August 11, 2019
Alabama RB Sanders could miss season
Alabama running back Trey Sanders will have foot surgery, coach Nick Saban said Saturday, and there are fears the true freshman could miss the entire season.
“Trey Sanders did not scrimmage today because he had a foot injury that will require surgery,” Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban said following the team’s first preseason scrimmage Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. “So he will be out indefinitely.”
Sanders, who was spotted on crutches and with a walking boot prior to Saturday’s scrimmage, is expected to undergo surgery to repair his broken left foot next week.
Sanders was the nation’s No. 1 tailback and the sixth overall player in the 2019 class (according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings.)
Saban said earlier in the week that the 6-foot, 214-pound Sanders, who played at IMG Academy, had shown a lot of promise since arriving.
The loss of Sanders would put a dent in Alabama's running back depth. Josh Jacobs and Damien Harris are both now in the NFL after being drafted in the first and third rounds, respectively, earlier this year.
The Crimson Tide's leading returning rusher is junior Najee Harris, who was second on the team to Damien Harris with 783 rushing yards last season and a team-leading 6.7 yards per carry.
Alabama coaches are especially high on junior Brian Robinson Jr., who played in 15 games and rushed for 272 yards a year ago. His role will grow considerably this season. The Crimson Tide also brought in ESPN 300 running back Keilan Robinson of Washington, D.C., in this signing class.
Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News
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