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Spring practice: Receivers preview

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) runs through Tennessee defensive back Jaron Toney (35) and Tennessee defensive back Cameron Sutton (23) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) runs through Tennessee defensive back Jaron Toney (35) and Tennessee defensive back Cameron Sutton (23) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo)

Receiver is another loaded position for the Alabama football team. If a quarterback is found, they’ll be potent again. Spring practice will be about refining their skills.

Who’s gone: Kevin Norwood, Kenny Bell

Who’s back: Sr. Christon Jones, Sr. Kyle Kazakevicius, Sr. Ty Reed, Sr. DeAndrew White, Jr. Parker Barrineau, Jr. Amari Cooper, So. Chris Black, So. Raheem Falkins, So. RFr. Robert Foster, Caleb Sims, RFr. ArDarius Stewart.

Newcomer: Fr. Cam Sims.

What’s at stake: One outside receiver starting job.

Outlook: This is a very deep position with three players back with significant starting experience. Cooper was inconsistent last season due to leg injuries. If he’s healthy, Jones and White make for a solid first three. Black, Foster and Falkins hope to work their way into a rotation.

Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) pulls in a touchdown pass as Oklahoma defensive back Quentin Hayes (10) tires to tackle in the first half of the NCAA college football Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.(AP Photo)

Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) pulls in a touchdown pass as Oklahoma defensive back Quentin Hayes (10) tires to tackle in the first half of the NCAA college football Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.(AP Photo)

DeAndrew White says he’s staying again

Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) pulls in a touchdown pass as Oklahoma defensive back Quentin Hayes (10) tires to tackle in the first half of the NCAA college football Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.(AP Photo)

Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) pulls in a touchdown pass as Oklahoma defensive back Quentin Hayes (10) tires to tackle in the first half of the NCAA college football Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.(AP Photo)

Alabama junior receiver DeAndrew White said again Wednesday that he will return for his senior season Wednesday, the deadline for underclassmen to declare their intention to enter the NFL draft.

There was a rumor earlier in the week that he was leaving, but he only looked into leaving early. He shot it down on Twitter on Tuesday.

“After sitting down with my family and coach (Nick) Saban, I have decided to return to Alabama for my senior year,” White said in a press release. “I already have my degree and the chance to play in the NFL next year was something that I very much considered, but in the end I didn’t want to pass up my final year at Alabama. I have had the opportunity to speak with (new offensive coordinator Lane) Kiffin and I’m excited about our offense and what we can accomplish next year as a team.”

White, from Houston, has 54 career receptions for 790 yards and eight touchdowns. while averaging 14.6 yards per catch. He has played 30 career games in the past three seasons, while making 13 starts. White caught 32 passes for 534 yards and four TDs last season.

White facing Ole Miss again

Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) celebrates his touchdown reception with tight end Brian Vogler (84) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) celebrates his touchdown reception with tight end Brian Vogler (84) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Alabama junior receiver DeAndrew White remembers the Ole Miss game last year well.

It was on Sept. 29 in Bryant-Denny Stadium. That was the day he injured his knee and missed the rest of the season.

In a quirk of the schedule, the Crimson Tide host the Rebels again this year. White is healthy, and ready to continue to pick up where he left off last year.

He was a starter last season and caught eight passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns before the injury.

“To me, (facing them again) it’s motivation,” White said. “That was my last game of the season last year. I look forward to the game. I’m working really hard. The team is working really hard for this game. We can’t wait.”

White is second on the team in receiving this year with eight catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He part of a deep rotation of receivers this season.

“I’ve felt pretty good, pretty confident,” White said. “It feels good to be back with the team this year so I can’t complain.”

“He’s just stepped up,” linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “Kind of had his moments last year before he hurt his knee. Kind of showed that in previous years and he just had that knee surgery. I’m just happy for him to be making plays now. He’s been a good player on special teams and he’s a speedy, quick receiver. I expect more big plays from him.”

One player who won’t be part of the game is safety Nick Perry (shoulder). He had surgery Thursday and will miss the rest of of the season, coach Nick Saban confirmed Thursday on his radio show. Perry, a senior, will apply for a hardship waiver and come back next year.

Check out my main story in the Friday editions of the TimesDaily and Decatur Daily, looking at Ole Miss. And here’s my notebook, leading with what coach Saban things is the key battle in Saturday’s game and his review of practice this week.

