Tide Has Good Depth At Wide Receiver

When DeAndrew White was injured after catching a short pass against West Virginia in Bama’s 33-23 win in Atlanta last week, there was obviously concern in the Crimson Tide camp. After all, White is a proven commodity at wide receiver.

Following the game, Alabama Coach Nick Saban said that DeAndrew White had injured a shoulder and would be out a week. A few days latter the verdict was a little more concerning. On Monday following the game, Saban said the 6=0, 192-pound senior would be out “probably two weeks and see how it goes from there.”

There is a difference in one week or two, but the more ominous phrase was “and see how it goes from there. Although Amari Cooper gets most of the accolades to the Alabama receiving corps, White has emerged as an outstanding receiver. Last year he had 32 receptions for 534 yards (16.7 yards per catch) and four touchdowns.

Last Saturday afternoon against West Virginia, White had six catches for 73 yards, including a nifty run with a short pass that resulted in a 38-yard gain, the longest pass play of the game against West Virginia.

Not to take anything for granted, but it appears the next two weeks – if White can recover in that time – include games against relatively weak sisters. This week Alabama is hosting Florida Atlantic at 11 a.m. CDT. The game will be televised on the SEC Network. The next week the Tide will host Southern Mississippi.

Fortunately, Alabama has very good depth at wide receiver.

Sophomore Chris Black, 5-11, 186, replaced White against West Virginia and had one reception for eight yards. Black was one of the names Saban threw out as a possible replacement. The coach said, “Chrisition Jones can play where DeAndrew White plays. Chris Black can play there and is probably a guy that deserves to play more than he has played. So this will be an opportunity for him. Ardarius Stewart can play there as well. All those guys will probably get some opportunity to do it.”

Ironically, Black is a sophomore because his true freshman season in 2012 he suffered a shoulder injury and was redshirted. In his first season of competition last year, Black, 5-11, 185, from Jacksonville, Fla., played in eight games and had eight receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns and also had a 31-yard rushing touchdown.

There are other possibilities. Robert Foster, a 6-3, 191-pound redshirt freshman from Monaca, Pa., was listed behind White on the pre-season depth chart issued by Saban.

Raheem Falkins (6-4, 210, redshirt freshman); Cam Sims (6-4, 208 freshman); and Derek Kief (6-5, 200, freshman) are other possibilities.