Grant Moves Up As Ingram Hurt

Mark Ingram is going to be sidelined for a while with an injury. Terry Grant took advantage of the situation to stand out among running backs in Alabama's first scrimmage of the spring Wednesday.



Alabama Coach Nick Saban said that sophomore tailback Mark Ingram suffered a hamstring injury in the Crimson Tide's Monday practice. As a result, Ingram did not participate in the Bama scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium Wednesday.

Terry Grant, who was Alabama's leading rusher as a freshman in 2007, was the leading rusher in the scrimmage with 18 carries for 63 yards.

"Terry Grant did a nice job," Saban said.

Saban said that Ingram, who was top backup to Glen Coffee last year, would be out "maybe a week, maybe two. We want to get him back, but not push it."

Also missing the scrimmage was Roy Upchurch, who has not had contact work this spring after undergoing a procedure on his neck following the 2008 season. "It would be foolish to let him take a shot," Saban said.

He said "the other backs did fine. They just didn't get as much opportunity."

Jeramie Griffin had 10 rushes for 24 yards and a touchdown; Demetrius Goode had four runs for 23 yards; and Ivan Matchett had six rushes for 19 yards.

Last year Coffee led Alabama runners with 233 carries for 1,383 yards. After the season, his junior year, Coffee opted for the NFL.

Ingram was the Tide's top backup with 143 carries for 728 yards and a team-leading 12 rushing touchdowns. Grant, who had 180 carries for 891 yards as a freshman, had only 35 carries for 88 yards last season. Upchurch had 58 rushes for 350 yards.

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