TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban isn’t interested in star running back Bo Scarbrough rushing back from injury before he’s ready.
Scarbrough is slowly working his way back to form after fracturing his leg in the national championship game. Scarbrough rushed for 812 yards and 11 touchdowns prior to the injury.
“Bo’s doing more and more every day,” Saban said Tuesday. “He did quite a bit today in practice. Non-contact stuff, but he’s sort of gaining confidence. Our goal for Bo is that by the end of spring, he’s fully confident that he can do everything that he needs to do.
“Whether he scrimmages or not is not really something we’re that concerned about.”
Scarbrough and rising sophomore B.J. Emmons (foot) have been limited throughout the early part of spring practice. The two are wearing black, non-contact jerseys.
Saban said rising junior Damien Harris sprained his foot on Saturday, but Harris should be fine going forward. Saban said Harris didn’t do much on Tuesday, but should be able to practice when things resume on Thursday. Harris led Alabama with 1,040 rushing yards last season.
Even with guys limited, Alabama still has plenty of depth at running back.
Saban said 5-star January enrollee Najee Harris and 4-star Brian Robinson have “done a nice job.” There’s also rising sophomore Joshua Jacobs, who ran for 564 yards and four touchdowns.
4-star athlete Chadarius Townsend, who started out as a running back, has worked at slot receiver the last two practices.
“It’s a good problem to have,” Saban said of all the depth.