Alabama coach Nick Saban updated the status of multiple players after the game.
Right guard Alex Leatherwood twisted his ankle, but Saban thinks he’ll be OK. Defensive back Deionte Thompson has a bruised knee, “which doesn’t seem to be a significant injury.” And then running back Damien Harris “has what they’re calling a minor concussion. The reason they were checking him out was they were checking his neck, which seems to be OK,” Saban said.
Also, Lester Cotton Sr. started at left guard. Deonte Brown was the starter the last three games but exited the Alabama-LSU game early last with week with turf toe.
Another game, another kicking breakdown for the Crimson Tide. In fact, Alabama had three major special teams miscues against The Citadel.
Miller Forristall fumbled away the second-half kickoff, giving the Bulldogs possession to start the third quarter in Alabama territory. The UA defense held, and The Citadel missed a field goal to keep the mistake from being too costly.
Kicker Joseph Bulovas also missed an extra point and had another blocked.
Mike Bernier’s only punt went for 34 yards.
The Citadel wore the same uniform combination against Alabama that it wore on the same weekend of the season three years ago when it upset South Carolina, 23-22. Both games were televised on the SEC Network.
The Bulldogs wore gray pants with white jerseys adorned with light blue numbers. The uniform magic worked for a little while, as the Bulldogs were tied with the Crimson Tide at halftime.
Game captains were Thompson, Anfernee Jennings and tight end Hale Hentges … Antonio Carter was the honorary captain. Carter played for the Crimson Tide from 1999-2001 as a wide receiver. An injury in 2002 ended his career. He caught 106 career passes for 1,294 yards. … The Citadel won the toss and elected to receive. Alabama is 5-6 on coin tosses this season. … Attendance was announced as 101,681.
Executive sports editor Tommy Deas contributed to this notebook.
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