TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Alabama coach Nick Saban emphasized again today he could let true freshman receiver Chris Black make his debut Saturday against Georgia.
Wide receiver Kenny Bell had surgery on his broken leg Sunday, and Saban said Black could get the call. Black injured his shoulder in preseason practice and required surgery. He returned to practice three weeks ago, and doctors have cleared him for contact.
“So we’re going to try to get him some reps because we’re getting down to where we only have maybe five guys that have much experience at the position,” Saban said. “We still feel good about the guys that we have. We just need to get more guys ready to play so that they can complement each other.
“You’d like to be able to roll guys in and out at that position. Guys get a little winded at times, especially when they run a lot of deep routes or when you go two-minute or something. We definitely need to get more guys ready to play. It’s going to create an opportunity for some other people.”
Saban isn’t ruling out Bell for a possible bowl game appearance.
“Kenny Bell had surgery, which is the best way to actually fix the issue with his leg,” Saban said. “We’ll evaluate moving forward probably five or six weeks from now where he is. That’s going to be a medical decision that our doctors have to make.”