Heat issue took him out of first practice Aug. 5
By MICHAEL CASAGRANDE
Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — After a promising spring practice, redshirt-freshman defensive back Kendall Kelly’s preseason is still stuck in neutral. Heat issues took him out of the first practice of the year Aug. 5 and he’s yet to return, coach Nick Saban said.
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“The medical staff is doing the best they can to try to get him back, but until they clear him, he’s not going to be available, and I really don’t know when that’s going to be,” Saban said.
Even if he were cleared to return now, all the time Kelly’s missed would leave him a few weeks from being game-ready.
Back in the spring, Kelly split time between his native wide receiver position and the thin secondary. Saban mentioned the Gadsden City product as a candidate to do more of the same before he suffered from an unidentified heat-related medical issue on the evening of Aug. 5.
The high school All-American redshirted in 2009.
The Bessemer politician who drew national attention for the doctored photo with Saban fell short in the balloting Tuesday.
Dorothy “Dot” Davidson received just 13 percent of the votes in the mayoral election to fall well short of a runoff.
Davidson’s phony campaign flyer that falsely claimed she had the endorsement of the Alabama football coach made national news.
Apparently, though, the publicity didn’t sway the voters in the suburban Birmingham city.
Ingram on Walker watch list
Mark Ingram was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list Wednesday while one of his high-profile teammates was noticeably absent.
Sophomore Trent Richardson is not in the running for the honor presented to the nation’s top running back.
Semifinalists will be named Nov. 10, finalists Nov. 22 and the winner’s announcement comes Nov. 29.