Alabama Crimson Tide TE Miller Forristall out with voice box injury
Nick Saban confirmed Wednesday that Alabama will be without Miller Forristall for an extended amount of time. During his appearance on the SEC teleconference, the head coach said the starting tight end was hit in the throat during last week’s game against Arkansas. While Forrsitall was able to return to the game, the injury has since been deemed more serious.
“We sort of further examined him, and he does have an injury to his voice box that required surgery that will keep him out probably for, I don’t know, six weeks or so,” Saban said. “This is an area where you’re talking about affecting your breathing and affecting your voice. It’s important to make sure we take care of it the right way.”
Through eight games, Forristall has 12 catches for 131 yards and three touchdowns. He was one of Alabama’s players of the week against Arkansas, catching two passes for 11 yards while helping to block for a Crimson Tide rushing attack which gained 179 yards on the ground.
Major Tennison is next up on Alabama’s depth chart. The redshirt sophomore has recorded three receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown through eight games this season. The Crimson Tide also has senior walk-on Giles Amos, redshirt freshman Cameron Latu and true freshman Jahleel Billingsley as options at the position. Against Arkansas, Billingsley, a former four-star recruit, saw a season-high 21 snaps.
“The guys who we have are the guys who we have,” Saban said. “They’ve all played. We’ve played three or four guys at that position. The young guys are making progress and getting better, and Major Tennison has played the same position that he’s played. Jahleel is growing into a guy who played pretty decently in the last game.
“It will be more opportunity for those guys, and we’ve used some offensive linemen at the tight end position that have helped us. We’ll probably have to just continue work in that same fashion.”
No. 2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 in the SEC) and No. 1 LSU (8-0, 4-0) will meet on Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. CT inside of Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised by CBS.