TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Already one of Alabama's big question
marks, the defensive front has sustained another major blow with
starting noseguard Brian Motley fracturing his left ankle.
Coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that Motley will miss 6-to-8
weeks after being hurt in the previous evening's practice.
Sophomore Lorenzo Washington, who didn't make a tackle last season,
will start in his place Saturday night against Western Carolina and
will be backed up by freshmen.
"We're obviously going to have to use some of our freshman
players," Saban said. "We'll see who the guys that we feel are
most ready to play right now. We really don't want to move someone
this late in the week that plays a different position."
Motley, a redshirt freshman, won the starting job after moving
from center before spring practice. He recently returned to
practice after undergoing surgery on his right hand.
Washington had been running with the first-team in his absence.
There's no experience behind him. Freshmen Alfred McCullough and
Josh Chapman could be pressed into action.
"We have a work in progress for them to continue to improve
Tide's Motley Breaks Ankle
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