July 31, 2006

Unexpected openings at wide receiver

Even as I watched them struggle with drops during training camp last August, there was little doubt in my mind that wide receiver would be an area of great strength for the Crimson Tide in a year's time. Not that I was alone in making that assessment. After all, a Mountain Brook soccer mom could have concluded that UA's collection of talented young pass catchers had everything going for it.

Size? DJ Hall, Keith Brown and Ezekial Knight all checked in at 6-foot-3 or better.

Speed? Brown, Tyrone Prothro and Matt Caddell had plenty to burn.

Playmaking ability? At Alabama, it was spelled P-r-o-t-h-r-o.

Fast forward to the last day of July 2006 and there are question marks across the board.

While Mike Shula hasn't formally ruled Prothro out for the upcoming season, even those wearing crimson-colored Ray-Bans have all but given up on seeing their hero on the field this fall. Instead of wishing for a return to the offense by No. 4, the focus should be on Prothro reaching a point in his recovery that will allow him to enjoy life to its fullest -- football or no.

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