The number one ranked University of Alabama football team was dealt a crippling blow on Saturday as they lost wide receiver DeAndrew White to a season-ending knee injury.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Monday that White, a 6-foot, 185-pound redshirt sophomore from Houston, tore his ACL during Saturday’s 33-14 victory over Mississippi.
Following the injury, which happened in the game’s first quarter, White was helped off the field and carted to the locker room. He was on crutches and not in uniform when he returned to the Alabama sideline in the second quarter.
In addition to White, the Crimson Tide also lost running back Dee Hart who was injured after fielding a fourth-quarter punt in the same game. Prior to his injury, Hart, a third-string running back, had 88 yards on 21 carries and averaged 12.5 yards on four punt returns.
“The MRI indicated that both Dee and DeAndrew sustained knee injuries that will require surgery and they will be out for the year,” coach Saban said in a statement.
The Washington Post points out that including White and Hart, Alabama now has five players who are expected to miss the remainder of the year due to serious injuries.
Receiver Chris Black (shoulder), running back Jalston Fowler (knee) and reserve safety Jarrick Williams (knee) are also also out for the season.
“It’s going to create opportunities for other players on the team,” Saban said of the Crimson Tide’s recent string of injuries. “But more people are going to have to step up and do a good job for us.”
Alabama is off this week and returns to the field October 13 to take on Missouri.