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Alabama notes: Alabama's Brian Vogler (Brookstone) suffers stretched knee ligaments

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Six Alabama players left Saturday's game with injuries, including wide receiver Amari Cooper.

Defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson (ankle sprain), left tackle Cam Robinson (ankle sprain), tight end Brian Vogler (stretched knee ligaments), linebacker Reuben Foster (shoulder) and wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (stretched knee ligaments) were all sidelined at different points of the day.

Saban said the Robinsons would be OK going forward. Saban didn't provide an update on Foster.

As for Vogler (Brookstone), Saban said he and Stewart had the most serious injuries. Saban said Vogler and Stewart will "probably be the most questionable" going forward.

Vogler has battled knee and ankle injuries all season. After being helped up, Vogler was taken straight to the locker room.

Cooper went down after taking a helmet to the knee on a 27-yard reception in the first quarter. Cooper left the game and did not return. Saban later said Cooper suffered a bruised knee and could have played if necessary.

Cooper finished the day with three grabs for 46 yards despite not even playing half a quarter of football. Cooper also tied DJ Hall for the most receptions all-time at Alabama. He now has 194 career catches and 3,085 career receiving yards.

'Pulling' for Alabama

After his team took a beating at the hands of the Tide, Western Carolina coach Mark Speir still had kind words for Alabama.

Speir said he hopes No. 1 Alabama wins the national championship.

"I'm pulling for them," Speir told reporters. "This place is a class act and we're trying to emulate this place. Sure, I think they're the No. 1 team in the country and I hope they go win it."

Speir also showed remorse for all of the Tide's players who sustained injuries on Saturday.

Henry, Stewart get the start

Alabama was without two starters in its victory over the Catamounts on Saturday. Running back T.J. Yeldon and wide receiver DeAndrew White both sat out for the contest because of lingering injuries. The duo warmed up but did not take any snaps. Yeldon is nursing an ankle injury while White is battling a hamstring injury along with foot/toe injuries.

Sophomore Derrick Henry filled in for Yeldon while Stewart replaced White.

Henry led the Tide with 92 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. He also had a nine-yard reception go for a score, giving him three total touchdowns on the day. Henry became the 55th player in Alabama history to gain more than 1,000 career rushing yards.

As for Stewart, he caught five passes for 51 yards. Stewart left the game with what Saban called "stretched ligaments" in his knee. He did not return.

Devall doesn't dress

There was no sign of Tide outside linebacker Denzel Devall. Devall starts on defense at the "SAM" outside linebacker spot. With Devall out, junior Dillon Lee earned the start.

Devall was spotted on the sideline sitting with the defense at the start of the second half. After the game, Saban said Devall sprained his ankle in practice on Thursday. Saban added that the team held him out for rest.

Ryan Anderson and Xzavier Dickson also received extra snaps with Devall out. When the reserves came in, freshman Rashaan Evans and sophomore Tim Williams played the outside linebacker spots. Williams recorded a sack.

Raborn kicks

Alabama kicker Adam Griffith also missed the game because of rest. Freshman placekicker Gunnar Raborn made his debut in place of Griffith. His first game action came when he kicked the extra point after the Tide's first touchdown in the first quarter. Raborn connected on the first field goal of his career, a 20-yarder in the first quarter. He finished the evening with two field goals and 6-of-6 on extra points. Raborn missed his final field goal attempt of the day.

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