Freshman running back Demetrius Hart has torn his anterior cruciate ligament (aka ACL) in his knee, effectively ending any hopes he had of seeing the field in 2011. The injury was sustained during a 7-on-7 passing drill as part of Alabama’s voluntary workouts.
Hart, who was one of the top high school running backs in the nation last year, had enrolled early at Alabama and proved throughout spring training that he could be an effective asset for the Tide this season. Unfortunately, this injury will keep him from making any sort of contribution anywhere from seven to 10 months.
Coaches and fans were extremely impressed with Hart throughout spring, due in large part to his versatility. Before the injury, he was considered one of leading candidates for the Tide’s third-down back and punt returner positions.
It’s still unclear as to whether it is a full or partial tear of the ligament. Either way, Hart is scheduled for surgery later this week after tests are done on the knee to determine the extent of the damage.
There’s still plenty for the Alabama faithful to be excited about as the 2011 college football season inches closer and closer, but the loss of Hart’s talents won’t go unnoticed.