TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Missing from the previous three spring football practices, reserve quarterback Star Jackson was back on the field Wednesday afternoon.
“He’s fulfilled all the academic obligations that he had to be able to come back,” coach Nick Saban said. “Hopefully he’ll be able to continue to do those things and he’ll be able to continue to participate with the team.”
Jackson attended meetings and film sessions but had no practiced since last week, when the suspension took effect. Wednesday, he joined Greg McElroy, redshirt freshman AJ McCarron and true freshman Phillip Sims in quarterback drills.
After competing for the starting job with McElroy last spring, Jackson slipped to the third option late last season after McCarron stepped up in practice. A backup never was needed as McCarron’s redshirt remained in tact.
Jackson played in mop-up duty in 2009. He completed 13-of-18 passing for 116 yards.
Texas Tech talk
The talk of a potential Alabama/Texas Tech matchup opening the 2012 season in Dallas remained just that Wednesday — still nothing more than talk.
A day after sources called Texas Tech’s claims of a deal “inaccurate,” Saban was asked about the situation.
“It’s a possibility,” he said Wednesday. “But it’s nothing that we’ve agreed on.”
A day earlier, Texas Tech athletics director Gerald Myers told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that “Saban is also on board for it.” That didn’t appear to be the case Wednesday.
“We have a lot of different options for 2012, and we’re in the process of considering them right now,” Saban said. “And (Texas Tech) is one of them. But we’re going to weigh all the other options that we have and see what we can do what is most beneficial to the program in the future. That’s all I can tell you about it.”
Reports first surfaced of the potential game Tuesday. Myers said the two schools agreed to play in the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium on Labor Day weekend, but no contract had been signed. Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville took over the Red Raiders program this year after they fired Mike Leach for allegedly mistreating a player.