According to Tidesports.com and Bama Online, Alabama Crimson Tide freshman running back Dee Hart suffered a knee injury during a 7-on-7 football drill. According to the Orlando Sentinel (via Daily Bama Blog), “Hart is scheduled to have surgery at 8 a.m. on Thursday and will begin rehab immediately on Friday.” This could create a much thinner situation at running back than anticipated for Alabama’s 2011 football campaign.
According to Tidesports, “If Hart’s injury is of a serious nature and he were to miss the 2011 season, the Crimson Tide would be left with only three scholarship running backs. Trent Richardson is Alabama’s only returning running back with significant experience. Reserve Eddie Lacy saw limited action last season, while sophomore Jalston Fowler played even less than Lacy. UA had six scholarship running backs on hand for spring drills, but has since lost Demetrius Goode (transfer to North Alabama) and Corey Grant (transfer to Auburn).”
One more item from the Sentinel’s report: “”He’s good, you know Dee,” said Dee Hart’s high school coach. “If that had to happen to any of our kids, that’s who I’d rather it happened to because he has the right mindset. The trainer told him ‘ok, you have surgery on Thursday and can start rehab next week’ and Dee said ‘what about Friday?'”
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