A-Day 2013: Final Stats

Passing

AJ McCarron (White): 19-30, 223, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions.
Alec Morris (Crimson): 10-18, 141 yards, no TDs, no INTs
Blake Sims (Crimson): 5-10, 52 yards, no TDs, 2 INTs
Luke Del Rio (Crimson): 2-3, 38 yards, no TDs, no INTs
Parker McLeod (White): 1-2, 19 yards, no TDs, no INTs
Phillip Ely (White): 2-4, 8 yards, no TDs, no INTs
Cooper Bateman (Crimson): 1-3, 3 yards, no TDs, 2 INTs

Rushing

T.J. Yeldon (White): 15 carries, 69 yards, 1 touchdown
Kenyan Drake (Crimson): 8 carries, 33 yards
Trey Roberts (White/Crimson): 6 carries, 23 yards
Blake Sims: 3 carries, 7 yards
AJ McCarron: 2 carries, 3 yards
Cooper Bateman: 1 carry, 2 yards
Dee Hart: 2 carries, -1 yard

Receiving

Kenny Bell: 3 catches, 71 yards, 1 touchdown
DeAndrew White: 3 catches, 62 yards
T.J. Yeldon: 7 catches, 60 yards
Christion Jones: 3 catches, 55 yards
Chris Black: 3 catches, 51 yards
Raheem Falkins: 3 catches, 43 yards
Trey Roberts: 1 catch, 31 yards
Brian Vogler: 4 catches, 24 yards
O.J. Howard: 3 catches, 22 yards
Amari Cooper: 4 catches, 21 yards
Kenyan Drake: 4 catches, 18 yards

Defensive

C.J. Mosley (Crimson): 9 tackles, 0.5 for a loss, 1 fumble recovery
Tana Patrick (Crimson): 8 tackles, 1 forced fumble
HaHa Clinton-Dix (Crimson): 6 tackles, 1 pass break-up, 1 fumble recovery returned for 55 yards
Landon Collins (White): 5 tackles, 1 interception returned for 28 yards
Ed Stinson (Crimson): 5 tackles
OTHER NOTABLES
Dillon Lee (White): 4 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 2 pass break-ups
Deion Belue (Crimson): 4 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 3 pass break-ups
Nick Perry (White): 3 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 2 interceptions returned for 42 yards, 1 pass break-up
Vinnie Sunseri (Crimson): 3 tackles, 0.5 for a loss, 1 interception returned for 86 yards and a touchdown
Dalvin Tomlinson (White): 2 tackles, 1 sack/tackle for loss

Kicking

Cade Foster
– Field Goal: 1-1, 29 yards
– Extra Points: 2-2
– Kickoffs: 4 for 260 yards (65 yards per kick), 1 touchback

Adam Griffith
– Field Goal: 0-0
– Extra Points: 2-2
– Kickoffs: 2 for 130 yards (65 yards per kick), 1 touchback

Punting

Cody Mandell: 7 punts, 236 yards (33.7 per punt), long of 62, 3 inside the 20
Worth Gregory: 1 punt for 26 yards

Scoring Plays

12:05, 1st Quarter, White Team: AJ McCarron to Kenny Bell for 40 yards. 7-0 White.
7:09, 1st Quarter, White Team: Cade Foster 29 yard field goal. 10-0 White.
0:00, 2nd Quarter, Crimson Team: Vinnie Sunseri returns an interception for 86 yards and a touchdown. 10-7, White.
2:01, 4th Quarter, Crimson Team: HaHa Clinton-Dix returned a recovered fumble for 55 yards and a touchdown. 14-10 Crimson.
1:04, 4th Quarter, White Team: T.J. Yeldon runs for 7 yards. 17-14 White.

Print Story: White coming back from ’12 knee injury

Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White comes down with one of his seven catches in the Crimson Tide's first spring scrimmage of 2013. (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White comes down with one of his seven catches in the Crimson Tide’s first spring scrimmage of 2013. (Photo courtesy of UA Athletics)

The Montgomery Advertiser’s Duane Rankin contributed the following piece on DeAndrew White’s comeback from an ACL tear that ended his 2012 season. White’s comeback seems to be going well, after a phenomenal performance in the Tide’s first spring scrimmage.

