Alabama’s spring game is Saturday, and head coach Nick Saban said Thursday that it will be something less than a full roster hitting the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium. In fact, eight players are expected to miss the game, and another is questionable.
The list: defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson, outside linebacker Ryan Anderson, wide receiver Cam Sims, outside linebacker Denzel Devall, cornerback Cyrus Jones, offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy and running back Bo Scarbrough, while sophomore Hootie Jones is questionable.
“We’ve got probably more guys out for this game than we’ve had in the past, which again, creates an opportunity for some other players to player,” Saban told TideSports.com. “You’re always a little thinner in the spring without having the entire freshman class with you. We’ve got quite a few guys out of this game, but as I said before, it’s a great opportunity for some other guys to show what they can do and get out there and play and get some game-like experience.”
Alabama playing without half its defense and most of its freshman class is what rival coaches call “leveling the playing field.”
It’s not been a good couple of days for Alabama football off the field, what with a pair of arrests involving player with previous legal issues. Now, that storm cloud has drifted into the on-field arena as well.
Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Matt Zenitz of al.com is reporting that Cam Sims sustained some type of a torn ACL during a spring practice session Saturday. Given the timing of the injury, Sims could conceivably return at some time around the midway point of the 2015 season, if not slightly sooner. Or, the true sophomore could take a redshirt.
While the football program has not yet addressed the player’s health and his status for the upcoming season, Sims intimated on Twitter that he has some type of significant issue he needs to overcome.
And, based on one of his retweets, it is indeed an ACL issue he’ll be forced to overcome.
As noted by Zenitz, Sims was being looked upon as a player who could potentially help replace the production lost by the departures of the Tide’s top three receivers. In 2014, the departed ones, Amari Cooper, DeAndrew White and Christion Jones, combined for 183 receptions for 2,495 yards and 21 touchdowns, although Cooper was responsible for roughly two-thirds of that production.
Sims, a four-star member of UA’s 2014 recruiting class, caught seven passes for 62 yards and a touchdown as a true freshman.