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Alabama notebook: Forristall goes down; long snapper honors a friend

September 17, 2017

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama has lost a tight end.

Sophomore Miller Forristall suffered a torn ACL in the third quarter of Saturday’s 41-23 win against Colorado State, coach Nick Saban revealed after the game.

“It’ll be confirmed tomorrow, but he’s probably got a (torn) ACL,” Saban said. “If that’s the case, he’ll be out for the year.”

The Cartersville, Ga., resident was injured following his 12-yard reception that extended the Tide’s 88-yard scoring drive in the third quarter.

Forristall lay motionless near the sideline for a minute before being helped off the field and into the Alabama medical tent, bearing little weight on his lower body.

He went into the locker room soon after and did not return.

In his absence, Alabama will rely upon Hale Hentges — a block-first tight end who caught his first career touchdown pass against Fresno State last week — and sophomore Irv Smith Jr.

‘Fly high Max’

Alabama long-snapper Scott Meyer played Saturday’s game against Colorado State for a fallen friend.

On his right arm, the redshirt freshman donned a wristband remembering Max Gruver — the 18-year-old LSU freshman who died Thursday morning following an alleged hazing incident in Baton Rouge, La. Gruver was a pledge of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Gruver and Meyer attended the same high school — Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Roswell, Ga. Gruver, according to multiple reports, dreamed of being a sportswriter with his work published in newspapers

A former walk-on, Meyer has started Alabama’s first three games at long-snapper.

Evans dresses

Two weeks after suffering a pulled groin in Alabama’s season-opening win against Florida State 24-7, inside linebacker Rashaan Evans dressed out and was a limited participant in pregame warmups.

The last player to cycle through the linebackers’ warmup line, Evans performed all individual drills, but stood to the side during contact drills. Evans wore a black, non-contact jersey during all open portions of practice this week.

Evans did not play, removing his shoulder pads just before kickoff and draping a towel over his head.

Moses, Jennings absent

Neither freshman Dylan Moses nor Anfernee Jennings dressed out for the game, leaving the already depleted Crimson Tide linebacking corps down an extra member.

Jennings’ absence was expected — he sprained his ankle two weeks ago against Florida State and only returned to practice in a limited role on Wednesday.

Moses’ status remains vague. Alabama coach Nick Saban revealed last Monday the true freshman was injured, but did not specify what ailed him.

Moses was absent during each open viewing period this week. He wore a jersey and sweatpants on the Crimson Tide sidelines with no noticeable impediment.

Scott tries an FG

Alabama’s first long field goal presented itself Saturday.

And, as he predicted Monday, punter JK Scott was called upon.

Scott, who said Monday the Crimson Tide had not yet worked on long field goals, misfired on a 52-yarder in the second quarter — the longest Crimson Tide attempt this season.

Senior place-kicker Andy Pappanastos did convert a career-long 46-yarder with 5:13 remaining in the first half to put Alabama up 17-0.

Cotton starts

Right guard Lester Cotton, who shuffled in and out of first-team repetitions this week in practice, started a third straight game Saturday following an undisclosed injury earlier this week.

Cotton donned a black, non-contact jersey on Monday but returned to normal participation Tuesday and Wednesday. He did not take first-team repetitions during team drills on those days, though, shifting Matt Womack to right guard and freshman Jedrick Wills, Jr. to right tackle.

The reigning SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, Womack started a third straight game at right tackle Saturday.

Late in the fourth quarter, when Saban re-inserted the Tide’s starters following Colorado State’s failed onside kick, Wills played right tackle and Womack played right guard.

Ridley eclipses 2,000

Calvin Ridley’s 92-yard first quarter put him in elite company.

The Alabama junior eclipsed 2,000 career yards, becoming just the fifth Crimson Tide receiver to reach the threshold. Ridley joins Ozzie Newsome, Julio Jones, DJ Hall and Amari Cooper in the rarified air.

Cooper is the program’s all-time leading receiver with 3,463 yards.

Quick hits

--Alabama’s team captains were Da’Ron Payne, Ross Pierschbacher and Jalen Hurts

--The Crimson Tide has now scored a touchdown in 216 consecutive games, extending the program record.

--Calvin Ridley has now caught a pass in all 33 games of his Crimson Tide career. His 33-game streak is the third-longest active streak in the FBS.

--Terrell Lewis and Christian Miller, both of whom are out for the season with injuries suffered against Florida State, were on the sideline in sweatpants.