Tide Getting Low On Wide Receivers

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron is having an exceptional year for the Crimson Tide with a record four touchdown passes against Auburn, a school record 25 touchdown passes thus far this season, and completing 67.2 per cent of his passes for 2,507 yards with only two interceptions. Give McCarron credit, but also props to his receiving corps.

Unfortunately, Alabama took another costly injury blow among the wide recievers in the Crimson Tide's 49-0 rout of Auburn Saturday. Kenny Bell became the third Bama receiver to be lost for the season when he went out with a broken leg. Bell, a junior, has been A.J. McCarron's deep threat much of the year with 17 catches for 431 yards and three touchdowns. He has averaged 25.4 yards per reception this year and had an 85-yard touchdown catch against Florida Atlantic that is tied for fifth longest in Tide history.

Bell was to undergo surgery, a rod inserted into his broken tibia, and Bama Coach Nick Saban said it would be "five or six weeks" before Bell would be able to start running again.

He is the third regular among Bama wide receivers to be lost for the season.

Chris Black, a true freshman,, suffered a shoulder injury in pore-season practice that required surgery; and DeAndrew White, a sophomore, was lost with a knee injury on Bama's first offensive drive against Ole Miss. Before going out, White had 8 receptions for 10-5 yards (13.1 yards per catch) and two touchdowns.

Alabama's offense frequently includes three wide receivers. The number of repetitions each has to take has been upgraded significantly with the losses of Black, White, and now Bell.

There is no problem with putting three out there.

Amari Cooper is a cinch for Freshman All-Southeastern Conference this year and can be considered a superstar of the future. Cooper has 45 catches for 767 yards (17 yards per catch) with eight touchdowns.

Kevin Norwood, a junior who came of age in last year's BCS National Championship win over LSU, has been banged up a little this season, but has 26 catches for 395 yards (15.2 yards per reception) and four touchdowns.

Christion Jones, a sophomore best known as a punt return man, is Bama's third leading receiver this year with 24 receptions for 306 yards (12.8 per catch) and four touchdowns.

The only other wide receivers with receptions this season (other than Bell and White) are true freshman Cyrus Jones, redshirt freshman Marvin Shinn, and redshirt freshman Danny Wodson, Jr.

Joines has four catches for 51 yards (12.8 per reception), Shinn four receptions for 28 yards (7.0), and Woodson 1-9.

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