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TUSCALOOSA — Alabama junior tight end Brian Vogler has seen what everyone else saw Saturday.

DeAndrew White looks like he’s on his way back.

After missing the final nine games of the 2012 season with a knee injury, White caught two touchdowns in Saturday’s scrimmage.

“It felt good to play in (Bryant-Denny Stadium) again,” said White, who had eight catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns in five games last season before tearing the ACL in his right knee while blocking Sept. 29 against Ole Miss.

“I had that anxiety. Once I played in the stadium, I didn’t feel (the injury). I can say it’s getting there.”

Days before Saturday’s scrimmage, Vogler marveled at how fast the 6-foot, 190-pound junior receiver from Houston returned from injury.

“He was running in season,” Vogler said April 1. “He looks like the DeAndrew from last year at the beginning of the season.”

On Saturday, White had seven catches for 132 yards and two scores, all scrimmage highs, from senior quarterback AJ McCarron, who threw for 291 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.

Sophomore Amari Cooper, who replaced White when he went down last season, caught five passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in the scrimmage.

“DeAndrew White is doing really well,” said Alabama coach Nick Saban following Saturday’s scrimmage. “He did a really good job, made some big plays.”

White has been wearing a brace during spring ball, but still shined in the scrimmage.

“It was great,” said Tide junior left guard Arie Kouandjio, who has overcome his share of knee injuries at Alabama. “I love to see that.”

As good as those two touchdown grabs felt for White, he was thrilled with all of his receptions Saturday.

“Every catch I get is another opportunity to show what I have,” White said.”

In practice, White has been wearing a black jersey, which is to alert teammates not to hit him, but he still wound up getting reacquainted with the grass in the scrimmage.

“I got tackled, but I didn’t get hit,” White said. “It wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.”

Sigh.

“It was a relief I didn’t get hurt when I got tackled,” White continued. “It kind of hurt, but I walked it off and it was alright.”

White said he stopped running on catches when either he or the referee felt as if he was tackled. He said the referee blows the whistle only if the defensive player is in position to make the tackle.

“Most of my catches were either long and I kept running or in the end zone,” White said. “But a couple of catches? I had a post that I got tackled on and I had a slant.”

Physical contact may prove to be a good thing for White.

“I think psychologically all these guys still have to sort of get over the fact that ‘I was hurt,’ ” Saban said after the scrimmage. “I think that just takes a lot of repetitions. We haven’t hit some of those guys so far. As we practice and they get hit, they’ll say, ‘Oh, I didn’t get hurt again.’ ”

White is one of three receivers recovering from injuries.

Senior Kenny Bell broke his left leg against Auburn last season and freshman Chris Black ended up redshirting in 2012 after hurting his shoulder in the preseason.

“It’s a little bit of a work in progress for them psychologically, to get the confidence they need that they’re really not hurt,” Saban said. “But they’ve done a really good job, all those guys.”

White said his only other injury came in high school when he sprained his MCL. He couldn’t remember which knee he hurt back then.

As for this ACL knee injury, White sounds as if he’s mentally getting over it.

“I just can’t be scared to do certain things on my knee,” White said. “Psychologically, that’s how most people are. They’re scared to do stuff on their knee. Scared to cut a certain way or jump a certain way. I just play off instincts and psychologically, I’m doing real good.”

Football Practice Report: April 3, 2013

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Wide receiver DeAndrew White (left, black jersey) waits for his turn in drills after Kenny Bell (right). Copyright photo by Brett Hudson.

A late afternoon rain shower forced the Crimson Tide inside the Hank Crisp Practice Facility next door to the brand new weight room for its Wednesday practice. Here is the news:

- Amari Cooper is leading the wide receiver in drills. He is followed up by DeAndrew White who seems to be running fine after tearing his ACL last season. Chris Black is third coming back from his shoulder injury, while Kenny Bell is fourth and true freshman Raheem Falkins is fifth, before the scout team comes in from there.

Alabama does have Eddie Jackson and Robert Foster coming in for the fall as true freshmen.

- The drills also revealed some depth chart decisions made the the tight end and H-Back positions. Brian Vogler as the starting tight end alongside Harrison Jones as the first H-Back. Tight end Malcolm Faciane practiced with H-Back O.J. Howard as the second team and on the third team was tight end Kurt Freitag alongside H-Back Corey McCarron.

