TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Neighbors family has a long line of football players who came through Tuscaloosa.
That doesn’t include Connor Neighbors.
The grandson of Billy Neighbors, son of Wes Neighbors and brother of current Crimson Tide junior Wesley Neighbors, Connor is a freshman running back at LSU. That means Saturday’s game in Baton Rouge especially will be interesting following an awkward weekend at home.
With both brothers enjoying a bye week, Wesley drove Connor home from the airport without saying much.
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“We both went home last week, and it was actually a week of silence,” said Wesley, a graduate of Huntsville High just like his brother. “It was a silent weekend. Usually, my dad is coming around and asking, ‘What’s going on? How are y’all doing at practice?’ This week, at the dinner table, nothing was said.”
Coming off a host of nagging injuries, including a pinched nerve and a stress fracture in his right foot, Wesley should be at full strength in Tiger Stadium. As a special-teamer, he has five tackles to his name. Connor, a 237-pound running back, doesn’t have a carry yet.
Growing up, everything was a competition between the brothers, who still typically talk once per week when they aren’t facing each other.
“My dad would be the quarterback, and it would be one-on-one in the front yard,” Wesley said. “We’d literally after five minutes have to go inside and be in timeout because we’d start fighting — every little thing.”
Barron a semifinalist
Tide safety Mark Barron was named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award on Tuesday.
The award honoring the nation’s top defensive back is down to group of 10 that also includes LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.
“Mark is basically the brains of the secondary,” fellow defensive back Phelon Jones said. “So if anyone doesn’t know what to do or they come on in a formation that we haven’t practiced, everyone looks at Mark.”