Alabama Football: Safety Robert Lester has back spasms; Tide turns focus to SEC play

Alabama Crimson Tide safety Robert Lester was injured during a rout of North Texas. Lester went down on a play during the second half with what Alabama football coach Nick Saban described as back spasms.

“Robert Lester gets back spasms every now and then,” Alabama’s Nick Saban said. “He got bent back a little bit on the play. That’s what he has—back spasms.”

Lester’s condition will no doubt be an important topic during this week as Arkansas brings a potent offense that is expected to challenge the Alabama defense.

Alabama now turns its attention to getting ready for its SEC opener against Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated Troy 38-28 to set up a game of unbeatens next week.

Alabama worked to use tonight’s game as a way to improve. Saban said in some ways this was accomplished and some ways the team still has room for improvement.

“Now obviously Arkansas has a very good team, so we’re going to have to execute a lot better, but your effort, your mental and physical toughness, all those things should be at the same level all the time if you’re playing the way you’re supposed to play to be to the best kind of player you can be,” Saban said. “That was the challenge, and what we asked everybody to do in this game was challenge yourself to become a better player. To be a better player. Play your best game. Some guys played pretty well out there and I don’t think some guys played as well as they could. We need to get those things corrected because we’re going to play a lot better football teams than what we’ve played to this point.”

Alabama football players were echoing Coach Saban’s thoughts on getting better execution during the SEC schedule.

“You have to get stronger in all aspects playing football,” Alabama defensive lineman Damion Square said. “You make mistakes and then make them right so you can get better in SEC play. We have to get stronger and be consistent.”

Alabama players are anticipating the game against the Razorbacks.

“It’s huge (the game against Arkansas),” Alabama center William Vlachos said. “We know how good they are. Everybody remembers the battle they gave us last year at their place. We are expecting them to be even better and coming with it. We will watch film this week, and go out there and get better.”