Early in fall camp, offensive line seemed to be hardest hit by the injury bug. Then it got to the tight ends. Most recently it has been the tailback position.
Still, Coach Mike Shula and most Crimson Tide fans would probably take the trade of the nicks where they have fallen in exchange for the good injury luck of having quarterback Brodie Croyle, halfback Kenneth Darby, and fullback Tim Castille showing no ill effects of injuries that resulted in surgery over the past year.
In last Saturday's game against Southern Miss, defensive tackle Justin Britt played only two snaps before going out with a subluxation (less than a separation) of his shoulder. Britt said he probably could have returned to action, but that the cautious approach was to hold him out. He expected to be back at practice as early as Wednesday and felt he would be ready to play at South Carolina.
A key area is halfback, where Alabama has lost three true freshmen in recent days. Roy Upchurch was to have foot surgery and be held out this year. Last Saturday the Tide lost Glen Coffee, the number two tailback, with a concussion and Jimmy Johns, number three halfback, with a shoulder injury.
Shula noted that Castille can play halfback as well as fullback if needed.
Freshman right guard Marlon Davis was also injured Saturday, logging just 12 plays. Shula expects Davis to be able to play Saturday.
The Tide coach also hopes to get a couple of men back who were injured and missed Alabama's 30-21 win over Southern Miss Saturday. Linebacker Terrence Jones (ankle) and offensive guard Mark Sanders (knee and ankle) should be ready to play.
Right guard has been hit hard this year with Marlon Davis, B.J. Stabler, and Mark Sanders all playing the position and all having been injured.
Shula said, "I hope we can get all those guys on the (practice) field Wednesday or Thursday and have them ready to play."
Shula did not mention either of the tight ends who have been out since fall camp. Soph Trent Davidson had surgery on a broken foot and senior Greg McLain suffered a separated shoulder that did not require surgery. Both were expected to miss at least two games, and perhaps more. South Carolina marks the thrid game for the 2-0 Tide.