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.”


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  1. 1

    If we get to the BCSNCG it will be because of the defense. Awesome! North Texas had 8 shots at the goalline thanks to Simms fumbling and a dumbazz official calling pass intefernce on a textbook perfect defensive play, and they never came close to scoring. UNT does not have a bad offense either. They put up 300 yards and 23 points on Houston. But our offense has a way to go yet. The line sucked. Way way to many QB pressures by a defense that is an Awbie clone. And except for five runs, 2 by Richardson and 3 by Lacy, the running game didn’t do shyt. Maze sucked. He dropped a long pass and a td pass. McCarron overthrew a sure td to Hanks and lost 7 yards running out of bounds at the 17 instead of dumping the ball, which cost us a score. Simms still hangs on to the ball too long. And Shelly sucked on 2 chip shot field goals. Still can’t get a KO in the endzone, but with our ST coverage who cares – they’re deadly. No INT’s. Our QB’s will soon be an asset instead of a liability. Arkansas looked like shyt. RTR!

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    So far — I have to agree that defense will have to carry this team — offensively — just need to “get it together” and get on the same page — yeah I know the running game has been pretty good along with a few good throws — 3rd downs are KEY this year — our punting is HORRIBLE — that dude needs WAY more power and hangtime — just watch, the kicking and punting will be a factor in the future — mark that — I know McElwain is dealing with new people — but as long as I see improvement every week — I’m happy as a fan — punting, 3rd downs and the offensive line — 3 keys to seal the deal this year — and as always — even the defense can only carry the offense for so long in a game before they’re gassed.

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    Yeah, certainly hope Robert is good to go Saturday. Not sure how truthful Saban is being. Two guys helped Lester LIMP off the field. You don’t limp with back spasms. One thing bugged me. 4th down and about 3 inside UNT’s 40 with a 23-0 lead and our defense. Why in hell punt and take the chance on only gaining 20 yards. We need more aggressive play calling than that. So far this year we’ve seen maybe one end around by Maze, some Pistol and some empty backfield impressions of the Spread formation, but no Wildcat. Hopefully we’ll be so far ahead Saturday that we don’t need any trickeroo. But I sure would like to see what happens with Blake Sims running the Wildcat. Course if he’s sent in to run it, half the effect will be lost. He needs to already be in the game at RB in place of Richardson and then when they break huddle have McCarron run off and Richaardson run on and line up in the Wildcat. Talk about confusion. The defense won’t know whether to shyt or go blind. RTR! RAW BEAGLE FLY DOWN THE FIELD – SPLAT!!!

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    We should offer the punter from North Texas a spot on our team. Why we cant get a punter that can kick it further than 35 yards completely baffles me. I can go to almost any high school team in America and find a kid that can punt it 40 yards. Its embarrassing.

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    This is going to be a long dam season if offense does not come around quick.To get in to the red zone and kick field goals makes me sick.Some one better get it together.To let N Texas get in the red zone as many times as they did is crazy.Is this defense really that good? I know i will catch hell for this but just keeping it real.RTR

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    What the hell are you talking about? They were in the red zone twice. Both times after our dumbazz quarterbacks fumbled the ball in our end of the field. We subsequently blocked a field goal and then shut them down 8 plays in a row because the officials were stupid. Obviously you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.

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      Dude you my friend are one sick guy.The way you disrespect people and hide behind a key board you really must be ,,,all i can think of is SICK.Man get some help with yourself before you get hurt or hurt yourself.I mean dam man take your meds.Have you not been taking them?? RTR

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    Crimsonite you apparently have never had lower back spasms! They cam cause the sciatic nerve to convulse making it hard to stand much less walk! Chalk another moronic statement up to dontknowshite crimsonite!!!

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    Yes I’ve had back spasms you ignorant bastard. They can make your legs go spastic and you can’t walk for shyt. But it’s damn rare that it affects only one leg and Lester was walking off the field and noticeably limping on only one leg. Therefore it could easily be a knee problem and we know from recent statements that Saban does not want opponents knowing anything about Bama that would help them prepare better. It would be a huge advantage for Arky to know that Lester is out with a sprained knee or the like. So I’m just looking at the possibility that there could be something worse than a back spasm, not that I give a shyt what a retarded mullet like you thinks anyway, azzhole. Anytime you want to take a Mensas test you brain fart let me know and I have $5000 that says I kick your azz by at least 50 points. Then again since you’re a mullet it would probably be more like 100 points since I can score 175 even after a drucken binge. Bwaa haww haww!

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    All u have is fukkin mouth spasm you think u know everything about anything u trully don’t know SHIT about anything u talk bout! It a crying ass god Damn Shane you are affiliated in anyway shape form of fashion with the university of Alabama you are borderline shyt heel retarded now tighten up your padded helmet and go eat some more crayons you fukking tardo!

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    And you need to turn yourself in to the police because if you have $5000 you obviously stole it! Poor little tink tink

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    I was happy to see Lester walking into the locker room. Hope he’ll be fine because we’ll need some INTs come Saturday! RTR!

