Alabama rusher Fowler out for season due to knee injury
Tuscaloosa, AL, United States (4E Sports) – Alabama coach Nick Saban has announced that running back Jalston Fowler will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.
Fowler suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Crimson Tide’s 35-0 win over Western Kentucky. After rushing for 18 yards on three carries, Fowler dropped to the ground writhing in pain and had to be carted to the locker room.
“I know he feels badly and we feel badly for him, too,” Saban said. “We’re going to miss him. It’s going to take a number of people to replace him on the various roles he played on our team.”
The team’s No. 2 rusher with 86 yards this season, the 6-foot-1, 242-pound Fowler is one of Saban’s biggest offensive threats. Aside from playing as No. 2 rusher on the depth chart, Fowler also acts as a lead-blocking fullback/H-back.
With injuries limiting starting rusher Eddie Lacy’s carries, Saban has to look for Fowler’s replacement from their roster of freshmen running backs.
Among Saban’s option is T.J. Yeldon, who became the first freshman to run for 100 yards in his debut against the then eighth-ranked Michigan Wolverines in Arlington, Texas. He is second on the team in total offense with 136 yards.
Other freshmen rushers have also performed well during the Crimson Tide’s first two games. Dee Hart has carried the ball 12 times for 36 yards while Kenyan Drake scored his first career touchdown after a 32-yard run in Alabama’s final drive against Kentucky.