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Report: Torn rotator cuff will sideline Alabama WR Robert Foster for season

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As if losing to Ole Miss at home was not bad enough, Alabama may have lost a key offensive player for the rest of the season.

According to a report from Al.com on Sunday, Foster suffered a torn rotator cuff in Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss. The injury will reportedly keep him out of action for the remainder of the season. The injury occurred late in the first half after landing on the ground awkwardly. Alabama has already shown some signs of not having the offense in sync to the liking of Nick Saban, and losing Foster now certainly will not help that cause.

In the first three games of the season Foster had caught 10 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

Coker solid as Tide takes TD lead on Badgers at the half

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So far so good for Alabama’s first-time quarterback starter.  Still, we still very much have us a football game.

Revealed publicly as the starter shortly before kickoff, Jake Coker looked as if he’d assumed the position for many years prior in helping to push Alabama to a 14-7 halftime lead.  Coker completed 10-of-13 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown, a 17-yarder to Robert Foster in the second quarter that gave the Tide their lead back.

Head coach Nick Saban had indicated leading into the game that two quarterbacks, Coker and Cooper Bateman, would see action; thus far, and likely because of how well Coker has played and how in rhythm he is, Bateman hasn’t seen the field.

Of course, Coker had some help in the form of a running game that accounted for 87 non-sack yards.  Not surprisingly, Derrick Henry led the way with 75 yards — on eight carries — and a 37-yard touchdown run that accounted for UA’s first score of the day.

Perhaps surprisingly, Coker’s counterpart, Joel Stave, was quite effective in his own right as well.  Stave, who suffered through a crisis of confidence last season, completed 14-of-16 passes for 149 yards against a very good Tide secondary.  He accounted for the Badgers’ lone touchdown, a six-yarder to Alex Erickson to temporarily tie the score at 7-all.

UW had the chance to go into the locker room down 14-10 but couldn’t capitalize on a shanked 20-yard punt by UA’s JK Scott with less than 10 seconds left.  With the ball at the Tide 39-yard line, Stave completed a 23-yard pass to Erickson to set up a 34-yard field goal attempt with four seconds left. Rafael Gaglianone, though, clanked it off the upright to keep the deficit at seven.

The Badgers, one of the top rushing teams in college football over the past several years, could manage just 22 on 13 carries against a very stout Tide front seven.

Wisconsin will get the ball on offense to start the second half.

Robert Foster reportedly avoids serious injury in Tide scrimmage

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It appears Alabama may have dodged what would’ve been a rather significant bullet.

During a scrimmage Saturday, Robert Foster sustained an injury to one of his knees.  While the school has yet to address the exact nature and severity of the issue, multiple sources told al.com that the injury is “minor” in nature and is “not serious.”

Foster, a four-star member of the Tide’s 2013 recruiting class, caught six passes for 44 yards as a redshirt freshman.

The Tide is looking to replace its top three pass catchers at the wide receiver position, and Foster is in line to make a significant contribution this coming season.  In fact, Foster is projected to be a starter as he’s worked with the first-team offense throughout the offseason.

Alabama’s offense doesn’t pass Saban’s mid-term exam

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This spring Alabama’s offense, more specifically the quarterbacks, have been focusing on avoiding turnovers. If the spring game is to serve as a litmus test for the progress being made, Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin have some work to do if the Crimson Tide are going to be SEC and College Football Playoff contenders in 2015.

Alabama’s offense had six turnovers in the spring game Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Jake Coker, who some pumped up as Alabama’s likely starter a season ago, went just 14 for 28 with one touchdown (a long pass to ArDarius Stewart) and an interception. Redshirt freshman David Cornwell was not all tat much better, going 12 for 24 with 110 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. So it looks as though Alabama is heading into the summer with a quarterback situation to sort through. This is not totally unexpected, although it would have been nice if either Coker or Cornwell could have elevated themselves and created some separation in the spring game.

It was not all bad of course. Receivers Stewart (6 receptions, 125 yards, 1 TD) and Robert Foster (8 receptions, 118 yards, 2 TDs) had solid outings even if the quarterbacks were not particularly sharp. Alabama’s defense seemed to be in good form, and more than capable of taking advantage of an unsteady quarterback situation on the other side of the ball. Reuben Foster was playing nickel, which Saban has said he’s been doing all spring. Foster also played with some more maturity, according to Saban. Five different players in Alabama’s secondary recorded an interception.

Fortunately, the season does not start tomorrow, or next week. Saban referred to the spring game as a mid-term exam, which leaves plenty of time for the Alabama offense to bring its grade up before opening the new season of what will surely be high with expectations after a second straight season ending in a postseason loss.

Alabama saw a crowd of 65,175 fans come to Bryant-Denny Stadium. Weather may have kept some away from the game. Regardless, the Crimson Tide will likely lock in with the fourth-highest spring attendance this year. Ohio State smashed the competition with a new spring game record, Nebraska is holding firm with the second highest crowd and Penn State edged Alabama’s crowd on Saturday.

Alabama opens the 2015 season against Wisconsin in the Cowboy Classic in Arlington, Texas on September 5.