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Tide loses more secondary depth

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On Friday, JUCO transfer cornerback Travell Dixon decided to leave Alabama due to what was described as personal reasons.  That same day, the Tide’s depth in the secondary took another hit, albeit for an entirely different reason.

Following the Tide’s first scrimmage of summer camp Saturday, head coach Nick Saban confirmed that safety Jarrick Williams suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire 2012 season.  Saban described Williams as “a core special teams player” and that the junior “[p]robably was going to be a role player and a solid backup there for us.”

While neither Williams nor Dixon were penciled in as starters, Saban said their collective absences will cause a shift in responsibilities for some of the younger players on the roster.

“We are going to have some young guys in the secondary who are going to have to be back-up players,” Saban said. “And they’re probably going to have to have some roles.”

Or some role changing.  With the twin departures, Eddie Williams, a five-star member of UA’s 2012 recruiting class, was moved from wide receiver to safety.  Williams was rated as the No. 1 “athlete” in this last recruiting class and played safety during his time in high school in Panama City, Fla.

Williams was worked into the secondary during the initial scrimmage Saturday and, suffice to say, has some work to do in learning the new position at this level.

“I mean, we’re telling him what to do every play,” Saban said. “We just moved him there yesterday. He had one practice there last night. … It’s really not fair to make any kind of evaluation because he doesn’t even know how to do this stuff.

“We’re telling him what to do, but we haven’t really taught him how to do it or why it’s important to do it that way.”


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13 Responses to “Tide loses more secondary depth”
  1. roundup5 says: Aug 12, 2012 3:36 PM

    They will be knocking on Penn State’s door, the
    prostitutes that they are.

  2. rendadoll says: Aug 12, 2012 4:19 PM

    Players come and go for various reasons. It happens from High School to University.

  3. cowbulls says: Aug 12, 2012 5:52 PM

    If I were a parent, I would NEVER let my son go play for a horrible excuse for a human being like Saban.

  4. btred says: Aug 12, 2012 7:43 PM

    Quit hating! Roll Tide!!

  5. tigersgeaux says: Aug 12, 2012 8:40 PM

    Sorry to hear of the attrition of the Tide’s secondary.

    No matter what, I hope the Tide does not lose their best player to bad choices he may make.

  6. Deb says: Aug 12, 2012 10:09 PM

    @cowbulls …

    Really? Have any examples to share about why Saban is such a horrible human being? He’s a great coach, an excellent motivator, has significantly improved the graduation rate among Alabama’s football players, while at LSU raised the money to help them build top-of-the-line athletic facilities. Do you have any reason for making such a juvenile comment? No … because the only horrible thing Nick Saban’s done is leave one program for another … just like Les Miles, Urban Meyer, Tommy Tuberville, and dozens of other coaches.

    God help any kids you have if they’re genetically saddled with your IQ.

  7. Deb says: Aug 12, 2012 10:22 PM

    @tigersgeaux …

    What happened to Tyrann Mathieu is a heart-breaking loss for LSU, and a tragedy for that young man. I pray he can find his way back and fulfill his full potential.

  8. novoodoo4409 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:29 AM

    @deb – get over yourself and the constant “proselytiding”…..people have the right to voice an opinion on little Nicky and you are not the judge and jury…rather, just an under- appreciated redneck scholar…

    Geaux Tigers!

  9. tlmoon2112 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:04 AM

    Yeah Mr “I have no interest whatsoever in coaching football at the University of Alabama” while an employee of the Miami Dolphins is a GREAT coach……….(tongue in cheek)

    Note to Alabama fans: in case you dont get it, he’s a bald faced liar

  10. thegeneral7694 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:47 PM

    Yeah, tlmoon, he IS a great coach…no tongue in cheek at all. How could you possibly justify saying otherwise? If you’re killing him over the Dolphins thing (which was 7 years ago, by the way), then fine….he should have refused to answer, I grant you. But how does that affect his coaching acumen? 3 BCS titles in his last 8 seasons of college coaching is more than anyone else can lay claim to. If the Dolphins thing is the worst thing you can point to, then you’re just being an irrational hater.

  11. Deb says: Aug 13, 2012 7:53 PM

    novoodoo4409 says:

    @deb – get over yourself and the constant “proselytiding”…..people have the right to voice an opinion on little Nicky and you are not the judge and jury…rather, just an under- appreciated redneck scholar…

    Geaux Tigers!

    Get over yourself, baby. I know this site is overrun with Tigers fans and I know they love nothing better than to slam me. But I’m just as entitled to voice my opinion and defend MY team and MY coach as any of you are. And I’m going to do it. If you can’t take it, Big Boy, run squealing to someone else. I. Don’t. Care.

  12. Deb says: Aug 13, 2012 8:01 PM

    @tlmoon2112 …

    Yeah, baby. There’s a lot of that bald-face lying going around in the coaching ranks. At least Nick didn’t throw his own player under the bus. Spare me the high-and-mighty act, kid. You’re wasting your keystrokes. No matter how much some of you want to pretend you’re on a higher plane, there are no saints in football.

  13. patall24 says: Aug 16, 2012 1:56 PM

    Everybody wishes they had saban as a coach. They just won’t admit it.

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