As strange as it seems, I bet Chris Black "will" play against Notre Dame.
I have read and seen video that he is tearing it up in practice. He's got that special "it" factor.
I bet they put him in the second drive and throw him a quick pass to get him in the game. Then you will see at least one long pass to him.
I still remember his long touchdown in the A-Day game......I replayed it a half dozen times.
He's got what Cooper has, and I believe a tad more.
This is not a leg injury that Black suffered.....he will not be slowed down, let's be clear on that. His injury is healed, and would take an absolute fluke to injure it again.
The only reason he didn't get in against Georgia is because he only had limited practice time since his medical clearance......well now he has an additional month to get in his top groove.
Keep an eye out for #5 on Offense because he's playing against Notre Dame, you will see.
Last edited by BAMAfan777; December 21st, 2012 at 12:03 AM.
I don't know if #5 will play but I think he could make some plays if he did. As BAMAfan777 stated, he's got all the ability of Cooper and possibly more. He's incredibly fast, great ball skills, and a natural playmaker type. My only restraint with him in the title game is the lack of polish within the offensive scheme.
I agree rwg, I do have a slight concern over CB possibly fumbling in the Championship because he is not used to primetime hits. But he's not returning punts or kick-offs, so I think he can hold on to the ball.
Coach is putting him in!
Last edited by BAMAfan777; December 21st, 2012 at 12:26 AM.
I've suffered a CRS relapse - what was CB's injury?
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If Chris Black is as good or better than Cooper why all this hand wringing over a redshirt ?
There is absolutely no way he will stay 5 years in college if he's that good.
I really thought CB would play in the SEC championship game. Now I truly do not see him playing unless someone significant goes down in the BCS game.
I see Chris Black as 'another arrow in our quiver'...
Value... ND must prepare for him, whether he plays or not.
I watched the A-Day Game again and I'm convinced that Chris is as good as or maybe better than Cooper. (That's saying a lot)
I would love to see Black and Cooper on either side of the field... Who gets double teamed?
That scenario should open a nice lane for Lacy or Yeldon to run if the pass coverage
is too tight.
IMO: Looks like Chris will be there in case of emergency. I think he's ready, but I hope he's not needed.
Injuries happen at the worst of times, so the additional value of having Black in reserve, could be a difference maker.
Last edited by Ole Man Dan; December 21st, 2012 at 09:37 AM. Reason: format
IMO Chris Black very well could stay at Alabama for his full years of eligibility, redshirt or not. Historically, if you look at receivers who have left early for the draft, they are guys with exceptional speed, size, skill set, etc. CB does not have the size to leave early for the NFL at 5 feet 11 inches tall and less than 180 pounds. He will get bigger, more muscular, etc. but he will not get any taller.
Receivers of his size are not the type that leave early, regardless of their play making ability. Their demand is just not that sought after in the NFL.
If he's even close to being the sort of threat as Cooper, you put him on the field, because the defense will have to key on Cooper.
I may disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler.
I am leaning towards Black being nothing more than an emergency option if Bell does not play and an additional receiver goes down. Five scholarship receivers available is thin but practical for making it through a game so long as nobody gets injured. After seeing us use a lot of true 4-WR personnel against UGA in the first half and Black didn't get involved (nor did Cyrus Jones either really), I think it is unlikely he plays unless he practices so well that they feel it is a disservice to Black and the team to simply play for the redshirt. The staff obviously feels good with Cooper, Norwood, and Ch. Jones being supported by the guys already forgoing their redshirt. If Bell is ahead of schedule and able to play - which Saban's words seemed to be his typical "cautiously optimistic" response in regards to Bell - then I think Black would be very unlikely to play.