TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — First, he was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week. Now, Alabama running back Mark Ingram has the flu.
He is the latest in the string of Crimson Tide players to come down with the illness during the past two weeks.
Ingram’s roommate and backup quarterback, Star Jackson, missed two practices with the flu before returning Wednesday.
“As soon as one guy gets sick, we start treating the other, so hopefully Mark isn’t going to be as bad as Star was,” coach Nick Saban said on Wednesday morning’s SEC teleconference.
The coach also said he expects Ingram, who missed Tuesday and Wednesday practices, will be fine to play against Florida International because players typically have been fine two or three days after getting sick.
North Carolina’s Alfy Hill chose Alabama over his home state Tar Heels on Wednesday morning.
The defensive end is the 20th player to commit to the Tide for 2010 with two holdovers from last year’s class bringing the total to 22.
Former Alabama football player Jimmy Johns was sentenced to one year in jail Wednesday after pleading guilty to possessing and selling drugs.
The one-time running back turned linebacker was arrested in June 2008 in Tuscaloosa after selling cocaine to undercover police officers several times — once in the parking lot of the Alabama football complex.
New pitching coach
Clemson pitching coach Kyle Bunn agreed to take the same position at Alabama in a deal announced Wednesday.
Bunn, who also worked at Mississippi, has coached 23 pitchers who were drafted by MLB teams.