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.”