Saban: Early arrivals ‘can make a contribution’ at WR

It could be an interesting spring and summer for the Alabama receivers. With the top-four pass-catching players gone, there’s room for competition in an offense that promises more aerial punch.

So, who takes those roles left by Marquis Maze, Darius Hanks, Brandon Gibson, and Brad Smelley?

Well there’s Kenny Bell, Kevin Norwood, DeAndrew White and Michael Williams at tight end.

Don’t ask about Duron Carter. He remains the greatest mystery this side of Jimmy Hoffa. His suspension continues and there’s no indication how long it will last.

But there are a few early-enrollees making an impression at spring practices that continue Wednesday in Tuscaloosa.

“I think Amari Cooper, he and Chris Black, have both shown good ability,” coach Nick Saban said. “Anytime you have freshmen, it’s just a matter of, are these guys going to be able to play with the consistency, continue to improve, not get frustrated and not be up and down because they don’t have the maturity to sustain things?

“That will be the key to how those guys develop, but I do think both of those guys can make a contribution.”

Read more about the receivers battle in tomorrow’s newspaper and online editions.


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