TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — With the help of an artificial hamstring, Cory Reamer is confident in his full return to the defense in Saturday’s game.
Slowed by an injury suffered two weeks ago against Tennessee-Chattanooga, the senior linebacker was limited against Auburn after practicing sparingly during the week.
He practiced at full speed this week with a help from the extra equipment he wears that takes the pressure off his hamstring.
“It’s nothing too elaborate; it’s just something I wear so I don’t get too tired,” said Reamer of the fake hamstring he wears in practice and in the Auburn game.
A special-teams standout, Reamer did not play in any kicking situation at Auburn and said he will participate only on the punt team against Florida.
Standing on the sideline for Auburn’s successful onsides kick in the first quarter frustrated Reamer.
Wes Bryrum’s kick and recovery went right into the middle of the front line typically occupied by Reamer.
“I think it caught everyone off guard,” Reamer said. “I guess they just saw something, and I guess we weren’t paying attention. They did it kind of fast. I don’t think anybody was ready for it.”
Tide D not accessorizing
Don’t expect a return of the wristband cheat sheet for defensive plays when the Tide plays Florida in the SEC Championship Game.
Worn in last season’s game for the first time to simplify Florida’s complex offense, coach Nick Saban didn’t have anything positive to say about them now.
“Well, I’ve never been a big wristband guy, and it sure didn’t help us much in that game,” Saban said. “If we have to look on our wristbands to know what to do, I think we’re in trouble.”
Four named All-Americans
For the second year in a row, Alabama has four representatives on the American Football Coaches Association All-American team. It’s just the ninth time any school had that many make the cut since selections were first made in 1945.
The 25-man team named Thursday includes sophomore running back Mark Ingram, senior left guard Mike Johnson, junior linebacker Rolando McClain and senior cornerback Javier Arenas.
Florida defensive back Joe Haden is the only Gator on the team, along with other SEC players: Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry and Georgia kicker Drew Butler.