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How Alabama Must Adjust to Loss of RB Dee Hart and WR DeAndrew White

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 29:  Dee Hart #1 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after injuring himself on a punt return against the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterOctober 1, 2012

Alabama's win over Ole Miss moved the Crimson Tide to 5-0, but it wasn't all good news in Tuscaloosa.

Running back Dee Hart and wide receiver DeAndrew White both sustained knee injuries in the win that will require them to miss the remainder of the season, according to

Hart was injured in the fourth quarter after fielding a punt, while White went down in the first quarter of the 33-14 win.

So how will the Crimson Tide adjust to the loss of each player?

Hart is a reserve running back for the Tide behind Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon. The redshirt freshman has 21 carries for 88 yards on the season primarily as a change-of-pace back. Hart was forced to redshirt last season after tearing his ACL in 7-on-7 drills prior to fall camp. The 5'9", 190-pounder also served as the backup to Christion Jones on punt returns.

His absence will chip away at the depth for the Tide at both spots, especially considering running back Jalston Fowler was lost for the season earlier in the year with a knee injury of his own.

It also means more carries for freshman Kenyan Drake, who already has 126 rushing yards and three touchdowns this season.

On special teams, expect Kevin Norwood to move up to the primary backup behind Jones on punt returns and behind Jones and Dee Milliner on kickoff returns.

White's absence also hurts the Crimson Tide from a depth perspective at the wide receiver position.

Quarterback AJ McCarron has been spreading the ball around to several of his young receivers including White, but now that he's out, it puts more pressure on Jones, Kenny Bell, Kevin Norwood and the rest of the Bama receiving corps—particularly true freshman Amari Cooper.

Cooper had his breakout game last weekend vs. Ole Miss, catching eight passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns in Alabama's win over the Rebels. He came to Tuscaloosa with a ton of hype and a 4-star rating, according to

Head coach Nick Saban has built plenty of depth up and down the roster in Tuscaloosa, and that depth is certainly being tested as a result of the loss of Hart and White.


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