Steve Kashul and Dr. Cole discuss potential future of Alabama Crimson Tide football player Landon Dickerson, their starting center, suffering torn knee ligaments in the SEC title game.
When Landon Dickerson suffered what coach Nick Saban called a “pretty serious” knee injury a week ago, Alabama football lost more than the center of its offensive line. In some ways, it was losing the soul of the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide (11-0). It was losing the gasoline that livened Alabama’s fire.
Dickerson is expected to miss all Alabama’s College Football Playoff run staring with the Rose Bowl in Arlington, Texas, against No. 4 Notre Dame (10-1) on Friday (3 p.m., ESPN). Chris Owens, who started four games at center last year and has been used as a tight end in specialty packages this season, will be the starter.
What Alabama won’t have is what made Dickerson both invaluable to his teammates and well-liked within the fan base.
“That guy will put his whole life on the line for Alabama football, and if he could he’d play as soon as he can for us because he just wants to be back, but obviously the injuries are the injuries,” quarterback Mac Jones said. “I mean it sucked to see that, but you saw just in that little moment there with our whole team kind of going out and just saying, ‘We’re with you man. Prayers up.’ It’s definitely devastating to lose him, but at the same time he brought a whole other energy to our offense, and we just got to carry that on.”
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