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast standout was the No. 2-rated wide receiver coming out of high school and had the potential to be a deep-play threat in Alabama's offense.
"He wants to play so bad he can't see straight," Saban told reporters Thursday. "This is one of the unfortunate things. We feel bad for him, but everybody here is going to be very, very supportive, and he's going to be an excellent player for us in the future."
The good news for Alabama is there is good depth at receiver. Juniors Kevin Norwood and Kenny Bell are looking to make names for themselves this season, while the team has been impressed by youngsters Amari Cooper, who enrolled early, Eddie Williams and Cyrus Jones. Sophomores DeAndrew White and Christion Jones also have big-play potential.
DGB getting work at tight end
With injuries piling up at tight end for Missouri, freshman Dorial Green-Beckham got some work there Thursday. While he ran with the third-team offense behind Bud Sasser and Brandon Holifield, it sounds like he was a matchup issue lining up in the slot.
This really shouldn't come as a surprise, as there was talk coming out of Mizzou's camp this spring that Green-Beckham would get a look at the tight end/Y-position this fall. With his size and speed, he could really frustrate defenses inside. His size and speed makes him a natural mismatch, especially for opposing linebackers, through the middle of the field.
Overall, DGB has reportedly been turning heads both inside and out for the Tigers thus far in camp.
Tennessee moves practice east
The Vols are gearing up for what they hope is the ultimate bonding experiment, as their practices have been moved to Milligan College in Elizabethton for the next six days.
"We wanted to do this to limit ourselves from the distractions and simulate what used to be very common as it relates to team chemistry and getting to know each other, building leadership and togetherness," coach Derek Dooley said.
Improving on the chemistry of this team was a top goal for this coaching staff heading into the fall, and this road trip could certainly help with that.
While Tennessee's team is on the road, all of the football offices and operations will be moved into Tennessee's new football training center.
Dooley also announced a couple of injuries Thursday. Highly-touted junior college wide receiver transfer Cordarrelle Patterson missed Thursday's practice with a shoulder sprain. The good news for the Vols is Dooley said the injury isn't expected to be serious.
However, freshman linebacker Kenny Bynum could be out for while after tearing his meniscus. Surgery is still being evaluated.
Ja'Juan Story transferring from Florida
The Gators have parted ways with reserve wide receiver Ja'Juan Story, coach Will Muschamp announced Friday.
Story, who signed with Florida in 2011 but had yet to play a down for the Gators, met with Muschamp on Thursday to inform him of his intentions of leaving.
"Ja'Juan came me to Thursday afternoon and indicated that he wanted to transfer," Muschamp said in a statement through the school. "He just felt like this wasn't a good fit for him and he needed a fresh start. Ja'Juan is a good student and was a good teammate and we wish him the best of luck."
Story redshirted in 2011, but spent the year on Florida's scout team. He's the fourth player to transfer from Muschamp's first class at Florida.
Ole Miss QBs still even
Another practice is in the books at Ole Miss, and the quarterback position is still unclear. Through the ups and downs from the first week of fall practice, Barry Brunetti and Bo Wallace are still even, coach Hugh Freeze says.
"It's a process," Freeze said. "They are getting better. Yesterday and today they took steps in the right direction. We still made some very poor decisions at times, but everything is still relatively new to them. Even though they had some practices in the spring, they shared those reps with four guys. You do see them getting better, and they did make some really nice throws today.
"Right now I don't feel that there is enough to say that one is ahead. I think you're going to see both of them play the first few weeks."