At this rate, and if I were Alabama, I’d strongly consider placing Trent Richardson in several layers of industrial-strength bubble wrap. And away from Tuscaloosa clothiers, but that’s a whole other story.
In May, running back Demetrius Goode decided to transfer from the Tide to North Alabama. Two weeks later, running back (sensing the theme here yet?) Corey Grant decided to leave the program, ultimately landing at in-state rival Auburn. A month after that defection, five-star 2011 signee — and running back — Dee Hart suffered a torn ACL that will likely sideline him for his entire true freshman season.
And, somewhere in the middle of all of that upheaval at the position, Richardson was hit by a moving vehicle but was uninjured.
Now there are rumors bouncing off the walls of the Internet that Richardson’s main backup has suffered an injury as well. The speculation is this: Eddie Lacy suffered some type of pectoral injury during a weightlifting session recently. The rumored range of severity is varied, going from Lacy being sidelined for 2-4 weeks to being evaluated after four weeks to missing the entire season.
We’ve sent emails to several UA officials seeking a confirmation or denial of the reports, but, obviously, we’ve yet to receive a response.
IF Lacy is indeed injured and IF he misses significant playing time — we can’t stress the word “if” enough — it would leave the Tide with just Richardson and Jalston Fowler (14 carries for 11 yards as a true freshman last season) as the only players with any collegiate experience at the position. Brent Calloway, a four-star member of the Tide’s 2011 recruiting class, was the No. 5 outside linebacker in the country but also played running back in high school, so he could be an option at the position as well. Provided he qualifies academically, of course.
Calloway, who verbally committed to Alabama last year, abruptly flipped his commitment to Auburn shortly before signing day, in part because that program was going to allow him to play RB. The Tide’s coaching staff felt he’d be better served playing LB, although that stance may be reevaluated pending a resolution of Lacy’s injury status.