The watch list for the 2011 Biletnikoff Award includes a wide receiver who hasn't even practiced with Alabama, much less played a game yet for the Crimson Tide. Duron Carter, a former Ohio State player who is transferring to Alabama from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, is considered a candidate for the award that goes to college football's best wide receiver.
There is no sense in hand-wringing about "what ifs" regarding two running backs, Demetrius Goode and Corey Grant, who have transferred since the spring. Both saw more opportunity elsewhere, even though they had to know that injuries are always possible in football. Things do become more problematic if there are other injuries at the position. Memories only have to extend back to 2004 - when injuries to Ray Hudson, Tim Castille and Kenneth Darby left Aaron Johns as a starter against Auburn - to confirm that things can get pretty dicey pretty quickly for a team that doesn't stay healthy.
In late March, Saban even indirectly compared Hart with Arenas when telling reporters how tough Hart is despite his 5-foot-9, 187-pound frame. "There are only two guys on the team who are shorter than I am, and he's one of them," Saban said. "But you don't have to be very big to carry the ball. It only weighs 13 ounces. It is a position you can make a significant impact. Javier Arenas is one of the guys that I'm taller than, too, and he was a pretty good player for us."
Kansas State’s release today included a Dec. 17 visit from the Crimson Tide to the other Manhattan. The Wildcats beat the Tide 87-74 in 2009 in Mobile. Remember Tide coach Anthony Grant goes way back with Kansas State coach Frank Martin.
The list of non-conference opponents for Alabama now includes Georgetown, Dayton, and the field of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off featuring Purdue, Temple, Maryland and Colorado, Iona, Western Michigan and Wichita State who beat Alabama in the NIT title game.
I know that fans down in Tuscaloosa are talking about the pigskin and Nick Saban as a national championship contender. However, Anthony Grant has a club that will make some noise too. The Tide missed out on the NCAA tournament last season, but they have Sweet 16 material coming back. JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell can dominate up front, and I love Trevor Releford in the backcourt. Fans will be smiling down in Crimson Tide country!