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Lingering injuries have three Alabama starters 'day-to-day'

TUSCALOOSA -- Three Alabama starters will be "day-to-day" this week with lingering injuries, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday.

Running back T.J. Yeldon, wide receiver DeAndrew White and kicker Adam Griffith would be limited during the early part of this week.

"Not that there is anything new," Saban said. "It's just that we are trying to evaluate and make sure that we can get these guys to where they're a little closer to 100 percent but that's going to be a day-to-day deal."

Yeldon had his ankle twisted against LSU, but played through it in the Tide's win over Mississippi State. White suffered a hamstring injury on Saturday. He missed a good portion of the game, but came back in the fourth quarter to help the Tide secure the win.

Saban hasn't disclosed any specifics on Griffith's injury.

Tenpenny misses meeting

Sophomore running back Altee Tenpenny was a healthy scratch from the Tide's win over Mississippi State on Saturday. Tenpenny didn't dress for the game, leaving the team with one less tailback.

"He was late for the meeting and I just told him to pick his stuff up and we'd talk to him later," Saban said. "So the guy was late for the meeting. It's not important enough for him to be at the meeting, it's not important enough for me to dress him for the game."

When running back Kenyan Drake went down, Tenpenny was moved up to third on the depth chart for the Arkansas game. But he hasn't taken any meaningful snaps. Tenpenny has only seen the field through special teams.

Cooper a semifinalist for Biletnikoff

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper was one of ten players named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award on Monday.

The award recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football, regardless of position -- any player at any position who catches a pass is eligible.

Cooper, a junior from Miami, Fla., has set or tied virtually every school receiving record. He has 1,303 receiving yards on 87 catches and 11 touchdowns in 2014. Cooper also set single-game records for receptions (13 vs. Florida Atlantic), yards (224 vs. Tennessee) and touchdowns (3 vs. Florida) this season. He owns career records with 3,039 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns while needing only four catches to break the career record for receptions.

Perry, Scott receive SEC recognition

Alabama safety Nick Perry and punter JK Scott received conference recognition for their performances in the Tide's win over Mississippi State on Saturday.

Perry was named the SEC's Co-Defensive Player of the Week while Scott took home SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Statiscally, Perry had the best game of his career with a game-high 12 tackles (nine solo) including a tackle for loss. He also recorded an interception.

Scott punted seven times for 319 yards (45.6 average) on Saturday, dropping five of the seven inside the 20. He now leads the nation with 53.5 percent (23-of-43) of his punts inside the 20.

Coaching staff players of the week

Alabama's coaching staff recognized nine players for their performances in the team's win over Mississippi State.

On offense, Jalston Fowler and T.J. Yeldon made the list. Eddie Jackson, Nick Perry and D.J. Pettway were honored on defense while Landon Collins, Rashaan Evans, Dillon Lee and JK Scott were selected on special teams.

Yeldon led the Tide with 72 rushing yards and a touchdown. Fowler was credited with making key blocks at fullback and also had a 35-yard reception in the second quarter.

Perry led the team with 12 tackles, including nine solo. He also had an interception and a tackle for loss. Pettway had four tackles (three solo). Jackson had seven stops (four solo) and a team-high three pass breakups.

On special teams, Collins had a tackle inside the 20 on punt coverage and forced two fair catches. Evans was credited with one stop inside the 20 on kickoff coverage with two assists. Lee contributed on kickoff coverage as well with three tackles, one inside the 20.

Scott averaged 45.6 yards on seven punts with five inside the 20. He now leads the nation with 53.5 percent (23-of-43) of his punts inside the 20. Alabama now ranks second nationally in net punting and Scott is second in the NCAA stats with an average of 46.8 yards per punt.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Writer Marq Burnett at mburnett@annistonstar.com. On Twitter:@Marq_Burnett.

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