Miller Forristall will be starting his sophomore season over after receiving a medical redshirt last year. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end from Cartersville, Ga., sustained a season-ending knee injury in the third game of the season against Colorado State.

Forristall played in all 15 games as a freshman, starting twice. He has six career receptions for 85 yards.

Teammate Hale Hentges said the rest of the tight ends rallied around Forristall’s recovery.

“That’s something for someone who had never had a serious injury like that, it’s really hard,” Hentges said last Saturday at UA’s media day. “Miller is a fighter, he’s a warrior and we rely on him in the tight end group a lot because he’s a leader, too. So we definitely all tried to pick him up. … He’s done an extremely great job of trying to get back to where he was.”

Chris Black drafted

Former Alabama wideout Chris Black is one of 100 players who have signed with the Alliance of American football players. Black signed with the Birmingham franchise, which will be coached by Tim Lewis.

Black played from 2013-15 at Alabama, catching 25 passes for 290 yards. He played his senior season at Missouri, gaining 257 yards on 17 receptions. Black’s junior season at UA was cut short by injury. He transferred to Missouri as a graduate transfer and was able to play the next season.

The league will begin play in February 2019 with franchises in Birmingham, Atlanta, Memphis, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Diego.