Dequan Menzie, a junior college cornerback who signed with Alabama in February, has torn an Achilles tendon and will be out for up to six months, his high school coach said this morning.
The news is a big blow to Alabama, which lacks depth in a secondary that must be rebuilt this season. Menzie was expected to enroll at Alabama by June 1 and participate in preseason drills that begin in early August.
McGee said he could not confirm talk that the injury happened in a pickup basketball game.
— Don Kausler Jr: Tide junior college signee Dequan Menzie tears an Achilles tendon A million F-bombs. As I speculated a couple of days ago, I don't know that Menzie would have / will ever be a star, but he was almost guaranteed to provide quality depth to a defensive backfield currently very short on it, and he could have moved to safety had the need arisen. With him tearing his Achilles, I think this guarantees that he redshirts in 2010 -- remember, he has three years to play two, so a redshirt is an option -- and suddenly we are mightily thin at cornerback once again. All I can say is that we had all better hope for good injury luck and for Deion Belue to qualify, because as of right now only have five scholarship cornerbacks able to play this Fall. Again, a million F-bombs. And let me also add that I loathe pick-up basketball. Absolutely nothing makes me cringe more than when I hear our football players putting themselves at risk playing a meaningless game of pick-up basketball. Nothing good can ever come of it, but a hell of a lot of bad can come at the drop of a hat. Or in this case, the simple movement of a leg. F-bomb, F-bomb, F-bomb.