HOOVER _ If there’s one play that may haunt University of Alabama senior Mark Barron, it’s Terrell Zachery’s 70-yard touchdown early in the third quarter against Auburn last season. Under normal circumstances it probably would have been an interception, but Barron had sustained a torn pectoral muscle on Emory Blake’s 36-yard score late in the first half.
“I couldn’t lift my arm, I couldn’t get my arm up,” Barron said. “Yeah, I would like to have that play back.”
After having surgery and wearing a black no-contact jersey for all of spring, Barron is looking forward to doing some hitting after the Crimson Tide reports to camp Aug. 4.
“I’m fine,” Barron said Friday morning at SEC Media Days. “It’s almost a hundred percent. I’m not saying it’s one hundred percent, there’s probably some scar tissue still.”
Junior linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who sustained a major knee injury against Arkansas in 2009, said he didn’t completely get over the mental hurdle until just before A-Day.
“Last year, there’s a big difference to now,” he said. “I feel like I’m one hundred percent. I feel like after the A-Day Game it shows. My pass-rush is back and I move better laterally.”
Coach Nick Saban disagreed a little bit.
“I don't think he has completely gotten over his injury,” the coach said. “He's got his explosive quickness back, his burst in pass-rush, playing with a little bit more speed, which is more like he played before his injury.”
Junior running back Trent Richardson’s abdominal injury was sustained on the same play he hurt his knee against LSU last season, and required a minor procedure to repair.
“I was pretty beat up,” Richardson said. “I had a whole lot of nicks and bruises. It was crazy, but I still managed to fight and play through it, show that I’m a warrior.”
Meanwhile, teammates say that Dee Hart is off to a good start in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The freshman running back has already off crutches and has started his rehab.