TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football coach Nick Saban announced Tuesday that four players will be limited for some portion of spring practice.
Starters Bo Scarbrough and Shaun Dion Hamilton are each recovering from injuries suffered during the postseason last year. Scarbrough (leg) was lost in the national championship game, while Hamilton (knee) went out against Florida in the SEC Championship Game.
Two young players — B.J. Emmons and Jared Mayden — are also nursing injuries. Emmons injured his foot and missed most of his freshman season. Mayden, a safety, was spotted riding a stationary bike during practice on Tuesday. All four players wore black, non-contact jerseys.
“Jared Mayden had a hip injury from last season that required surgery, so he’s going to be limited throughout the spring and probably will be able to participate very little but should have a full recovery,” Saban said Tuesday. “Shaun Dion Hamilton had an ACL in the SEC Championship Game, so he’s doing some things … running but probably will also be limited throughout the spring. But we also anticipate a full recovery (for him).
“B.J. Emmons and Bo Scarbrough are both guys that are doing individual drills, are able to do some things and probably will make progress throughout the spring and probably be able to go in a short period of time.”
Scarbrough is expected to be one of Alabama’s top running backs in a loaded backfield. He helped power the Crimson Tide’s offense down the stretch of last season before his injury.
Hamilton is expected to regain his starting inside linebacker spot once he’s healthy. Hamilton put together an impressive junior season prior to his injury.
Emmons and Mayden are both expected to provide depth at their positions this season. Mayden made the switch from cornerback to safety last season.