Alabama Football: Will Injuries Jeopardize the Crimson Tide National Title Bid?

John RozumCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a pass interference call on his defense in the fourth quarter in a game against North Texas on September 17, 2011 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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It happens every year in football, and no team, regardless of the level, is an exception.

Injuries are extremely unfortunate, but having the confidence to overcome them can really display one's true colors.

Take the 2010 Green Bay Packers for example.

All season long, the Packers dealt with injury after injury, and by season's end, they had 15 listed on the IR.

And yet, they still won the Super Bowl.

Depth, talent, confidence and perseverance is what it took, and in college football, the No. 2 coaches' poll ranked Alabama Crimson Tide have it all.

Although he's been playing well along with fellow Brahma Bull Trent Richardson, RB Eddie Lacy had a pectoral injury earlier in the season.

However, much like having the level of perseverance that's expected in the Alabama football program, Lacy came back quickly and has been an excellent complement to Richardson.

He gives the Tide a big one-two punch in the backfield, as well as QB A.J. McCarren another guy he knows he can count on.

Flipping over to the defense, LB Courtney Upshaw had a strained oblique which can be more limiting than expected.

Having an oblique injury prevents you from not necessarily running full speed, but more so being able to change directions quicker, maintain your leverage and balance and being able to add power and force to tackling.

All of which are very imperative in playing LB, especially at the FBS level in the SEC.

But Upshaw didn't miss any time, has fought whatever amount of pain he's in and is arguably the most important defensive player for head coach Nick Saban.

One other injury of note actually happened on Saturday's game against Arkansas.

CB Dre Kirkpatrick was briefly sidelined with a shoulder injury, was actually in the locker room but came back into the game and helped the Tide secondary keep dominating.

So to answer the title's question of will these injuries jeopardize Alabama's national title hopes?


Because, they always reload as oppose to rebuild, and when a guy goes down for however long, there's always someone just as good who can fill the role.

Depth, talent, confidence and perseverance...period.


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