- Contact seems to be picking up in preparation for the first spring scrimmage, as we saw the outside linebackers go to battle with the tight ends and H-Backs in some rough blocking drills today.

- Cornerback John Fulton was off the exercise bike and doing some light running drills in his first practice activity after injuring his toe against Texas A&M last season. He was not doing much, but he was moving. You can see video of that below.

Kevin Norwood, also trying to come back from a toe injury, is still out of practice.

- The wide receivers were doing a jump ball drill today, which I have never seen them do before. That could be something new wide recivers coach Billy Napier brought from Florida State. You can also see that drill in the video below.

Video from hospital visit by Alabama players

Alabama's Dakota Ball, Dustin Ellison and DeAndrew White visit with a hospital patient and Obie, the Orange Bowl mascot. (Copyright photo by Brett Hudson)

Alabama’s Dakota Ball, Dustin Ellison and DeAndrew White visit with a hospital patient and Obie, the Orange Bowl mascot. (Copyright photo by Brett Hudson)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — On the eve of the biggest day of the college football season, several Alabama football players took time out to visit children at the Baptist Children’s Hospital.

Daily Bama Blog contributer Brett Hudson tagged along as Crimson Tide wide receiver DeAndrew White, defensive lineman Dakota Ball, offensive lineman Caleb Gullidge and quarterback Dustin Ellison visited the children. Defensive back Jarrick Williams and running backs Jalston Fowler and Dee Hart joined later when the cameras were off.

White, Fowler, Hart and Williams will not play in the BCS National
Championship Game, as they are recovering from knee surgery. Gullidge, Ball and Ellison have not played this season.

The Orange Bowl mascot, Obie, also made an appearance.

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White, Hart each undergo knee surgery

Alabama’s Dee Hart rushes for yardage against Western Kentucky. (Copyright photo by Brennen Smith of The Decatur Daily)

DeAndrew White had eight catches and a pair of touchdowns this season. (Copyright photo by Gary Cosby Jr. of The Decatur Daily)

Alabama coach Nick Saban said running back/kick returner Dee Hart and receiver DeAndrew White each underwent knee surgery today.

Saban broke the news on his weekly radio show. Both will miss the rest of the season after suffering injuries in Saturday’s 33-14 win over Ole Miss.

This marks five Tide players who have suffered season-ending injuries this year. In addition to Hart and White, there’s running back Jalston Fowler (knee), safety Jarrick Williams (knee) and wide receiver Chris Black (shoulder).

Saban said Fowler was “leg-whipped” in the Tide’s win over Western Kentucky, but the other four were hurt in “freaky” accidents.

Black was shoved to the ground in practice, and Hart and White “weren’t really touched when they got hurt,” Saban said.

Hart is a freshman and fourth on the team with 88 rushing yards. He also has two catches for 18 yards and four punt returns for 50 yards. White, a sophomore, has caught eight passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

Both have used their redshirt seasons already, but even if they hadn’t, they each have played in two many games to qualify for a medical redshirt season.

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Tide’s Hart, White out for the season

Dee Hart against Western Kentucky. (Copyright photo by Brennen Smith of The Decatur Daily)

DeAndrew White had eight catches and a pair of touchdowns this season. (Copyright photo by Gary Cosby Jr. of The Decatur Daily)

Running back/kick returner Dee Hart and receiver DeAndrew White will miss the rest of the season after suffering knee injuries in Saturday’s 33-14 win over Ole Miss.

“The MRI indicated that both Dee and DeAndrew sustained knee injuries that will require surgery and they will be out for the year,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement released this morning.

Hart is a freshman and fourth on the team with 88 rushing yards. He also has two catches for 18 yards and four punt returns for 50 yards. White, a sophomore, has caught eight passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

Both have used their redshirt seasons already, but even if they hadn’t, they each have played in two many games to qualify for a medical redshirt season.

This is the third offensive weapon Alabama has lost to a knee injury since the start of the season. Running back/fullback Jalston Fowler went down in the second game of the year.

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Video of DeAndrew White practicing this morning

The name DeAndrew White keeps coming up as the wide receiver to watch this fall. He redshirted last season and is drawing positive reviews from all directions this August. Read more about him tomorrow, but watch this video now.

For a look at the rest of the receivers, tight ends and quarterbacks in action, here’s more footage from Friday morning.

 

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