TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Crimson Tide receiver Chris Black will make his debut Saturday against Georgia even with only two games left in his true freshman season.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron nearly experienced something similar in 2009.
McCarron was in his first season on campus and was slated to be redshirted. Junior Greg McElroy was the starter and redshirt freshman Star Jackson was second string. However, after eight games, Alabama coach Nick Saban promoted McCarron to second team over Jackson.
“Coach told me, ‘You’re going to be our backup from now on. You’re not going to play unless we need you,’ ” McCarron said.
At the time, Saban said if McElroy needed to come out for only a few plays, Jackson would get the call. If McElroy suffered a season-ending injury, McCarron would go in — even during the BCS National Championship Game win over Texas.
“I guess it’s hard to tell what it would have felt like because it didn’t happen,” McCarron said, “but it would have been fun.”