TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –After a vague statement at the start of fall camp, Alabama head coach Nick Saban gave more details about Crimson Tide’s injury status at the start of fall camp.
Saban previously spoke to reporters about Alabama’s most notable injury to senior tight end Cameron Latu, but provided more details on Latu’s status on Sunday at media day.
“He has a minor knee injury,” Saban said. “He’s going to be out for a few weeks. I’m not sure exactly how long it’s been. It happened about 10 days ago. These things usually happen day to day.”
Sunday is also the only time in the regular season that Alabama’s coordinators speak to the media, and offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien seemed optimistic about Latu’s early progress after his injury.
“It’s unfortunate what happened to him, but he’s a guy who’s just a great guy,” O’Brien said of Latu. “He’s in the training room that day working to come back. He spent almost 12-15 hours a day there working hard to come back. So he will be back at some point.”
Latu is Alabama’s top tight end and statistical receiver after losing John Metchie and Jameson Williams to the NFL. The tight end had 26 catches for 410 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
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Outside of Latu, Robbie Ouzts is the only tight end back with a hold. O’Brien is impressed with what he has seen from Ouzts so far.
“Robbie Ouzts is someone who has worked very hard to improve,” O’Brien said. “And then Miles Kitselman, the junior college transfer that came in, he’s a hard-working guy. He’s getting used to the way we do things here, but I think he’s a guy who’s a solid player who can help us.”
Saban also mentioned four freshmen who have been injured and will miss some time in the coming weeks.
“We have had [Isaiah] Hastings comes in with an injury,” Saban said. “We fixed him, and he should probably be back shortly. Elijah Pritchett tore his pec in the weight room a while back this summer, so he’ll be out for a little while. Earl Little had a shoulder that was bothering him, so we decided to fix it. He will also be out for a while. Aaron Anderson has a small knee injury, but he’ll probably be back in a few weeks too.”
Saban said all of these players are suffering from serious injuries and they are currently working on challenging them and the whole team to improve every day.
Speaking to wide receivers, Saban also briefly mentioned that Louisville transfer Tyler Harrell was in and out. He trained with the team, but not 100%.
The players were absent on Sunday but will return to the practice grounds on Monday for practice four of fall camp.