Defensive tackle Jeremy Clark was forced to leave Saturday's Kentucky game with a sprained ankle. As…
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Five games into the 2003 season, the NCAA probation is beginning to take its toll on the Alabama program. It is not easy to see, and it requires a bit of analysis -- and a couple of sprained ankles or separated shoulders. But it is clear that right now, Alabama is not a deep football team whatsoever. Take, for example, the defensive line. Last week, Kyle Tatum, a redshirt freshman, made his first start at defensive tackle, replacing junior Ahmad Childress, who was sidelined with a neck injury suffered against Oklahoma. His top backup? That would be true freshman Dominic Lee, who played 51 snaps in his Alabama debut while making three tackles. And what cleared the two youngsters' spot in the lineup? Jeremy Clark's left ankle sprain. Clark, by the way, is also a redshirt freshman, and the top reserve behind Childress and fellow starting defensive tackle Anthony Bryant. Lee and Tatum, by all accounts, played well despite being part of a defense that allowed Arkansas tailback...
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