"He's going to get some opportunities."

"He's going to get some opportunities."

Jermaine Preyear, running back from Davidson High School in Mobile, Ala. signed with Alabama in 2008, but enrollment was delayed until January 2009 to go through rehab on torn ligaments in his right shoulder.


Preyear rushed for 1,020 yards on 128 carries and caught eight passes for 142 yards. He scored nine touchdowns in his senior year of high school.

Davison Head Coach Fred Riley gave us the latest update with his former ball carrier.

"He's been working out in Mobile and going through rehab after his shoulder surgery," coach Riley said. "It will be interesting to see how well he plays this spring now if he's completely well."

"He had shoulder issues since his sophomore year, but it never was bad enough to do anything with until about halfway through his senior year."

"We decided to wait until the end of the season, and then at that point in time Alabama asked us not to do the surgery. They wanted their doctors to handle it. They put it off so late that he ended up greyshirting. It will be interesting to see how well he performs now that he is healthy.

The Tide's successful season is tough watching from the sidelines.

"I'm sure it did," Riley felt helped Preyear stay motivated. "I'm sure that they are down in running backs right now. I think they only have three in spring on scholarship, so he's going to get a chance. He's going to get some reps, and he's going to get some opportunities. I'm sure that's exciting for him."

"I think that it's going to be dramatic for him not having played football in a year just how physical football is at that level."

"You just aren't going to be able to make everyone miss, and outrun everybody, and how does his shoulder respond having to play behind his pads, and be physical and make four-yards at Alabama which is pretty hard to do."

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