No. 2 Alabama coping with another injured receiver

Associated Press Modified: November 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm •  Published: November 26, 2012
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"He's very versatile. They have a couple other guys that have been outstanding for them, as well."

Kevin Norwood and Christion Jones are veterans having solid seasons but no other healthy wideout has more than four catches.

Tight end Michael Williams is fourth on the team with 19 catches and tailback Eddie Lacy fifth with 18.

Georgia can relate to Alabama's problems.

The Bulldogs' Marlon Brown and Michael Bennett have both been lost for the season with knee injuries. They were leading the team in receiving at the time of their injuries.

Alabama started preseason camp with plenty of bodies at receiver despite the departure of Marquis Maze and Darius Hanks. The numbers have since dwindled.

"It was really deep. It's a shame that we had a lot of injuries," Norwood said. "Injuries happen. We just got to deal with it the best way we can."

With Alabama trying to play for a national championship, Black's situation presents an interesting dilemma. One of the nation's top receiving prospects, he enrolled in January and scored on a 44-yard catch-and-run play in the spring game.

Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner has faced him frequently in practice and thinks he could get the job done if needed.

"He's been practicing against us for, like, the last three weeks, giving us a great look of different receivers from different teams," Milliner said. "He does a great job with that. Hopefully, if he can play he'll be a big step for us."

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