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    Well we all know what you would score on the test now don’t we? After that 12 year old spoiled brat crying to mommy and daddy childish and valueless reply there is no doubt as to the power of your thought and reasoning capacity. Bwaa haww haww! Oh and by the way – I pretty much do know it all – at least about anything which I care to discuss on an internet sports blog. And if there’s any dumbazz duck fart who’s a phucking embarrassment to U of A, motherphucker, it’s an incoherent retard like you who attacks another Bama poster without prevocation. If want to be prevoked you simple minded titturd we can arrange a get together where I’ll be more than happy to provoke you a couple of hundred times if you live long enough.

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    Bamagal- me too. And also was glad to see the clips of Dee Hart running around. Might not help this year but next year for sure. RTR!!

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    No one don’t! No one believes a word you say but you don’t know white crimson ite! I was taught to Brit kind to Dumb animals but sometime you just gotta say tuck it and put em down!

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    I live near tallassee Alabama I go down highway 49 to I 85 I come thru there at 6 in the morning and about 445 in the evening I drive a red dodge 4×4 crew cab! :0) till then sweet lips

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    Bamatruth77 and Crimsonite, your trashy posts are an embarrassment to all of us Alabama fans. Alabama has one of the classiest football programs in the whole NCAA, but the two of you are an embarrassment. Please buy you some LSU duds, as your banter is equal to theirs, and that’s just not good! Speaking of back ailments, why don’t the two of you grow a little backbone and learn to let it roll off your backs!

    I agree that sciatic nerve can affect only one leg. I’ve had problems with my left leg, pain going down to the knee from my back, and I have been told that it is my sciatic nerve.

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    It was never said that it could not affect one leg. It was said that the way he was limping it could have been a knee injury and that Saban was trying to cover it up so that Arky couldn’t prepare for a defense without him. But there are some retarded azzholes on here that don’t know shyt about anything and are jealous of someone who does. This azzhole is so retarded that he can’t spell or type a coherent sentence. Nor does he have enough brains to know who he might be phucking with. I just might be someone who will sit in the woods up there and pick his azz off in that red 4×4 when he goes by at 6am. As for you, your opinion doesn’t mean shyt to me and I’ve never seen your screen name on here before. So next time you visit a blog that’s new for you, how about keeping your phucking opinions to yourself until you’ve been around long enough to know what’s going on.

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    Lmao 1lousyday i have more class in my left nut than you do in your whole family!!! Leave the disagreements to the big boys and just sit back and have a nice warm glass of shut the fukk up! As for the fan formally known as crimsonite bring your ass own turd nuggetbut tell ya momma/aunt/wife not to be mad at me when shes kissing your coffin!!! Only thing youre any good at is hiding behind a computer screen acting like you know what you’re talking about!!! Lmao you are one pathetic white trash loser! Sad sad sad! There is a storage building lot at the intersection of hwy 14 and 49 name the time fukk stick!!! The later in the day the better!!!!!RIDE RIDE RIDE RIDE SMOKIN!!!!!!!! LMAO BRING IT ON WILLIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :0) :0) :0)

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    Speaking of hiding azzhole, where were you? I waited and waited. No red 4×4 – nothing. Don’t have time to play with pussies. Next time I show up it will be at my convienience and you’ll never know about it. Don’t need to say anything about myself since you were stupid enough to give away everthing about yourself neccessary for me to find you, except of course the truth. The truth is you’re nothing but an internet chickenshyt who types even worse than he lies. Don’t forget to look behind you every now and then fool. Bye now, cause you aren’t worth the sweat on my dogs balls and I don’t have time to waste in a continuous bitch fight with an internet chickenshyt. Have fun humping your Mommie.

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    Ur a Damn lie you ain’t waited nowhere don’t come on here acting like you wait on folks mudda fukka! U just a chicken SHIT rat turd! Tell me what u drive and the day and time u will be there! Lmao you don’t do shyt but run your Cock hole and hide behind a computer screen!!! Ride ya ass on down here boy! Please refrain from coating our local livestock while you’re here tho!

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    U do the same dead bullshyt cop out with everyone u threaten on here! Email me at we can set some filling specifics Bitch!!! Lmao two dollar ass piece of horse shyt trailer trash!!! The best part of you ran down your mommas leg and got slurped up by your daddy

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    You’re the one who started the threatening you limp dick bastard. I just told you what would happen if I found you. I’m a businessman with several different businesses, Some of which you would not want to be involved in. I don’t have time to run my ass off to Alabama for every one of you back woods stump jumping retarded rednecks that has more mouth than education or sense. I’ve managed to wait on two of you stupid bastards when I was there already and neither of you showed up. This is the end of this conversation. There will be another time when I’m in that area again. I’ll be looking for you for whatever it’s worth. You really are a dumbazz motherphucker. Redneck retarded to the bone putting that shyt on the internet. There are several ways to find exactly where you live with a valid email address. Only a motherphucker too stupid to breathe would give the internet world a way to find them after pissing off you don’t know who. Bwaa haww haww!

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    Lmao you’re just a chicken shyt yellow bellied sap sucking pussiy!!! Why don’t you just take the batteries out of your vibrator get out of mommy and daddies basement and do something with your life? The only person you ever fool with that incoherent psycho babble is yourself shyt heel! You arent even the equivalent to a shyt pile in the field of dreams!!!

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    Ill make it easy on ya fukk stick!!! Just email me and ill give you my address and name and you can shoe up whenever you’ve saved enough cans to hobo your ass down here!! Its that simple you have got to be the dumbest fukk any of us have ever encounters you’re just a chicken shyt that runs his mouth on the blots! Once again!!!

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